There are days I’d rather starve than cook.
Days the fatigue, spasms, debilitating migraines, and aches and pains suck me into an abyss of lethargy far too exhausting to escape.
But on days where I feel more like a skidmark than actual shit, I often spend a couple spoons on cooking—mostly to celebrate the fact I still can.
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Here are a few tips & suggestions that will help you save as many of your precious spoons as possible when cooking.
- Gather all your ingredients ahead of time.
- Keep spices, tools, utensils, and ingredients and eye level so you don’t have to bend or stretch.
- Use an adjustable stool if you want to remain standing while taking the weight off your legs. An adjustable chair works if you want to sit while cooking.
- Tools to simplify the cooking process: Vegetable Chopper, EZ Off Jar Opener, Electric Can Opener
- Crock Pot: with a crock pot, you can toss in a few bags or frozen vegetables, vegetable broth, and so forth and be done with it.
- Memory Foam Mat: standing on a memory foam mat gives me a few extra minutes between back spasms, which enables me to move a little faster and get out of the kitchen sooner. Yay!
- Strap an ice or heat pack to the parts that are hurting the most.
- Reacher: even if all your cooking supplies are gathered and at eye level, odds are you forgot something. Instead of calling out for your spouse, child, friend, or whomever to grab what you need, a Reacher can often aid you in doing it yourself. Only you know your limits, so please use caution. If you live alone, keep everything where you can easily reach it.
- Frozen and Pre-chopped Vegetables: frozen vegetables are comparably priced to fresh (where I live, anyway) and save soooo much time and energy! Throwing a steam bag of veggies in the microwave or a frozen bag in the crock pot beats the heck out of chopping for 5-10 minutes. If you insist on fresh veggies, you can pay a little more to buy them pre-chopped or use a good chopper, as mentioned earlier. Meat eaters can also get pre-seasoned meat, both raw and cooked. Canned Vegetables come in handy, too.
- Use your Microwave more: there’s no point in exhausting yourself with cooking when you can toss something in the microwave.
Make enough for leftovers. Storing leftovers, if done properly, can save you time, energy, and money.
If someone offers to cook for you, let them. Think of their offer as a gift rather than a surrendering of your independence.
Programs like Meals on Wheels deliver food to the disabled; find out what’s in your area.