Loni Jane Anthony, from the Gold Coast, claims that she is "living proof you don't have to become a whale while you're pregnant." The Australian blogger faced a lot of backlash last year when she posted on her blog aleven11.tumblr.com and Instagram regarding her 80:10:10 fruit-heavy diet while pregnant. It consists of a low-fat, plant-based diet, raw juices, and 20 bananas daily.
On March 2, she gave birth to Rowdy, a healthy baby boy weighing 8.7 lbs. “Motherhood is such a blessing,” Anthony said, News.com.au reported. “Rowdy’s feeding like a machine, I have plenty of breast milk, he’s growing, he’s sleeping, he’s happy.”
Anthony says her inspiration for eating this way stems from previous years of partying, eating junk food, and leading an overall unhealthy lifestyle. She now wakes up between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. and drinks about two liters of lemon water. For lunch, she eats mangoes and a salad. She says that she will also raise her baby this way.
Even the Australian Medical Association is siding with Anthony. "It's OK to be a vegetarian. You can get sufficient nutrition as a vegetarian," AMA federal president Steve Hambleton, said to News.com.au.
"The key toxins for unborn children are tobacco and alcohol so for avoiding both of those she should be congratulated," Hambleton continued.
Antony said she put on 17 kilos (37 lbs.) while she was pregnant and lost 22 lbs. after giving birth.
“I’m back into a bit of yoga and cycling now, too," Anthony said, “You don’t have to put on heaps of weight and never bounce back — you can stay really healthy.”
The new mom says that she plans on sticking with this diet and raising Rowdy with this diet, too. “I’m thriving on a plant-based diet, so why wouldn’t he?” she said. “If I believe that the way I eat is the best way possible, then why would I let him eat any other way?"
“I know that as a human race we can definitely survive on this lifestyle. Too many kids get sick, are underweight, overweight, all kinds of things, it’s just not right,” Anthony continued. “I’m over people thinking that being sick and unhealthy is normal."