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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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  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Doctors: Marathoners' reliance on painkillers poses risks down the road

    Doctors: Marathoners' reliance on painkillers poses risks down the road
    As part of her marathon training, Daisy Carranza has taken an over-the counter pain reliever nearly every day for the last several months. On race day Sunday, she's prepared to pop at least seven Extra Strength Tylenol capsules: two at the starting line,...
  • Safety questions raised about PeaPod travel beds

    Safety questions raised about PeaPod travel beds
    KidCo PeaPod travel beds are marketed as cozy sleeping spaces for newborns through age 6. Lightweight and portable, the colorful pop-up tents are often considered a practical alternative to bulky play yards. Earlier this month, however, Canada's...
  • A 'free play' experiment

    A 'free play' experiment
    My friend Kendra recently conducted a short but nerve-wracking experiment with her two boys, ages 7 and 9. “Go out and play,” she told them. “Don’t come in until dinner time.” One of her boys wasn’t sure what to do....
  • Fitness factions: Blending men's and women's health advice

    Fitness factions: Blending men's and women's health advice
    I'm one of those women who likes reading men's health and fitness magazines. Though they all promise bodies and sex lives that most of us will never have, I'm drawn to the funny, self-deprecating tone, the functional workout tips and the emphasis on...
  • Five minutes with stroke survivor Jill Bolte Taylor

    Five minutes with stroke survivor Jill Bolte Taylor
    Neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor has always loved the brain’s complex beauty. But she developed an unexpectedly deep appreciation for her own in 1996 after a blood vessel ruptured and she suffered a massive stroke. The life-changing moment destroyed...
  • POM Wonderful pushes back against FTC

    POM Wonderful pushes back against FTC
    POM Wonderful, a manufacturer of pomegranate juice and supplements, is pushing back against a recent ruling that found the company violated federal law by making deceptive disease prevention and treatment claims. Boldly asserting its right to legally...
  • Some nutrients can stave off vision loss and eye disease that occurs as we age

    Some nutrients can stave off vision loss and eye disease that occurs as we age
    Even if you are reading this without glasses, it's not too early to start taking your eye vitamins. Some nutrients can stave off the burdensome vision loss and eye disease that occur as we age, mounting research suggests. But claims by supplement...
  • City ambulances finally equipped to detect severe heart attacks

    City ambulances finally equipped to detect severe heart attacks
    Chicago's Brian Thies was at home when the ache he'd been feeling all day suddenly turned into crushing chest pain. Inside the ambulance, paramedics quickly determined he was suffering from the deadliest type of heart attack, an aptly named "widow-maker."...
  • 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...