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Thursday, 1 September, 2022

“Everyone should have access to the kitchen” – Natasha Lipman — The Rest Room

Eating and drinking are the most fundamental human needs, and yet when you live with a long-term health condition, getting these needs met can be…a challenge.

From allergies and intolerances, to barely having the energy to get out of bed (let alone prepare food), simply feeding yourself can become a minefield.

Over the years, I’ve had periods of time where my “safe foods” could be counted on one hand and I couldn’t eat without experiencing severe and debilitating reactions. I’ve subluxed joints trying to lift pans. I’ve slipped and injured myself on wet patches on the floor. I’ve poured boiling water over myself. I’ve struggled to hold onto a potato (weirdly specific but this one still eludes me). I’ve smashed more things than I can count. And I have a rather inconvenient habit of forgetting that I’m cooking as soon as I move away from the kitchen.

Let’s just say watching Sebastian watch me clattering around the kitchen with fear in his eyes is amusing.

Having health that fluctuates means that there are times when I can’t even think about getting out of bed to get food, let alone cook. But there are also times when I can actually be in the kitchen and prepare a full meal.

Click here to read full article https://natashalipman.substack.com/p/accessibility-cooking-autism-disabled-food

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