Keep Meals Easy

Keep Meals Easy

If your days are marked by fatigue and pain, it's hard to cook and eat nutritious meals. There's no need to struggle. Make it easy on yourself. Take advantage of ready-to-eat meals and foods that don't require cooking.

Conditions: Migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, depression, undiagnosed

Symptoms: loss of appetite,pain,fatigue, weakness, constipation, diarrhea, weight gain, weight loss, bloating, headache, migraine

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Categories: Food

Duration

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Get Into a Routine

Make mealtimes easier. At the beginning of each week, plan out the menu for all of your meals. Buy all the food you'll need in one shopping trip. Try to use as many pre-washed and pre-cut foods as possible so they'll be easier to prepare. Every day, try to eat your meals around the same time.

Prompt: What's for dinner?

CTA: Keep food prep simple.

Conditions: Migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms:  loss of appetite,pain,fatigue, weakness, constipation, diarrhea, weight gain, weight loss, bloating, headache, migraine, exhaustion, aching

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Categories: Food

Protein Power!

When pain makes cooking tough, here are some ways to get fast, tasty protein:

* Enjoy a protein-packed can of low-sodium bean soup, such as lentil, black bean, or split pea.

* Buy cooked marinated albacore (white) tuna steaks and salmon fillets in easy-to-open packages. They are ready to eat in seconds.

* Open a can or pouch of seasoned tuna. Served on 6 crackers, it makes an instant healthy meal.

* Boil several eggs and store in the fridge to have with breakfast or lunch.

Prompt: Quick nutrition.

CTA: Seek out healthy packaged foods.

Conditions: Migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, fatigue, weakness, stiffness, loss of appetite, headache

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Categories: Food

Ready-Made Foods

In too much pain to cook and too tired to go out? You (or another willing shopper) can pick up ready-made foods at most grocery stores these days. Here are some choices to put in your cart:

* Pre-roasted chicken, lasagna, or sushi

* Vegetables that are already washed and cut up with or without dip

* Fruit that needs no cooking

* A prepared salad -- just add dressing

* Whole-grain bread

Prompt: Don't DIY.

CTA: Use prepared food for an easy meal.

Conditions: Migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, fatigue, weakness, stiffness

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Categories: Food

Healthy Frozen Foods

Frozen entrees are lifesavers. To build a complete, healthy meal around a frozen entree, add a cup of fresh or frozen cooked vegetables and a slice of whole-grain bread.

Just beware -- some entrees are high in sodium and low in fiber. Here's how to spot a healthy one:

* 800 milligrams of sodium or less

* A minimum of 15 grams of protein

* At least 4 grams of fiber

Prompt: Use frozen assets.

CTA: Check out the grocery freezer.

Conditions: Migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, fatigue, weakness, stiffness

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Food Home Delivery

When you aren't up to cooking, local delivery services come in handy. You can find food home delivery services by searching for food home delivery or for restaurants that deliver on local.com or yellowpages.com.

If meal prep is mostly out of the question for you, check with a local Meals on Wheels program to see if you're eligible.

Prompt: Knock! Knock!

CTA: Open the door for a healthy dinner.

Conditions: Migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, fatigue, weakness, stiffness

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Categories: Food

Cook More If You Can

When you are feeling up to cooking, make extra for the next few days. That way, you'll  have healthy food around to eat on your lower-energy days. Leftovers typically last 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

Most recipes are easily doubled. Eat a normal portion the first day, then freeze the rest for another meal. Take care to seal the package tightly to avoid freezer burn and flavor loss.

Prompt: Do double duty.

CTA: Make extra, save for another meal.

Conditions: Migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, fatigue, weakness, stiffness

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Treatments:

Categories: Food

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on February 18, 2017

Sources

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia."

Haugen, M. Clinical Rheumatology, December 1991.

Arthritis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions About Fibromyalgia" and "Kitchen Help."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Fibromyalgia and CAM: At a Glance."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "S-adenosylmethionine."

City Meals on Wheels: "Frequently Asked Questions."

Meals on Wheels Delaware: "Program Overview."

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