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Randy Jackson Tackles Weight Loss, Diet, and Diabetes

American Idol judge reveals how he lost 100 pounds and tamed his diabetes. Plus, a slimmed-down recipe and his iPod playlist!

Randy Jackson's Workout Playlist

When Jackson hits the treadmill, his iPod is loaded with tunes to get him rolling. Here’s his pumped-up playlist, in order:

"Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow,"  Paula Abdul
"Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow,"  Paula Abdul (Paul Oakenfold Remix)
"Let’s Go to Bed, " The Cure
"Being a Girl, "  Van Hunt
"Start Me Up, " The Rolling Stones
"Good Life, " Kanye West
"Breathe Me, " Sia
"Fly Away, " Lenny Kravitz
"Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough, "  Michael Jackson
"California Love, " Zapp & Roger
"Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight, " Paul McCartney
"Clocks, " Coldplay
"All the Small Things, " Blink-182
"Make It Happen, " Mariah Carey
"Jump, " Kris Kross
"SexyBack, " Justin Timberlake
"At the End of a Slow Dance, " Van Hunt
"My Humps, " Black Eyed Peas
"Buttons, " The Pussycat Dolls
"Don’t Cha, " The Pussycat Dolls
"Hey Ya! " OutKast
"Addicted to Love, " Robert Palmer
"Beat It," Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer
"Crazy," Gnarls Barkley
"Born for This, " Paramore
"Call Me," Blondie
"Chains of Love, " Erasure
"Chasing Cars, " Snow Patrol
"See You Again, " Miley Cyrus
"Damaged," Danity Kane
"Dance to the Music, " Sly & the Family Stone
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams, " Green Day

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo Ya-Ya

Growing up down South, Jackson developed a taste for the richest of fare, and while most of those original recipes are off-limits, he has learned how to enjoy the taste without the calories, fat, and guilt with the help of chef Jeff Parker, a nutritionist, and his own cook. “Even a Baton Rouge boy like me can hardly tell that they’ve been slimmed down,” he says. Here’s one of the many recipes from his new book, Body With Soul: Slash Sugar, Cut Cholesterol, and Get a Jump on Your Best Health Ever, in bookstores Dec. 2.

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo Ya-Ya
Makes 12 servings

3/4 cup flour
1 lb ground turkey breast
2 tbsp salt-free Cajun seasoning
1/4 tsp cayenne, or more if needed
1/4 tsp liquid smoke
3 tbsp minced garlic, divided
2 tbsp canola oil
4 ribs celery, thinly sliced
2 large onions, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
2 green bell peppers, diced
8 cups fat-free chicken stock
8 oz okra, tops trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 lb medium shrimp, thawed if frozen, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400º. Spread flour on a baking sheet and toast in oven for 45 to 60 minutes or until nut brown, stirring occasionally. Sift into a bowl and set aside.

Meanwhile, make turkey “andouille” sausage. Thoroughly combine ground turkey, 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning, cayenne, liquid smoke, and 1 tbsp garlic. Form 1/2 tbsp of meat into small patties. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large heavy skillet or Dutch oven. Brown sausage patties on both sides. Remove and set aside.

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