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BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,639
8/14/13 12:52 P

When I want to do pizza "right," I make my own whole wheat crust, add some homemade sauce and a little cheese, and top it off with a ton of veggies. It's a lot healthier than restaurant pizza and it's fun to do with the kiddos.

When I want to just have pizza without making it myself...I have pizza. We bought a pizza last weekend, which means we've had leftovers for a few days. I had pizza three days in a row: two slices alongside a good salad. It was a little more caloric (and higher in fat, lower in protein) than my regular meals, but it still fit into my range just fine. I didn't do anything different on those days except make sure that my lunch had a little extra protein to offset the lower protein dinner.

I could never eat just a quarter of a slice, personally.

ETA: Just realized that this was a pretty old post that got bumped. :/

Edited by: BITTERQUILL at: 8/14/2013 (12:53)
8/14/13 12:45 P

I love pizza and look forward to making my own soon.

CATHWREN SparkPoints: (55,832)
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6/21/13 4:53 P

I love pizza but I can not, do not, stop at 1 piece. I know that I won't so I generally don't get pizza.

I have a real problem with savory foods. I can resist sweets for the most part (though chocolate is a temptation). But pizza is one of my triggers and even though I believe that moderation is key, I know I won't be moderate with pizza.

ELENGIL Posts: 957
6/21/13 3:57 P

I make pita pizzas.

One piece of whole wheat arabic pita bread
1/4 cup of sauce (I like using pasta sauce)
Whatever toppings you like on your pizza
1 1/2 oz. of cheese.

Bake until melty.

BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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6/21/13 3:57 P

Have pizza once in a while, I do, and when I do boy do I enjoy it !!!!, But then I know the next day get back on track with the healthy eating lifestyle..

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,419
6/21/13 1:45 P

The only pizza I like now is Dr. Oetkers frozen pizza. Its not low calorie or low fat. I have it at least once a week

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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6/21/13 1:41 P

I love pizza, I just don't eat it very often, only once every 3-4 weeks on average. And I only take one slice, assuming normal-sized slices.

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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6/21/13 1:26 P

No cheese on a pizza? Is it even possible to make a pizza without cheese? I'm sorry, but that just goes totally against the rules of making and eating a pizza.

A pizza without cheese is like a bonfire without the fire.

A pizza without cheese is like a book without words.

A pizza without cheese is like a game without rules.

WENDIBUGG Posts: 674
6/21/13 11:13 A

Love pizza and eat it every week. The best thing is if you are ordering it then get thin crust and ask for light cheese or even no cheese. Have a salad to go with it. Eating the salad first will keep you from eating too much pizza. I live in Italy so pizza here is made from all fresh ingredients and on thin crust. They usually eat the whole pizza themselves and at first I thought that was alot but because it is so thin, it isnt as high in calories or carbs as it would seem. Zucchini and eggplant are popular toppings here.

Edited by: WENDIBUGG at: 6/21/2013 (11:14)
ICEANGEL0531 Posts: 1,858
6/21/13 10:14 A

I am not a big fan but.......we have a pizzeria that makes a thin crusted grilled chicken ( bacon if you want, I do but I don' t get it) w/ ranch dressing. It is absolutely fantastic. It is my once weekly indulgence, after my weigh in.

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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6/21/13 10:07 A

Pizza in Florida is horrible so I usually make my own. We have pizza about once a month. I take a thin crust cheese pizza and add mushrooms, turkey pepperoni, black olives, sliced tomatoes, sliced green peppers and sprinkle a little mozzarella on top. It's yummy!

AURORA629 Posts: 2,393
6/21/13 9:13 A

I love pizza. I do believe in the occasional cheat meal. I don't think of it as cheating though. I think of it as taking a day off, like you would for a job. Since you don't believe in that, that is totally fine. Here are a few other ways I enjoy pizza.

I make my own. I make my own crust from bread flour, white whole wheat flour, filtered water, sugar, yeast and a little bit of salt. I make my own non-fat sauce. For the cheese I use Sargento reduced fat Italian 4 cheese. As for toppings, I can't do a veggie pizza. Most of the veggies they typically put on pizza, I hate them. Green peppers, olives, onions, mushrooms... No thanks, I don't want any of those in anything. I like meat toppings. I use things like turkey pepperoni, turkey linquica, extra lean hamburger, homemade sausage (much leaner then anything on the market). These are still high calories. They are also very time consuming to make, so I don't do it very often.

More often, I make low cal things like English muffin pizzas. I use the light ones that only 90 or 100 calories. I commonly use the ones that are high fiber like Thomas multi-grain light. Sometime I eat out for convenience at the Target Food Court (there is one close to where I work) and I order their chicken marinara flat bread sandwich. It tastes very pizza like, but is far lower in calories.

Any time I do not have a day off from my diet and I know one of my meals is going to be excessively high in calories, I low-ball the calories the rest of the day. I try to make the rest of the day total about 500 calories or less so I can pretty much pig out for that one meal. I try to pair high fiber items with high protein items, so the reduced calories don't leave me feeling overly hungry.

