By using your body efficiently and doing things in a sequential way, you can save your energy. Work simplification and energy conservation principles will allow you to remain independent and be less frustrated by your illness when the energy you have lasts throughout the day. Leaving you the energy to do the things you want to do instead of the things you have to do.
Energy conservation tips for the kitchen:
Taking frequent rest breaks/taking seated breaks when needed
Gather all ingredients and utensils before starting
Make large meals and freeze in servings for later use
Use lightweight cookware and dishes to conserve energy
Use paper plates and cups to eliminate dishwashing
Use electric appliances such as can openers, blenders, food processors and dishwasher to conserve energy
Position and Posture are important. Sit to work when you can to use 25% less energy. Sit and stand as upright as you can
Practice deep breathing exercises while you work to maintain your breathing rate and stay relaxed
Slide heavy objects along the counter top rather than lifting them.
Use a damp dishcloth or sticky surface such as dycem to keep items in place while working or when opening jars, etc.
Line baking pans with foil to minimize cleaning
Soak pots & pans to eliminate scrubbing
Use cooking baskets inside saucepans to avoid lifting heavy pans containing hot water when draining vegetables, etc.
Use electrical equipment rather than manual when possible e.g. electric tin opener and food processor
A microwave oven can cut down on cooking & cleaning time
Avoid over reaching and bending by keeping often used items within easy reach
Avoid rushing; rushing uses more energy; take your time, breathe, relax!
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