The idea for MamaSezz came to co-owners Meg Donahue and Lisa Lorimer in 2011 when Meg’s mom Millie was released from the hospital to hospice care with her family. Millie was in the final stages of congestive heart failure with only 10% heart function. The doctors told Meg to take Millie home and keep her comfortable during her final days.
Meg and Lisa’s daughter Annie was born shortly before so the family renovated a sweet small cottage on their land where Millie could spend her final days, surrounded by family -- especially her new granddaughter.
This might have been the end of the story, but thankfully it wasn’t. Meg and Lisa went looking for stories of people who had survived heart disease and based on what they read, they transitioned Millie to a extremely low sodium organic food diet, with lean meats and fresh organic fruits and vegetables. While her health improved some in the first months, Millie’s health was precarious with numerous trips to the emergency room and intensive care, with family from around New England rushing to Vermont and say their final goodbyes.
Meg and Lisa kept researching and eventually found doctors and scientific studies outlining the benefits of whole food plant-based diets and so they decided to give it a try. They signed up for a four-week plant-based eating challenge, figuring they could do anything for one month. The whole gang jumped in – cold turkey (pun intended) – and embarked on what turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime.