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10 Tips to Make Cooking Easier With Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis can make ordinary tasks like cooking especially difficult. What most people consider simple — such as slicing vegetables, lifting a pot, or opening a container — can be hard if you have joint pain, swelling, and fatigue. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop making your favorite meals. Some simple modifications and a bit of advance planning can help.

Prep Is Key

“When you have a disease like this, you have to plan,” says Melinda Winner, a chef and the author of A Complete Illustrated Guide to Cooking With Arthritis, who also has arthritis. She recommends shopping early in the morning when grocery stores aren’t crowded and employees are available to help you lift or reach certain items.

Another game changer? Ordering groceries online. “Many people with psoriatic arthritis and related conditions find it helpful to use grocery delivery services if available in their area,” says Cheryl Crow, owner of the educational company and podcast Arthritis Life and a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

If you meal-plan, you can buy all the ingredients you need for several meals at the same time but then spread out the actual cooking. Crow notes that many people find it helpful to “batch prep” lots of meals at once: place the prepared ingredients into large zip-top bags and put them in the freezer, so they’re easier to assemble once you want to cook.

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