3 Tips on How to Conquer Cooking When You Are in Pain:
A CRPS Life Hack
Posted on March 1, 2019
*This is a transcript of a video

Hello Everyone, I am Kristi Oen and I am a CRPS Conqueror and today I want to talk to you about how to conquer cooking when you are in pain. I have three tips for you on how to do that.

Welcome to my kitchen and for those of us that are in pain, we know that it's a good idea for us to eat healthy. But it is extremely difficult for us to actually do that. In fact I would say it is virtually impossible when you have CRPS to actually cook and take care of yourself in a normal way. If that resonates with you then go ahead and give me a thumbs up - you know what I am talking about you have been here and done that and you need a little extra help. So that’s what I’m going to give you, 3 tips on how to do this a little easier.

We all know that it is a little too easy for us just to order fast food and that is not what our body needs especially when we have flares and other things going on we need low toxin, high quality food so this is how we do it.

TIP #1 Cook in the Morning or When you Feel Good

If you notice the time in this video 9:46 in the morning and I am cooking dinner for tonight. That’s right because that is when I have the energy and I feel like I can do it. I actually can do it in the evening now that I'm feeling so much better. However, I established this habit when I was really sick and lying in bed all the time. For those of you that understand, you do one thing like cook then you lay in bed for a day or two because it is just so exhausting and so much energy and extremely painful to do anything. So when I had a good day and I felt good in the morning I got up and I made food. That is really just how you have to do it sometimes; you just have to go with it. So tip number one: cook when you are feeling good, for me that was in the morning.

Tip #2 Cook Multiple, Simple, Large Meals

You don't know when you're going to be feeling good again or whether you are going to want to take that time to cook or take that time to play with your son or take that time to do something else. So make large quantities that can really help you out.

I always like to do a big soup so that will last me a long time and it is something easy. Another tip, my husband hates this, but I keep it in this pot in the refrigerator because then I can just take it out and put it on the stove and heat it. If I had to put it into another pan and heat it again it's pretty much not going to happen. Those of you who are in pain and have CRPS know what I am talking about. The effort that it takes to do just one more step is too much. So I love to make a big soup.

I also like to prepare a big meal and a crockpot is one of my best friends for doing that. I put a bunch of frozen things in there and then see you in 6 hours. It doesn’t require much effort at all.  
The other thing I have to do is prepare my lunches for the week. Otherwise I may just lie in bed and skip lunches all week. When I was really sick that was a real possibility because you just feel like you don’t have the energy to do it or it’s not worth the pain to move. One of the best things I love to do is just get a big thing of salad and once again when you are feeling good, take it and put it into smaller lunch size containers. I know because I've been there, if I have to take this bag of salad out of fridge and move it into a bowl, I am less likely to it than if I just grab a premade salad and eat it.  
So what goes on that little salad? I usually bake or crockpot some. Overall pick a meat that is super easy and pre made and if you’re feeling good cut it all up so you can throw it in your salad and it is ready to eat straight out of the refrigerator. The more you can make things super simple for a day that is going to stink is better. I also know there were quite a few days when I was really sick and lying in bed where my 5 year son had to bring me food. Well he couldn’t really cook and make me big meals or anything. So I needed to have simple stuff prepared that he can bring to me on a day where maybe I just needed to lay in bed.

So that was tip number two: cook multiple, simple, large meals and honestly you can have all of this stuff going at one time and still have rest. It’s not like you to sit and babysit the food you are cooking. Pick things you don’t have to stir and watch. Pick things that are really simple, that you can throw together and walk away from.

Tip #3 Use Frozen (Organic) Food

It is time to look at frozen foods and I would go so far as to say organic as well. Remember those toxins in your body that you're taking in are not helpful to your condition so we want to keep it as clean as possible.  
How many of you on a good day (you can raise your hand or you can make a comment) go grocery shopping and you bring home fresh food because you have the best intentions of cooking an awesome meal with it? And how many times does it just rot and you end up throwing it away? It is a reality when you are dealing with CRPS that you never know what your next day is going to feel like, or what your next moment is going to be like so you need to get food that doesn't rot. 

That’s why I love to get frozen food. I always get frozen meat because I never know when I'm going to feel good enough to cook. These kinds of frozen organic vegetables are excellent, even riced cauliflower that is already pre chopped up. Anything I can do to help myself is better so look for precut and pre chopped. We know that sometimes holding a knife or even having enough energy to cut is impossible. So get as much extra help on the front end as you can to make your life easier so that you can have good healthy food. Also frozen is better than canned, once again less toxins/preservatives. Remember for tip number 3: getting great frozen meats and vegetables are going to save your day!

I'm going to get to cooking so I can have a great dinner tonight and not order in. I hope you enjoyed this and once again I am here to help you conquer whatever you’ve got going on with pain especially if it’s CRPS because I have been there, done that and I’m no longer going to be a part of that. I am excited and I hope to see you guys again soon.

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