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Vegan Influencer Gets Caught Eating Fish, Starts Making Excuses, But Her 1.3M Followers Aren’t Buying It
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Vegan Influencer Gets Caught Eating Fish, Starts Making Excuses, But Her 1.3M Followers Aren’t Buying It

A popular social media influencer has been caught lying to the world. She was caught cheating eating fish while selling her vegan diet plans and claiming they really worked. In response to the outrage, she released an apology video, but it made things even worse. After watching it, people are saying either she’s delusional, or she still thinks she can make all of this mess disappear. And they might have a point. Throughout the 33-minute video titled “This is what is happening,” Yovana Mendoza Ayres tries to explain why she was keeping all of her health issues (and eating fish and eggs) a secret. And only makes things worse as she reveals the terrible side effects her vegan lifestyle brought onto her.

Image credits: Rawvana Instagram

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Yovana adopted a raw vegan diet six years ago. A year inside her journey, she decided to do a 25-day water fasting. Yes, she only drank water for 25 days. She said in the video how amazing she felt afterward but confessed she lost her period as well. Talking to “other people in the movement” and not health professionals, she began to think it was a good thing. It was not until after two years of not having her period did Yovana start to look into the side-effect, only then she realized it wasn’t healthy.

This is the video that got Yovana in trouble

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After going to the doctors to get tested, she learned that “her hormones were out of whack.” According to her, she was diagnosed as pre-menopausal. She thought it was weird because she felt good. So it took Yovana a little bit to understand the seriousness behind her condition. The Instagram influencer began to change her diet, increasing its fat levels, adding salt. On top of that, she started eating cooked food.

Image credits: Rawvana Instagram

Image credits: Rawvana Instagram

Within two months, Yovana got her period back, but it was very irregular. But she said she thought her body had to take time to heal, so she was patient with it. After about a year, she stopped getting her period again. This time, she hadn’t had her period for about five months before getting rechecked. By this point, it was 2017, and her hormones were still not good, and she wasn’t ovulating. “I was basically anemic,” Yovana said.

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The doctors recommended taking testosterone and thyroid pills. Yovana also admitted that ever since she started seeing the doctors, they were telling her that she needed to eat eggs. But she refused. She thought she “could do it with a plant-based diet.” She said she always knew the doctors were going to recommend that every time she went to see them, but she wasn’t paying attention to it.

“So the doctors were like ‘You need to gain more weight, you need to take the testosterone, the thyroid medicine, and these supplements, and also it would really benefit you if you ate some eggs.'” Yovana’s response? “No, no, no … I’m gonna seek out some different information and talk to someone who actually understands my veganism.”

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Those other people that she talked to advised her to take iron supplements and up her protein and fat intake. So she did. Things are finally looking better for Yovana, she gained 6 pounds and got her period back. “This time it came back good,” she said. It was in April 2018.

She said that around that time she was beginning to feel a little more tired. “I would film a video, and I would get exhausted after that.” Her workouts took a lot more effort, too. But Yovana didn’t pay much attention to that, thinking the fatigue was related to traveling. Fast forward to July, and she’s getting painful cuts on her vagina. The doctors diagnosed her with Candidal Vaginitis.

After dealing with it through a specific diet, Yovana started getting digestive issues. “I was getting very, very bloated from basically everything that I ate. I was feeling constipated. I was getting diarrhea. I was having a lot of gasses, a lot of burbs.” But she claims it was on a low level, much milder than what it eventually got to be.

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The doctor diagnosed the influencer with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). This bacterial overgrowth can happen either when bacteria from one part of the digestive tract travels to the small intestine or when naturally occurring bacteria in the small intestine multiply too much. “I paid attention to it, obviously I was treating it,” Yovana said. “But I tried not to put too much energy to it.” At this point, Yovana was doing juice and other cleanses to reset her digestive systems (which she came up with herself). After trying a lot of different things, she thought the best move was to eat a balanced diet.

To make sure of what her condition was, Yovana had to do a SIBO test. Waiting for the results, she felt desperate. At this point, she was open to the possibility of adding some animal products to her diet. The test came back positive. Yovana started to think about the future. “I thought about the fact that I was a woman and I want to bring a baby into this world … if I’m not good how can I expect to bring a child into this world? Yovana thought about her options and decided to start consuming animal products.

Image credits: Rawvana Youtube

Now comes the most important part. She kept all of this a secret. From the whole word. While continuing to sell her diet plans. In fact, she still does. If you go to her website, you can find “challenges” and “plans” that include vegan meals for up to $99. “I wasn’t considering all of the options and for me, it was now an option, I was seeing it as an option. And that’s exactly why I haven’t shared it with you because for me it’s still an experiment, for me it’s still a process, I’m still figuring it out. I’m not gonna sit in front of the camera and tell you like, ‘Oh, I’ve been eating eggs and fish for the past two months and everything is better and everything is good, and the plant-based diet doesn’t work.’ No. I’m not saying that at all. I’m saying that I’m trying to figure it out.”

