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When I first started at 95.5 PLJ in October of 2012, I was the new kid on a block of people who mostly had resided in the neighborhood for quite some time. You factor in the heritage of this legendary radio station with moving to a new city with a new job in a new living situation and yes, at times it was overwhelming.

Thankfully, I’m surrounded by a lot of great colleagues and coworkers. Plus, I’m living in the greatest city in the world. So it’s all gravy.

That said, when I was first starting out here, I would find myself asking at least one question every evening: “What’s for dinner?” And usually, there was only one person at the station when I asked it: our Creative Services Director, Dan Kelly, who works a similar schedule to mine.

Nightly, we’d order takeout from Seamless (which I introduced him to five years ago) or one of his other go-to spots. Dan has been at the station for well over 10 years now so naturally, he has a go-to taco and Chinese spot.

But then in the spring of 2014, I started eating much healthier: more salads, cold-pressed juices and a lot of greenery. By that summer, I experimented with veganism, trying it out for a month and a half. It was a life-changing experience; I saw what meat, fish and especially dairy were doing to the appearance of my body, specifically the complexion of my skin.

While I’m not a vegan, I do eat vegan cuisine quite a bit (usually breaking from it on special occasions/holidays and/or the weekend). And for my dinner partner, he is not only the exact opposite of vegan but will usually scoff at the mere notion of trying something classified as such.

Last week, a light-bulb went off: this could make for a perfect Facebook Live experiment.

I hopped on Seamless and ordered from a local vegan fast-food joint, Blossom du Jour. On our “tour de vegan” were three dishes: a “bacon, egg and cheese” sandwich, “mac and cheese” and Buffalo cauliflower.

What did Dan think? Check his reactions below.

I’m writing about this a little later than I wanted to but it needed to be stated, for at least my own sake. A few weeks ago something happened in my life that on the outset seems insignificant but to me is a rather major moment in both my personal life and career.

I appeared on television, in a professional studio and on an actual TV station shooting in high definition, without makeup.

My skin is terrible. It started like it does for most people, in high school, and simply continued to progress during college and the early stages of my professional life. At times it became so worrisome that I wondered if an on-camera career was even possible.

Yes, most people (men and women) you see on camera are wearing makeup, and I had received a few small tutorials on how to apply it. But I was far from a professional and especially if I was having a bad skin day, it didn’t make much of a difference. I even went through a rather long phase of tanning, telling myself that by darkening and evening out the color of my skin, you wouldn’t be able to notice the blemishes as much. Of course, this is fake news; tanning actually makes everything worse.

So what changed over the past 15 years or so that I’ve been pursuing on-camera work? In short, my diet.

A few years ago I tried out this whole “30-day vegan challenge” that a lot of celebrities were partaking in. The results have stuck with me ever since. I learned just how bad my body handles dairy and more importantly, I started to pay attention to not just what I was eating, but the ingredients that comprised the food I was consuming.

Personally, the results have been life-changing. I have made other alterations in my workout regimen, supplement intake and alcohol consumption. But just switching up my diet has minimized breakouts, improved the appearance of scars and boosted the confidence I have on-camera.

It also has saved me a few dollars – after all, I don’t have to pay for those pricey tanning sessions anymore.