Coming Clean: Are You Willing to Admit You’re a ‘Chegan’?


When it comes to bombshells in the vegan world, they don’t get much bigger than this.

With high-profile celebs like Jared Leto and Venus Williams opening up and admitting to being ‘chegan’, isn’t it time we all came clean? The term chegan simply means a cheating vegan: someone who has so far been dedicated to the lifestyle, but has been led astray by the wonders of the steak or cheeseburger. Alternatively, it could be someone who claims to be a vegan, but almost deliberately cheats on the diet. So… would you admit to being a chegan?

The temptation of the chegan

Just think of all the good stuff that vegans have to resist: pizzas, burgers, ice cream, hot dogs… the list goes on. In fact, for the weaker-willed among us, it’s surprising that anyone is able to purposely avoid foods like this. So it’s easy to see how a person who identifies as a vegan may have a hard time saying no to certain foods – especially those of the ‘fast’ variety. They’re only human, after all. The issue comes when the more dedicated members of the vegan community catch wind of such behaviours. That’s when the winds of furore can descend on people like poor Venus and Jared (although we’re sure the stacks of cash help a bit).

Does it really matter?

So the question now becomes, does cheating on a diet really matter that much? In our opinion, the answer to that question is a simple no. This is especially the case when these diets are lifestyle decisions anyway. If a chegan had some form of allergy or intolerance to all animal-based products, then sure, we’d understand that it’s probably not a great idea that they eat meat. But for these high-profile vegan celebs, it really makes no odds whether or not they chow down on a greasy burger after a night out every now and then. They may have to face the scorn of the vegan community, but on their own heads be it.

Health implications

Okay, so veganism can be a lifestyle choice, but are there any health issues that can arise from cheating on a vegan diet? Well, if you’ve ever told a beef loving carnivore you are a vegan, chances are you’ve  been told we are just not designed to be vegan. B12 is often part of such a debate.  Now a Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to side effects such as anemia and other diet related issues, maybe a Chegan diet is the right answer after all!

Could it be that by following a chegan diet you could be actually improving on the already super healthy vegan diet?

Whether you’re a vegan, a chegan, or a full-blown meat eater, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Let us know in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter!



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Jessica has over ten years experience in the fitness industry, working initially as a fitness coach and personal trainer, and then moving into management for several years in health clubs around the UK. Fitness is a way of life for Jessica, spending many hours each week in the gym in order to constantly improve her fitness, strength and skills.

One Response to “Coming Clean: Are You Willing to Admit You’re a ‘Chegan’?”

  1. Pete October 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    I was following you up to the last paragraph. In our society, the choice of eating meat and dairy is a personal choice….
    Then you tried to include health benefits of including animal products. So, you suggest adding beef may be beneficial. This is the same beef that WHO just classed as 2a (probably causes cancer) in their latest research?
    You also mention B12. The data on B12 is actually changing. I personally still take a B12 supplement, as much of the population has issues getting enough B12 & I believe all athletes should, whatever their dietary choices supplement with B12, but B12 is being discovered in plants So, even B12 is becoming a bit of a non-issue.
    Lastly, I have personally been a vegan for just short of 30 years and have never chosen to eat any animal products. That’s not to say I haven’t inadvertently eaten something (from a bug on a plant, to a missed ingredient on a snack), but I’ve never knowingly ingested any animal product.
    Obviously, I don’t rant at people who make other choices (I don’t believe that works for any issue) but it should be mentioned that avoiding animal products (especially processed meat and red meat) is probably a healthier option.

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