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Up to 15,000 meals served at Chiefs training camp

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At training camp not only do the players have to keep their minds ready for the intense workout on the field, but they also have to keep their bodies fueled with the right food.

Three hundred pound Center Eric Kush agreed that an important factor to how each player does at camp could be their diet.

"I can probably eat maybe two pounds of food in one sitting. You gotta get those calories or you'll shrivel up out here, look like a tight end in a couple of weeks," he said.

But for 200-pound wide receiver Donnie Avery, it's all about staying lean.

"I'm a little guy. I'm trying to watch my weight. I don't eat after 6 p.m.," Avery said.

The Chiefs bring in their own caterer to serve up steak, lobster, plenty of salads and fruits, and even Head Coach Andy Reid weighed in on the importance of mealtime.

"My philosophy is we got the best in the business cooking it. And I'm pretty good at eating it. And so are the players," he said.

For the next three weeks at training camp, the kitchen will serve up 15,000 meals with 19 varieties of fish, weighing more than 1,700 pounds, along with 3,500 pounds of chicken. They'll also blend up to 6,300 smoothies.

The cafeteria where the players eat is off limits to the media, because it's a place where they can relax without cameras. Players and staff said besides nourishment, eating meals as a group is also about breaking bread together and building a bond.

"We are all tight. Not many of us have televisions, so we're forced to hang out and mingle with each other and spend time studying together," Kush said.

The players said when they want a late-night snack, instead of reaching for junk food they will drink down a smoothie full of fresh fruit. That way they can get up bright and early in the morning, and are re-energized as they hit the field.

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