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Ethical Vegetarian Exists On Cheese Pizza for 25 Years

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Everyone likes pizza, right? As beloved at that cheesy, saucy pie is for most people, I think we can all agree that there’s such a thing as “too much of a good thing.” Except for Dan Janssen, a Maryland man who has been eating nothing but pizza for the past 25 years.

“I used to eat “regular food” like every normal American, but when I was 15 or 16, I made the decision to become a vegetarian based on ethical reasoning. I still loved the taste of meat, and I still love it to this day, but due to my beliefs, I gave it up. That was about 23 years ago. I also hate vegetables,” Janssen told VICE. “I’ve been eating pizza exclusively every day of my life for the past 25 years, and I’m not just talking about a slice of pizza every day. I usually eat an entire 14″ pizza, and I only eat cheese pizza. I never get sick of it. If I go to one pizza shop or another brand, it’s like eating a completely different meal.”

According to his VICE interview, Janssen has diabetes and frequently low blood sugar, so low at times that he has blacked out. “When his blood sugar dips into the danger zone, it sometimes results in his blacking out on the kitchen floor in his underwear with frozen food scattered around him. There was that one time he bought a new car and then blacked out on the drive home. He swerved off the road and totaled the vehicle, but besides from that isolated incident, his pizza diet seems to be working out for him,” wrote Justin Levy. Yikes!

Though Janssen scoffed at nutritionists and said that all his doctors say he’s doing fine, he has started seeing a therapist about his eating aversions, thanks to some encouragement from his fiance’, who is also vegetarian.

“I never want to give up my love and passion for pizza. However, I would like to be able to go to a restaurant where they didn’t serve pizza and order off the menu, which I can’t really do right now. My fiancée is vegetarian, so it would be nice to be able to go out to nicer restaurants with her,” Janssen said. “We’re sort of limited as to where we go because of my pizza addiction.”

Good luck to Janssen with overcoming his food aversion.

If you’re interested in branching out from the classic cheese pizza yourself, there are plenty of vegan options when it comes to pizza. You can top your pie with vegan cheese, such as Daiya shreds or Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet. You can pick up some great vegan pizzas from the freezer section of most supermarkets and health food stores. Look for frozen pizzas from Daiya, Amy’s Kitchen, and Tofurky. And of course, you can give pizza making a whirl in the comfort of your own kitchen. Bloggers, Oh She Glows, the Post-Punk Kitchen, and Keepin’ It Kind have some great recipes to check out.

If you’re interested in making the switch to a plant-based, vegan diet, you can request a FREE vegan starter guide from Compassion Over Killing and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. There’s plenty to eat without choosing meat, OR cheese pizza!

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Photo credit: Justin Levy / VICE.com


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  • vespaman

    Umm… technically you’ve mis-categorized him. Not a Vegetarian (since he hates vegetables) – CHEESAPIZZATARIAN is more like it. Enjoy your cheesy existence…

  • pixiemom

    Uh, ethical vegetarian? All that cheese he’s been eating supports some of the VERY worst cruelty in the animal abuse industries…

  • Produce Reason

    Sounds like an unhealthy and misguided person. Dairy industry is worse than meat industry arguably

  • Chef JD

    Dude might as well eat veal. What’s the difference anyway. I hope the therapy helps. If Janssen wants a pro chef to help, pls contact me.

  • ed

    he’d being doing less harm if he ate beef instead of consuming dairy. ethical and dairy are oxymorons

  • Jessica McGrath

    He’s kidding himself if he calls himself an “ethical” vegetarian and eats cheese pizza every day. He’s probably still eating the same amount of animal abuse as an average meat eater who eats a varied diet. Does he not know how much milk is used to make cheese, and how terrible dairy is for both animals and the environment? Why is this article even on ecorazzi?

  • tech_lvr

    Well – at least his dinner didn’t die screaming on a blood splattered floor of a slaughterhouse.
    I’d like to know if his diabetes is linked to cheese in pizza. What about cholesterol and blood pressure?
    I have been a vegetarian for almost a decade and avoid dairy and eggs as well. Always been Quite healthy but would like to get a few tests done to see if going vegan has helped in anyway.

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