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This Vegan Ate Fish Again And Everyone Is Losing Their Minds

Vegan lifestyle influencer Yovana Mendoza has gotten herself into a situation that’s pretty… fishy. The 28-year-old Youtuber best known as Rawvana has built her fanbase on the promotion of veganism as a diet that completely “changed her life.” Her recipes and tutorials have garnered a 1.3 million following on Instagram and over 460K subscribers on Youtube.

It’s why, when a video of Mendoza eating fish on another vlogger’s video surfaced last week fans were confused. Some are even outraged.

Fans noticed the fish when Mendoza appeared to hide her plate and visibly flustered in the video.

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In the video, can be seen attempting to see if her food is within view of the camera and then attempting to hide her plate while smiling at the camera. Unfortunately for her, fans were able to pick up on her poker face.

“Fraud!!!” One user wrote in the comments section of the post. “Cancelled. This is the problem with people… if you want to be the face of something actually believe in it damn! The problem isn’t the food, it’s the lie!”

To address the accusations of no longer being vegan, Mendoza published a 33-minute video on her YouTube channel to give an explanation.

In a video called “THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING,” Mendoza touched on her decision to go vegan six years before and then revealed why she decided to abandon the diet.

“I was vegan — completely vegan for almost 6 years,” she said. “It’s been two months since I started incorporating eggs and fish in my diet.”

Key to Mendoza’s story, the reason for what propelled her into a non-plant based diet, was her decision to do a 25-day water fast. The influencer explained that after taking on the extreme diet she began to feel ill and eventually began to miss her menstrual cycles. After doctors instructed her to start incorporating meat and eggs into her diet, she “decided to put my health first … That’s exactly why I hadn’t shared it with you. For me, it’s still an experiment.”

Still, despite her apologies, Mendoza’s followers remained irate.

 decided to put my health first … That’s exactly why I hadn’t shared it with you. For me, it’s still an experiment,” Mendoza said. She added she felt a lot of “shame” that she was eating animal products, like eggs and fish, again.

Many accused her of continuing to promote a vegan diet for her own benefit. And though we’re not certain how much the Latina vlogger makes from her account, she does have quiet a few ads on her videos and has had some impressive partnerships before.

Now the hashtag #fishvana and the fish emoji are being used in the comments sections of her posts.

Some have gone so far as to call her a mentirosa.

TBD on what happens next for Rawvana but here’s hoping she and her crew meet a healthy resolution.

Until then, here are some myths Rawvana busted for us about the raw vegan diet a few years back.

It isn’t something she’s done all her life. In fact, it’s wasn’t something she thought of at all. Parties, cocktails and cigarettes were her priorities — that is, until a surgery made her kick all her vices at once.

Yovana Mendoza, better known as YouTube sensation Rawvana and spokesperson for #mituFIT, began her low fat, high carbohydrate raw vegan diet in January 2013. She had the same questions as everyone else. Can I live eating only fruits and vegetables? Is this healthy? How much will this change my life? The answers were yes, yes and only for the better. Here, Rawvana busts 11 of the most common myths about a raw vegan lifestyle.

Myth: I’ll be protein deficient.

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Rawvana: This is the number one question I get! Where do I get my protein? I used to think, like most people, I couldn’t live solely on fruits and vegetables, that I would need meat for protein, but it’s not true. Fruit and vegetables contains protein. I eat bananas, oranges, persimmons, oranges, leafy greens, cauliflower and squash for protein.

Myth: The sugar intake from fruit is unhealthy.

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Rawvana: All you hear is, “Cut down on sugar.” Because of that, a lot of people question the sugar content in fruit and worry there can be health consequences or that they’ll gain weight. First, sugar from fruit isn’t processed sugar like you put in your tea or coffee. That sugar is bad because it’s been refined and your body has a harder time processing it. Sugar from fruits is healthy and easily processed by our bodies since fruits have no fat and contain high water and fiber content. This combination allows your body to absorb it in a very gradual way that won’t spike sugar levels. It’s good sugar we need and the best fuel for the human body.

WATCH: #mituFIT: Nutritious and Simple Breakfast Swaps

Myth: I won’t get enough calcium.

