Cooking with Relapsing MS By Rachel, Wife, Mother, Domestic Engineer • August 24, 2017
I love, love, love to cook. To me, spending time creating in the kitchen is a form of art. And I’ll proudly state that I am self-taught. Just ask my husband about the first meal I ever made for him… let’s just say that I’ve come a long way!
Eating healthy has always been a priority of mine, and knowing that I’m feeding my family nutritious meals makes me feel good. After I was diagnosed with relapsing MS, I knew that it would be important to maintain healthy eating habits and proper nutrition, because I always feel better when I am taking good care of myself.
So like I said, I love to cook, but sometimes, cooking and living with relapsing MS can be a challenge. Throughout the years, I’ve learned a few tricks for cooking that I want to share:
Prep ahead or in stages
When I am feeling my best, I prep whole meals ahead of time and pop them in the freezer, so I can save them for the days when I may not be feeling so well. I also do prepping in stages. For example, if there is a lot of slicing or chopping that needs to be done for a certain dish, I do that in stages and put the veggies or whatnot in the fridge for when I’m ready to use them. Better yet—I will also sometimes buy the pre-chopped and sliced veggies at the store! Prepping ahead is the best. I know that if I have an off day, all I have to do is pull something out of the fridge or freezer and voilà! We have a meal…and my family stays happy! Ever heard of the term “hangry” (when hunger reaches the point of anger)? Yeah, I like to avoid that as much as possible.
Get some good tools
Anyone else tired of feeling fatigue? I’ve learned some techniques to help me conserve energy and make cooking easier and safer. In my case, I can’t feel my hands and have to be vigilant about not hurting myself! Sometimes a basic pizza cutter or a dough scraper or pastry cutter can work as an easy way to cut things without using a ton of strength or energy.
Take a break
Chairs are great. I bring a chair into the kitchen and plant myself on it. Even though it may seem like such a small thing, I find resting while waiting for my food to cook can make a big difference.
Make it last
Another thing I love is when cooking once yields more than one meal. Whenever I make a roasted chicken, I always turn it into a second meal. I use my trusty old Dutch oven to cook it, and once the meal finishes cooking, I don’t even clean out that pot. Instead, I throw the rest of the chicken and bones back into the pot and prepare for chicken soup. What’s that they say about chicken soup? Oh yeah, that it’s good for the soul!
There’s nothing like the aroma of soup filling the house. It just makes you feel good. What feel-good recipes do you like to make? Feel free to share them below!
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