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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Richard Wareham
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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 Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

diane a
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"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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Gonzalo Terán
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Following a strict diet from someone who has none professional expertise... What could go wrong. It only goes against our omnivorous nature. Sorry vegans, I love animals, but I also know that we need to eat, from time to time, things that had a mother. Eating plants and pills don´t make the trick.

diane a
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can manage with quorn and other protein substitutes. Otherwise there is very little that meets protein requirements and even quorn is heat-treated during manufacture therefore technically "cooked". Humans don't have the same number of stomachs as ruminants, or the digestive systems of rabbits to exist on vegetation alone.

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Reggie Kraken
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel so old when I read things about 'influencers'. Are people really that influenced by instagram?

Carol Emory
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not sure if anyone mentioned this, but Ally Sheedy (actress) was a vegan before it was all the rage. She was adamant about sticking to it..until she developed an issue similar to this girl. Her doctors told her she had to eat fish at least once a week to fix her medical issues. She said she bawled the whole time she choked down the fish. Sometimes your heart goes one way, but your body doesn't cooperate. That being said..Ally never lied about her medical issue..and she certainly didn't try to hide it to continue selling a program that is obviously dangerous. You can be vegan and be healthy..as long as you don't go off the deep end.

Up All Night
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did anyone read the name as "All Shady"? No one? Okay.

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Kenny Kulbiski
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait. What? You mean everything on social media isn't always true? I'm shocked. What am I supposed to do now, actual research? Bummer.

Aunt Messy
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She’s choosing to starve herself and she’s facing the consequences. Hormone imbalances, damage to liver and kidneys (it’s only a matter of time) and digestive issues are just the start. She’s emaciated and has no muscle - and I’m guessing that includes heart muscle as well. ...///... It doesn’t take long for this damage to be permanent. I realize the hysterical vegans are going to start screaming any second now, but tough bananas. There is NOTHING “healthy” about this woman’s “diet’.

diane a
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The only healthy part of this woman's diet is fruit and the digestible vegetables and some nuts. She is skipping everything else the body requires to function. Sad that she is ashamed of becoming ill and hope she can just get over the criticism and focus on her personal health. She should merely change her spiel to say "this RAW diet is great for weight loss in the short-term - but do not advise staying on it for more than a couple of months".

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Hans
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There was the word Detox in what she is doing...that is enough. There is no detoxification of the body as such. Anyway, you can (as an adult) live healthy on a vegan diet (if you supplement vitamine B12), but it takes a lot of knowledge on physiology and nutrition to do this. If you find this combination of veganism, yoga, detox, ayurveda etc. you know this is a "lifestyle" choice, typically manifested by a lack of the required knowledge.

diane a
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Vegan yes - but not raw vegan. It excludes all the vegan items that require cooking to actually be digestible. You can't just eat a handful of dry brown rice or quinoa - even wholemeal bread is cooked. Some uncooked vegetables will cause intestinal problems and pass through the system without releasing most of their nutrients. A body can handle a long term, vegan, restriced calorie diet if nutritionally concentrated, but not a RAW one, which excludes far too much of what it needs to be healthy.

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Kristy P
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Humans are omnivores, we require this type of diet to nourish our bodies. If you become vegan for whatever reason, make sure you are giving your body the fats/proteins/minerals it needs that you are not getting from animal based products.

Hans
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And do not claim ludicruous health effects on the diet. No diet of whatever form will have these. (To be fair, there are also people who claim that with a diet of meats and nuts you will reach an age of at least 120...oh well.)

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Bunzilla
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay, here's my problem with her (not a vegan); She didn't come clean about abandoning her diet because it was so incredibly unhealthy for her. Instead, she happily keeps promoting this unhealthy diet which could potentially have long-term harmful consequences for those who follow it on her say-so. All for profit and fame. She only 'comes clean' after she gets caught in the act, then seems to think that she did nothing wrong by lying to those who looked up to her. Anybody who thinks that a 25-day water fast is good for them is out of their minds. You're starving yourself to death, how is that a good thing?!

Taysha Kovar
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Let's call it like it is: she's a lying sack of dung! Fad diets can maim, destroy fertility, and KILL.

diane a
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She was just too embarassed to admit until pushed. No very restrictive diet is healthy in the long term - her fans should have some intelligence.

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Noez 🇸🇪
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Any vegan person should be on extra vitamins and minerals. A vegan woman should most definitly be on extra vitamins and minerals.

Hallie
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Eye roll. What because eating meat is the only way to balance a diet? You do realise the only reason meat contains vitamin b12 is because the animals are given it first, right? Again, sick of the narrative that vegans must supplement their diets. People who eat meat can also be vitamin deficient, can't tell me every omnivour is totally dedicated to eating everything right.

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Eunice Probert
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As I understand it, as a species, we evolved to think and reason simply because we learned to cook our food. If you watch animals in the wild, you'll see that they have a raw diet. And after they've eaten, they have to sleep for long periods of time in order for the food to digest. We don't do that any more. So to expect a modern lifestyle to adapt to a completely raw diet is foolish.

diane a
Community Member
3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is carnivores who have eaten several days worth of animal protein in one sitting. Protein requires alot of energy to digest. Whether raw meat or cooked meat, the effect is similar. If a human ate 2lb of steak they would begin to feel drowsy in a couple of hours. they would not following 2lb of fruit/vegetable origin - but they would have a dodgy stomach for sure.

