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Cooking Hacks For Bad Pain Days

I am a real foodie, so when I get the chance to create a new dish in the kitchen, I absolutely revel in it. Sometimes I really feel like I can lose myself in the process and I always feel like I’ve achieved something worthwhile when a dish comes together. It gives me an escape, and something yummy to eat at the end of it!

Unfortunately, endo pains can make this a difficult hobby and a lot of the time it can feel like a real chore. On a bad pain day, even if I have the energy to stand and cook, brain fog and the fuzzy feelings of strong painkillers leave me unable to think clearly, so any food I make is whatever is to hand or easy to cook.

While it can be frustrating, you have to eat, so here are a few cooking hacks I’ve found helpful on bad pain days:

Batch cook

Batch cooking is where you make a big quantity of food that can be portioned off and refrigerated or frozen for another day. Not only is this great for days when you don’t want to - or can’t - cook, it’s also a good way of making sure you get a healthy, filling meal. Meals like chili, pasta sauce, curry, stew, and soup are great for making in batch!

Invest in a slow or pressure cooker

Slow cookers are a great way to easily put a healthy and nutritious meal together with little to no effort. Throw your ingredients in on a low setting the night before, and the cooking process is done for you. A pressure cooker speeds up the process with just as little effort!

Adapt your style

Find a new or comfortable style of cooking to suit your needs. You don’t need anything fancy, just something that will make that painful tummy happy! I like one pan cooking where I can just throw everything in! It also saves on washing up too!

Buy pre-prepped veg

I’ve very often seen people complain about pre-prepared fruit and vegetables in shops, calling people lazy for using them. But for those of us who live life with chronic pain or disabilities, not only is any shortcut a gain, but having the difficult process of peeling and chopping done for us, often makes no-go foods accessible to us. I’ve also got a stock of frozen fruit and vegetables in the freezer which can be cooked without defrosting.

Making the experience more accessible

If you’re finding it hard to stand up to cook, then don’t! Bring a chair to the worktop or go and sit down at a table to prepare the food. If you find any equipment difficult to use, replace with something easier to use. For example, I find it difficult to open jars so I have a jar opener! I also get on better with utensils with wider, more grippable handles.

Get someone else to cook!

... And, if all else fails, there’s always takeout!

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