I would like to introduce myself; I’m Juetta, a regular Jo and founder of Turn It On. People call me Jo because Juetta is too hard to remember. I’m a regular Jo because I’m not a trainer or nutritionist but just a dedicated enthusiast of life. The reason I started Turn It On was to promote fitness, fashion, nutrition, and a positive attitude towards life to women of all ages. It is to let everyone know that 50 years young is wonderful; if you make it wonderful. If you’re 20, 30, 40 or 70, it doesn’t matter. All these things we share will help you focus. Just try them and see. I don’t believe in diets, I believe in a healthy lifestyle. Diets make us hungry and hungry can makes us ugly. So why would anyone want to look ugly? Lifestyle can mean many things. To me, it’s all about what we can do to make getting younger better, sexier, more beautiful and feeling your best. It all begins with believing in yourself and realizing you are worth it. The fact that you found this site suggests to me that you’re one smart cookie. A change in lifestyle is not easy, but you know what? I have faith in you, and I know you can change what’s needed in your life. If I can, so can you. I would love to walk beside you, not in front of you or behind you. I want to help you get fit and look fab. You know your body better than anyone else, so guess what sisters? It’s time to take charge and go for it.
How do you look fabulous at any age? I think it’s all about nutrition and exercise. Let’s start with nutrition. I’m not a chef and I don’t pretend to be. You can ask my husband and son. Boy have they put up with me learning. However, what I have gathered along this awesome path of life is how to shop and stay healthy.
In the grocery, I only shop the perimeter of the store and not the aisles. The perimeter holds all that yummy stuff that’s good for us. The produce department, dairy, fish, specialty items (olive oil), meat and of course the WINE department are all on the perimeter. Besides the grocery, there are the farmer’s markets you should seek out. That’s where organic is king (only if the price is right), and there’s no white stuff—you know the white rice, bread, pasta etc. Look for the whole grains which mean exactly that —whole grains, nothing blown off, shucked off, burnt off, and soaked off. Organic is pure and simple and oh so good for us. This eating healthy thing isn’t easy and it will take time to get into the groove. Believe me, I’m a slow learner and it took me some time and research to figure it all out, but now it’s my lifestyle and I love it!
One thing that is a must is reading the ingredients label. If I can’t pronounce it, I don’t buy it. Why would you put something that you can’t even pronounce into your beautiful body? In a nut shell, welcome to the land of fruits, veggies, lean protein, whole grains and for the sake of making my husband happy, a healthy dessert. BTW, there are healthy desserts. I’ll share those in the future.
Just remember one simple saying: if you are trying to lose weight—less in and more out. Expend more energy than the amount of fuel you put in. There is no way around it. It’s just the way it is. Start slow, take your time, and make everything count while you’re on this road and you will realize that YOU CAN DO IT. I’m so happy that you have decided to join me on this platform of fashion, fitness, nutrition and that positive attitude about life called Turn It On! We will become great friends and walk side by side.
Jadori Chicken with Date Mushroom Sauce, Arugula, and Gigonda Beans
Here’s one ingredient to looking fabulous at any age and it doesn’t take too long to fix. It is totally different than the everyday meat and potatoes that too many women seem to be fixated on. I made up this recipe because it just sounded good and I love to experiment. It takes the “ho hum” out of cooking. Ok it may not be the prettiest, but it’s healthy, filling and nutritious. So, what is it? It’s Jadori chicken (some Japanese bird with a fancy name cut with the wing attached to the breast) with a mushroom date sauce accompanied with big Italian white beans called Gigondas with arugula on the side. The crackers are called La Panzanella (available at most groceries) and I topped them with blue cheese from our great friends who live in Oregon. This cow’s milk cheese is very low in sodium, cholesterol and fat.
I don’t like to provide recipes the traditional way, so I wing it like I do my cooking. Take the chicken (Jadori or any organic chicken breast), slap some olive oil and pepper on it and put it in the oven until the Salmonella are dead. Don’t overcook it though (usually about 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees for the breast with skin). For the sauce, throw some olive oil in a large skillet and slice some mushrooms, onions, and garlic and sauté until translucent. Put the garlic in last so it doesn’t burn. What makes this sauce really good is if you can get some veal demi-glace (veal bones boiled until all the marrow congeals into this delicious paste). It’s available at most groceries. Add a teaspoon of it to the skillet, add some water (not a lot), some balsamic vinegar, fresh squeezed orange juice (a teaspoon of balsamic and half an orange squeezed until all the juice is in the skillet) and a handful of diced dates (remove those seeds!). Cook it down until it looks good. If the dates don’t soften, add more water and cook it down again.
The beans I cheated on. I bought them from a deli. They’re basically beans with olive oil and some sundried tomatoes and herbs. Nothing else. Look at the label! Sometimes I make them from scratch, but as long as they’re just all the good stuff, it’s much easier just to buy them. So put the arugula on the plate, add the chicken when the Salmonella aren’t looking back at you, ladle the sauce around it, add the crackers and cheese and sprinkle some fresh rosemary (or thyme, or sage, or basil or whatever). That’s it. I don’t know how many calories there are in this, I just know it’s all fresh, healthy and tasty. There’s no sugar either because the dates and orange juice added that.
Just remember another thing; don’t get on the scales. Use the fit of your clothes as the guide to your success.
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Juetta, your regular Jo