About Lucy2018-11-11T18:29:03+00:00

About Lucy

Welcome!  My name is Lucy and I am the author here at NGmedicine.com.

A few things you should know about me:

  • I’m an MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois. I am currently in the 4th year of my PhD in Nutritional Sciences, and plan to start medical school courses after I defend my PhD thesis. Yes, it’s really an 8-year program!
  • I ultimately want to open my own medical practice that focuses on functional, integrative, and preventive medicine, while also performing academic research to provide more evidence for a root cause approach to health.
  • I suffered from severe eczema for the first 19 years of my life. After a great deal of research and self-experimentation, I am proud to say that I am eczema-free!  Read my story here.
  • I tried Paleo, GAPS, AIP low-histamine, and a number of other diet variations before I found the diet that worked for me and allowed my skin to heal.
  • I am severely allergic to peanuts and sensitive to treenuts, gluten, soy, corn, and dairy. I know firsthand how tough it is to eat out with food restrictions.
  • I live a chemical-free life (as much as I can control, anyways). Yes, I use clay-based soap to wash my hair and I make my own tooth powder.
  • The farmer’s market is my happy place. I love talking to farmers and knowing exactly where my food comes from. The Urbana Farmer’s market is amazing. I am also an owner (shareholder) at the Common Ground Food Co-op in Champaign.
  • Sports are a huge part of my life. I played varsity soccer, varsity basketball, and club ultimate frisbee for Kalamazoo College and also played volleyball in high school.
  • I love kombucha and drink about 8oz a day. It’s a pretty expensive habit and at one point I used to buy it by the gallon. Now, I brew my own using a continuous brew system.
  • I believe there is no reason to fear high-quality fats, and use coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, butter, and even lard in cooking. My cholesterol levels are LOWER and my body composition has improved since increasing my fat consumption.
  • My family is so important to me. They have been incredibly supportive of me throughout my health journey. My sister Jill was the one who first introduced me to paleo and continues to be a phenomenal resource and supporter.
  • My husband Steven is my first love, best friend, cooking confidant, photographer, and inspiration. He has an incredibly curious mind and always knows how to ask the questions that push the limits of my knowledge and encourage me to dive deeper into the research. This blog would never have been possible without him.
  • I’m a bit of a science geek (if you hadn’t noticed). I am constantly looking up things like the pH of skin, the flavonoid content of pineapples, or which molecules stimulate different arms of the immune system. However, I’m also committed to making science accessible to everyone, so that people can understand the factors that influence their health.
  • I’m very big on self-improvement, and it was a major force in driving my health transformation. I’m a very driven person, but I also know how important it is to laugh and not take life too seriously.
  • I don’t like following recipes. I find it much more fun to cook or bake by just tossing in ingredients and adding to taste (which also gives me a good excuse to eat the batter). In the interest of posting recipes to this blog, though, I’ll try to measure once in a while so that I can post my original recipes for things like garlic thyme roasted carrots and chocanana-tain cake.

Click here to read more about my credentials and research.

About Lucy

Welcome!  My name is Lucy and I am the author here at NGmedicine.com.

A few things you should know about me:

  • I’m an MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois. I am currently in the 4th year of my PhD in Nutritional Sciences, and plan to start medical school courses after I defend my PhD thesis. Yes, it’s really an 8-year program!
  • I ultimately want to open my own medical practice that focuses on functional, integrative, and preventive medicine, while also performing academic research to provide more evidence for a root cause approach to health.
  • I suffered from severe eczema for the first 19 years of my life. After a great deal of research and self-experimentation, I am proud to say that I am eczema-free!  Read my story here.
  • I tried Paleo, GAPS, AIP low-histamine, and a number of other diet variations before I found the diet that worked for me and allowed my skin to heal.
  • I am severely allergic to peanuts and sensitive to treenuts, gluten, soy, corn, and dairy. I know firsthand how tough it is to eat out with food restrictions.
  • I live a chemical-free life (as much as I can control, anyways). Yes, I use clay-based soap to wash my hair and I make my own tooth powder.
  • The farmer’s market is my happy place. I love talking to farmers and knowing exactly where my food comes from. The Urbana Farmer’s market is amazing. I am also an owner (shareholder) at the Common Ground Food Co-op in Champaign.
  • Sports are a huge part of my life. I played varsity soccer, varsity basketball, and club ultimate frisbee for Kalamazoo College and also played volleyball in high school.
  • I love kombucha and drink about 8oz a day. It’s a pretty expensive habit and at one point I used to buy it by the gallon. Now, I brew my own using a continuous brew system.
  • I believe there is no reason to fear high-quality fats, and use coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, butter, and even lard in cooking. My cholesterol levels are LOWER and my body composition has improved since increasing my fat consumption.
  • My family is so important to me. They have been incredibly supportive of me throughout my health journey. My sister Jill was the one who first introduced me to paleo and continues to be a phenomenal resource and supporter.
  • My husband Steven is my first love, best friend, cooking confidant, photographer, and inspiration. He has an incredibly curious mind and always knows how to ask the questions that push the limits of my knowledge and encourage me to dive deeper into the research. This blog would never have been possible without him.
  • I’m a bit of a science geek (if you hadn’t noticed). I am constantly looking up things like the pH of skin, the flavonoid content of pineapples, or which molecules stimulate different arms of the immune system. However, I’m also committed to making science accessible to everyone, so that people can understand the factors that influence their health.
  • I’m very big on self-improvement, and it was a major force in driving my health transformation. I’m a very driven person, but I also know how important it is to laugh and not take life too seriously.
  • I don’t like following recipes. I find it much more fun to cook or bake by just tossing in ingredients and adding to taste (which also gives me a good excuse to eat the batter). In the interest of posting recipes to this blog, though, I’ll try to measure once in a while so that I can post my original recipes for things like garlic thyme roasted carrots and chocanana-tain cake.

Click here to read more about my credentials and research.