YouTuber and social media influencer, Yovana Mendoza Ayres, better known as Rawvana, is no longer vegan after she says she had a number of health problems, including no longer getting her period.
The 29-year-old recently uploaded a half-hour video on YouTube, where she revealed that she suffered from a whole host of problems over the 6 years she was vegan.
Ayres, who has over 1.8 million followers across her social media channels, said she was “completely vegan” for over six years but has been eating fish and eggs for the past two months.
She added that when she initially went vegan, she felt great. Her skin cleared up, her anxiety was gone, and her cravings to smoke and drink were gone.
After about one year on a vegan diet, she went on a water fast for 25 days.
Rawvana said she stopped getting her period, which she had heard was fine but subsequently had a blood test that revealed her hormones were what doctors normally see in a premenopausal woman.
She stated that after adding more fat, cooked food, and salt to her diet, her period came back after a few months, but she later stopped getting her period again for 5 months.
Ayres claims that doctors recommended she eat eggs, but she declined and tried to seek alternatives.
After seeking advice from other medical and nutrition professionals, she added more protein to her diet, started taking Chinese herbs and was exercising with a goal of gaining 6-7 pounds, which she accomplished.
However, Ayres stated that in early 2018, she began to feel tired, and last July was diagnosed with vaginal candidiasis, which she noticed after getting cuts in her vagina.
This time she dealt with it by going on the Candida Diet, a low-sugar, anti-inflammatory diet, where she stopped eating fruits and grains, and only consumed vegetables, fats, tempeh, supplements and herbs to help her heal, she said.
The symptoms went away in a few weeks, said Ayres, but according to the YouTuber, that was not the end of her health problems.
It was after she found out she had small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), which is excessive bacteria in the small intestine, that she says she started to consider the possibility of reintroducing animal products to her diet.
“And it was really hard because for so long i saw this food, this animal food, as something that is basically toxic for my body, something that I don’t need, that my body doesn’t need,” said Ayres.
“And to see it as something that it could heal me was really hard for me too, it still is, hard for me to accept and admit.
“I thought about the future. I thought about that if I don’t take care of my health now what’s going to happen?”
She added that she wants to bring a baby into this world and if she isn’t healthy it doesn’t seem realistic to expect to have a child
Rawvana stated that her doctor gave her the option of eating a limited amount of vegan food, but she decided to add animal products into her diet and felt better.
She briefly tried to go vegan again and felt bloated, constipated and had problems with her mood.
The social media influencer has called eating animal products an experiment and said she hopes to go back to being plant based.
“This Is what I had to do. It’s not something that I wanted to do.”
She said she hopes the video will help someone who may be going through what she is going through.
She added that sharing has been hard when she is afraid of what people will think, stating that making this video is part of her attempt to be upfront.
However, other YouTubers and social media followers were quick to point out that she only made the video after a fellow vlogger (PauVlogs), with whom she was having a meal, happened to capture a video of her eating fish.