While training camp just started this week, I got back to Chicago and settled into my new place a couple weeks back to try and refamiliarize myself with the area and the facility. I had been coming back and forth to Halas Hall in the days leading up to report day so I could start my routine again.
Being consistent with a routine is something I picked up in college at Cincinnati. My head coach, Luke Fickell, really helped me with that because he was big on having a regimen, whether it's what you eat, how you practice or your study habits. He just preached a good, regimented routine and I've carried that here. It's put me a step above just being able to have that mindset of keeping up with things like a smart diet and sleep routine early on as a rookie.
What I eat is an extremely important piece to my routine. I'm a big oatmeal guy so I have it for breakfast every morning. I always start with raw oatmeal then add brown sugar and fruits because it's always good to have some sugar before you go out and run. A new piece to my routine since starting training camp is drinking a french vanilla iced latte with a hint of cinnamon and ginger. I know the ginger seems odd, but I like the feeling. It kind of wakes me up, and it's good for the immune system.
I've also been focused on eating with more vegan preferences. Last summer, before my junior year of college, I went full vegan for five months and loved it. The biggest difference it made was in my recovery. Being a guy who has to run a lot, recovery is key and I found myself rarely feeling sore. I sometimes had to defend going plant-based, but having that extra edge of always feeling good was worth it. Heading into camp, I want to gain that advantage back so I'm trying to inch back toward those preferences.