Arthritis Kitchen

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I have Rheumatoid Arthritis – RA,  and have had this disease for over 30 years.  The main joints that have been affected are my knees.  Recently, my RA has moved aggressively into my feet, right elbow and shoulder.

After consultation with my Rheumatologist we chose Gold Injections as the course of treatment for this latest flare.

I have been adapting my cooking and finding ways to incorporate foods and ingredients that may help reduce Arthritis  pain and inflammation.

I will be blogging on these subjects as a way to keep track of my progress and share my experiences along this journey.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I have RA, also. Mostly hands, feet and mid-back. Getting more hips and knees, and shoulders recently. My wonderful husband is doing most of the cooking, but I have some suggestions about some kitchen things. The Cuisinart DCC-2000 coffee brewer (no carafe!) is wonderful. I can even clean the insides – slowy, but I can do it! http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_bar/dcc-2000.html

    Also, using Dycem is absolutely essential. I can hang onto things nicely. My husband made a “bread holder” so I can butter bread for toast in the AMs with only one hand working. It is marvelous. Really helps. Also, I use the large Black and Decker electric jar opener, and a P-touch can opener. The P-touch jar opener broke when I was trying to use it on a pickle jar and the thing just snapped. Don’t bother with it, use the big Black and Decker.

    I have a tall barstool that I use. I can either lean my b— against it, or sit on it, depending on what I need at the moment. Really helps.

    Don’t forget to rest! I plan stuff so that I can set a timer and go sit in my Laz-E-Boy recliner for a short rest.

    Oh, and a George Foreman Grill makes great bacon without having to stand over it and without the grease spattering all over the stovetop and counter. It makes other things, too, of course: grilled sandwiches, for instance, hamburgers, hot dogs, even steaks.

    I have a little egg cooker for making softboiled eggs. I can start it and go sit down for 6 minutes before I need to drift back to the kitchen and “catch” them at 7 minutes.

    Hope these comments help a little.

  2. Christie says:

    This is all wonderful stuff. I love to cook… especially bake. I’ve just recently been diagnosed and for months prior to my diagnosis the pain and fatigue turned my favorite past time into an excruciating chore. I’m excited to find the Arthritis Kitchen site with healthy recipes and useful ideas for a RA kitchen. I’m inspired again!
    Thanks Elizabeth for your ideas as well. Especially the coffee brewer… those 12 cup carafe’s are murder, especially first thing in the morning when I’m the most desperate for immediate access to coffee! There are mornings where I’m tempted to just stick a straw in the carafe and start slurping rather than have to lift the thing. And if I do manage to get it lifted the next challenge is to then actually pour it out of the carafe and into a cup! Ahhh, the “little” challenges we face! :)

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