I don’t care about your diet. I really don’t. Do you eat cabbage soup morning, noon and night? Fine by me. Do you avoid all carbs? Lots of people do. Do you only eat foods that have the letter ‘r’ in their name? What ever rocks your world. But when your extreme diet is affecting someone else’s body, someone who has no choice in the matter, then I think that many of us will have a negative reaction. The kind of negative reaction that people are having towards 25-year-old Australian Loni Jane Anthony who not only adheres to an extreme diet but who is also 26 weeks pregnant.
This isn’t just a personal journey for Loni Jane Anthony, she has been sharing her story and promoting her eating habits on her Instagram account where she has over 100,000 followers.
“It all started about three years ago,” she said in an interview with News.com.au about her diet origin. “I started getting skin infections, acne and putting on weight which was weird because I’d always been so slim. I wanted to sleep all the time and ended up with a whole range of health problems including candida overgrowth, hormone imbalance, irregular periods and hair loss,” she said.
She then embraced the 80:10:10 Diet, a food plan founded by Dr. Douglas Graham that is based on 80 percent carbs, 10 percent fat and 10 percent protein. She claims that the diet saved her life. Each morning she drinks warm water with lemon, eats half a watermelon, makes a smoothie or eats a bunch of oranges. She then eats five or more bananas. Her lunches consist of meals such as five or six mangos and for dinner she’ll have a salad.
Now, that’s all fine and good –if she didn’t have a human being being formed in her body! “I feel uncomfortable with Loni’s “transformation” because it doesn’t sound safe for her baby,” writes Ami Angelowicz for The Frisky. “I’m not a doctor, of course, but common sense and the little knowledge I have about nutrition tells me that you have to consume more than bananas and mangoes each day when you’re eating for two.” Yes, Ami is very right.
“For a healthy pregnancy, the mother’s diet needs to be balanced and nutritious ,” Medical News Today writes. “This involves the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and consuming a wide variety of vegetables and fruits.” They also note a team at the Complutense University in Spain, who reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition that “a balance of fats, proteins and carbohydrates are important for the developing baby’s current and future good health.” For nutrition during pregnancy there should be a fair amount of fiber, calcium, and zinc as well a lots of iron.
A strict diet, like the one that Loni Jane Anthony follows, does not strike me as balanced enough. But to echo Ami of the Frisky, I’m not a doctor either. It just seems like common sense. Yes, she is getting many great nutrients from the natural foods she is eating, and it should be noted that many women are known to eat far worse. But the promotion of the diet with pregnancy is what seems to be upsetting people.
“It’s still random to me. I still don’t get it,” Loni Jane Anthony said of the interest in her diet. “Some days, even on my Tumblr, the amount of questions I get asked is just insane. I’m like ‘why are people so interested in me? I’m just sitting here eating my bananas. I’m not anyone special’. I’m just a little earthling sitting here eating my fruit and trying to spread my message in a way that’s not offensive or preaching to people,” she said.
Did you follow any diet when you were pregnant? And do you find her choice of diet while pregnant irresponsible?
Photo Source: Loni Jane/Instagram