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***NON-PALEO DAY QUESTION***

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 17, 2013 at 12:19 PM

So, I've been on Paleo for three weeks - haven't had any dairy or grains the entire time. I tried making paleo pizza crust and it just turned out poorly.

I'm thinking of having pizza tomorrow to satisfy my pizza itch - with cheese, regular crust or maybe gluten free crust.

I've been doing very well and don't feel like I should feel bad for having pizza for one meal.

Is there a reason I absolutely SHOULDN'T do this? Will I completely lose everything I've already built up in terms of putting my body on track?

Any advice would be wonderful. Thank you!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:08 PM

@AxialGentleman Right - I was trying to make the case that eating pizza shouldn't be seen as a reward any more than what one thinks they deserve a reward for was a trial or punishment. So, no, it's not really punishment, but not should pizza be seen as a reward.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 18, 2013
at 06:25 PM

This seems like a well-balanced answer. Though I don't think that rewarding yourself for doing something implies that the thing you were doing was a punishment. Some things are good but hard, and I think it's fine to provide some extrinsic reward for having shown the maturity and fortitude to succeed at them. It's important to be mentally and emotionally clear about that distinction, though.

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on May 17, 2013
at 08:51 PM

For me, the taste isn't really that different but the textures can vary.. one of the better frozen ones ive found is the "Against the Grain" brand. They have it at Whole Foods. Alternatively, I've found eating pepperonis dipped in spaghetti sauce fills the pizza void

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 17, 2013
at 06:54 PM

I was thinking of once a month, or once every other month.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on May 17, 2013
at 05:49 PM

somewhere between yes and hell yes -- depending on how it's made

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 17, 2013
at 05:38 PM

Does gluten free taste a lot different than regular pizza crust?

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 17, 2013
at 05:38 PM

Not a bad idea at all - definitely a better option. Less grease too!

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 17, 2013
at 05:36 PM

I was going to do a Dominos pizza - pepperoni, cheese and mushrooms. I am fine with dairy and grains. I just started because I was a compulsive overeater and this lifestyle has stopped all of my compulsive overeating and has led me down a healthier path altogether. I don't think I'm doing it to reward myself - nothing is as good as I've felt since being on Paleo. I just miss the taste. :)

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on May 17, 2013
at 04:54 PM

be careful which gluten free crust you get. Some of them have a lot of nasty stuff -- stuff that could be much worse for you in the long run (assuming you don't have gluten sensitivity)

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on May 17, 2013
at 02:50 PM

+1 for using the word "Etcetera".

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on May 17, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Lol, agreed .

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 17, 2013
at 01:04 PM

Is there a reason I absolutely SHOULDN'T do this?

There are tens of reasons why not to do this. Most of them involve leading questions like ... Are you making this pizza yourself? What are the other toppings on the pizza in terms of quality? How do you handle dairy, especially cheese? Etcetera. Do you suspect you have a gluten intolerance?

But there is one reason you should: you clearly want to, and that can trump all the little -- however important -- health reasons.

Some people get surprised when they "go back" to wheat to find they've uncovered a gluten intolerance after lowering inflammation from abstaining. So, assuming you can still handle wheat, then a 100%, crust-and-all, homemade pizza with lots of fresh vegetables and real sauce is far from the worst thing you could eat.

Will I completely lose everything I've already built up in terms of putting my body on track?

Almost certainly not. 3 weeks strict paleo and one-meal-not is 98.4% paleo, assuming 3 meals a day. ;-) However, you may find yourself slowly sliding into a mental trap ... "Oh, one cheat day didn't hurt, how about 1 a week ... Oh, how about 2 a week ... 3 ...", so be wary.

I've been doing very well and don't feel like I should feel bad for having pizza for one meal.

