A woman who is six months pregnant has been criticized for her extreme diet, which consists mostly of raw fruit, with occasional raw vegetables thrown in. Loni Jane Anthony starts out her day with lemon water; for breakfast she'll have oranges; for lunch she'll have dozens of bananas and mangoes (and maybe a salad); dinner is a big salad (and possibly a few potatoes). Many think Loni's extreme fruitarian diet is endangering her unborn child.
Loni started her fruit kick after encountering numerous health problems when she was a teen and young adult, including acne, skin infections, hair loss, and gaining weight, all of which she attributes to her former partying lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits. Then she went on vacation to Thailand and says she picked up parasites and dengue fever. That's when she decided to adopt Dr. Douglas Graham's 80/10/10 diet, which is made up primarily of fruit.
But not everyone sees this diet as the epitome of healthy -- especially not for a knocked up lady.
A nutritionist told the Daily Mail:
Lori is severely deluded if she thinks this diet is healthy. It’s not only jeopardising her own health but also that of her unborn baby.
Loni has become quite influential on Instagram, where pics of her sucking down bright red or green smoothies have drawn 100,000 followers.
I can tell you one thing. Loni hardly appears pregnant! Pics on her account show her looking as slim as any supermodel. In fact, if she hadn't said she was pregnant, I certainly wouldn't have guessed it.
While 25-year-old Loni is attracting criticism for "promoting" an unhealthy lifestyle, especially for pregnant women, the truth is that no woman should blindly follow anyone else's choices, diet, or lifestyle. If you think adding more fruit and raw vegetables to your diet -- or even switching over to them completely -- is for you, then talk to multiple doctors about it and do plenty of research. Why would you just do what some chick on Instagram does?
There's something more dangerous to a baby than an extreme diet. That's a mom who doesn't use common sense. There will always be someone out there doing some wacky thing -- that doesn't mean you have to do it. A rare and wonderful thing to have in this life is critical thinking skills. It's SO much more useful than a slim body or a bunch of bananas.
As for Loni's diet, it doesn't strike me as particularly sane for a pregnant woman, but I'd take that over a diet made up of Burger King and Oreos any day.
Would you ever eat a diet like this while pregnant?
Images via LoniJane/Instagram