It’s always a little jarring when someone or something flip-flops on you. Like when a great celeb couple breaks up seemingly out of nowhere. Or when everyone found out that hot yoga guru Bikram Choudhury was actually a jerk (to put it lightly).
Or when your favourite vegan influencer suddenly announces that she’ll be eating meat. Not like, some meat. But all meat, all the time.
With that last one, we’re talking about Alyse Parker, a plant-based social media star who rose to fame posting vegan and exercise content. This week, the former veggie-head announced that she’d just spent 30 days eating only meat. And her comments section blew up.
“The Carnivore Diet first came into my awareness when a close friend shared with me all of the benefits that he was experiencing by eating this way,” Parker wrote in the caption of her controversial post. “Coming from being vegan 4.5 years, I was hella resistant to the concept of eating ONLY animal foods (aka only meat, seafood, + eggs).”
Yes, that’s right. This all-meat thing is apparently an actual diet that other people follow too. And it sounds insane: On it, you eat only meat, fish, and animal products like eggs and milk, Healthline reports.
Parker claims that she’s been a strict vegan for almost five years years — something that helped grow her following to 203,000 Instagram followers and 730,000 Youtube influencers. She quit veganism in March 2019 and posted a video about why to her YouTube channel. But still, this dramatic leap in the other direction entirely came as a bit of a shock to her loyal fans, to put it mildly.
“I’m so sorry that you changed your mind about veganism,” one commenter wrote. “You were my inspiration at first and now you support the exact opposite.”
The vegan influencer knows that this was a controversial lifestyle choice, but she claims after eating only meat, she “woke up the next morning feeling more mentally clear, focused, wholesome, and healthy than [she] had felt in years.”