You shouldn't think of pizza as a reward. You aren't punishing yourself by sticking to paleo, you're giving yourself a gift. But again, if you want pizza, you have my persmission: stop the damned, mental anguish and have a slice already. ;-)

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 18, 2013
at 06:25 PM

This seems like a well-balanced answer. Though I don't think that rewarding yourself for doing something implies that the thing you were doing was a punishment. Some things are good but hard, and I think it's fine to provide some extrinsic reward for having shown the maturity and fortitude to succeed at them. It's important to be mentally and emotionally clear about that distinction, though.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 19, 2013
at 02:08 PM

@AxialGentleman Right - I was trying to make the case that eating pizza shouldn't be seen as a reward any more than what one thinks they deserve a reward for was a trial or punishment. So, no, it's not really punishment, but not should pizza be seen as a reward.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on May 17, 2013
at 02:50 PM

+1 for using the word "Etcetera".

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 17, 2013
at 05:36 PM

I was going to do a Dominos pizza - pepperoni, cheese and mushrooms. I am fine with dairy and grains. I just started because I was a compulsive overeater and this lifestyle has stopped all of my compulsive overeating and has led me down a healthier path altogether. I don't think I'm doing it to reward myself - nothing is as good as I've felt since being on Paleo. I just miss the taste. :)

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on May 17, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Lol, agreed .

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on May 17, 2013
at 03:12 PM

There are a lot of "Paleo" Pizzas out there. Metza, coconut flour crust, almond crust, rostis, gratins, et cetera (or etceteros not Etcetera -- greymouser).

The problem is if you are buying all your ingredients (or going out for pizza). Most gluten free crusts are crap -- Most flour crusts are crap too. Most pizza sauces you can buy from the store are crap. Most generic shredded cheeses are crap, etc.

Personally, when I have a pizza fix I do one of two things:

  1. I go to a really good home-made shop that makes incredible pizza, and I accept it as a cheat.
  2. I go down the the portobello mushroom on the grill thing. But I make my own sauce, I slice fresh mozzarella (usually bought freshly made at an Italian deli, my homemade mozz just don't turn out as well). I use quality seafood and veggies....

Getting a slice from a generic chain store just is not worth the cheat in my mind.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 17, 2013
at 05:38 PM

Not a bad idea at all - definitely a better option. Less grease too!

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on May 18, 2013
at 07:29 AM

Once every few months I get a pizza. Pizza is a little slice of heaven!

But I NEVER get Dominoes pizza. I go to a good pizza parlor with a pizza oven. Everything is homemade there with good quality ingredients.

Why not a pizza substitute? I hate substitutes in general. If I'm going to eat pizza once in a blue moon, I'm going to eat pizza, damn it! Not Meatza!

It's all natural so I don't get whatever crap is surely in any chain-restaurant pizza.

Personally, though I don't eat wheat, I'm not sensitive to it. But as someone said, sometimes it's good to eat the wrong thing to remind yourself how bad it feels.

Last and most importantly, if this is a cheat and a treat, why not get the best tasting pizza instead of the worst tasting pizza (sorry Dominoes)? I haven't had a Dominoes pizza for a few years but I'm pretty sure it would just taste like cardboard with chemicals now that my tastebuds aren't used to crap!

Enjoy your pizza!

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on May 17, 2013
at 06:19 PM

when i was eating gluten free as a vegan, i always used udi's gluten free pizza crust. it does have eggs/corn in it and it has a great texture that i haven't found with all gluten free crusts.

i'd say that you shouldn't make a habit of this- just do it once in a while when you want to treat yourself. i don't see anything wrong with indulging if it doesn't make you feel like crap. i've tried making a few cauliflower pizza crusts and they suck everytime now matter what recipe i use.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 17, 2013
at 06:54 PM

I was thinking of once a month, or once every other month.

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(2301)

on May 17, 2013
at 03:44 PM

Just do it, and get a gluten free crust.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 17, 2013
at 05:49 PM

somewhere between yes and hell yes -- depending on how it's made

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 17, 2013
at 04:54 PM

be careful which gluten free crust you get. Some of them have a lot of nasty stuff -- stuff that could be much worse for you in the long run (assuming you don't have gluten sensitivity)

Medium avatar

(2301)

on May 17, 2013
at 08:51 PM

For me, the taste isn't really that different but the textures can vary.. one of the better frozen ones ive found is the "Against the Grain" brand. They have it at Whole Foods. Alternatively, I've found eating pepperonis dipped in spaghetti sauce fills the pizza void

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 17, 2013
at 05:38 PM

Does gluten free taste a lot different than regular pizza crust?

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