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Mom-to-Be Following Extreme Diet While Pregnant

It seems like a new diet fad comes out every day. There was the cottage cheese diet, the carbo-load diet, the carbo-deny diet, and just about everything in between (just drinking lemon juice!?). But we couldn't imagine going on any of these diets during pregnancy. But this one woman has taken her pregnancy food regimen to a new extreme.

Loni Jane Anthony, a 25-year-old Australian woman, is 26 weeks along in her pregnancy and is following a strict raw, plant-based diet. The 80:10:10 Diet is 80 percent carbs, 10 percent fat and 10 percent protein. So what does a day in Anthony's life look like? She wakes up and has "warm lemon water in the morning, followed by either half a watermelon, a banana smoothie or whole oranges, then five or six mangoes for lunch and a large salad for dinner." She has an alcoholic drink once every five months.

But is this really healthy for a pregnant woman? The Mayo Clinic "advises pregnant women to 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." Anthony hasn't changed any of her diet since becoming pregnant, which we imagine is pretty hard, especially when those cravings came around.

While we can't say for sure whether her diet will hurt—or help—her baby, we can say that we could imagine getting really tired of eating bananas and mangoes pretty fast, no matter how much we love them.

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