Pregnant Vegan Instagram Star Who Ate 20 Bananas a Day Rebuts Critics’ Blasts: ‘Narcissistic,’ ‘Irresponsible’

May 3, 2019 Updated: May 5, 2019

Instagram sensation Loni Jane was six months pregnant when she declared that she was living on a diet of basically 20 bananas a day. Her friends said she was “nuts” for eating so many bananas; some experts and internet commenters called it “irresponsible,” even “narcissistic.”

Yet, Loni’s baby was born a “big strong boy,” she said at the time, who’s “meeting all these milestones.” Has the now-31-year-old slim-body vegan proven all of the nutrition experts and naysayers wrong with her vegan, all-fruit diet pregnancy?

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Loni gave birth to Rowdy Nash, a healthy and robust baby of 8 pounds, 7 ounces (approx. 4 kg) in March 2014. Despite all of the criticism leveled against her, saying that her baby would be born “sick,” she claimed Rowdy was “thriving” at 3 months old.

“This isn’t a diet I would recommend to a pregnant woman,” Shona Wilkinson, head nutritionist at nutricentre.com, had told Mail Online in November 2013, prior to Rowdy’s birth. “Protein and fats are important in our diet especially during pregnancy.”

After Rowdy was born, the first-time Brisbane, Australia, mother said she knew what she was doing. “It is a really good feeling to prove to a lot of people that what I was doing was the right thing,” she told 9 Stories.

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“I think for a lot of people they don’t want to believe that something so simple actually works,” she added. Her entirely plant-based diet has kept her “in good shape,” she said, “living proof that you don’t have to become a whale when you’re pregnant.”

Now 5, Rowdy, too, is a big fan of bananas. He can be seen chewing on the tropical yellow fruit among recent shots of his mother’s favorite juice drinks and family beach outings on Instagram. Loni says that her son loves raw food: fruits, veggies; whereas her daughter, who was born later, at at time when Loni ate more cooked food, eats less raw foods.

In podcast interview in 2018, Loni said that the only thing she would do differently during a pregnancy would be to take some mineral supplements such as zinc.

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The Queensland internet star became a hit for posting photos combining beach bodies, colorful vegan dinners, robust smoothies, her kids and partner, friends, yoga—all the markings of an extreme vegan lifestyle. Included into the program are pregnancy bump shots from both of her babies.

Loni’s journey toward health and nutrition started after years of abusing her body, living a “party” lifestyle of social drinking and eating junk food—with a total disregard for her body and mind. Those were the pre-internet days in the 90s when people didn’t have access to all the knowledge we now do. She had low energy and always felt cold.

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She set out to make a change in her diet by first seeing a naturopath to help her get her diet in order, and that eventually led to a vegan diet popular among athletes called “80/10/10,” created by Dr. Douglas Graham. It consists of eating 80 percent fruits and vegetables, 10 percent protein, and 10 percent fats. And over the years, Loni adapted the plan to her own tastes. The 20-banana pregnancy diet was a modification of the 80/10/10 plan, Daily Mail reported.

“It wasn’t for weight loss or for a quick fix. I was internally really sick,” Anthony said, via Daily Mail. “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.”

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