Camp From The Port: Episode 002: The Jewelry Box

This episode I get to sit with one of the #Chicago #Media #Legends! Mike MFN Love! It’s only my 2nd time talking to one of the guys on my “Media Mt Rushmore” but it was an amazing experience!

We talk #Veganism and my wife gave him one of her fire ass pizzas!

We also talk about #radio and he shares a story and gives me game about the industry as well as a deep dive on the famous “Birthday Line “now owned by WGCI. This conversation is why I still do this no matter what my employment status is. Thanks for watching and listening!

Vegan Day 30

It’s April 30th. My last official day taking on the discipline challenge of being a Vegan. Quite a few things to say on this.

First thing is, it felt good to feel light and more energetic throughout every single day. When you’re not consuming a lot of meat, dairy and processed foods you definitely feel it inside first.

Vegans have definitely corned the market on desserts. I had cake, cookies, brownies and other “sweets” without milk, eggs and other dairy products and they were actually better to me. I’ve never been a big fan of desserts because they are always so rich, thick and sugary.  I think I could cut dairy out of my diet forever, even though I don’t like a lot of Vegan Cheeses. Outside of wanting a pizza here and there and those few times I would want cheddar or provolone cheese, cutting dairy is not far fetched.

I definitely couldn’t have done this without my wife. She’s a real vegan and over 3 months in. Her strength and dedication on this is incredible. She makes a lot of great foods. I didn’t eat salad all month yet everything was 100% vegan. She was might cheat code for this. I doubt I would have lasted 2 weeks without her.

I won’t lie. I missed Chicken, Fish and Calamari. I definitely had more than a few chicken cravings and honestly, I’m not quite ready to give those 3 up yet. Didn’t really crave red meat or pork, but the yardbird, was calling me!

As far as my weight goes, I maintained and there were no drastic changes to me externally after only 30 days. I can’t deny that Vegan is the obvious smart, health conscious choice, but it’s just not something I think I want to do as a permanent lifestyle. I’m not going to give up though. As I continue to be better, get better and grow maybe I will transition 100% later this year. I definitely won’t be consuming meat and dairy every day and if Vegans can perfect the chicken wing like they have the burger and sausage, then maybe I won’t be gone too much longer.

Respect to all Vegans. I admire your discipline in this lifestyle. It’s definitely not for the weak.

Vegan Day 14…And I’m Going To Outback?

When this month started, I said I would challenge myself to the ultimate dietary discipline. Being a Vegan. I did it to see if the results would be “real”. It’s also something that is semi easy to do now that my wife is one. I’m officially on the 14th day of the journey and a lot of things have come to my mind.

There have been a couple times during the last two weeks where I’ve said to myself, “I don’t think this is for me, but it’s honestly not that bad.” I’m not sure if that’s because I would have had chicken or a pizza by now, if it’s just my mind doing what it does when I have alone time, or the devil playing with my emotions. Either way, it does come up time to time. I don’t get many “cravings”, but I can’t deny my body and mindset knows that my routine is different. I don’t need meat every day, but even that little bit I was still consuming is still there psychologically. As for Dairy; Minus pizza, I can’t say that I miss it that much. I’m not an “extra cheese” or must have ice cream or milk type of person. Outside of cheddar and provolone, I’m not a fan of having cheese on anything. Not as a must anyway. I had to stop eating a trail mix that was in the house because it has milk in it. Why would a peanut butter product need milk? I’m so lost on that. Whether you are vegan or not, read these food labels. please, just read them.

On a positive note, the change that I’ve noticed is my body acne is down. It’s not 100% but it is significant and I don’t itch as much and my skin is not as dry as it usually is when it’s cold. I haven’t had a lot of knee pain, but this back, different story. I’ve also been able to maintain the 235 lbs I started at. I plan to get back to my 6 day workout weeks to drop that.

Today may be tough. I’m heading to Outback Steakhouse for my Father-In-Law’s birthday. It’s not my favorite place in the world. Matter fact, I don’t think I’ve been there 5 times in life. However, I anticipate the idea of seeing a Ribeye or T-Bone cooked medium and sizzling within 5-10 feet of me being difficult to deny at a time like this. I’m honestly not sure what I’m going to eat or if I will. I just didn’t want to be rude and not go at all. There may be a funny story developing over all of this so stay tuned. Talk soon.

Oh real quick. Hot dogs smell worse than ever now! I haven’t eaten one since I was like 9, but this week at work, they boiled some and it literally smelled like a decomposing body was simmering in the break room. Appetite ruined for 3 days straight!

Vegan For 30 Days?

Read an article today about some of my favorite male celebrities who are living the vegan lifestyle. Some I knew before, like Mike Tyson and Y.G. Then there were some I didn’t know lived the lifestyle like Drake and Kyrie Irving.

Reading Mike Tyson’s story again made me consider taking on being Vegan for a full 30 days. He talks about how it helped with his weight, addiction, aches, pains and arthritis. I have a history of back and knee pains. As I get older the discomfort seems to get worse. I try to stay active and working out helps but some days, I just can’t shake the strain. It’s even worse during the cold months. My thought is, give this Vegan lifestyle a shot the entire month of April and if I get rid of the aches and pains, to seriously consider a full lifestyle change. How could I not if it’s ridding me of years of previous strain?

As I take my health and body more serious, I am open to trying anything that will improve it the right way. Working out 3-6 days a week and cutting back on processed and fast foods have worked wonders so far. With me cutting out meat and dairy altogether, there’s no telling the transformation in sight.

It helps my wife is already Vegan and has been for 3 months. She makes some great meals so some days I really do not eat any meat or dairy, which I can feel the difference when I do and don’t. I only do it a few days out of the week. I don’t think I’ve done it a full week yet, which is why I want to attempt it, just to see and feel the difference, if any.

I’m going to buy a scale and prepare for April 2018 as my month of trying out the vegan lifestyle. If a drastic transformation occurs, I will post the results. Have a great night and a better morning!