A vegan YouTuber and Instagram influencer, who has almost 3 million combined social media supporters, is condemned by his foodie fans to fake her lifestyle and make money of it after she was caught eating fish.
Yovana Mendoza Ayres, 29, is known for her lifestyle brand called Rawvana, which promotes plant-based lifestyle through a vegan diet (meaning you do not consume animal products, whether meat or milk or eggs) and skin care routines. She even sells meal plans and weight loss programs, including a 21
In trials and failures with different doctors and eating patterns, Ayres said her body felt it was back to normal, and her ovulation and menstruation returned, but when she came down with a yeast infection in 2018, she struggled to find a way to heal her body once more and turned to do it, fast until January 2019, when she was diagnosed with thin bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which can cause malnutrition
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"Throughout this time, I began to feel desperate for my health and To find a solution around the summer, and that's when I started to open up the opportunity to add some animal product to my diet, "Ayres explains in the video. "It was really hard, for as long as I saw this food, this animal food, as something that is basically toxic to my body, something I don't need for my body to need. And to see it as something that could heal me, was really hard for me – it's still hard for me to accept and admit. "
So hard to admit that she not only kept her intake of fish and eggs a secret from her vegan followers, she also continued making money out of them, while promoting a plant-based lifestyle during the three months she had already stopped living it.
She still doesn't see it like that.
"I kept it from my followers because I was still not ready to talk about it and I was still on my trial for this diet. After being plant-based for just over 6 years, it was a difficult decision for me to make and an even more difficult decision for me to communicate with everyone, "says Ayres Yahoo Lifestyle. "I have received so much hate on the video where I explain my reasons and not just the video but on all social media. I understand why the vegan community feels that way, but I never expected this reaction from a community , I watched my family all these years. "
Answers from Ayres former fans and followers have varied from those who express anger at the influence of those who feel sorry for their lack of transparency.
Rawvana really sold a weight loss plan when she was not. Does she not have time and had health problems? It's really not okay.
– B (@thevegenparent) March 18, 2019
1. Ate and promoted a 1200 kcal diet. 2. Solidified 25 days of alkaline water.
3. Cut fat out of her diet.
But has the courage to blame a plant-based diet for her health problems.
– (@AndresTheVegan) March 20, 2019  It's not that hard to eat a balanced vegan diet. People like @Rawvana utilize Veganism for self-promotion and then surrender it is detrimental to the Vegan movement.
– Road Analysis (@SwoleSprouts) March 16, 2019
@ Rawvana I'm not worried about eating fish. I'm sorry you lie to all your followers and make money on those who claim to be a raw vegan. Eat what you want, just do not claim to be something you are not. #raganve #vegan #liar
– Jessica Rodriguez (@ J7Rod29) March 14, 2019
Whatever the fall in the subscribers, her YouTube channels already have seen, Ayres doesn't seem to be discouraged over the future of her business.
"Right now I have no plans for my platform," she explains to Yahoo Lifestyle ", but I will love to continue to grow and share my healing process to help other people along the way."
This article first appeared on Yahoo