A vegan mother in Australia who ate a raw diet consisting of 20 bananas a day during her pregnancy defended herself against critics who called her “delusional.”
Loni Jane Anthony, 26, is on a diet that consists mostly of fruit. The 80:10:10 diet consists of eating 80 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent protein and 10 percent fats. She eats uncooked fruits, vegetables and smoothies containing dozens of bananas.
The Instagram sensation said she wasn’t prepared for the backlash she received when she became pregnant in November.
"People told me I was stupid for staying on a diet like this when I was pregnant," Anthony told 9 Stories.
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People called her cruel, selfish and "deluded if she thinks this diet is healthy.”
"Some people said he'd be born sick or 'not right'," she said. "That is a horrible thing to say to any pregnant woman about their child."
Today she says her 3-month-old son Rowdy is thriving.
“It is a really good feeling to prove to a lot of people that what I was doing was the right thing,” she said. She said her doctor supported her diet, but even he was surprised with “how well Rowdy is going.”
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But the chair of the Australian Medical Association, Dr. Brian Morton, says Rowdy may hit all the milestones now, but a lack of essential nutrients could lead to long-term developmental problems.
"They won't be overt problems, they can be subtle things like for example; it might mean that the child might not achieve their potential. Their IQ may be 120 but they may only get to 100," Dr Morton said. "You won't see them immediately; but they slowly show up as time goes on."
Anthony doesn’t agree.
"The more I go on and continue this way of living the more I believe in it 100 percent,” she said. “It's also made me a really pure person, so I'm grateful in that sense."
"I never felt that what I was doing was slightly wrong or that I was doing something that would affect my child badly or myself,” she added.
She says while she has added "more high fat foods, like avocado and hemp seeds" to her diet she is going to raise Rowdy as a vegan.
"There's no need to change, he's a strong boy and he's meeting all these milestones,” she said. “A lot of people say he's an old soul, really."