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HEALTH, PEOPLE

Eric Bledsoe – Plant Based Crossover

September 15, 2015

Raised in the heartland of America and built like a miniature tank, Eric Bledsoe completely breaks the mold for your typical plant-based ambassador. But as he stated in a recent interview, a newfound focus on nutrition (with a heavy concentration on plant protein vs. animal protein) is taking his game to new heights: "I haven't lost any weight or gained any added muscle, but I feel like I'm in my best shape overall."

When Eric Bledsoe first discovered basketball as a youngster in Birmingham, Alabama--he dedicated his life to the sport and making it to the NBA. From running sprints on the hot Alabama blacktop–to shooting baskets until he couldn't lift his hands above his head; Bledsoe was on a mission. His hard work was rewarded when the University of Kentucky, widely regarded as the strongest basketball program in the country, offered him a scholarship to do what he loved. After college, Eric's lifelong dream was realized when he was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Since then a new dream has been born: becoming the best player he can be and leading his team to a championship. To achieve this goal, Eric's left no stone unturned. While he continues to spend countless hours in the gym, he's also taken measures to make sure all his hard work pays off. He hired a chef who specializes in plant-based cooking once he heard about the benefits relating to muscle recovery and sustained energy. For us, what better way to showcase the Future of Protein than a walking, talking, SLAM DUNKING ambassador like one of the NBA's best? That's why we're proud to partner with Eric Bledsoe and help fuel his mission for success. With an elevated game that's powered by plants, his chances have never looked better.

Q&A WITH ERIC:

What got you hooked on basketball?

Winning!! I'm a huge competitor, so the competition part of basketball is what has me hooked!

What is your biggest accomplishment in the sport (thus far)?

Getting to the NBA but not stopping there!

What makes you different from other athletes?

I wouldn't really say I'm different from anyone, I'm just been blessed enough to live out my dream and I work hard everyday to improve.

How does nutrition factor into your training?

It plays a big part. It's a very long season, so it's important that I make sure I take care of my body and make sure I'm getting the proper nutrients through out the year.

What are some reasons you've moved towards a plant-based diet?

I'm fortunate enough to have an amazing chef that teaches me new ways to get protein and nutrients and she has introduced me to many plant based meals.

What is your favorite Beyond Meat product/recipe?

A Beast Burger on the grill!

Do you have a motto you live by?

Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard

 

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