Cooking is something that makes me happy — although sometimes you’d never guess that when you hear the language coming from the kitchen. Because of our disabilities, both my wife, Sheri, and I have reactions to certain ingredients in various types of food. For us, having control over the ingredients in food is very helpful, plus we tend to eat healthier and it costs less.

When you use a wheelchair, as both my wife and I do, cooking can be challenging. You need to prepare ahead, or at least think ahead about what needs to be done.

First, plan your shopping.