About Janet

JO Kitchen

Following successful careers in acting, Human Resources and training, I’m focusing my energies on a new passion –  helping you prepare healthy, good tasting food.

Like most Southerners of a certain age I grew up on some KILLER food (in more ways than one).  We often had meat three times a day.  It was frequently fried (and darned tasty) and served with a side of some kind of vegetable (also fried) and a dessert – fried pie, anyone? Our salad was a limp leaf of iceberg lettuce topped with a canned pear half and then crowned with a dollop of full fat mayonnaise.  On Sundays the mayo was sometimes centered with a maraschino cherry (just to fancy it up).  Our motto seemed to be: “If you can’t fry it, smother it”.

I became a Vegetarian in my late 20s and lived on avocado and cheese sandwiches until I finally learned to cook.  Over the past few years I’ve become more interested in food as a support for healthy living. Like most women, I’ve been on every diet made – no carbs, no protein, all carbs, all protein, Weight Watchers, celery soup, The Duke Diet and Fitness Center – you name it!  And they work – as long as you stay on them.  However, I’ve found that eating good food in moderation, and moving some every day is the best answer for me.  I’m not a “throw the baby out with the bath water” kind of coach at all.  I simply cook at home most nights and am keeping it basic, quick and good tasting.

My goals are simple: I want to work with individuals who are ready to find and/or support their good health.  I’m not a nutritionist or a physician.  I’m not a chef, but I can cook, and I can motivate people in a positive fashion.  I’m dreaming big – I want to see groups of folks getting together each week to prepare healthy food in a fun environment.  Maybe we can tour the Saturday farmer’s market and then cook our goodies that day!  I want to laugh, to share, to learn from others.  And I hope you’ll choose to join me.

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