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Nutritionist Says Arrogance and Extreme Diet Are Common in Ex-Vegan YouTubers

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Image: Instagram/Rawvana | Instagram/Tim Shieff

Health YouTuber Gojiman summed up the common traits of ex-vegans, including arrogance and following extreme diets.

Many YouTubers such as Bonny Rebecca, Tim Shieff, Rawvana, Raw Alignment, and Stella Rae quit veganism recently — with some claiming that they love animals and are still against animal agriculture but they need to eat animal-derived food again to treat their health issues.

Gojiman, who is a qualified nutritionist and is currently completing a master’s degree in nutrition, uploaded a response video regarding the issue.

“If there is one good thing to come out of all of these ex-vegan stories, it’s our ability to be able to dissect the profile of all of these people, and see what led them to turn their backs on veganism,” he said in his response video.

“Many of them have large social media profiles and they have tracked their diet, lifestyle, and thought processes on video over a period of time. So it is often very easy to spot patterns and trends in these ex-vegans.”

Gojiman pointed out that the “majority of these ex-vegans usually enter veganism in ill-health” — mostly gut problems, acne, as well as mental health problems such as eating disorders.

Another similarity is the extreme plant-based diets that ex-vegans follow such as raw, very high carb with extremely low or no healthy fats, and either intentional calorie restriction for weight loss or high high calorie intake for weight gain. Obsession with physical appearance also plays a part in becoming an ex-vegan.

The health YouTuber also mentioned that belief in conspiracy theories and arrogance, specifically refusing to believe that other factors could have caused their health problems and believing that they know more than doctors and professionals despite lack of medical knowledge are also common in ex-vegans.

Finally, Gojiman also pointed out that ex-vegans usually became vegan for health, not for ethical reasons, and they tend to “push the limit of their bodies” including juicing and fasting for weeks.

“The usual story is ‘I was such an ethical vegan, then I developed SIBO [a gut condition] I then started buying carpets made from animals or got caught eating animals while pretending to be ethical’,” he said.

“How many ex-vegans can you name who simply ate a balanced diet all of the time?” he asks. “How many vegans do you know developed pathogenic bacteria in their gut without drinking their own p*ss?”

The last comment is presumably a reference to Tim Shieff, who engaged in “urine therapy,” drinking his own urine for supposed health benefits.

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Roxanne Libatique

Written by Roxanne Libatique

Roxanne is a vegan journalist and advocate for animal rights and mental health. She tries to live consciously and spends her free time traveling, enjoying vegan food, volunteering, and speaking up for all animals. Connect with her at @roxlibatique on Twitter and Instagram.

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