Women and dieting go hand in hand. It’s just a natural thing, and it’s really not too uncommon to hear women talking about their latest “miracle diet”, which sometimes might sound a little over the top. But, what about if the woman is pregnant? How extreme is too extreme of a diet if you are expecting? Australian blogger and mommy to be Loni Jane Anthony has been receiving a ton of backlash lately after giving an interview to an Australian news station, highlighting her very atypical eating habits. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Anthony, an Australian blogger who is 25 years old and 26 weeks pregnant, recently told an Australian news station that she believes heavily in the 80:10:10 diet, which focuses on 80 percent carbs, 10 percent fat and 10 percent protein. It was founded by Dr. Douglas Graham, a raw foodist who doesn’t associate the plan with fruitarianism. Anthony says that she started on the diet about three years ago, when she was having health problems due to her poor diet. She told her interviewer that a typical morning meal consists of 10 bananas.
Anthony says that a typical day for her begins with warm lemon water, followed by either half a watermelon, several whole oranges, or a banana smoothie made with several bananas. For lunch, she will eat five or six mangoes, and then have a salad for dinner. Anthony says that eating this way has greatly improved her health, including her reproductive health, and that she doesn’t ever intend to stop her way of eating. She maintains that she didn’t start eating this way to lose weight or for a quick fix, but to help alleviate many of the medical problems that she has been suffering with.
Anthony believes that her diet is completely safe, but she has received much backlash from people who do not think it is a healthy or safe diet for a pregnant woman. Prenatal nutritionists and most doctors seem to agree: no kind of extreme diet is a good idea when you are pregnant.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that pregnant women “maintain a diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.” It also says that “nutrients like folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, protein and iron are important during pregnancy.
These can be obtained via foods like spinach, beans, milk, yogurt, salmon, eggs, lentils and poultry.” Still, many other women have weighed in, saying that they are familiar with the diet that Anthony is on, and that they follow it as well, with great results. What do you think about extreme diets for pregnant women?