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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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  • Salt: It's only half the battle

    Salt: It's only half the battle
    Bread ranked first among the 10 foods responsible for 44 percent of sodium intake in the U.S., followed by luncheon meats and pizza, according to "The 10 saltiest foods in the American Diet" by my colleagues over at The Stew. But the new report "Where'...
  • Endurance training: The 'worst form of exercise?'

    Endurance training: The 'worst form of exercise?'
    Endurance training is “one of the worst forms of exercise there is,” Dr. Joseph Mercola recently wrote in his online newsletter. Mercola, who operates a popular alternative health Web site and runs a supplement business, cited a recent...
  • 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...
  • Demystifying the Cardiac Stress Test

    Demystifying the Cardiac Stress Test
    Treadmill stress test: What is a treadmill exercise stress test? Dr. Marc Wallack routinely passed his cardiac exercise stress test with flying colors. He was, after all, a veteran marathon runner with respectable cholesterol and blood pressure numbers....
  • Taking the dysfunction out of your function

    Taking the dysfunction out of your function
    Holiday gatherings are fraught with delicate situations. Should you offer the recovering alcoholic a drink? What if your niece with an eating disorder isn't eating? How do you wish "happy" anything to a recent divorcee? It's almost enough to drive a...
  • The traffic light diet

    The traffic light diet
    When little Danielle Dolgoff was just 3 years old, she looked up from her lunch and asked her mom how many calories were in her turkey sandwich. "It's a ‘green light' food," pediatrician Joanna Dolgoff told her daughter. "Don't worry about...
  • How to Help Your Stressed-Out Child

    How to Help Your Stressed-Out Child
    Myles Williams was a happy-go-lucky kindergartner who started coming home each day with a soggy shirt collar. His parents were mystified until his teacher called to report that Myles, 5, was chewing on his shirt and acting anxious. She asked if...
  • Fitness Guru Masters Metabolism

    Fitness Guru Masters Metabolism
    Fitness guru Jillian Michaels was a train wreck. Sure, "television's toughest trainer" could work weight-loss miracles on the series "The Biggest Loser." But off camera, she was burning the candle at both ends, trashing her body in the gym and living on...
  • How to Use Sunscreen Wisely

    How to Use Sunscreen Wisely
    Sunscreen is commonly hailed as safe, essential body armor. It protects us from blistering sunburn, keeps our skin from wrinkling and helps guard against squamous cell cancer. But the evidence is inconclusive as to whether sunscreens reduce the risk of...
  • Hold Steady

    Hold Steady
    Balance is such a fundamental part of each movement that it hurts -- sometimes literally -- when it's gone. But to strengthen our balance, especially as we age, it turns out we do need to lose it. Or at least test it a little. Kids do this naturally by...
  • Seven Solutions for Sleepless Situations

    Seven Solutions for Sleepless Situations
    Although we spend one third of our lives sleeping, many of us don't do it very well. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says about one in five adults fails to get the necessary seven to eight hours a night, and the economic downturn is making things...
  • Doctors going alternative

    Doctors going alternative
    For years, Dr. Ali Keshavarzian ignored "alternative" therapies because his Western-trained brain wanted more evidence that they actually worked.But Keshavarzian also knew conventional medicine often needed some assistance. And when he learned his...