When to choose your naughty moments
…food wise anyway, the rest is your business!
This page adds on to the How MeEGAN page by talking a bit more about being a MeEGAN based on situations and times, instead of taste choices. For example, some people may find it easier to choose days on which they are entirely vegan and then other days when they are dabble in the dark arts… tut tut! 😉 Here are some examples of how this might work:
SPECIAL DAY MeEGAN – a reasonably well known phenomena is meat-free Mondays, which I think, was designed to get people used to not eating meat one day a week and then hopefully, like a good gate-way drug, leading to more vegan days of the week. Nice idea, but maybe not choose Monday as its shit enough already.
WEEKEND OR WEEKDAY MeEGAN – so depending on when you might find it easier to eat vegan you could choose to only eat meat from Saturday 8am to Sunday 8pm, perhaps because you like eating out at the weekend and want to treat yourself. This makes 6 meals a week and juuust about achieves 85% for qualifying as a Mostly Vegan. Maybe you find eating vegan during the week harder, cause work, and actually prefer to cook without animal products over the weekend when you have more time to make something nice. Its up to you, but see also MeEGAN PERCENTAGE below.
EAT OUT MeEGAN – careful how you say that BTW… steeeady!… this just means you only eat non-vegan when you go out for a meal cause that’s your treat and you figure “why pay the same for non-meat as you would for meat right?” Good option, especially if you don’t eat out much or there are no good vegan restaurants nearby. Because lets face it, some places don’t really pay much attention to the one vegan option they have on the menu, so best avoided, although this is getting better and betteRa- just once a week though right? TWICE?? Naughty naughty!
TRAVEL MeEGAN – this is what I am at the moment (Jan 2019) with a bit of eat-out-meegan thrown in. Just cause sometimes getting a vegan sandwich at the service station is a bit depressing – although this is getting better. Although top tip – a McDonalds vegetarian burger without the mayo is vegan – but unfortunately its still a McDonald’s burger, so probably bad for your health and the planet for different reasons. So yeah, good if you don’t travel much. If you do then you probably need to plan your meals a bit more to get your MeEGAN PERCENTAGE UP – see below.
“NOT-IN-MY-HOME” MeEGAN – kind of a combination of the two above, except probably adding, “non-vegan at dinner parties”, cause you don’t like to be difficult and hey! its okay every now and again. Quite a good way of increasing your MeEGAN PERCENTAGE score if you just don’t have animal food products in your house. No temptation for releasing that naughty inner carnist!
GYM DAY NON-VEGAN – so this one is a bit more about protein intake, and maybe you think you need more protein on gym days. Well consider this: its probably your overall protein intake over the week that is important and you can get all the protein you need form a well managed vegan diet – that said, vegan protein is also good – I use Nutrisport 90+vegan if you are curious… no?… well too late, now you know anyway.
EVENING ONLY NON-VEGAN – just another way of dividing up the week in to lovely succulent MeEGAN chunks – you get the idea by now. See what works for you, and then slowly turn the dial up, like a frog in warm to boiling water – no, that’s a bad analogy, not like that, like the opposite of that. Pretend you didn’t read that.
MONTH by MONTH MeEGAN – here’s an idea, why not choose one food item a month and spend that month finding good substitutes for it. In Jan cut out red meat, in Feb find alternatives to chicken, in March you tackle the milk problem, April is a bit busy, but you are back on it in May and so on… until by December you are well over 95% MeEGAN and holding firm…. except for those damn pigs in blankets your mum makes at Xmas… toooo muuuch teemptaaation! YUM!
PERCENTAGE MeEGAN – so this is the crucial one that I think all the other ones boil down to. So go get your calculator ready. It’s really all about what percentage of your calories are you getting from plant based products. The higher the percentage the better – but how can you tell? Read on my intrigued wanna-be MeEGAN compadre.
