In general, it's much†easier to maintain a healthy diet when you cook at home.†But Parkinsonís disease symptoms†can make meal prep challenging, and cooking can be exhausting.†
Our community shared the tools and tricks they use to cook healthy, tasty meals safely and easily.
As for what to cook, our staff MD shares tips on planning meals around medications and other nutritional advice in a recent Ask the MD video. Share your own favorite recipes and cooking tips in the comments.
1. Gather everything you need and put it in one place before starting to cook. If itís more comfortable, sit in a chair that brings you to the height of your counter and prep food while sitting.
2. Take safety precautions and organize your kitchen so it's as accessible as possible. One commenter recommended cut-resistant gloves. Make sure the equipment you need is on an easy-to-reach shelf.
3. Use light-weight tools that are easy to grasp. Lightweight pots and pans are easier to lift, and tools with thick handles can be more comfortable to hold.
4. Choose recipes that donít need you to prepare two different parts at the same time. Some people with Parkinsonís have trouble multitasking. If that sounds like you, try creating one-pot meals like salad or a stir fry. That way, you donít have to worry about checking the oven while youíre in the middle of stirring a dish on the stove top.
5. Freeze extra servings to save for days when youíre not feeling up to cooking. Parkinsonís disease symptoms often vary from day to day, so itís handy to have quick meals on hand. Commenters also mentioned taking a nap before you cook to maximize your energy levels.