Skip Fast Foods. See How Easily You Can Cook at Home, Even If you Have RA

Skip Fast Foods. Cook at Home

Skip Fast Foods. Cook at Home

Skip fast foods and learn how easily you can cook at home, even if you have RA. Here are some tips to make cooking at home easier. You will find that your RA will improve, your pain will diminish and you will have more energy if you cook healthy real food at home.

Here are seven suggestions that will make cooking at home easy.

BATCH COOK

I have been cooking 99% of our meals at home for over two years and have developed a system that does not require that I cook every night. On Sunday afternoons I batch cook a good main course that will last for at least three meals. We enjoy that main course every other evening for the remainder of the week.

I also batch prepare homemade granola, cookies and cakes so I do not have to make them often. They are all gluten-free, sugar-free and made from healthy whole foods.

I have found many of my recipes on line from Paleo cooks and from Functional Medicine physicians.

FREEZE FOR FUTURE MEALS

Try batch cooking more than you can eat in a week and freeze the remainder in meal-sized containers. Soups and spaghetti sauces freeze well and give you a night without cooking. You can build up a reserve of meals for times when you are not feeling well enough to cook.

USE YOUR CROCK POT OR PRESSURE COOKER

One-pot cooking is an easy way to to have a meal ready at the end of the day. Put veggies, meat, spices and liquid in a pot and let it cook all day. One pot cooking allows you to cook an entire meal in one pot. All you have  to do is serve.

PURCHASE COOKING EQUIPMENT THAT CAN HELP YOU*

You will need a couple of good, sharp knives that are easy for you to use.

You will need a good cutting board that will not slide all over your counter.

You will need glass containers or jars to store food. Some should be meal-sized containers and  some should be used for left overs that can be stored in your refrigerator. Do not use plastic containers or plastic bags because the plastic can often leach toxic substances into your food. Glass also allows you to see the contents of the container.

A good blender can help with many food preparation tasks. I batch-prepare smoothies in mine weekly. I blend enough ingredients for three smoothies. I then fill three stainless steel bottles with smoothies and store then in the refrigerator for my morning breakfast.

Always use ceramic, cast iron or stainless steel cookware.  Non-stick cookware contains toxic substances that leach into your food.

In my research, I ran across a chef who suggested using a small coffee grinder to chop herbs. Much easier than hand chopping.

If you can afford a food processor, it will save you a lot of chopping.

A juicer that can be used for veggies allows you to get your veggies without cooking them.

Hands-free can openers are a luxury you need to indulge in. They are not even expensive.

PLAN YOUR MEALS IN ADVANCE

Find healthy recipes that are easy to prepare and sit down and make a detailed grocery list that will provide you with all of the ingredients for a week’s worth of meals.

I have developed a detailed grocery list on excel that is divided into sections that correspond with the locations of departments in my grocery store.  I simply circle items on the list as I identify what I will need for the week.

Lists save time, money and energy. You do not have to back track in the store to find items you forgot, you do not pick up items you do not need and you do not have to return to the store for additional items you need later in the week.

SHOP ONLY ONCE A WEEK: REMEMBER TO SKIP FAST FOODS WHEN YOU SHOP

Grocery shopping can be difficult when you have RA. Get a handicap license for your car if you need it.

Shop where you can pick up a cart in the parking lot. Grocery carts make great walkers. Most grocery stores also have carts that you can drive.

Pick fresh produce and spices. Buy organic if possible. Use the Environmental Working Group’s safe shopping lists as a guide.

Read labels. One rule of thumb is: do not purchase anything that contains ingredients you cannot pronounce.

Purchase real food only. No processed food, fast food, sugar, dairy ( if you cannot tolerate it) etc.

Look for non GMO, organic, gluten-free food.

Purchase free-range, grass fed meat, eggs and dairy.

All of these suggestions keep your gut healthy and make your trip to the store less tiring.

MAKE COOKING A FUN FAMILY EVENT

Many children and spouses love to cook. Cooking can be a family event. Every one can get involved. If you have teenagers, they can be taught to cook and even learn to cook an entire meal occasionally. Many children especially love to bake. You can sit in the kitchen and supervise as opposed to doing all of the work.

When my children were  about 12 years old, I taught them each how to cook healthy meals. I let them plan a simple healthy meal each week. I bought the ingredients and they did the cooking. They all look forward to the meal they prepared. All three of them (even my sons) now enjoy cooking for their families.

Your family can look forward to cooking healthy food together if you make it fun. They will learn quickly how much better real food tastes, especially if they have helped prepare the food.

 

 Disclosure: The links below are affiliate links. This means that if you click on one of the links and make a purchase, it will not cost you any more, but I will make a small commission.

* You can purchase some of the cooking equipment mentioned above above at Amazon (affilliate).

I use this knife all the time. It is easy to use in spite of my crooked fingers!

This cutting board does not slide, is made of sustainable materials and gets great reviews.

If you can afford a Vitamix, get it. If not, I have this one and am very happy with it.

If you want a blender that will juice vegetables the Ninja is ranked high by Amazon.

You can find a coffee grinder that also chops fresh spices here.

This is a chef recommended hands-free can opener.

Hope these suggestions help make your life a little easier and make it easy for you to skip fast foods.

Wishing You Happy Cooking and Good Health,

Saundra

 

 

References

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4972/How-to-Make-Home-Cooking-Easy-Quick-Fun.html

http://mentalfloss.com/article/72997/15-easy-kitchen-hacks-make-cooking-easier

http://eartheasy.com/eat_simplify_meal_preparation.html

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