About & Contact

Hi there! I am UC Davis graduate with a B.S. in Nutrition Science Biochemistry and current medical student at a UC med school. I am passionate about health and social empowerment, particularly dispelling the nutrition myths in our society. Unfortunately, even some of my college nutrition courses were outdated and it is one of my goals to bring the most up to date and science-based information to people in an easy to understand way.

Through reading scientific studies, books, articles, self-experimentation and tracking, I have found the diet that makes me feel my best. It isn’t strict paleo, but essentially a lot of vegetables, some meat, fruit, fish and dairy, and less grains. Others have referred to my dietary approach as “balanced, with paleo tendencies,” which I appreciate, since everyone is different and there is no one-diet-fits-all.

I grew up in Austin, Texas, home of flawlessly BBQ’d meats and live music. I love all types of food, particularly Southern, Vietnamese, and New American. I have been fairly active most of my life, but am sadly “athletically uncoordinated.” In high school, I competed on the track and swim teams, and then went to UCSB for the triathlon team. I competed at Triathlon Nationals my freshman year, but focused on my studies the following years of school. Now, I love hiking and backpacking, cycling, running, swimming, yoga, and power lifting.

Prior to medical school, I worked as a health coach for 2 years. During that time, I worked with patients at a primary care office to to help them track their symptoms and make lifestyle changes. We incorporated mobile apps and various wearables and biosensors into our treatment plan to gain insight into the patient’s condition and progress. I also worked as a nutritionist and personal trainer on the side.

Later, I worked at a Google Glass software startup for a couple years, where I managed a team of amazingly hardworking and intelligent people! Our software provides remote medical scribing to physicians through the use of Google Glass.

I also love wakeboarding, coffee, reading, indulging in my foodieness, and traveling.

You can contact me at lauren . dedecker at yahoo . com .


73 thoughts on “About & Contact

  1. I am so glad that you commented on my blog — making it possible for me to find yours!!! Your recipes are awesome; I am adding you to my GoogleReader rightthisverysecond 🙂

  2. Hey Lauren!!!

    I apologize it’s taken me a bit to get my butt over here. I think food science is so cool. If I ever go back to grad school (major IF) I would think about that area of study. Antioxidants are cool 🙂

  3. Hey. I just commented on your last post…but I just found your blog.

    But, I live in the UC area as of now.
    And, I love your recipes.

  4. Hey Lauren,
    Your blog is so great! A food science major is impressive. We both want to become RDs. You have got so many great recipes that we are going to have to give a try. Thanks for stopping by our blog. BTW you are absolutely gorgeous 🙂


  5. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your mission sounds awesome–nutritional biochemistry?! Well, isn’t that just the perfect blend of food and science! I love it. You’re also stunning, but you probably already knew that.


  6. So glad you found mine because your rocks!!!!

    Love the nut butter stash!! Naturally Nutty is soooooooooooo good!!!!

    Your recipes rock too, love the peach sandwich combo you posted today! Holy yum!!!

    Have a great day ! xoxo

  7. Hey Lauren,Your blog is so great! A food science major is impressive. We both want to become RDs. You have got so many great recipes that we are going to have to give a try. Thanks for stopping by our blog. BTW you are absolutely gorgeous

  8. I’ll be starting college in a few weeks and I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog! I plan to cook every now and then so hopefully your recipes can help me out. 🙂

  9. Hi Lauren!

    I’m so glad I just came across your blog–I love finding other college students slash food bloggers 😀 It’s awesome that you’re accommodating to different types of healthy eating!

    Can’t wait to keep reading 😀

  10. Thanks for your comment on my blog – I’ll be following yours now too. I especially like reading your thoughts on soy and canola products, cause those are two things I have mixed thoughts on. (Yet I just keep buying organic canola oil, cause it works so well in my cooking; have to look into the alternatives you mentioned.)

  11. yea, glad you are an Austinite! We definitely need to meet up. Love all the amazing foods are your blog. I was a nutrition major at UT by the way, well about 5 years ago, haha.

  12. hey Lauren! Just found your blog on healthylivingblogs.com. I love finding austin bloggers! I don’t have a blog myself but I enjoy reading everyone else’s… can I just say I’m completely jealous of your nut butter collection? I just can’t bring myself to spend so much on a jar on nut butter.. I’ll linger in the aisle & contemplate, but then just go home w/ plain ole’ crunchy. Still delicious!
    anyway, I look forward to reading up on your blog 🙂

  13. You made an amazing point when you said, “There are so many other things one could be doing that are more beneficial to both oneself and others.” I’ve never thought of it that way!

    Great blog…I am looking forward to reading more!

  14. So I just found your blog (through Katie @ a joy in class)…and I may be obsessed??!
    I’m also a college girl in love with all things food and happiness, so i’m looking forward to reading more! But now I must go write that paper… haha 🙂

  15. Hi! A few months ago I found your blog written in a bathroom stall here at UCSB and decided to check it out. Your muffins are delicious! Over the summer I went through a week where I was baking them like everyday…and I told a bunch of my friends back home to look you up.

    And actually…this may sound slightly stalkerish but when I saw your picture I realized that you looked kind of familiar. And then I realized…I’m living in your old room! You showed us the house when we were first looking at it. I’m Lucy’s roommate.

    Haha small world, I guess. But anyway, I just wanted to thank you for all the great recipes and let you know that sometimes small advertisements written on a bathroom stall can get the word out there. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ll post next!