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Rawvana: Eating fruits and vegetables in their natural form, without being cooked, is going back to basics, back to the way food was designed to eat. They have everything we need. Veggies with the highest mineral content and highest concentration of calcium are leafy greens like spinach, kale, romaine lettuce and chard.

Myth: I’ll get sick or become anemic.

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Rawvana: It’s a common concern people have, that they can get sick, develop anemia or not have energy. The only supplement I take is B12, it’s essential for any diet. I get all my nutrients from fruits and vegetables. They are whole foods. They have everything our bodies need: fiber, water, minerals and vitamins.

Myth: I won’t have energy to exercise.

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Rawvana: I work out almost every day. Even on my rest day, I’m active and will go on a long walk. Since I normally workout in the morning, I’m not too hungry. I crave something super hydrating and refreshing like watermelon and coconut water. Any fruit before or after a workout will be great because it hydrates, releases sugar gradually into your body and gives you sustained energy. After my workout I usually eat fruit again or make a smoothie.

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Myth: I don’t have to drink as much water since fruit is hydrating.

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Rawvana: You have to drink water. Your body loses water while you sleep. It’s important to hydrate as soon as you wake up. I drink a liter as soon as I get up and another three liters throughout the day, but do what your body asks for. I also recommend drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning to help alkalize the body and aid the digestive system.

Myth: It’s too expensive to be raw vegan.

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Rawvana: I’ve saved money. I don’t eat at restaurants as often, I’ve stopped drinking coffee and alcohol and don’t smoke cigarettes. That all adds up. You also need to know where to shop. Whole Foods can get pricey, where farmers markets are more reasonable. I also buy in bulk which means it’s cheaper. For example, I’ll buy 20 pounds of oranges for $8. That’ll usually last me a week. Also, get to know your your local farmers at the markets, introduce yourself, let them know about your diet and that you’ll be a repeat customer. Often, they will give you discounts since you’ll be a loyal customer. My favorite stands, they know me well.

Myth: Organic foods are still more expensive.  

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Rawvana: A lot of people think they have to buy organic because otherwise it won’t be safe or have the same nutrients or it will be counterproductive to their health. In reality, you don’t always have to buy everything organic. It’s about knowing when to buy organic. There’s a chart called the “Dirty Dozen.” It shows you the top 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and the top 12 least contaminated. Here’s an easy way to remember. Anything where you eat the peel or leaf, like lettuce, apples, berries, pears, you want to buy organic. Anything where you remove the peel or it has a thick peel, like bananas, watermelon, cucumber, zucchini, oranges or carrots, it’s safe to buy non-organic.

Myth: I can be a raw vegan most the week and reward myself with a cheat day.

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Rawvana: I definitely changed my perception of cheat meals. I used to eat healthy all week, then one day on the weekend, or for one meal, I ate whatever I wanted. I realized this “cheat” wasn’t really rewarding myself because I didn’t feel good after. Cheats are counterproductive; you advance so much, then you eat something bad and your body craves it again. It keeps you from moving forward. If you truly allow your body to detox, your body stops craving that food. Then you feel good all the time.

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Myth: Being a raw vegan is only about food.

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Rawvana: Sleep is essential. For me sleep comes before food, before anything. The reason is we don’t function the same without sleep, our brains get slow, our energy levels go down. A lot of people are sleep deprived and need a caffeine kick to wake up. That’s not normal. What should be normal is to feel super refreshed, ready to take on the day after a night’s rest. If you are getting enough sleep, you don’t need to hit the snooze button. Sleep also affects the way you eat and your weight. When you haven’t slept enough, haven’t restored your body, your brain tries to replenish energy levels with food. We end up eating more and eating things with sugar for energy. It’s not the healthiest.

Myth: My social life will be over.

A photo posted by Get INSPIRED & Lets Do This???? (@rawvana) on Nov 12, 2014 at 4:05pm PST

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Rawvana: Honestly, my family and close friends don’t notice. At first it was strange, but now it’s normal. When I go to restaurants, I will order a simple salad. I also find other activities to do with friends like hiking, going to the farmers markets, vegan restaurants or the park. If I have a social event, like a wedding or party, I’ll eat before and take a snack, something light and not bulky that fits in my purse, like dates. When you’re comfortable with the way you’re eating, others will be. And if people have questions, I love talking about it.

Watch Mendoza’s video below!


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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

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