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‘The Naturals’ series continues Friday

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Haley Thorpe is still running in college, after an outstanding prep career at Dixon High School. Recent Prophetstown graduate Zach Inskeep, one of the premier football players in the Sauk Valley, is foregoing athletics to focus on his studies.

Both of them plan to continuously apply the nutrition lessons they learned.

Thorpe temporarily took liquid iron to offset a deficiency. In a more permanent sense, she overhauled her diet, first choking down steaks and spinach salads.

Today, she loves spinach, and not just for its nutritional benefits.

“I’ve gotten to the point where healthier stuff tastes better to me,” said Thorpe, who will be a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside this fall. “And it makes me feel better.”

Inskeep, who will study nursing at Black Hawk College in Moline, added about 15 pounds of bulk between the ends of his junior and senior years. He predominantly relied on hard work, but also incorporated pre-workout supplements for a boost.

After watching an eye-opening feature on MSNBC, he’s dialed back on the supplements.

Catch “The Naturals” in Friday’s edition for more on their stories.

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