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Diet restrictions leave Kelly lighter

Posted by Chris Brown on June 24, 2013 – 11:19 am

One of the minor benefits from Jim Kelly’s cancer surgery is a stringent list of restrictions with respect to diet. After announcing Monday that he was cancer free, Kelly explained that by having most of his teeth removed, the Hall of Fame quarterback’s diet has been severely limited. That’s led to a loss of weight, which Kelly was happy about knowing he had to drop some weight anyway.

“I’ve lost 14 pounds, which is good,” Kelly said. “I need to lose about 10 or 15 more. I cannot eat any solid foods like steaks or chicken or anything hard that I have to bite on because I did have most of my teeth removed in the front and in the back. So it’s
mostly soft foods. No nuts or anything hard that I have to chew on a lot. But it doesn’t bother me because I need to lose weight. I can think of other ways to lose that’s better than this, but I feel pretty good.”

Kelly called the soreness from surgery, which he’s still experiencing now as constant and worse than anything he endured as a football player or in his three most recent surgeries (back, neck, hernia). But he also understands it’s a part of the recovery process.


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