"My cleanse was a "success," if you could call it that. Don't hate me, but I lost 5 pounds. I slimmed down not because pizza is some undiscovered super food, but because I was actually consuming fewer calories. Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN, told me that part (or all) of my weight loss was probably due to cutting out wine and sugar. "
I struggle with a pretty evolved sugar addiction. I crave sugar even though I usually feel pretty awful when I eat it. Bread, pasta, produce, meats, or even cheese could never call to me in the way that processed sugar products do: cake, cookies, ice cream, etc. The only food that even comes close to that kind of draw for me is pizza.
So why not a pizza diet? The diet doesn't have to be sustainable over a long period of time; it merely has to last long enough to help me get over my sugar cravings and get me back on track to being vending machine doughnut and Mtn Dew free.
So what are the rules? I can eat anything I want, just so long as it has two grams or less added processed sugar per my serving (not the serving on the back, but what I actually eat as a serving). I can have a little honey in coffee just so long as it is local honey to help with my local allergies. Pizza will be homemade, with only 1/2 teaspoon of sugar per pizza, and consumed regularly with dough on hand for when I have a craving for something delicious. Instead of reaching for ice cream, doughnuts or candy bars, I'll reach for homemade pizza.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day, so my first full day of All Pizza Diet begins today.
My thoughts so far: My head was not on tight this morning. I drank one of my vegan protein shakes this morning, which have 9 grams of sugar from Organic Cane Sugar. I think I might have to taper the sugar down a little; I felt okay this morning, but come mid afternoon I wanted to fight someone for the chance at a sip of soda. I went to Starbucks and got a green tea, lightly sweetened, for about 15g of sugar, but only drank 2/3 of it. Not a good start, but I refuse to give up.
The pizza turned out well; I made a pesto-and-red-sauce pizza with Parmesan and mild cheddar cheese. I also made another with mozzarella cheese, fire roasted tomatoes, and shredded spinach. They were both good, but I need to add a little garlic olive oil to both, I think. My partner, wanting to get in on all the pizza goings-on, asked for a chicken, BBQ and bacon pizza, for which I obliged.
I found the vending machines have a snack with three ingredients: popcorn, coconut oil, and salt. They are just what needed to keep me churning the waters of this sea of pizza.