When she ate 20 bananas a day while pregnant, people called her irresponsible and narcissistic. But Loni Jane Anthony who gave birth three months ago says her baby boy, Rowdy Nash, is ‘thriving’. The 26-year-old Instagram sensation has hit back at her critics, who said her extreme vegan lifestyle could damage her child’s health. ‘It is a really good feeling to prove to a lot of people that what I was doing was the right thing,’ she told 9 Stories.
‘Breakfast usually consists of a mono meal of fruit (at least half a watermelon, six or more big oranges, grapes, apples, pineapple etc). ‘Then either mid-morning or lunch depending on how I’m feeling and what I’m doing with usually be a one liter or more smoothie that will always consist of six or more bananas, water, dates and maybe green powder added or berries or coconut water/meat etc.’
The first-time mother from Brisbane, Queensland, who was told her baby would be born ‘sick’ by some nutritionists, is now happy to reveal little Rowdy is ‘a strong boy’ who is ‘meeting all these milestones’. ‘I think for a lot of people they don’t want to believe that something so simple actually works,’ she said. Ms Anthony first came under fire six months into her pregnancy, when she claimed she would continue her plant-based diet throughout motherhood, says her diet has kept her in ‘good shape’. [Daily Mail]
After giving birth, she boasted she was ‘living proof that you don’t have to become a whale when you’re pregnant’. ‘You don’t have to put on heaps of weight and never bounce back — you can stay really healthy,’ she told News.com.au.
Back in November, Shona Wilkinson, Head Nutritionist at www.nutricentre.com, told Mail Online: ‘This isn’t a diet I would recommend to a pregnant woman. Protein and fats are important in our diet especially during pregnancy.’
‘The amino acids that make up protein are the building blocks of your body’s cells – and of your baby’s body as well. It’s important to get enough protein throughout your pregnancy, but especially during the second and third trimesters, when your baby is growing the fastest.’
‘Some fats are particularly important during pregnancy because they support your baby’s brain and eye development – both before and after birth. Fats also help the placenta and other tissues grow, and studies show that some fats may help prevent and low birth weight.’
Ms Anthony first got into predominantly eating fruit after getting sick and tired of her ‘party lifestyle’ which saw her binge on junk food and alcohol. Err…would you ever try the Loni Jane diet?
Read the full story here at the Daily Mail.