Part of handling that frustration has been learning to live with the condition. When you are diagnosed with any chronic condition, you hear a lot about ‘management’ (no power suits involved). Self-managing a condition means learning to listen to your body, exercising it to make it stronger and giving it the right kind of fuel. It helps give you a bit of control over Arthur – and, in my mind, anything you can do to kick him into shape has to be worth it.
The only thing I find more frustrating than Arthur is the amount of complete rubbish written about diet and arthrits. I got fed up reading that if I cooked with vinegar and raisins I would be cured! Equally, watching TV chefs happily 'julienne' vegetables or whisk-up sauces when I could barely hold a fork made me miserable.
Arthritis can take so much away from you but I was determined to not let it ruin my enjoyment of good food. So, I went back to school (to study clinical nutrition), as well as to the kitchen to tackle those frustrations. I wanted to put together everything I have learned to help make cooking fun, achievable and healthy again. Now, I mess about in the kitchen and cook myself better - I hope Cooking with Arthur will help you do the same.