Comedian Sherri Shepherd has revealed how her life was saved – after she was diagnosed with diabetes.
The co-host of The View said she consumed so much food that she could have effectively eaten herself into an early grave.
Even after being diagnosed with diabetes she failed to stop her huge consumption of food that saw her weight balloon to almost 200lb.
Sherry Shepherd detailed her weight battle and diabetes diagnosis in a new book called Plan D -How to lose weight and beat Diabetes
It was only after doctors told her if she would not be around to raise her son that she started taking the illness seriously.
‘I was going through a nasty divorce at the time and I thought “I’ll be dammed if my husband’s girlfriend is going to raise my son.”‘
With the help of friends the 46-year-old changed her diet and began to lose weight.
‘I learned how to get rid of the white foods – the pasta, pancakes, cereal, anything loaded with sugar.’
Public presence: The 46-year-olld is known for her role as a TV personality on The View
Shepherd details her weight battle and diabetes diagnosis in a new book called Plan D – How to lose weight and beat Diabetes.
She said: ‘If I didn’t have diabetes I would probably be at the International House of Pancakes eating a rack of pancakes with butter and syrup. ‘I would probably be 250 pounds. I would not be going to the doctor. I wouldn’t be married to my husband, Lamar Sally. I wouldn’t be healthy for my son, Lamar.’ Shepherd said there is a family history of type 2 Diabetes in her family but she ignored it while gorging on her favourite pancakes and syrup.
For the family: If she continued to gain weight, Sherri confessed, ‘I wouldn’t be married to my husband, Lamar Sally. I wouldn’t be healthy for my son, Lamar’
She says she was in denial after she was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. ‘That said to me I’m not diabetic so I can eat the way I want,‘ she told USA Today.
In 2007, she was formally diagnosed. At the time she had no energy, had numbness in her feet, suffered from blurred vision and was thirsty all the time. She also said she had to make frequent trips to the bathroom.
Slimdown secret: ‘I learned how to get rid of the white foods – the pasta, pancakes, cereal, anything loaded with sugar,’ The View co-host said
Shepherd said her doctor spelled out a grim prognosis. ‘She said, “Sherri, you love wearing those shoes, don’t you?” I said, “Yes, I do.” She said, “You won’t be wearing them with your foot cut off, because if you keep eating the way you are eating, that’s where you’re headed.
Despite the warnings Shepherd said she continued to eat foods that were making her ill. She said she had a stack of pancakes and enough ‘pesto pasta to feed a family of four people.’ ‘I can down some food. I love food. Girl, it was complete denial. I figured if I didn’t talk about it, it was going to go away,‘ she said. It was only after being put on medication that Shepherds took the illness seriously. ‘I never liked vegetables before. Now I’m a kale freak because one day we got kale and my husband sautéed it with green peppers, olive oil and garlic.’
She said her husband does most of the cooking, and adds: ‘He’s my personal chef, but I gotta sleep with him.’ Shepherds also exercised whenever she can ‘I have learned to turn my house into a gym. I do lunges when going to the laundry with my basket.
When cooking, I do push-ups against the kitchen counter. I do toilet squats. My behind has not touched a toilet seat in years. I am an Olympic squatter.’ She says she runs races with her son and even climbs the monkey bars with him.
‘I feel really healthy,’ she said ‘I have so much energy. I want to live and I’m going to beat this thing. I feel so blessed.’