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4. Change Positions and Ease Joint Strain

While you’re cooking, try not to stand or sit in one position for long. Change your position frequently to avoid undue stress on joints. If you do have to stand at the counter for a lengthy time, try putting one foot up on a low footstool to ease strain on your back.  

5. Double Recipes, Not Your Workload

If you’re taking the time to make a dish from scratch, double the recipe so you’ll have leftovers. That way, on days when you’re arthritis flares, you can reach into the refrigerator or freezer and have a meal ready in minutes. Keep freezer storage bags and containers on hand. Label containers with what’s inside and the date you stored them, so that you can easily see what’s in your freezer.

6. Plan to Save Your Joints

When preparing meals, think ahead about how to minimize your work. Line pans with aluminum foil to make clean-up easier, for example. Plan one-pot meals so you’ll have fewer utensils to wash and dry. Use a tray that you can hold underneath to carry items to and from the table, avoiding strain on your wrists. Let pots, pans, and dishes soak in warm soapy water to make clean-up easier. With a little bit of common sense, Lorig says, you can “outsmart arthritis,” minimizing pain, without having to give up everyday activities you enjoy doing.

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