Fitness and beauty influencer Paige Shay has raised eyebrows with her peculiar raw vegan diet, detailed in a YouTube video titled “What I Eat In A Day For A FLAT STOMACH.” The 27-year-old claims her regimen, involving a daily consumption of 10 pounds of food, primarily fruits, maintains her toned abs.
In the viral video, Shay begins her day with half a watermelon, emphasizing the high water content for its refreshing and hydrating properties. She proceeds to consume five whole apples, expressing her love for their crisp sweetness, along with a bowl of green grapes for a snack.
Shay’s fruit-centric diet appears to continue until dinner, where she indulges in brown rice ramen noodles with a peanut Thai sauce, accompanied by broccoli, mushrooms, red bell peppers, and a green onion salad. Dessert consists of two slices of millet bread with maple syrup.
Despite online concerns about the lack of proteins and fats in her diet, Shay, who abstains from meat, gluten, dairy, and eggs, maintains that her plant- and fruit-based intake provides sufficient nutrients. Responding to TikTok comments, Shay defends her choices, asserting that “clean carbs don’t make you fat, they make you fit.”
Her unconventional dietary approach has drawn comparisons to fellow raw vegan influencer Freelee, known for her outspoken advocacy against meat consumption. Freelee made headlines in 2020, encouraging her followers to adopt a plant-centric diet.
Shay, who adopted a raw vegan lifestyle in 2018, credits the shift for breaking her cycle of fad diets and excessive exercise, leading to a notable weight loss from 135lbs to 115lbs. She claims the diet has also improved her skin and digestion.
While some applaud Shay’s commitment to her chosen lifestyle, others on social media express concern about the potential lack of variety and essential nutrients in her diet. The ongoing debate over the merits and potential drawbacks of such extreme dietary choices continues to captivate online audiences.