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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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  • Give Your Chair a Rest

    Give Your Chair a Rest
    "Chair disease" is an increasingly common malady in the U.S. that is almost always caused by spending too much time parked on your rear end. It's not really the chair's fault, though. The problem is that most of us sit wrong -- slouched forward with...
  • Vitamin D to Defend Against Maladies

    Vitamin D -- the so-called sunshine vitamin -- is the wonder nutrient of the moment. While the vitamin is best known for helping build strong bones and absorb calcium, a vitamin D deficiency can raise the risk of everything from immune disorders to colds...
  • Giving Up Milk? Try These Alternatives

    Giving Up Milk? Try These Alternatives
    Cow's milk may be the ideal beverage for baby cows, but it just doesn't sit well with some Americans. Dairy allergies, lactose intolerance and an interest in healthier beverages have all sparked a proliferation of alternative milk products. The new...
  • 10 Foods Allergy Sufferers Should Try

    10 Foods Allergy Sufferers Should Try
    More than 11 million Americans are estimated to have food allergies, which occur when the immune system reacts poorly to certain food. If you have an allergy, you know: Within minutes of eating the offending food, you may experience hives, swelling or...
  • How to Clean Out Your System Safely

    Every three months, Pamela Bryant, 50, stops eating food for at least 10 days to clean the gunk out of her body. When she's hungry, she drinks a concoction of lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup, laxative tea or saltwater. The popular liquid...
  • How to Use Sunscreen Wisely

    How to Use Sunscreen Wisely
    Sunscreen is commonly hailed as safe, essential body armor. It protects us from blistering sunburn, keeps our skin from wrinkling and helps guard against squamous cell cancer. But the evidence is inconclusive as to whether sunscreens reduce the risk of...
  • Cereals still sweet-talk kids

    Cereals still sweet-talk kids
    Despite a historic pledge by more than a dozen major food companies to advertise healthier food to children, the least nutritious cereals are still the ones most aggressively marketed to kids. Cereal companies do sell healthy options. But the ones...
  • The Mysterious Calorie

    The Mysterious Calorie
    Registered dietitian Jill Weisenberger once had a client who kept a puzzling food journal. The calorie counts were all out of whack. The woman's tuna sandwich had 33 calories. An apple: 144. Turns out the woman was mistaking a food-calorie book's index...
  • Are Probiotics Friendly?

    Are Probiotics Friendly?
    Ready for some live, active cultures in your chocolate? How about your breakfast cereal? Probiotics, the so-called friendly bacteria with health benefits, have broken out of the dairy case and are colonizing other areas of the supermarket. The bacteria,...
  • Shredded tires: Best choice for playground surfaces?

    Recycled rubber playground surfaces seem like a win-win situation. When children fall, they're more likely to bounce than break bones. And the springy, low-maintenance ground cover, which is also used in running tracks and synthetic turf, provides an eco-...
  • Choosing a chiropractor

    Choosing a chiropractor
    Have back or neck pain, but not for sure if a chiropractor is the answer? Medical experts give their take on what you should do before making that appointment. -- Be wary of those who say spinal manipulation can cure whatever ails you. "Look for a...