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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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  • 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...
  • Calories: The Basic Facts

    Calories: The Basic Facts
    A calorie is . . . A unit of energy. First described in the 1800s, a calorie is technically the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. But in the health and nutrition world, a calorie is the potential...
  • Cold, Flu Immunity From Supplements?

    Cold, Flu Immunity From Supplements?
    Airborne, the popular dietary supplement created by a germ-averse schoolteacher, no longer boasts that it can prevent your cold or ease aggravating symptoms. Instead, the packaging says the effervescent pill helps "support your immune system." To many...
  • Busting Health Product Myths

    Busting Health Product Myths
    An ounce of prevention ... often adds up to a pound of malarkey. Whether it's a tablet to take with alcohol to prevent a beer belly, or a chocolaty, sweetened breakfast cereal that's fortified to "support" your child's immune system, experts say most...
  • Research: Knuckle-Cracking Not So Bad

    Research: Knuckle-Cracking Not So Bad
    If 2010 was the year you were going to stop cracking your knuckles, you may want to consider another resolution. Despite what such renowned authorities as your mother might say, the obnoxious habit does not lead to arthritis of the fingers, according...
  • Can Antioxidant Benefits be Measured?

    Can Antioxidant Benefits be Measured?
    Like every other diet program out there, Keri Glassman's antioxidant-based "O2 Diet" promises to make you thin and beautiful. And it's easy: Just eat foods that have high antioxidant levels. But the scale used in the book to determine antioxidant...
  • Sports Drinks: Not Healthy for Kids

    Sports Drinks: Not Healthy for Kids
    In some "healthy" school vending machines across the country, soda is out. But rehydrating, sugar-laden sports drinks are still in. Often promoted by popular athletes as essential thirst quenchers, sports beverages can be beneficial if they're consumed...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Is Latisse Worth the Risks?

    Is Latisse Worth the Risks?
    For about $100 a month, you could have the long, thick, dark eyelashes that you've always wanted. But Latisse, a drug that can treat the new medical condition "inadequate eyelashes," also has a few unpleasant side effects. It may grow excessive hair in...
  • Putting Your Best Foot Forward

    Putting Your Best Foot Forward
    If you're wondering whether collagen injections will help pad your stilletto­ worn heels, podiatrists want to help. The strong, flexible human foot - which has 26 bones, more than 100 ligaments, 30 joints and 19 muscles - is an engineering marvel. Over...
  • Losing Weight With the Breast-Feeding Diet?

    Losing Weight With the Breast-Feeding Diet?
    After Jen Matlack had a baby, the Connecticut mom went on what she called the easiest and most effective weight-loss regimen of her life. For three years she breast-fed her daughter Mae and ate whatever she wanted. Her baby weight — and more —...