Venus Williams calls herself a 'cheagan' and admits flaws in vegan diet
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Eats, Vegan
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It seems tennis star Venus Williams doesn’t consider herself a true vegan, and calls herself a “cheagan.”

According to SheKnows, Williams confessed she gives into temptation every once in a while and warns people food might just disappear from their plates.

“If it’s on your plate, I might get to cheat. If you’re sitting next to me, good luck. You turn your head once and your food might be gone. I think it’s pretty well known I’m a cheagan. I’m not perfect, but I try,” she said.

In 2011, Williams turned to the plant-based diet to help with her auto-immune disease, Sjorgren’s Syndrome, which causes chronic fatigue and full-body inflammation.

She hasn’t been shy about giving credit to veganism  either and revealed that “definitely changing [her] diet has made a big difference.”

This isn’t the first time Williams has confessed mistakes regarding her diet and that the transition can be difficult at times. Even if she does cheat on occasion we’re happy to see that she’s trying and mainly living a vegan lifestyle.

In my opinion, and as someone who recently turned vegan, it can be hard to transition from well-known and favorite foods to a completely different eating regimen.

Let’s give it up to Williams for being honest and trying her hardest.

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About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Bridget Cassun

    I guess it depends on the reasons one goes vegan; I’m vegan for the animals so there isn’t really any wiggle room.

  • Victoria Fiore

    It’s truly all about compassion. If a choice like this is strictly about health while animals/environment self learning is not involved, it simply doesn’t last. This is also not the first time I see “raw” going back to no longer being vegan.

    • VeganBeing

      yes, but sometimes people going vegan for health or environment opens the door to being willing to look at the ethical issues with animals. It’s almost as if it gives them permission. It seems much more productive to say “thanks for saving 98 lives per year!” (even if they didn’t do it for the animals) – that positivity can encourage “self learning”.

  • Art Faucett

    Every time I’m forced to look at her on TV, i get the urge to throw up in my mouth

    • jaimeB

      She’s a dog.