LCOLANGELO0803 Posts: 21
6/20/13 11:09 P

OMG I love veg pizza. The best is when you roast the vegs on the grill and then top the pizza crust with olive oil and the vegs and grill that. Yummy!!

ELECTRA7D SparkPoints: (18,798)
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6/20/13 5:23 P

I make pizza at home, so it's easy to control what goes into it. I make one for my husband because he wants leftovers, and I make one for me and the kids to split. Last night, I put spinach on the pizza and only used half the cheese I usually do. I didn't really miss the cheese, but the kids said it wasn't as good as usual.

PAQTEQ SparkPoints: (24,880)
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6/20/13 3:41 P

SparkPeople is such a wonderful resource. I was invited to a GIRLS' NITE IN and my friends DO NOT eat healthy, so of course when they stay in they usually order Pizza. So this time around (now that I am trying to eat healthy) I was reluctant. In order to keep my friends and stay healthy I decided to check out SP, the pizza restaurant's website and these message boards. This is what I have come up with:-

Budget my Calories, Fat, Carbs, Protien, etc for that day.
Make a Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil dressing
Make a Vegetable Soup (found on
Eat my homemade soup and salad while waiting on my Thin Crust Garden Pizza
Have only 1 - 2 Slices of Pizza.
Drink water or Non-Fat Milk (Sorry girls, no soda or wine for me)
Have Fruit for dessert.

5/27/13 9:47 A

Thankyou so very very much, everyone! I appreciate that you took out the time and shared your views and ideas with me!
The pizza talk has made me hungry. But, as I did have 1/4th of it on Saturday, I will wait till next week, to either make my own or order a thin crust!

KAYAHSLOANE1 Posts: 10,469
5/27/13 8:40 A

I love pizza and that is likely my weak spot in my diet. If I know I'm having pizza that day I eat salad and make sure everything else is uber healthy and on point that day and the next to make up for the splurge.

AKALEI349 Posts: 113
5/26/13 6:09 P

I eat pizza frequently...its something I can't leave alone though I do prefer to make it myself rather than order or buy from a restaurant. I can choose my own crust and my own toppings that way. Plus, then I can make a small pizza rather than a full-sized one and keep the calories down.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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5/25/13 11:27 P

Yup - I eat pizza - I adore pizza and it is a food I can not live without.

I make sure that "budget" for it in my day, and enjoy every last cheesy bite!

ERICADURR Posts: 243
5/25/13 8:00 P

I actually just made my own pizza tonight using my mom's pizza dough and sauce recipes. I had half of a medium pizza for about 500 calories (and that's including pepperonis). If you make it yourself, you can measure the cheese, toppings, dough...everything. Highly recommend you do! :)

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
5/25/13 6:49 P

I'll make myself pizza on a high fiber tortilla or make my own crust that's gluten free, and I really want to try the cauliflower& cheese crusts that are on pinterest...

SONICB Posts: 4,376
5/25/13 6:31 P

No food is off-limits for me... I find that moderation works, so I will eat greasy pizza every now and then and adjust my intake later on if necessary.

But if you find that you can't have "just a slice," there are healthy alternatives! I have heard of cauliflower crusts and using zucchini slices or eggplant slices in place of dough. I haven't tried these ideas personally, but they sound like a great way to boost your veggie intake!

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
5/25/13 3:49 P

As others have said, it's not really reasonable to expect huge losses at your size. You'll have weeks occasionally like this when you lose a pound or more, but in general you should expect to average no more than 2 or 3% of your excess weight each week. If you have 20 pounds to lose, that means 1/4 to 1/2 pound per week.

As for the pizza, having a day now and then when your carbs are high is not going to hurt you. What's important is the average over time. Most guidelines say that 65% carbs is the upper range (although some go up to 70%.) Assuming you stayed below 1500 total calories, the 3% extra that you had amounts to an extra 45 calories from carbs. That's the amount in about 1/4c of rice or half a slice of bread. One day this week, when you're serving yourself dinner, take one less spoonful of rice or pasta and add one extra bite of lean meat, and you'll be even.

You will almost never hit every target exactly, and that's okay. Percentages and suggested numbers of grams are guidelines, not laws. For that matter, even laws have some flexibility; it would be very unusual for someone to get ticket for going 68 miles per hour in a 65mph zone, for example, especially if they only hit that speed once and then immediately slowed down.

So don't worry about it.Balance it out by eating a tiny bit less carb today, or ignore it and move on. Either way, you'll be fine.

CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (7,707)
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5/25/13 3:10 P

I make the cauliflower crust pizza with a healthy homemade pizza sauce. Hits the pizza spot but doesn't send me into an "I want carbs!!!" frenzy.

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
5/25/13 3:01 P

Yes, once every month or so I have a few slices. I don't do anything differently on days when I have pizza and days when I don't.

