“I don’t think there was ever gonna be the perfect time for me to make this video,” YouTuber Yovana Mendoza Ayres (a.k.a. “Rawvana”) begins the above video, “I definitely did not feel ready to talk about this.” The raw vegan vlogger, 28, posted the apology after she was seemingly caught eating fish in another YouTuber’s video last week, BuzzFeed News reports.
The 33-minute video goes on to explain Rawvana was forced by “emergency [measures]” to begin incorporating eggs and fish back into her diet after six years of eating strictly raw vegan. She said her doctors insisted she do it after she stopped getting her period for about two years, proved to be pre-menopausal, and subsequently developed SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
“I’m really, really sorry about the way the news was communicated to you, how you had to find out,” Rawvana explained. “I know that so many of you, you trust me, you listen to me, and you probably feel deceived and lied to, and you’re in your whole right to feel that. And for that I ask forgiveness, I’m human.” She goes on to say she’d planned on sharing the news of her new dietary mandates with her more than 2 million YouTube followers, but hadn’t felt ready or strong enough to do it yet.
“I’m still figuring it out,” she concluded. “I wasn’t going to sit in front of the camera and tell you, ‘Oh, I’ve been eating eggs and fish for the past two months and everything is better, everything is good, and the plant-based diet doesn’t work.'” She also noted she’s looking to transition back to a raw vegan diet as soon as (and if) it becomes healthy for her to do so.
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☕️?Wild forest B R E A K F A S T @kamandalu ?Comment your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?I want to know? _ ?DAY 14 of the 21 Day Raw a Vegan Detox & Yoga Challenge! Remember you can join the challenge any time??Link on profile to download the program✅ ——————— ??D E S A Y U N O en la selva tropical en @kamandalu ?Comenta tu comida favorita para comer en el desayuno?Quiero saber? _ ?DÍA 14 del Reto de 21 Días Crudivegano Detox y Yoga! Recuerda que puedes unirte al reto en cualquier momento??Link para descargar en mi perfil✅
☕️🌴Wild forest B R E A K F A S T @kamandalu 🍓Comment your favorite thing to eat for breakfast👇I want to know😁 _ 🥗DAY 14 of the 21 Day Raw a Vegan Detox & Yoga Challenge! Remember you can join the challenge any time💪🏽Link on profile to download the program✅ ——————— 🍵🌴D E S A Y U N O en la selva tropical en @kamandalu 😍Comenta tu comida favorita para comer en el desayuno👇Quiero saber😀 _ 🍋DÍA 14 del Reto de 21 Días Crudivegano Detox y Yoga! Recuerda que puedes unirte al reto en cualquier momento💪🏽Link para descargar en mi perfil✅
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Her followers continue to rage about the “deception” in the comments, with complaints from “This video screams I got caught, so I have to make this,” to “LOL there is nothing wrong eating whatever… the problem is the fraud, the deception, the fake news, the alternative facts… the LIES !!! You are morally bankrupt.”
The apology video sits at around 400,000 as of Thursday.
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