The kitchen is another area where simple adjustments can help prevent or ease arthritis pain while you prepare meals.
* Plan meals ahead of time and keep them simple. Have the family help out, too.
* Use a sieve spoon to take food out of boiling water, rather than lifting a hot pan to the sink and draining it.
* Use electric appliances rather than those that are hand operated.
* Sit rather than stand to peel vegetables. Invest in a chair on wheels, one high enough that you are not reaching up to the counter or sink.
* Alternate tasks such as chopping and stirring to reduce stress on your hands.
* Shop for groceries items at one store instead of three or four specialty shops, and be open to improvising if they don’t have exactly the right fruit or vegetables for your planned meal.
(Source: Koehn, C., Palmer, T., Esdaile, J. Rheumatoid Arthritis Plan to Win. Oxford University Press. Oxford: 2002.)