The DX regularly features The DX Diabetes Dish, a profile about life and life with diabetes. This time around, we’re dishing with Sherri Shepherd, the Daytime Emmy® Award1-winning television personality, co-host of The View, comedienne, actress, and author, who six years ago was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Since that day, Shepherd, now 46, focused on regular exercise and healthful food choices, and has lost fifty pounds. And, she says, she has never felt better! Her journey to a more healthy self inspired her to pen a second book, Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes, that details her ups and downs, and the lifestyle changes she has made since diagnosis. But Shepherd’s biggest inspiration is her family – her son, Jeffrey, and husband, Lamar Sally, stand by her every step of the way. Here, the dynamic Shepherd dishes on life, bikinis, and her penchant for wigs and hairpieces.
What is your state of mind today?
I am feeling the best I’ve ever felt since I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes – tons of energy, tons of life. I feel great!
When were you diagnosed?
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in or around July 2007.
What three words would you use to describe who you are?
Fun. Energetic. Loving.
How does diabetes change – or not change – who you are?
Diabetes has forced me to make conscious decisions about what foods I choose to put in my mouth. It has forced me to make exercise part of my daily life. It has forced me to read labels and learn to make foods in a healthier way. Diabetes has literally saved my life.
What inspires you to do what you do?
My eight-year-old son, Jeffrey, and my husband, Lamar.
What do you appreciate most in your friends?
Our friendship has such strength, that they understand even if we don’t talk for six months, when we do get together, our bond doesn’t suffer.
What would you pack for your favorite vacation?
What! A bikini, of course. Yeah, I said it!
What is your fitness routine?
Boot camp three times a week and exercise/playing with Jeffrey three to four times a week.
What’s in your refrigerator right now?
Grilled chicken, spinach, Jeffrey’s lunch, vitaminwater Zero2 lemonade, grilled fish, leftover veggies, whipped cream (don’t ask), kale, and almond milk.
What is your favorite way to relieve stress?
Read a book. I’m on the third installment of Game of Thrones and also a good pirate-captures-a-virgin book that’s mindless and sexy!
What is your idea of happiness?
Knowing that every day my loved ones are cared for, and that someone is fulfilled by my being of service.
What do you most dislike?
People who have ulterior motives.
What’s your favorite diabetes management tip?
Water, water, and more water.
What words do you try to live by?
Do it scared!
What is your greatest extravagance?
You should see my shoe closet! And I have a special closet for my wigs – hundreds of ‘em. Hubby gets to sleep with a different person every night!
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
That they could also be successful using their gift of making people laugh – everyone in my family is way funnier than me.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My sisters, Lauren and Lisa. Between them both, they are raising eight children and doing it well.
What would you choose for your last meal?
Anything with the words “super size” or “all you can eat.” There’s no way I’m eating steamed asparagus as my last meal on earth. But if the world didn’t end that day, I’d be mad!
What are you looking forward to right now?
Taking off my wig, the fake eyelashes, the 5½-inch heels, and snuggling on the sofa with my husband while he rubs my feet.
Any last words of wisdom?
Don’t overwhelm yourself. Make small changes everyday, and you’ll look up a year later and will have made very big changes!
1 Emmy® is the trademark property of ATAS/NATAS.
2 vitaminwater Zero is a registered trademark of Energy Brands Inc. d/b/a glacéau.
All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the interviewee and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.
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