I knew I shouldn’t eat it but…

I should have known better.

I mean, I prattle on about healthy foods and such and then I found myself staring face-to-face with the devil incarnate…

Pizza.

And not some cauliflower crust pretend pie. A hot, ooey-gooey cheesy temptation that my buddy brought over as we prepared to watch the game last weekend.

It took me only a few seconds to decide to dive in… and even less for regret to grab hold of me.

No, not because I fell off the food wagon. We’re all entitled to a treat now and then.

But because that piping hot cheese stuck right to the roof of my mouth. And I felt like I had a mouthful of molten lava.

I mean… it really hurt. I didn’t look in there, but mostly because I was too scared at what I’d find.

It sure felt like I’d peeled back the insides of my mouth with a blowtorch.

Luckily for me, this isn’t the first time I’ve done this. (Don’t judge me.)

So I knew what to do.

First, I got a glass of cold water and took a gulp. Held it in there until it got warm, spit it out and did it again. This started to take the edge off.

All told, I probably sat by the sink with my cheeks puckered out like a guppy for a good 10 minutes. I knew enough to avoid ice, because that could stick and make matters worse.

One I put the fire out, I gently took some natural honey and… easy now… dabbed a little up in there.

It not only tasted good, but I know it has antimicrobial properties. Which could speed the healing.

Plus, it made me feel a little better about the pizza I now wasn’t going to eat.

Once the game was over, I mixed up a little salt water – about a quarter teaspoon in a glass of slightly warm water. I swished it around a couple times, and did it again.

And again the next morning.

By today my mouth feels about back to normal. Karen has been nice enough not to relish in the fact that my burning maw has kept me quieter than usual.

So I’m on the road to recovery. If this happens to you and you’re not better in a week or two, see a doctor.

And if you decide to go for that pizza… I’d count to 100 first before you dive in.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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7 thoughts on “I knew I shouldn’t eat it but…

  1. Dear Jeff,
    I really enjoyed your story about pizza. I have never been a fan of pizza except for the one my wonderful Heidi makes. By the way i am going in for a total hip replacement in 1/2 hour and have not eaten anything since last night at 9PM. Just the thought of any food (even pizza) has given me hunger pangs.

    Thanks again for these hunger pangs.

    God Bless you and yours,

    Ray Lefferts

  2. LOL. Not laughing at your pain nor great remedies but because it takes me back to a saying I use on myself “ There is nothing as familier as an old mistake nor as futile as regret “

  3. Jeff, I did the exact same thing, but instead of pizza being the wepon, it was a frosted pop- tart! You gotta be careful with those things when they just come out of the toaster!! The burning hot frosting stuck to the roof of my mouth, causing serious pain! It’s always funny when it happens to someone else!!

  4. First of all any dish made that is hot and cheesy needs to settle a few minutes (I am not talking cool down to non-warm temperature but just right eating temperature. Just take that time and that hit cheese burn on top of the roof of your mouth will never occur. Especially if you are like me and eat pizza with your hand and don’t use utensils. If you are that hungry start from the crust end for the first bite, to allow the cheese temperature to lower. It is similar to getting a hot cup of coffee which brews at 185 degrees, your mouth can’t drink a liquid at that temperature. Same problem with hot food. Remember that when you next get pizza.

  5. Jeff, I can’t imagine you doing that. I figured you were so much smarter than me…..but I guess not. Not only have I burned the roof of my mouth, I have burned my tongue….several times. But I’m glad to know the honey helped. I would not have thought of that. And my pizza never gets delivered that hot. But I have to confess that I ate some wheat and sugar this past week-end so you can color me guilty as well.

  6. Thank you for the reminder about hot pizza! I have never considered the honey trick. Good to know! Keep up your good work! Gratefully, Colleen in Ga

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