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Michael Porter Jr. Broke Up With Chipotle, Went Raw Vegan

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Michael Porter Jr. Broke Up With Chipotle, Went Raw Vegan

Michael Porter Jr. has yet to play an NBA game, but all signs indicate he'll be an excellent player at the pro level.

CBS Sports recently mocked Porter, a 6-foot-10 forward with a diverse skillset, to go fourth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. 

A one-and-done at Mizzou, Porter missed all of last season as he recovered from back surgery.

That injury spurred him to make a change in his diet.

In an interview with GQ, the forward revealed that he linked up with a nutritionist precisely because he'd been experiencing back and nerve pain.

That nutritionist, Dr. Douglas Graham, took Porter's diet from vegetarian to full vegan.

"Within a couple of days, I noticed a difference with my energy and recovery, and had less soreness after workouts," Porter said of his diet change.

"When you eat the raw diet, it's a completely anti-inflammatory diet."

"That's why many people start to feel old and can't move as well—their joints begin to get inflamed, and a lot of that is because of how they eat."

"Dr. Graham is 65, and he's deadlifting and bench-pressing more than I can."

Porter lives on smoothies made of ingredients like bananas, hemp seeds, almond milk and greens, snacks on clementines and nuts and avocado salads.

He says it's helped to completely eliminate his back pain.

The only downside for Porter so far?

He can't go to Chipotle anymore.

"It breaks my heart to say it, but my relationship with Chipotle is over for good," he said.