Luke Hopkins, a Physician Assistant, joins Heritage Health's Post-Acute Care team. Luke is passionate about serving senior citizens and providing the best care.
Heritage Health welcomes Mark Smyly, a Physician Assistant, to the Kellogg Clinic. Mark, a Coeur d’Alene native, loves skiing, golf, and spending time with his friends and family.
By Emily Maus
University of Idaho - Student Intern
I find great satisfaction and joy in cooking. As a child, I would plan and make ‘fancy’ meals for my family. As I ventured into living on my own cooking became more of a hassle. I began eating the same meals over and over. I love cooking, but I do not always love cooking for just myself.
Cooking for one offers many challenges from food waste to lack of variety. With practice, cooking for myself has grown to be one of my favorite moments. Cooking for myself has exposed many perks over the years including eating what I want without having to consider others’ cravings, improved cooking skills without fear of failure, and getting extra creative with what I have on hand. Let’s not forget…dibs on all delicious leftovers.
Here are some tips I have learned to make cooking for one fun, easy, and affordable:
- Plan ahead. This feels obvious, but let’s just say it can be challenging! I notice when I take initiative to plan meals or recipes ahead of time. I reduce the risk of eating the same meal day after day. I also prevent food waste by planning and preparing leftovers I will actually want to eat… or freeze. Setting aside time to prepare fresh meals fuels my body with nutrients and saves me money because I am not tempted to grab take-out. I challenge myself to pick 1-2 specific recipes each week and keep staples on hand for easy throw-together meals.
- Utilize the freezer. The freezer has become my best friend! It allows me to have a wide variety of food on hand without fear of food waste. I load it with ingredients I can utilize quickly like fruit, vegetables, bread, and pre-cooked meats. Those leftovers I mentioned above…the freezer is a perfect spot to keep them until you want it again… hello variety! I also keep baked goods in the freezer to prevent impulse buys and fill my cravings when they hit.
- Pick and choose. When it comes to fresh produce, choose only 2-4 new fruits and vegetables each week. The amount you choose will be varied on how much you really can eat in a week. When I first was cooking for myself, I wanted everything fresh, but I noticed the abundance of produce I was choosing was going bad before I could get through it. Now I typically will choose 2 fresh fruits and 2 fresh vegetables each week. The other fruits and vegetables I use are stored in the freezer!
- Make leftovers into a new creation. Cooking alone means there is more room for experimenting, there is no one to judge you on what you make or the flavors you choose. Some of my favorite meals I make are clean-out the fridge creations. Reinventing leftovers will minimize repetition and keep cooking and eating fun! For example, if you make chicken fajitas one night, reinvent leftovers into scrambled eggs, pasta, or a warmed sandwich. Turn curry into a burrito or throw leftover pasta on top of a green salad. Get innovative and have fun!
- Utilize single-serve recipes. Sometimes my freezer is just plain full or I know I want a specific food only one time. This is the moment I utilize single-serve recipes or scale back on recipes I would previously make for a larger crowd. Yes… this can take some math, but you can do it (or google can help)! Choosing ingredients for these recipes can exhibit its own challenges such as being left with a full box of that special ingredient with only 1 tablespoon missing. This is when the bulk bins or deli counters at your local grocery stores will benefit greatly. Pull out your calculator and a ramekin and get cooking!
Cooking and eating should bring joy and satisfaction. I hope these tips make preparing food for one exciting, easy, and affordable!
Emily is a member of the University of Idaho Coordinated Dietetic Program Class of 2021.
Heritage Health has hired Eddie Larsen to be its new Chief Operations Officer, who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the organization. Larsen previously worked as a Chief Operating Officer for Aviva Health in Roseburg, Ore. He also has experience working in information technology for health care organizations. “I am looking forward to getting to know everyone,” said Larsen. “I have appreciated the warm and kind welcome.”
Eddie says he believes in balancing work with fun and laughter. “I don’t want work to be a four-letter word,” he said. “I believe in empowering people. I am not a micromanager. I want to help people grow to be the next generation of leaders at Heritage Health.” He said collaboration and teamwork are core principles and that he looks forward to “contributing” to making Heritage Health a stronger organization. Larsen is currently pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration from William Howard Taft University. He earned a Master of Business Administration from California Coast University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.
Eddie has a 16-year-old daughter, and he loves the outdoors, camping, hiking, and reading.
The Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccination has been paused for distribution and administration. This is due to an abundance of caution as 6 cases of rare blood clots have been reported. So far, over 7 million doses have been administered nationwide, making this a rare event. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will be meeting today and this week to evaluate these cases and ensure the vaccine continues to be safe.
Heritage Health has not received or administered the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in its operations in Kootenai County or Shoshone County. Patients and community members who have received COVID vaccination with Heritage Health have received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination thus far.
If you have received any COVID vaccination and feel you have had an adverse reaction, contact your Primary Care Provider or the vaccine provider at any time after vaccination.
Peter Purrington, MD, MBA, CPE, CHCQM
Chief Clinical Officer
We are excited to welcome Dr. Heather Russell to our dental team!
Kickstart your daily exercise routine now!
Working from home and Zoom meetings became part of the new routine for many Americans during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Combine that with social distancing and avoiding large gatherings of people and it means COVID-19 may be the least of our worries.
“I think a big concern is people being less active and gaining weight,” says Dr. Anthony Rehil-Crest, Vice President of Medical Services at Heritage Health. “Many of us are working from home or not working at all and for many people, their job is their primary source of activity. It’s important to make yourself aware of changes in your activity.”
Weight gain can creep up on people who are not paying attention – especially if you’re wearing sweatpants all day and moving from the home office to the couch to the kitchen and back to the home office.
While no formal studies have been released, it’s a good chance the last 12 months have resulted in weight gain and diminished activity. Health care providers expect to see spikes in diabetes, heart disease, and depression in 2021.
Heritage Health is offering the coronavirus vaccine to our patients who are 65 years and over at our clinics in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum, and Kellogg. The Kellogg clinic is offering drive-through vaccinations. Call (208) 620-5250 to get on the vaccine waiting list.