HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Environment & Energy » Vegetarian, Vegan and Animal Rights (Group) » Venus Williams talks abou...

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 12:35 PM

Venus Williams talks about being a "cheagan," a vegan who cheats on her diet

Venus Williams has made the dietary leap from steak lover to vegan but admits that in times of weakness she is a "cheagan." That's Venus-talk for a cheating vegan.

"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," Williams said, in good spirits after starting her Australian Open campaign Monday with a quick 6-1, 6-0 win over Galina Voskoboeva.

"I think it's pretty well known I'm a cheagan, "the seven-time Grand Slam winner said, laughing. "I'm not perfect, but I try."

On her website the 32-year-old American refers to this phase of her life as "Venus A.D." Venus After Diagnosis.

Food is not the only difference between then and now, but it is one of the big lifestyle changes Williams has made since being diagnosed in 2011 with an immune system illness that had caused her years of mysterious symptoms like shortness of breath, fatigue and muscle pain.

Williams went public with her illness after withdrawing from her second-round match at the 2011 U.S. Open and then took seven months off tennis, skipping last year's Australian Open as she learned how to manage the disease known as Sjogren's syndrome.

Her website, www.venuswilliams.com, says Williams' vegan diet is designed to decrease inflammation in her body and reduce the energy-sapping symptoms of the disease "by not overloading her body with excess calories, pesticides or sugars."


http://www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/2013/01/venus_williams_talks_about_bei.html#incart_river_default

7 replies, 991 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 7 replies Author Time Post
Reply Venus Williams talks about being a "cheagan," a vegan who cheats on her diet (Original post)
Redfairen Jan 2013 OP
BlueStreak Jan 2013 #1
Kalidurga Jan 2013 #2
demmiblue Jan 2013 #3
WillParkinson Jan 2013 #4
obamanut2012 Jan 2013 #5
flvegan Jan 2013 #6
Liberal Jesus Freak Jan 2013 #7

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:54 PM

1. "... by not overloading her body with excess ... pesticides ..."

Is there a nutritionally helpful level of pesticides? I mean do we need a certain amount of pesticides just to make sure there aren't any ants living in our belly?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 02:34 PM

2. This sounds like a good plan for everyone...

by not overloading her body with excess calories, pesticides or sugars.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 05:57 PM

3. In other words, she is not a vegan.

I do applaud her, though, for trying to consume less animal products.




Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:36 PM

4. :shakes head:

I guess trying is all you can do.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:56 PM

5. Why not just call herself a flexitarian???

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:01 AM

6. I like it.

On a number of levels.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:11 PM

7. I've been eating a vegan diet lately.

I must say I admire you all--it has required an amazing amount of creativity at first. But I FEEL so much better. I miss chicken and seafood but i love all the veggies and fruit, too. I don't know if I'll go back or not--I really miss parmesan cheese, too!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread