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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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  • Mom, Can I Run a Marathon?

    Mom, Can I Run a Marathon?
    Like many runners, 14-year-old Dan Anderson felt his body disintegrating around mile 17 of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. But fueled by a cheering crowd, the Wisconsin teenager completed the grueling 26.2-mile race to join an elite and controversial...
  • Organic: What it means on different products

    Organic: What it means on different products
    Some consumers are more than willing to pay higher prices for organically grown food and other products. But is the extra dollar worth it? The answer may depend upon personal priorities. By definition, organically grown foods are produced without most...
  • Five Alternative Ways to Use Lemons

    Five Alternative Ways to Use Lemons
    When life gives you lemons, don't just make lemonade. This versatile, zesty fruit can keep you both healthy and clean. Here are five alternative uses. -- Astringent. Squeeze some lemon juice into a glass jar, and dab some onto your face every morning,...
  • The Allergy Mystery

    The Allergy Mystery
    House dust mites, those microscopic insects we unwittingly sleep with every night, are among the few known causes of asthma and allergic symptoms. But pesky mites alone can't explain why the prevalence of childhood allergies has risen worldwide over...
  • Tools for Staying Fit and Young

    Tools for Staying Fit and Young
    Anything that enhances balance or brain fitness makes a great gift for an aging friend or relative. If an exercise ball is too daunting, try a Balance Disc ($19.99). Simply sitting on this portable - and less wobbly - alternative can help improve posture...
  • Five Ideas for Aging Gracefully

    Five Ideas for Aging Gracefully
    Despite its reputation, aging doesn't have to be a miserable process. As it is, Americans are living longer than ever before -- the average man can expect to survive 75.2 years. Women have a life expectancy of 80.4. But if you want to make it to 100 --...
  • 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 allergy mystery

    The allergy mystery
    House dust mites, those microscopic insects we unwittingly sleep with every night, are among the few known causes of asthma and allergic symptoms. But pesky mites alone can't explain why the prevalence of childhood allergies has risen worldwide over...
  • Optimism can help, hinder patients

    Optimism can help, hinder patients
    In 2004, New York's Shelley Contin-Hubbs was diagnosed with the most advanced stage of breast cancer; two different doctors told her she could have as little as six months to live. Contin-Hubbs found a third physician, one who was as optimistic and...
  • Do kids need supplements?

    Do kids need supplements?
    When my son was 4, I tried giving him nutritional supplements to make up for his appalling diet. I mixed fish oil into his orange juice. I let him eat candylike gummy multivitamins. And I stirred a chocolate powder containing 31 fruit and vegetable...
  • Vitamin D Shows Promise, Lacks Study

    Vitamin D Shows Promise, Lacks Study
    As far as Dr. Joseph Mercola is concerned, Vitamin D is the magic bullet we've all been looking for. A lack of this wonder nutrient, the controversial natural health advocate says, can set the stage for no fewer than 33 disorders, including autism,...