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (189,504)
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5/25/13 2:45 P

I eat pizza once in awhile. I tend to choose a thin crust, whole wheat if possible. Then I enjoy veggie toppings...lots of green pepper, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes. It's filling, 2 slices and I'm happy.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
5/25/13 2:05 P

I haven't eaten a "restaurant/take-out" pizza in a long time. Although these get brought in to my office with some regularity! I have convinced my brain that these do NOT taste as good as they smell... that they are "mostly just bread and oil and tomato sauce" anyways... and over time, I've come to the understanding that they are just not worth it.

When I eat a "treat" food (like pizza), I want, expect, DEMAND that it be GOOD. And 2-4-1 greasy pepperoni, just, isn't.

But I still eat pizza! I have just started to make it myself. Oh gosh, have I ever gotten expert at making yummy pizza. I start off with a pre-made thin pizza base (I am very lucky to have an awesome Italian grocery/deli that makes their own, and they are really good and less cardboardy than many of the industrial-bakery bases you find in the supermarket). If I want meat, I go with lean pizza ham rather than salami. Or, I char-broiled some chicken breasts once and chopped them up - that made a good topping too. I think my favorite was my experiment with "caramelized onion and fennel" - I sauteed thinly sliced onions and fennel bulb for a long time till very soft, and piled high on the pizza, and topped with mild gorgonzola (a little goes a long way) and a light garnish of mozza. It was only about 500 calories for a HUMUNGOUS slice, and it was so gourment, so delicious... how can i ever go back to 2-4-1 pizza after *that*?

I am ruining "restaurants" for myself though. The more time goes on, the more home-cooking I do, the more I realize that not many restaurants will provide me with a better food experience than what I can provide myself at home (for half the calories and 1/3 the cost).

5/25/13 12:48 P

I have a gluten sensitivity so I make my own thin crust rice pizza crusts about once a week. I had one last night and today I am bursting with energy! I usually eat less than 100g of carbs from vegetables and some fruit daily but every now and then my body wants more. I make the 8" round pizza with sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, bacon, pepperoni, chicken(if I have it) spinach, chives and onions and I eat the whole thing! So good!

Depravation is not a good thing, try and focus on all the delicious things you can eat instead of the things you can't. Make a healthier pizza and then enjoy it!

SIMPLYME160 SparkPoints: (1,834)
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5/25/13 12:48 P

Love pizza, Husband wants double cheese and pepperoni- thick crust. For me and my daughter, we stay with thin crust, easy on the cheese, ham and pineapple. Much easier on the fat and calories.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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5/25/13 12:36 P

I eat pizza occasionally--probably once every few weeks. I prefer thick crust, Chicago-style pizza, so one slice is plenty filling, and only around 300 calories or so. I often have it with a salad, but not always. I don't do anything else differently from a non-pizza day. My macronutrients are always in a pretty good range, so if carbs are toward the top one day, I don't worry about it.

I also have dessert most days--could be some dark chocolate squares (I have always loved dark chocolate) or a cookie, brownie, or whatever. Nothing huge, just a small snack to have with my evening tea.

At your weight, you probably won't lose more than 1.3 lbs./week. That's actually an excellent loss--anywhere from 0.5 to 1 lb. would be reasonable at that weight. (I've lost about 70 lbs. so far, and while at the beginning, I was losing close to 2 lbs./week, now that I'm within about 5 lbs. of my goal, it's more like 0.5 lb.)

Hope that helps!

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
5/25/13 12:11 P

If you don't have any issues with carbs, then just have the pizza every so often. Pizza is supposed to be eaten as a slice or two with a salad, or a fruit. The problem is that we eat it as a lone dish, and have 4-5 slices. It has carbs, but also can be loaded with vegetables, and has mozzarella cheese, and any protein you want. It isn't the greatest food, but it is kind of like ice cream. A scoop is okay, but a pint is too much. Just watch the serving size. Pizza is only about 200 calories a slice. One slice isn't going to ruin your diet.

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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5/25/13 12:04 P

Yes, I eat thin crust, cheese pizza weekly. I usually order take out, but I add mushrooms and spinach on top. I don't make it my main meal though because I make a huge salad with lots of veggies.

For dessert, I usually eat fresh strawberries!!!! (Knowing that I can eat them after I eat my meal keeps me from eating the whole pizza. LOL)

5/25/13 11:53 A

I have been craving a pizza lately, & I didhave 1/4th of a slice.
I was planning the 'whole' slice but my carbs% shot up to 68$%
My question is, that DO YOU ever eat pizza's? If yes then what do you do differently, than a normal day!

I do not believe in cheat-meals, so I eat a dessert daily.(Off late lindors) But very soon I will be switching to dark chocolates.(Not into them yet)
I have been criticised for this, but I want to do something I can live by.

I plan, weigh, track and I lost 1.3 pounds this week. I would like to lose more, so what could I differently?

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