Detroit Lions’ Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick healthy diets – Detroit Lions News

Detroit Lions’ Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick healthy diets – Detroit Lions News


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Theo Riddick was halfway through one of his thrice weekly sessions in a hyperbaric chamber when he came to a revelation this spring.

Riddick was scrolling through Netflix, as he often does while lying in his oxygen pod, when he stumbled upon the documentary, “What the Health.”

The fifth-year Lions running back flipped the movie on and watched the first 40 or so minutes before his hour-long hyperbaric session ended. When he got home, unable to shake what he just saw, he turned it on again.

“I was just like, ‘Oh my God,’ ” Riddick said. “I told all my boys about it.”

Among the friends Riddick texted was his Lions teammate, Ameer Abdullah.

About a week later, after Abdullah watched the movie, he texted Riddick back.

“He was like, ‘I’m done eating meat,’ just like that,” Riddick said. “Exclamation mark.”

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Abdullah rarely ate red meat anyway, a religious and lifestyle choice he made years ago. But for more than three months, the Lions running backs have followed near-vegetarian diets they say have helped them become better players on the field.

“It’s a huge transition, and that’s why I think…

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