There’s something about pizza that just keeps us coming back for more. It might be the perfectly proportioned combination of dough, sauce and cheese. Or, it could be the way it makes us feel – comforted, happy and satiated. Whatever the reason, pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. And for one man, it’s the only food he’s eaten for the past 25 years.
That’s right, for the past quarter of a century, 58-year-old Rob Rhinehart has survived on nothing but pizza. And, according to him, he’s never been healthier.
It all started back in 1992 when Rhinehart, then a software engineer, was working long hours and found himself eating out most of the time. “I was spending $200 a month on food,” he told The Huffington Post. “I decided that was ridiculous and there had to be a better way.”
So, he set out to find a more efficient way to fuel his body. He did some research on the internet and discovered that all the nutrients our bodies need can be found in powdered form. He started mixing these together with water and, voila, his “soylent” was born.
For the next 18 months, Rhinehart lived off soylent, a concoction of powdered milk, soy protein, oats, rice, yeast, potassium, salt, olive oil, magnesium, fiber, iodine and vitamins. He found that not only was soylent more affordable than buying food, but it also saved him time as he no longer had to cook or clean up after meals.
But then, one day, he got a craving for pizza. “I hadn’t had pizza in months and I just really wanted it,” he said. “So, I ordered a large and ate the whole thing.”
And that’s when he had his epiphany. “I realized that pizza has everything I need – carbs, fat, protein, salt, etc. – and it’s so delicious!” he said. “Why eat anything else when I can just eat pizza?”
And so, for the past 25 years, that’s exactly what he’s done. He’s eaten pizza for every meal, every day. And, surprisingly, he’s in good health. In fact, he claims to have more energy now than he did when he was in his 20s.
“People always ask me if I’m tired of eating pizza and, to be honest, I am,” he said. “But it’s such a simple food and it’s so easy to make. Plus, it’s really affordable. I can get a large pizza for $5 and that will last me a few days.”
So, there you have it. The man who has been eating nothing but pizza for the past 25 years is alive and well and showing no signs of slowing down. Who knows, maybe he’ll never tire of pizza and he’ll continue to enjoy this simple food for the rest of his life.