Yeah. Basically, she continues preaching that people should still follow and, most importantly, buy her lifestyle. Even after all of this, after it caused her body to fail her, Yovana is still selling it. This is some next level post-influencer era we’re living in.

And this is her apology

Image credits: Rawvana Youtube

She aired her confession only after a video of her eating fish was leaked. “My hope is to go back and eat the way that I love to eat,” Yovana concludes. “I am grateful for this opportunity to improve my health, I’m grateful for taking the route of self-love and I feel that I’m doing this out of self-love, because I want to be better, I want to be healthy and because if I’m not healthy then I have nothing to give to this world.” So there you have it, folks. She’s eating meat products because she developed an unhealthy lifestyle which she is abandoning for self-love, but hey, you can still buy it. And this doesn’t mean that all the vegans are evil and self-harming individuals. It’s just proof that you can’t trust any “influencer” no matter how many millions are following them because you might end up developing something far worse than the flu.

Image credits: Rawvana.com

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Richard Wareham
Community Member
3 years ago

I fail to understand how any rational human being can be influenced by one of these "influencers"! I would have thought everyone realises by now that these people are being paid to pretend to like/use/swear by/you name it, some Company's tat. Unfortunately there must be many thousands, if not millions, of gullible, ignorant people out there, because these leeches still seem to be thriving.

K. LNU
Community Member
3 years ago

I so agree with you! These "influences" are right up there with the Nigerian Prince that will promise millions if you only send ... Sad that people choose to believe in these things/people.

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Jeff Requier
Community Member
3 years ago

Everything she says is a Lie, theres no such thing as Detoxing your body! Its called a Liver

Uwe Theiss
Community Member
3 years ago

and Kidneys!

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diane a
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

There is no way a 1200 calorie RAW vegan diet can sustain good health in the long term. I'm not a vegan but know a fair bit about nutrition from a previous job. It is excluding so many healthy vegan foods which require cooking to be digestible. Cereals, whole grains pulses some vegetables, to name but a few. Even many vegetables which CAN be eaten raw, provide more of their nutrients and beneficial properties when cooked. She is basically suffering similar symptoms of malnutrition as experienced by Anorexics but without dropping such extreme amounts of weight. 1200 calories a day needs to be highly nutritious if adopted for extended periods/years, even though the body will adapt by slowing down it's metabolism and prevent further weight loss. The excuse that "before fire our ancestors didn't cook" is no argument at all - they ate raw meat and fish and didn't lead particularly long lives.

Marnee DeRider
Community Member
3 years ago

"Raw" diets are unnatural Humans actually evolved BECAUSE they had fire and cooked food, and thus could eat dead meat and save it for later. Early humanoid species used fire. Humans didn't "discover" it.

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Richard Wareham
Community Member
3 years ago

I fail to understand how any rational human being can be influenced by one of these "influencers"! I would have thought everyone realises by now that these people are being paid to pretend to like/use/swear by/you name it, some Company's tat. Unfortunately there must be many thousands, if not millions, of gullible, ignorant people out there, because these leeches still seem to be thriving.

K. LNU
Community Member
3 years ago

I so agree with you! These "influences" are right up there with the Nigerian Prince that will promise millions if you only send ... Sad that people choose to believe in these things/people.

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Jeff Requier
Community Member
3 years ago

Everything she says is a Lie, theres no such thing as Detoxing your body! Its called a Liver

Uwe Theiss
Community Member
3 years ago

and Kidneys!

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diane a
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

There is no way a 1200 calorie RAW vegan diet can sustain good health in the long term. I'm not a vegan but know a fair bit about nutrition from a previous job. It is excluding so many healthy vegan foods which require cooking to be digestible. Cereals, whole grains pulses some vegetables, to name but a few. Even many vegetables which CAN be eaten raw, provide more of their nutrients and beneficial properties when cooked. She is basically suffering similar symptoms of malnutrition as experienced by Anorexics but without dropping such extreme amounts of weight. 1200 calories a day needs to be highly nutritious if adopted for extended periods/years, even though the body will adapt by slowing down it's metabolism and prevent further weight loss. The excuse that "before fire our ancestors didn't cook" is no argument at all - they ate raw meat and fish and didn't lead particularly long lives.

Marnee DeRider
Community Member
3 years ago

"Raw" diets are unnatural Humans actually evolved BECAUSE they had fire and cooked food, and thus could eat dead meat and save it for later. Early humanoid species used fire. Humans didn't "discover" it.

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