— Cathy Kramer (@cateepoo88) January 6, 2019
A chronic illness is often about subtraction. Gradually, you stop doing the things you love because of the downward progression of your health. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
I like to cook. I also like to entertain. When I was younger, I often did way too much in an effort to be the ultimate hostess. I also paid the price – it took me a day or two to recover. However, there is wisdom with age. Now, when I host a dinner, I make it as easy on myself as possible.
I choose menu items that don’t require a lot of work to make.
“What can we bring?” It doesn’t take me long to answer that question. Any offers of help, whether pre or post meal are gratefully accepted.
I want to enjoy our guests, so I do as much food prep in advance, as possible. For example, I clean and chop the potatoes and place them in a large pot of water overnight. I find some frozen veggies get soggy when you cook them, so I’m choosy about which ones I add to the menu in order to make things a little less prep-heavy.
I also set the table the day before. Meals are served buffet style, which helps to reduce the number of dishes that need washing. (For environmental reasons, I choose not to use disposable dishes. However, there are biodegradable options available, if you’re not up to facing a big pile of dishes.)
Click to see my slideshow on HealthCentral.com: How to Meal Prep When You Have RA.