Sherri Shepherd Diabetes: Diagnosis Changed Her Eating and Exercise

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 17, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Sherri Shepherd Diabetes: Shepard’s new book describes how she changed her lifestyle after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2007.

Shepard, also a co-host of ABC’s “The View,” says in her book, “Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don’t Have It)” that she had to start eating healthy after the diagnosis. She has since lost 40 pounds, and at 5-foot-1 weighs 157 pounds.

It was hard, because she was taught that “If something was going wrong in your life, there was a peach cobbler to fix it,” she told U.S. News & World Report.

“Even when my mom passed away, it didn’t stop me from eating. I ate more.” 

But after the diagnosis, she started getting rid of all the bad food

“I learned how to eat. I learned how to get rid of the white foods — the pasta, pancakes, cereal, anything loaded with sugar,” she told USA Today.

“I never liked vegetables before. Now I’m a kale freak because one day we got kale and my husband sauteed it with green peppers, olive oil and garlic.”

Her husband does most of the cooking, she said.

For exercise, she has incorporated movement into her daily life.

“I have to make my house a mini gym,” she said. “If I’m doing laundry, I do lunges to the laundry room, and if my husband is cooking and I’m just sitting in the kitchen talking, I do push-ups against the counter top. When we go to the park with my son, we do side shuffles, lunges and races, and we climb up the monkey bars.”