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Kathie Bergquist

Kathie Bergquist is publisher and editor-in-chief of Ms. Fit Mag. She teaches writing at Columbia College Chicago and edited of the anthology. "Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast" and is co-author of "A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago." Pulled reluctantly into a fitness lifestyle by her wife and partner of many years, Bergquist is now a runner, a boot camper, and a yogini.

(Soup and) Salad Days

Written by Kathie Bergquist. Posted in Featured Posts, Recipes

Stretch Your Wallet and Your Pantry with These Easy, Nutritious Recipes

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When it comes to comfort food, few things fit the bill like a big bowl of warm soup and a fresh, crunchy salad. Not only is soup nurturing – it’s the food we go to when we’re not feeling well – it’s easy and satisfying to make; usually with items pulled from your cupboard or pantry. And, soup and salad can also be one of the healthiest and most nutritious meal parings, and a great way to add more vegetables and legumes to your diet. Soup is also budget-friendly and helps stretch food that you have on your hand. Plus, a big pot of soup on the stovetop is just plain good for the soul.

We Did It So You Don’t Have To: Three-Day Cleanse

Written by Kathie Bergquist. Posted in Eat Features, Featured Posts, Kathie's Blog, We Did It (So You Don't Have To)

The end of the year is a notorious time for over-taxing your system – overeating, eating poorly (dips, cheeseballs, cookies, eggnogs, anyone?) and over-imbibing. Between friends’ outings, family gatherings, and workplace celebrations, not to mention the stress of holiday shopping, it’s hard to maintain a balance, let alone squeezing in a workout here or there. The result is always the same: you end up feeling sluggish, bloated, erratic, and mentally and emotionally spent.

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That’s why, when I had the opportunity to try a three-day cleanse right between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, I jumped on it. Once committed, though, I began having second thoughts.

“I Believe”

Written by Kathie Bergquist. Posted in Featured Posts, Think

When it Comes to Women’s Health and Wellness, Ms. Fit Editors and Contributors Lay it on the Line

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For the Faith issue, we asked Ms. Fit writers and editors to share a belief they hold about feminism and women’s health, fitness, and wellness. Join the conversation: add your own belief in the comments!

I Deserve to be Healthy: A Feminist Case for Quitting Smoking

Written by Kathie Bergquist. Posted in Body, Featured Posts, Kathie's Blog

Backstory

So a couple of years ago, my wife, Nikki, and I are at a party where we encounter a few friends we haven’t seen in a while. Conversation gets around to how we’d just run the Prague marathon, which our friends meet with the typical incredulity non-runners feel towards the willful madness of running 26.2 miles. A half hour later we’re all on the porch having a smoke.

quitting smoking “Oh my god,” one of the friends exclaim. “I can’t believe you smoke cigarettes and run marathons. I thought you were super healthy.” We laugh and shrug it off, “not that healthy.”

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