A woman who was criticised for following a banana-based diet throughout her pregnancy, has boasted that she is 'living proof that you don't have to become a whale when you're pregnant'.
Australian social media star Loni Jane Anthony is certainly not afraid of controversy.
She happily faced up to critics who called her 'irresponsible' and 'narcissistic' for following a plant-based diet - which included 20 bananas a day - whilst pregnant.
Now that her son Rowdy has been born, weighing a healthy 8lb 7oz, she is as defiant as ever. Proclaiming that the proof that her diet works is 'in my skin, in the way I carry myself, and it's in my baby'.
Loni put on 17 kilos (37lb) while pregnant, which she says was 'pretty much all baby and fluid', and she dropped 10 kilos (22lb) within two days of giving birth on March 2.
"I'm living proof that you don't have to become a whale when you're pregnant, she told News.com.au. "You don't have to put on heaps of weight and never bounce back - you can stay really healthy."
People were saying that I would have a potassium overload, me and my baby would be malnourished, that I wouldn't be able to breastfeed - but it can be done, and if you do it right, you can thrive.
"I never got that drop in energy or exhaustion after giving birth, and I've still got high energy now. I think that's definitely because I had a natural birth, free from drugs and epidurals, and because my diet is so natural. I gave birth at 2am and I was home by 6.30am that morning because I was in such good condition."
Just 12 days after giving birth to Rowdy, Loni posted photos showing her flat stomach on her Instagram account, which has more than 220,000 followers.
She revealed that her son is 'feeding like a machine'. In fact, she claims that the five-week-old has taken to breastfeeding so well, that he doesn't wake up for night feeds and sleeps for eight hours solid, before waking for a two-hour long breakfast.
Fitness fan Loni is already back to yoga and cycling and she is keen to keep to bring up her son on a similar diet to her own.
"I'm thriving on a plant-based diet, so why wouldn't he?" she says. "If I believe that the way I eat is the best way possible, then why would I let him eat any other way?"
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