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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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  • Good health: It's more than exercise

    Good health: It's more than exercise
     I used to think I was healthy because I ran marathons and was a longtime vegetarian. Then one day, the man I was dating looked in my refrigerator. "Where's all your food?" he said. For years -- OK, decades -- I wasn't just meat-free. I also abstained...
  • Do your pushups, Mr. President

    Do your pushups, Mr. President
    As the longtime personal trainer for President Barack Obama and the first family, Cornell McClellan deserves some props for Michelle's famously toned arms. But in addition to working out White House staff and professional athletes, the nation's "first...
  • 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...
  • Alternative medicine: Hype or hope?

    Alternative medicine: Hype or hope?
    There’s a very interesting and unusually civilized debate going on over at the Atlantic.com, where David H. Freedman has written a boldy-headlined piece called “The Triumph of New Age Medicine.” In the essay, Freedman explores why...
  • How extreme heat attacks the body

    How extreme heat attacks the body
    The moment you step into oppressive heat, the body senses life-threatening danger and starts fighting to keep things cool. The heart beats faster as it increases the flow of blood to the skin, trying to keep critical internal organs from overheating. But...
  • To boost cycling, make women happy

    To boost cycling, make women happy
     Chicago's first protected bike lane on Kinzie Ave., which uses soft plastic posts and a parking lane to buffer cyclists from car traffic, could make city riding safer. And if these separated lanes appeal to women, they could dramatically boost the number...
  • Staying safe while biking in traffic

    Staying safe while biking in traffic
    Biking in traffic isn't as treacherous as it might seem. Cyclists rarely get mowed down by motorists from behind — a common fear — and in fact, most accidents don't involve motor vehicles at all. The more common threats are often found...
  • Pregnancy: How a poor diet can affect your fetus

    Pregnancy: How a poor diet can affect your fetus
    Pregnant women who eat poorly risk leaving their children less able to properly store fats in later life, leading to a higher risk of diabetes, according to research that sheds new light on how nutrition in the womb can permanently influence adult health....
  • 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...
  • Tara Stiles' secret senses

    Tara Stiles' secret senses
    As a child, yoga teacher Tara Stiles used to tell her parents the trees in the woods near her home were connected to the people. They’d laugh her observations away. But as she grew older, Stiles realized she was experiencing things differently than...
  • 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...
  • 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...