On Wednesday, Alexa PenaVega took to Instagram to share a funny pic from her vacation aboard Royal Caribbean‘s Anthem of the Sea cruise ship.
However, little did the Spy Kids alum know that her harmless post about sadly having to turn down chips (below) since she was gluten free would result in MAJOR criticism from her followers.
When you want the chips but you can’t have them 🙁 #GlutenFreeProblems #NeedCornChips! (these are not corn chips… If they were they would be gone.).A photo posted by Alexa PenaVega (@vegaalexa) on Mar 16, 2016 at 11:38am PDT
Nearly two hours after the photo was posted on IG, the Dancing With The Stars celeb returned to the social media site to defend that she was more than proud of her healthy lifestyle choice.
In case you forgot, Alexa opened up about her six year battle with bulimia back in November 2015. It has been quite a journey for the former child star to find self love.
The brunette beauty clapped back:
Wow. I am actually shocked at how many people felt the need to criticize me for a gluten free diet. I mentioned it not thinking much of it… But apparently there is a lot to say on this. I want to keep this as real and as kind and hopefully inspiring as possible. For six years I struggled with bulimia. Something I only recently opened up about. I had so many insecurities about my body! Since overcoming that obstacle in my life (By the Grace of God) I had a lot of trouble processing all sorts of foods in my body. I had done a lot of damage and recovery from it all was a PAINFUL process. But 100% worth it. My body feels strong. I have energy. I feel like a woman!! I finally have the nutrients I had deprived my “temple” of. (Our bodies are incredible gifts from God that we have to take care of!) Now, there are certain foods that still give me some trouble… So for me… It is easier to eliminate those foods so that my body absorbs all the nutrients I can get! Whether you are choosing a “lifestyle” choice for dietary conditions or because you want to is completely and totally up to you… And guess what? It’s totally fine!!!! So don’t let bitter people discourage you from being the healthiest version of YOU that you can be. So… Here Is my body. It is mine and I am proud of it. I may not hold up to hollywood’s teenie tiny standards but hey… You can’t please everyone. I am me and I am healthy!!! And BEYOND happy and THANKFUL! That is all I can be. #GodisGood #LifeisGoodA photo posted by Alexa PenaVega (@vegaalexa) on Mar 16, 2016 at 1:07pm PDT
Talk about being an inspiration. Still, we are so happy to see how open and honest the 27-year-old can be about her past struggles!
It probably helps that she has a great partner in husband Carlos PenaVega, who she was all smiles with during her beach-filled vacation as seen in the batch (above)! Aww!
Nonetheless, we doubt fans will be calling her out again in the near future. Mic drop!
[Image via Alexa PenaVega/Instagram.]