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#1 LFC

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 02:06 PM

This one is from TDB. I find a couple of take-aways. First, there are a lot of self-absorbed people out there. Second, eating a healthy vegan diet isn't easy. Third, there seem to be a lot of people who treat veganism like a religion. In conclusion there are a lot of seriously messed up people out there, but I'm sure y'all knew that long ago.

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To the uninitiated, the popularity of vegan YouTube might come as a shock. Some channels attract hundreds of thousands of subscribers, even though only about three percent of Americans self-identify as vegan. And these channels aren’t run by vegan celebrities (though there are many of those, including Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé and Ariana Grande,) but by celebrity vegans—people whose entire online persona is based on the lack of animal products in their diets. Their social media feeds are filled with clips of them traveling, exercising, and meticulously documenting every plant-based thing that passes their lips—until now.

In recent months, several of the most prominent vegan YouTubers have announced they are eating animal products, setting off a torrent of online outrage and abuse, but also posing a philosophical question: What becomes of a vegan YouTuber who isn’t vegan?

The rise of the celebrity vegan YouTuber started with Freelee the Banana Girl (real name Leanne Ratcliffe,) an Australian woman who claimed to have conquered drug addiction and shed dozens of excess pounds by eating a diet of almost entirely carbohydrates—including up to 50 bananas a day. She garnered millions of views on videos of herself and her boyfriend, Durian Rider, “smashing in” pounds of fruit, rice and potatoes, then parading their flat stomachs in front of the camera.

Freelee’s wasn’t the first vegan channel on YouTube, but it was undoubtedly the biggest. It spawned dozens of copycat channels run by wealthy, thin twentysomethings who all seem to have met at something called a “Fruit Festival” in Thailand. Today, playing a Freelee video will quickly lead viewers down an algorithm-driven rabbit hole of vegan “influencers” who appear to spend their entire lives at the beach, talking up the benefits of their plant-based lifestyle.

Over time, however, Freelee and DurianRider’s star power waned. The mainstream media caught wind of—and thoroughly debunked—their extreme diets, and began to pick apart their more controversial statements. (The couple once claimed that more thin people would have survived 9/11 if fat people weren’t blocking the stairwells.) Freelee has retreated to what appears to be a South American jungle—where she can somehow still upload videos about her new “off the grid” lifestyle—while DurianRider has taken up with a different vegan girlfriend in Australia.

As Freelee and DurianRider faded from the foreground, their all-carb diet also fell out of vogue. Vegan YouTubers started proselytizing about the benefits of protein and healthy fats, and some even turned to the oxymoronic-sounding “vegan keto” diet. Others decided to abandon the lifestyle altogether.

Eating outrageous amounts of bananas to lose weight isn't a real thing? I'm shocked, shocked I say!
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Posted 25 March 2019 - 02:37 PM

View PostLFC, on 25 March 2019 - 02:06 PM, said:

This one is from TDB. I find a couple of take-aways. First, there are a lot of self-absorbed people out there. Second, eating a healthy vegan diet isn't easy. Third, there seem to be a lot of people who treat veganism like a religion. In conclusion there are a lot of seriously messed up people out there, but I'm sure y'all knew that long ago.
Eating outrageous amounts of bananas to lose weight isn't a real thing? I'm shocked, shocked I say!

I occasionally eat "vegan" items mostly as side dishes. I've have no problem with some of the "hamburgers". In fact, a few are quite tasty. Yes, they aren't meat but they don't taste like Styrofoam laced chickpeas either.
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Posted 25 March 2019 - 03:04 PM

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Mendoza rushed to upload a video claiming she had only been eating fish for two months, as a remedy to the health complications she developed after six years as a vegan.

I'm as little of a fan of YouTube "stars" as I am of Internet abuse. The above statement, really does beg the question:

If being a vegan is so healthy, then why did you have to run to fish consumptions to help you cure your ills? ;)
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Posted 25 March 2019 - 03:28 PM

View PostPractical Girl, on 25 March 2019 - 03:04 PM, said:

If being a vegan is so healthy, then why did you have to run to fish consumptions to help you cure your ills? ;)

It's a classic case of "if some is good then more must be better!" Eating more vegies and less red meat is definitely better for you but I've known too many vegetarians who preach about how you can get everything you need without meat or fish and then eat refined crap like pizza and pasta. I imagine you can have a healthy vegan diet but the effort to actually do so is waaayyyy beyond the average person trying to actually live a life rather than living for their diet.
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Posted 25 March 2019 - 05:03 PM

View PostLFC, on 25 March 2019 - 03:28 PM, said:

It's a classic case of "if some is good then more must be better!" Eating more vegies and less red meat is definitely better for you but I've known too many vegetarians who preach about how you can get everything you need without meat or fish and then eat refined crap like pizza and pasta. I imagine you can have a healthy vegan diet but the effort to actually do so is waaayyyy beyond the average person trying to actually live a life rather than living for their diet.

Most vegans I run into don't know how to cook and think raw animal protein looks gross. They subsist on raw vegetables and beans or lentils with rice which are simply boiled.

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 05:07 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 25 March 2019 - 05:03 PM, said:

Most vegans I run into don't know how to cook and think raw animal protein looks gross. They subsist on raw vegetables and beans or lentils with rice which are simply boiled.

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