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El-Ray King
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are ways to be vegan that are healthy, and ways that are not. Lots of healthy vegans out there, including some elite athletes. If you're not prepared to do your research and do it healthfully, then don't do it. This girl sounds like she had an eating disorder and a fixation on weight loss. A poor spokesperson for veganism all the way around.

Mae
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate that people like this give veganism a bad name. A well-balanced vegan diet can be healthy. But she was not just claiming to be vegan but 1200 calories a day raw vegan. No one can thrive with that kind of diet.

Bored Moogle
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think the real reason people are angry is because she is proving that a vegan diet is not healthy.

diane a
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is the RAW component that excludes major food groups.

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Kjorn
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

influencers… they influence peoples only because they are sheeps idiot? why did you think one of the Jenner are now a billionaire?

diane a
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because she had lip fillers - hence the lip kit.

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Carney
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reading this after reading the article on The Onion, I hoped this was also an article from The Onion. Why are people so dumb? If you want to improve your health and improve your diet, talk with someone trained in that area...you know, a doctor, nutritionist, etc. Stop looking for solutions online through dubious websites. "Influencers" are just people who have developed good scamming skills. What qualifications does this woman have to recommend diets to anyone? From the sound of things, she ignored very real indications that her lifestyle and diet were making her ill. How do you not pay attention to losing your period while still so young? Not once, not twice, but three times! Then, to ignore the other signs she exhibited...yeah, not exactly genius level thinking here. Again, she is silly dumb, but those who chose to follow her advice without question are even worse.

danielw
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

First off, Martin Luther King Jr was an influencer Ghandi was an influencer. Martin Luther was an influencer. Mother Theresa was an influencer. there's tons of people out there that I'm not mentioning because I've only so many characters. This person is not an influencer. This person is a fraudulent shuckster who deserves to be locked up for defrauding her victims.

Ovi Rio
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i ate wagyu yesterday. and it was the best thing happen. i feel honored and may the cow soul rest in peace.

Preesi Jones
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

HAHAHA! My tweet was quoted on Bored Panda!

Magpie
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is good vegan intake, and obviously poor vegan diet.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some cultures and religions choose veganism. I am quite sure they don't piss around at inadequate caloric levels. She's a garden variety shill, no matter what she puts in her ignorant mouth.

Bored Moogle
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is no culture or religion that is 100% vegan. At best, they are vegetarian. Even Indian people love their dairy and eggs and India has the largest vegetarian population. Even Buddhists are not vegan since they eat eggs and are allowed to eat animals as long as the animal wasn't killed on their behalf.

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Parmeisan
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The biggest surprise for me is that she wants to have kids someday, but she lost her period and thought that that was a good thing?? I guess she doesn't understand how even the most basic biology works.

Dawn Chappell
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Vegan living can be fine if you plan carefully. Raw vegan punctuated by 25-day fasts sounds like an excuse for anorexia.

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Irresponsible dickhead, i have eaten vegan for 9 years, it didn't happen overnight, i had to add and omit things to see what worked best but it can be seriously dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. This is just another idiot promoting stuff they have no idea about, i hope she gets hit by a car tomorrow, not fatal, just some broken bones.

First.time.in.Space
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd just put the blame on Kurt Cobain "It's OK to eat fish cause they don't have any feelings..." //Or simply not lie to gain some kind of plant-based-raw-living-followers...

Joanne
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haha, great idea. I'm totally gonna do that, everytime I get caught doing something I will just blame it on a song. So many possibilities... And if all else fails, I'll just go with Shaggy: it wasn't me.

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Elizabeth Ayers
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3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you're starving, your brain pumps a hormone cocktail into you system. That "good" feeling that they say you get from detox diets, is actually your body trying to motivate you to get up and find food while you still can.

wacky jack 100
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Believe it or not the average person needs at least 2,000 calories a day to stay healthy but also not too many

Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
3 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just to think that maybe is having a lot of girls facing the same problem as she, but because she was "selling" that all is okay, making maybe those girls feel that they body was the problem, or that they was doing something wrong, makes me very sad. It's like sell a hair product that makes your hair fall, but you use a wig and keep selling as the best hair product of the world. Influencers or not, public people should be more responsible.

3ke
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know people are shutting on this girl for various reasons but I'm just going to say that berry & watermelon pizza she's holding in 1 pic looks like a tasty refreshing summer treat. Also, I'm an omnivore with a major sweet tooth.

Up All Night
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is a major sin to call it a pizza, also her pretentious, overly mimicking face on that pic is beyond irritating.

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Mindy Keys
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They lost me at 'influencer'. Sheep.

AzKahleesi
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it's hilarious that these idiots are like this diet is amazing! All the while, in and out of the hospital because they're hormones are out of whack, they look like death warmed over and are dying slowly....yup sounds like a great "life style" hell, it should be called "death style." Sure you'll die, but you'll look amazing (ish) doing it. hahahahaha

Christina Sersif
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Vegans are stupid. If every person in the world became a vegan we would kill off the entire animal population ridiculously fast. We'd need more land for farming which would destroy forests and land that was used as ecosystems for animals. They would be forced to move throwing off their ecosystem and eventually starving them. You want to save animals, but what you're doing is actually killing them faster. Whatever go eat your broccoli and brag about how you're helping animals while you fail to actually do research and look like you have no pigment in your skin at the same time.

Ruth
Community Member
3 years ago