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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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  • Antioxidant diet's value questioned

    The antioxidant-based O2 Diet is relatively simple. Instead of counting calories, dieters add up ORAC points, short for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. The ORAC number reflects the potential antioxidant activity of a food, as defined by the U.S....
  • Firms warned over sale of weight-loss hormone

    Firms warned over sale of weight-loss hormone
    "Homeopathic" weight-loss products containing human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) are illegal and mislead consumers, federal agencies said Tuesday after issuing warning letters to seven companies that market the popular pellets, powders and sprays. In a...
  • The afterburners: Is post workout calorie burn real?

    The afterburners: Is post workout calorie burn real?
    During an exercise session, vigorous cardiovascular workouts such as running or biking can typically torch more calories than resistance or strength training. But what happens once the workout is over? Exercise scientists have long debated the...
  • No rest for the weary

    No rest for the weary
    If you're short on time — and your goal is to burn fat — step away from the treadmill. Now get into the weight room and try supersetting your resistance training. Supersets — a bodybuilding term gaining popularity in fitness centers &#...
  • With exercise, the trick is just getting started

    With exercise, the trick is just getting started
    Being healthy isn't just about running marathons and eating vegetables. Exercise and a healthy diet can be a little more tricky. I used to think I was healthy because I ran marathons and was a longtime vegetarian. Then one day, the man I was dating...
  • Taking five with yoga teacher Tara Stiles

    Taking five with yoga teacher Tara Stiles
    When yoga teacher Tara Stiles listed her influences on her YouTube profile, she typed in "Deepak Chopra, Jane Fonda and Yoko Ono." Shortly thereafter, Stiles become Chopra's personal yoga instructor; together they created an iPhone app and several yoga...
  • What berries can do for you

    What berries can do for you
    Berries are nutritional powerhouses whether they're eaten fresh, frozen, dried, freeze-dried or powdered. But can they protect our brain and memory, melt fat and prevent urinary tract infections? Though emerging research is juicy, scientists know less...
  • A closer look at online shopping for eyeglasses

    A closer look at online shopping for eyeglasses
    Armed with a prescription and some patience, consumers can save hundreds of dollars — and maybe some time — by buying eyeglasses online. For most, the major concerns are cosmetic ones. But an important risk is often overlooked: the quality...
  • The reality of 'low T'

    The reality of 'low T'
    A middle-aged man goes to see his doctor, complaining of a host of vague symptoms: He's lethargic, somewhat depressed and feeling a little anxious about his manliness. Could he just need a boost of testosterone, the vital sex hormone produced by the...
  • Doubts cast on concussion remedies

    Doubts cast on concussion remedies
    To help protect their brains, athletes are now given preseason computer tests that assess memory, concentration and reaction time. Some players don helmets with "concussion reduction technology" or use special mouth guards that promise to "prevent...
  • Threats to the fetus during pregnancy

    Threats to the fetus during pregnancy
    Poor nutrition in the womb and infancy can reprogram the body's organs, setting the stage for disease decades down the road, according to the fetal origins theory. Much less is known about the impact of environmental and psychological exposures, but...
  • Risk of disease partially set in womb, scientists say

    Risk of disease partially set in womb, scientists say
    Pregnant women sacrifice many of life's simple pleasures — caffeine, sushi, a glass of wine — in the hope that their baby will be born healthy. But according to a provocative new field of research, what happens during pregnancy can have...