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Julie Deardorff

Julie Deardorff
Birthplace: Wheaton, IL
Education: University of Iowa (BA in journalism, MBA)
Childhood Influences: "Free To Be You and Me", Title IX, scoliosis, Ed Smith, my elementary school physical education instructor; Pat Johnson, my 4th grade teacher. (Where are you, Mrs. Johnson?) My olders sister, Amy, who forced me to play running bases and watch the Cubs. And, of course, my parents.
Most thrilling high school moment: Playing for Wheaton Central in the 1985 Class AA girls state basketball championship. Greatest physical challenge: Delivering a 9.2-pound baby without pain meds; two Ironman triathlons.
Pet peeve: Sitting in a car.
Words to live by: "Dieting makes you fa...
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Birthplace: Wheaton, IL
Education: University of Iowa (BA in journalism, MBA)
Childhood Influences: "Free To Be You and Me", Title IX, scoliosis, Ed Smith, my elementary school physical education instructor; Pat Johnson, my 4th grade teacher. (Where are you, Mrs. Johnson?) My olders sister, Amy, who forced me to play running bases and watch the Cubs. And, of course, my parents.
Most thrilling high school moment: Playing for Wheaton Central in the 1985 Class AA girls state basketball championship. Greatest physical challenge: Delivering a 9.2-pound baby without pain meds; two Ironman triathlons.
Pet peeve: Sitting in a car.
Words to live by: "Dieting makes you fat."
Favorite running songs: Bruce Springsteen's "This Little Light of Mine"
Recently read: "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" By Barbara Kingsolver
Recently listened to on CD: "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory
Favorite magazines include: New Scientist and The Week.
Favorite gadget: The Myself Pelvic Muscle Trainer.
Where I've traveled: Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Zambia, Tokyo, Europe and the Philippines.
Family members: Husband: Clinton, a carpenter, runner, gourmet cook, primary-care parent, and my role model for good nutrition. Sons: Luke and Erik. Cat: Zoe.
I eat: A plant-based diet. No red meat or poultry since 1985; incorporated wild salmon in 2000.
Favorite superfoods: Avocados, broccoli, blueberries, eggs, spinach, quinoa.
When no one's looking I eat: My son's leftovers.
Medical mystery I'd most like to see solved in my lifetime: Autism.
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  • Secret to weight loss

    The article by Julie Deardorff and Karissa King “Chicago doctor’s research fails federal smell test” (Health, Jan. 9) reveals that Sensa and other marketers of fad weight-loss products have settled charges of false and deceptive...
  • FDA moving to ban trans fat from processed foods

    FDA moving to ban trans fat from processed foods
    After buying Fractured Prune Doughnuts in January, Dan Brinton switched to an oil without trans fats to fry the chain's hand-dipped glazed doughnuts. "It's a little more expensive, but it's certainly worth it as far as I'm concerned," said Brinton,...
  • Agency that polices doctors to slash staff

    Agency that polices doctors to slash staff
    The state agency charged with protecting patients in Illinois says it plans to lay off most of its medical regulators next week, a move officials say will drastically affect their ability to license and discipline physicians. The Illinois Department of...
  • 1st free-standing birth center in Illinois may open

    1st free-standing birth center in Illinois may open
    It took more than two decades of labor, but Illinois is finally poised to permit its first free-standing birth center, an alternative model of care for low-risk pregnant women who want to deliver in a homey environment with a reduced chance of medical...
  • Fitness Community Conversation

    Fitness Community Conversation
    What do a chiropractor, a meditation teacher, a truck driver and an "adventurpreneur" have in common with an outdoors enthusiast, a workplace wellness provider, a Lake Michigan circumnavigator and a paratriathlete? They all share an interest in fitness,...
  • Trib Nation's summer events: Photo, social media classes

    Trib Nation's summer events: Photo, social media classes
    June and July will bring a host of Trib Nation events of note to Chicago Tribune readers who are book lovers or nature lovers, whether they’re interested in the state of Chicago’s schools, or the state of social media for their personal and...
  • Food finesse

    Food finesse
    The way you prepare your food can be just as important as what food you eat. Is there any point in eating broccoli, for example, if you cook the life out of its natural carcinogen killers? On the other hand, some foods, such as tomatoes, may offer more...
  • Abs: The problem with crunches

    Abs: The problem with crunches
    Kristine Timpert's quirky little book "If Babies Did Crunches" tries to sugarcoat an important message for adults: Beware of crunches. The not-just for-kids book stresses that if you really want to banish tummy flab or back pain, clean up your diet and...
  • Cell phones and kids: How to limit exposure

    Cell phones and kids: How to limit exposure
    If you're worried about your child's developing brain being affected by cell phones, try these tips to limit exposure: Don't let toddlers or young children use cell phones. Teenagers should limit use to head sets or texting to keep the antenna away...
  • Cell phone radiation could pose dangers to kids

    Cell phone safety warnings are generally designed for a large man with a big head who talks less than half an hour a day. The average toddler's head, however, weighs about half as much and is far more susceptible to the microwave radiation the phone...
  • Synthetic playing fields: Experts to discuss safety

    Synthetic playing fields: Experts to discuss safety
    The safety of artificial turf will be discussed by a panel of pediatric, environmental health and law experts at 7 p.m. Monday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Center in Chicago. Artificial turf is often used as an alternative to natural grass, which can...