When Dan Janssen tells people about his pizza-only diet, he usually gets one of two reactions. Janssen, 38, claims that he has eaten pizza for nearly every meal over the past 25 years. He said he rarely eats breakfast, subsisting on mainly coffee in the morning, and then downs a whole pizza for lunch and another one for dinner, day after day.
I've been surprised at how polarizing this is. There was just one problem with that. And while many who have heard of his diet are nothing short of jealous, some are worried about his well-being. Janssen eats plain pizza, but mixes it up with everything from frozen pizza to local pizza places to making his own. His freezer is crammed with frozen pizzas, and then the other part of the refrigerator includes ingredients from artisanal pizza shops.
He went to one pizza place so much that he became friendly with the owners to the point where he started helping them with their marketing.
I can get pizza for a week on that. While it may be cheaper, Janssen's diet often prompts questions about how it affects his health. He says he was diagnosed with diabetes, which runs in his family, before embarking on his pizza-only diet, but has not had any complications.
He does not drink or smoke, and exercises regularly by riding his bike long distances. Whenever I see a new doctor, I tell him, 'I have a terrible diet, and I only eat pizza. While pizza is his first choice, he has subsisted on other foods when necessary. During a two-week trip to Germany, he ate only soft pretzels because German pizza was so bad. I can fake it, like if I go to a wedding or something. My reputation precedes me where I live. I'll get an invite, and it will say, 'We're having a party, but there's not gonna be any pizza there.
Janssen, who is engaged, has seen a therapist about his eating habits but says that right now he is perfectly happy with his pizza-centric diet. Follow today.