Loni Jane Anthony faced a lot of criticism last year for adopting an unusual plant-based diet comprising mainly of fruit and fluids throughout and after her pregnancy.
Many internet users slammed the 25-year-old Australian food blogger for promoting and endorsing extreme ways for controlling weight during days when expectant mothers require extra nutrition for the growth and development of the fetus.
However, it all worked out quite well for Loni contrary to widespread fears highlighted by online critics and trolls who called it a “narcissistic” and “irresponsible” lifestyle choice.
On March 2, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy – Rowdy Nash – weighing around 8.7 pounds and 55cm in length. In fact, Loni was in such good shape that she had her son around 2 a.m. and was allowed to go home by 6.30 a.m.
Loni says her baby’s health is proof that the 80:10:10 diet, which is based on 80% carbohydrates, 10% protein and 10% fat, is beneficial for pregnant ladies.
“I’m living proof that you don’t have to become a whale when you’re pregnant," she told News.com.au.
Moreover, in an interview to News.com.au, Australian Medical Association Federal President Steve Hambleton approved of the controversial dietary plan.
"The key toxins for unborn children are tobacco and alcohol so for avoiding both of those she should be congratulated," he stated in an interview.
"The next thing is it's OK to be a vegetarian. You can get sufficient nutrition as a vegetarian.
Also, going through Loni’s atypical meals and smoothies on Instagram, it doesn’t look as if she missed out on any of the nutritious elements that must be consumed during pregnancy.
Sure, having 10 bananas a day sounds a little bizarre but the rest of her food plan includes various other healthy items such as fruits, vegetables and pasta – that too in huge portions.
“I put on 17 kilos when I was pregnant, but that was pretty much all baby and fluid. In the first two days after giving birth, 10 kilos dropped off me. I’m back into a bit of yoga and cycling now, too,” she said.
Short version: Loni is certainly not starving herself to death. Nor did she risk her baby’s wellbeing by continuing her diet during her pregnancy.
While eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia can cause complications, a healthier diet plan, under the supervision of experts, shouldn’t be discouraged.