That's Bananas! Pregnant Blogger Criticized for Extreme Diet
Loni Jane Anthony, a six months pregnant woman who eats up to 20 bananas a day, is raising eyebrows with her strict adherence to a diet that many find "extreme."
An Australian woman is coming under heavy criticism for following an atypical, mostly raw, plant-based diet consisting in large part of bananas. Yup, this 25-year-old blogger, Loni Jane Anthony, eats up to 20 bananas a day—sometimes 10 for breakfast and the rest, raw and in smoothies throughout the day. This potassium-preferring woman made headlines after giving an interview to News.com.au about her fruit-based meal plan. Why is her way of life attracting so much attention from others? Why is it causing such a stir? Perhaps it is because Loni is six months pregnant, and many think that sticking to this “extreme” meal plan when she has a bun in the oven is, well, bananas.
Loni adheres to what is called the 80:10:10 Diet. It’s a nutrition plan, founded by raw foodist, Dr. Douglas Graham, which outlines daily intake of 80 percent carbs, 10 percent fat and 10 percent protein. This has her eating some veggies but mostly fruit, in particular lots of bananas, with a large salad for dinner.
On her popular Tumblr page, Aleven:11, Ms. Anthony outlines an average day’s meal plan. She starts the day with a “mono meal” of fruit (watermelons, grapes, pineapple, oranges and more). She then moves on to a mid-morning smoothie that always consists of several bananas, water and dates. Late lunch will either be a salad or another mono meal of six or more bananas. And her dinner is usually a salad, sometimes with some non-fat potatoes, an acai bowl or banana ice cream.
Ms. Anthony and pics of her smoothies and raw food meals have attracted more than 100,000 followers on Instagram.
This fruit-based way of life began three years ago for Loni after she encountered various health problems and decided to give up her ‘party lifestyle’ of alcohol and junk food binges.
“[This diet] wasn’t for weight loss or for a quick fix. I was internally really sick; I was killing myself slowly. If I’d kept living that lifestyle I would have ended up with a disease like cancer or early aging. So giving up that food was really quite simple for me,” she said.
Loni’s decision to continue her approach to eating healthy throughout pregnancy has some people weighing in on her idea of “healthy.” Nutritionist Fiona Hunter told the Daily Mail, “In my opinion, Loni is deluded if she thinks this diet is healthy. It could not only jeopardise her own health but also that of her unborn baby.”
Australian Medical Association Federal President Steve Hambleton told News.com.au, “It sounds like broadly the diet she’s consuming is not inappropriate, in a sense that you can eat a variety of things in a variety of ways. The principals of a good diet are to get a broad access to nutrients and our bodies are pretty good at synthesizing stuff.”
While Anthony understands that this form of “extreme” diet during pregnancy may not be for everybody, she finds it puzzling that so many “haters” are on her back about being healthy.
“I feel like if I were to sit here and post a picture up of me eating a tub of ice-cream and a large McDonalds meal, on the couch with swollen feet and a headache, people wouldn’t blink an eyelid but I eat some bananas, smoothies, super foods, and abundant fruits and veggies, and I’m labeled as irresponsible and extreme. Society can be really weird.”
And I have to agree. Society can be really weird. Or perhaps it’s more appropriate to say that society doesn’t always easily accept things that are different, and unusual. Big Mac Meals and tubs of rocky road ice cream we can accept, but loads of bananas and raw foods? No way!
Loni Jane has her own approach to living healthy, and she’s fully dedicated to it. And that’s more than I can say for my “generally strives to be healthy but caves to large helpings of frozen yogurt, Mexican food and chocolate cake” self. And it’s important to know that Loni Jane is working closely with a medical practitioner to make sure she’s properly nourished. Other than being annoyed by the the term “mono-meal,” and other than gagging at the sound of bananas, which I personally hate, Loni Jane’s diet doesn’t sound like a bad idea … for those with more self-discipline than me.
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