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Peripheral Neuropathy Doesn't Have to Derail a Love of Cooking

For some people, peripheral neuropathy can be a nuisance. For others, it can rob them of the ability to do the things they love the most - like cooking. Whether you're a professional chef, an amateur foodie, or hate cooking and only do it out of necessity, cooking with peripheral neuropathy can be a lot like navigating a metaphorical minefield. But it doesn't have to be. Try these kitchen-safety tips to get you back in the game.

Swap Out Dishes

Once you hit 25, the appeal of eating off of paper plates is pretty much gone, so the idea of swapping back to them to make life safer is probably not many people's idea of a good time. It's also not very environmentally friendly - or affordable. Thankfully, most stores carry attractive, affordable, shatterproof plastic or melamine dishes year-round. Consider swapping out your fragile dishes with a set of safer, more durable plastics.

Wear Shoes

Cooking barefoot can be one of life's simplest pleasures, but when you've got peripheral neuropathy, that simple pleasure can turn dangerous quickly. Make sure you always wear footwear in the kitchen, especially if you're working with something that could injure you, such as hot foods or sharp knives. They don't have to be the prettiest shoes, either - check out a local uniform store and consider a pair of food-safety shoes. They will not only cushion your feet while you stand, but they will also give you the added bonus of helping to prevent you from sliding across slick kitchen floors.

Wear Safety Gear

Chopping onions? Stirring hot marinara? Five-fingered safety gloves are an absolute must for your kitchen. They protect your hands while still allowing you the flexibility and dexterity you need to complete your food preparation. They also protect your hands from extreme cold, so don't forget to grab them when it's time to take out that pint of ice cream for dessert.

Plug In

They make electric appliances for almost everything these days, from chopping food to opening cans to sharpening knives, if it's something you do in the kitchen, you can probably find a machine to help you with it. But while many small kitchen appliances can be much faster and are completely safe, they can sometimes be more difficult to clean or disassemble, so only get what you need. Some people recommend food processors for chopping, but struggling with sharp processor blades can sometimes be even more dangerous than using actual knives.

Another handy tool for the kitchen is a voice-activated device like Alexa or Google Home. You can ask for recipe help just with your voice - no need to go online or type in questions to your phone or laptop mid-meal prep. They can also give you the news and weather, play music and so much more - you'll probably use them for much more than you ever thought possible.

Skip the Mat

Those cushy rubber safety mats you see in the fancy cooking stores really help fatigued muscles that are standing to cook for long periods of time. Unfortunately, they create a safety hazard for PN patients who can easily stumble over them in the kitchen. Remove any mats or rugs while you cook so the floor is level and there is no chance of tripping over so-called safety equipment!

For more advice about how to make your home safer while living with peripheral neuropathy, give Dr. Weller a call at Restore Wellness Center at 480-751-1629.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

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