HOW TO CALCULATE HOW MeEGAN YOU ARE in 6 easy steps –
So how you gonna work out your percentage and are you going to commit to decreasing your carnism over time? Are you gonna creep from a one day vegan schedule to a two day to a three day, to a once a fortnight kind of awesome human being? Hopefully the above has given you some tips of different ways of doing this and here at MeEGAN central we want to help you keep track of that – so why not join our facebook group and tell us your plan and updating us over the years. We’ll try and keep you encouraged.
The most accurate way of calculating what percent vegan you are is to work out how many calories you get from animal products compared to plant based food. But that’s probably gonna take too long – but see here for some science recommending just this. So maybe just think about this easy way of doing it: the number of non-vegan meals you have a week, divided by 21 times the proportion of meat in each of those meals as a percentage subtracted from 100.
Too fast? See below the step by step way to work it out – with examples…
1) Count the number of meals in which you have non-vegan food a week? say 3 for an evening only & weekend MeEGAN combination.
2) Divide this by the number of meals you eat a week? say 21 if you eat 3 meals a day for 7 days a week
3) Divide the first number by the second and times by 100 – this gives the percentage meals that are meaty. In our example this is 3 divided by 21 x 100 = about 14% – not bad!
4) Work out roughly how much of your meaty meal is meat? say 33% if you eat a lot of veg and carbs with your meal, say 50% if its a kebab or fry up with bacon sausage and eggs. Maybe add a few percent if you still drink milk. Maybe add a lot if you drink a lot of milk or use whey protein a lot.
5) Make this into a decimal fraction where 33% = 0.33 and 50%=0.5 and 100%=1 etc.
6) FINALLY multiply the figure in step 3 by the fraction in step 5 and subtract the result from 100. So taking 50% as our animal product proportion of our non-vegan meals and 14% as our weekly non-vegan meals we get 14×0.5 to give the TOTAL figure of 100-7 = 93% vegan. Which in my books is a pretty good MeEGAN ratio. Of course 99.9999% is the ultimate goal and if you are on 100% then why are you here? Just kidding, there are loads of good tips on here for struggling newby wannabe 100% vegans.
BUT DO BEAR IN MIND that most people will be at least 50% vegan unless they are absolute meat fiends. So even a score of 60% isn’t that high.
What counts as mostly vegan? I would say that at least half your meals need to be vegan and even those meals on average need to have 30% or less meat in them. So that’s 100-(10/21*0.3) = 85% or more. Or alternatively 6 meals a week non-vegan and 50% ratio of animal vs plant in them – roughly 85% again.
Here’s some fun guideline ranges for you which are totally made up so don’t take them too seriously:
0-25% – barely omnivorous – why do you hate yourself, your planet and animals so much – seriously y’all got issues!
25-60% – not vegan at all really – can do much better.
60-70% slightly vegan (but only if some of your meals that aren’t breakfast are vegan)
70-85% quite vegan (you don’t eat many animal products, but still room for improvement)
85-98% mostly vegan (well done, you only use animals for a small amount of calories a week)
98-99% practically vegan (this is great, can you feel the quickening! RAAAaaaaa!)
99-99.999% only accidentally not totally vegan (you are only non vegan because your stupid boyfriend makes you go to YoSushi on his birthday every year and waves sashimi in front of you until you crack – he probably does it in revenge for making him watch Earthlings and Dominion and ruining everything….ehem… probably!)
or version 2– 99-99.999% only accidentally not totally vegan because – why the hell do you need animal products to make!!! 1) some beers, 2) some white sugar, 3) broccoli…just kidding
100% Super Vegan – yeah yeah yeah show offs – one day this will be us. Or maybe not, but we as devout MeEGANS will get as close as we can and in the meantime we are actively improving our lives and those around us AND saving the planet, just by making small informed choices every day – cool aye!
In blog article I look into a recent article from the LANCET medical journal that seems to be saying we should have only 12% of our calories coming from animal based products. So that’s recommending 88% MeEGAN with a scientific rational basis. I prefer to use an easier number of 85%, but there is nothing wrong with aiming higher.
Still reading this website in sequence – next page is WHY MeEGAN.