Dan Janssen claims he has eaten pizza for every meal for the last 25 years.
Janssen, 38, usually sticks to the same routine. Even though there are a lot of options so that pizza doesn’t get boring every day, Janssen says he really only sticks with one kind.
"I usually eat an entire 14-inch pizza, and I only eat cheese pizza," said Janssen. "I never get sick of it."
As a teenager, Janssen decided to become a vegetarian, but quickly, he realized he didn’t like vegetables, so cheese pizza seemed to be a good option.
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"I hate vegetables,'' said Janssen. "I tried for maybe a couple weeks, and then I realized the thing I really like is pizza, so I'm going to eat that."
Many people have expressed concern over the effects of solely eating pizza, and although Janssen doesn’t seem to be too worried about it, it has definitely taken a toll on him. According to reports, Janssen has diabetes, and although he insists it’s not because of his pizza addiction, he does occasionally black out because his blood sugar drops too low.
"I understand that this is a disgusting diet,'' said Janssen. "You expect me to be overweight and have no energy, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Whenever I see a new doctor, I tell him, 'I have a terrible diet, and I only eat pizza. With three different doctors, they have done blood work and my cholesterol levels and blood pressure are great, and I am fit and energetic. I'm sure when I'm 60 I'll drop dead of a heart attack, but right now I am fine."
Janssen says he rarely strays from his pizza-only diet.
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"I love the nuance of pizza, so I try to vary it in different ways,'' he said. "Once a week to be healthy, I'll eat a bowl of Raisin Bran, but other than that it's just pizza."
Janssen is definitely aware of what others think of his pizza-only diet, but he says, for now, he’s accepted it.
"People are really angry about it, which I don't understand,'' said Janssen. "When somebody says, 'I've been a smoker for 20 years,' most people say, 'That's your choice.' I eat pizza for 20 years, and people want to kill me, or they think I'm a hero."
Janssen is reportedly seeing a therapist for his pizza addiction, and his fiancé is slowly trying to get him to change.