Saturday, October 27, 2012

I'm on a Diet, But Please Order the Pizza!

In today's world of never ending diets and numerous angles for reducing calories and fat content there is one thing that seems to stand out in spite of all of our "good diet" intentions. We want to lose weight but we do NOT want to give up one of our most beloved and favorite foods... "The Pizza Pie".
Yes, that's right...we want a great diet plan but the thought of giving up our unquenchable desire for the infamous pizza pie is simply out of the question. We'll try "whole wheat pizza", "sun dried tomato pizza", "grilled chicken pizza" you name it, just don't leave out that last descriptive word "pizza."
A "watered down" form of pizza is better than no pizza at all! Any form of pizza that suggests we're cutting corners with calories and making headway on reducing fat but still enjoying the taste of one of our favorite foods and past times, well that's an idea worth addressing.
The fact is pizza is one of the most beloved foods in the world. Here's a few facts to ponder that suggest our love for pizza:
• Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza EACH day, that's about 350 slices per second.
• According to a recent Gallup Poll, 82 percent of children ages 3 and 11 prefer PIZZA over chicken nuggets, hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, and hamburgers.
• Gourmet toppings are gaining ground in some areas of the country such as chicken, oysters, crayfish, dandelions, sprouts, eggplant, Cajun shrimp, artichoke hearts and tuna. More recent trends include game meats such as venison, duck and Canadian bacon.
• Pizza is a $30+ BILLION per year industry. There are approximately 69,000 pizzerias in the United States. Approximately 3 BILLION pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year. (Source: Blumenfeld and Associates)
Let's face it, we want an effective diet but we don't want to give up the pizza pie that we've grown to love and adore.If we could only incorporate healthy stuff like whole wheat", some form of "gluten free" flour, or even organic tomatoes that will do just fine.
Whatever we need to do but the last thing we want to do is ELIMINATE the pizza pie.
I guess there will never be a substitute for pizza. It doesn't matter if we're dieting or not. As a matter of fact, you can't have a good and workable diet plan unless you have a diet pizza associated with the plan.
If there's a way to "squeeze in" a "workable" pizza then I might just take a look at your diet plan. If there's no way to do that...well... the diet plan might be a bit to strict for me. Give us all breaks... find a way to work in the taste we've all grown tolove and crave. Find a way to create a PIZZA that will fit into our diet plans, because if you don't, invariably, we're going to wait until no one's looking and we're going to pick up that telephone and order the pie of all pies.
Better yet, we'll crank up the oven and make our own. We want the taste that can't be substituted or denied. We want the one and only pie that can be customized to our taste buds and our taste buds alone. We want our favorite pizza pie and we want it now!

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