    1. Holyy shizzz! That is INSANE! I would be embarrassed about the stall-ad, but frankly, its pure genius, so I am just going to own it. Also – I knew I was going to be leaving UCSB so I didn’t care.How weird that you are living in my old room!!! Don’t you just love that house? Its so cute and cozy! But it gets COLD in the winter. My house mates wouldn’t let me use the heater, so I was basically an eskimo for 3 months.I am SO glad that you have actually used my recipes anddd liked them! If you have any recommendations for tweaking them, let me know! I won’t be offended in the least.Have a wonderful year and comment again soon!

  16. so weird, i just used stumbleupon to find your blog and i go to ucsb also. I am in sigep, and you made a good choice w/DG they are my favorite sorority. maybe ill see you at our next tg haha

  17. Hey just found your blog and I think it great! I also really like your approach to food, life, and exercise! I have a lot of catching up to do

  18. Hi! I just randomly found your blog, and I love it! I’m also from Austin — currently a sophomore at UT, and I grew up 30 minutes south of here. I love reading other college students’ blogs. Putting you in my google reader for sure 🙂

  19. Yay glad you found me 🙂 I had a lot of friends in the tri club at UCSB when I was there (03-07). That’s crazy, you went there too, I haven’t found any other bloggers who have!

  20. Hey! I have really enjoyed reading your blog! You have so many awesome looking recipes 🙂 I actually just started a healthy living blog a couple of months ago so I’m a newbie. I’m pre-med as well (university of georgia) so I can relate to ya!! Hope all the classes are going well so far this semester- can’t wait to see what else you post!

  21. Hey Lauren!!
    I finally got to check your blog out and I loveee it! I’m so excited to try some of your yummy recipes….or just come over and try yours 😉 See you soon!

  22. Stumbled across your blog and love it already! I’m also a college student, very interested in healthy eating/paleo and crossfit.

    And I have to say, looove what you said here: “I feel that spending over an hour day, every single day is a bit of waste! There are so many other things one could be doing that are beneficial to both oneself and others”. Such an important thing to learn! I’ve been working on this myself.

    Your recipes look delicious and I can’t wait to read more!

    1. Even though it took me way too long to respond to this comment, it seriously MADE MY WEEK. I have been thinking about it ever sense! Thank you so much :))


  23. lauren! maybe you can help me…im seeing a dietician, but shes not that great. :/ know anything about FODMAPS?? because that’s what’s happening in my world. limiting, but i feel much better!

  24. Hi Lauren! It was fun meeting you the other night when I gave you a Lyft ride! I’m going to try your top five ice creams of SF soon – seems like a project I can tackle. Also hope to try your Paleo Waffle recipe as it looks quite delicious!

    Check out IGersSF or IGersEastBay Instawalks – follow their feeds on Instagram to find out about the next one.

    Dave B.

  25. Hello, I found your blog from a comment you left on Frugal Feeding. My own blogging is about science, often about the ways that food is produced. It will be great to read your science-based posts about health and food.

  26. Hey Lauren,
    My name is Lauryn and I am a writer for CrossFit HQ, occupational therapy graduate student, fellow blogger and an avid CrossFitter. I came across your story about your fitness journey/healthy body image online through your blog, and I was wondering if you would like to be a contributor to my book I am currently writing on body image, fitness, nutrition and overcoming eating disorders–specifically the chapter where i am talking about body image, fitness and nutrition (i.e. CrossFit). I have spoken with several women who have overcome EDs, as well as women who may have not had an ED but who changed their views of their own body and health/self-care thanks to CFit and nutrition. I would love to include some of these personal testimonies in my book that is currently in the works.
    It could just be a paragraph or two or three-whatever you felt was necessary to share your story/you former health and body views/beliefs and your current beliefs thanks to self care, etc.
    Let me know your thoughts, and happy new year!

    Lauryn Lax

  27. Hi, i’ve just recently stumbled upon your blog. You’ve helped me out tremendously. If you ever need an ACLS, BLS or PALS class in Southern California in the future please don’t hesitate to ask, and I will make sure you are taken care of.

    Best of Luck,


  28. Helloo! This blog is incredible. I am so happy I stumbled upon it! I’m on the waiting list at UC Irvine SOM too, so its so nice to know that life doesn’t stop in med school and that there are ways to stay creative and have fun and stay engaged with things outside of school! (Ps UCI is my top choice!!) I would love to hear your thoughts on taking a third year off before medical school to travel and grow a little more before taking the dive in… I’ve taken two but I feel like I want a third. What is your opinion?

    Regardless, thanks for the med school and travel wisdom 🙂

    1. Hi Serena! I think if you have any desire at all for another year off, that is a huge sign that you should take another year. You want to go into medical school with NO hesitation, no regrets, no idling desires. I took 4 and have no regrets. I am happy to help you with your app to UCI as well! Best, Lauren


      1. Hi Lauren!!

        Thank you so much for this reply, its really helpful to hear from a current student who has also taken a few years off before beginning school. I think your message is really powerful, and I agree – I’m still on the waiting list for UCI, and if I get an acceptance from them I will request a deferral! That said, there is also a pretty high chance that they might not grant the deferral (or even an acceptance!!) so I’m learning to stay grateful and constructive amid lots of “up in the air” things…but such is life!! 🙂

        Anyway, I’m not sure if you do life coaching or personal advice but I’d be happy to venmo you for your time, since I can only imagine how busy you are!! I’ve written a couple update letters to UCI and sent a letter of intent on April 12th stating that I would definitely go there if accepted. Also, the current MS1s I stayed with on my interview wrote in a letter of rec for me (which I am not sure means anything, but I was super flattered

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