MamaSezz Founders' Story

MamaSezz Started Like Most Things Do...With Family.

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.

Inspired By the Power of Plants

The transformation was remarkable. Meg’s autoimmune issues and eye health cleared up. Lisa’s blood pressure went from its usual 155/110 to 127/80. And most importantly, Millie’s numbers dramatically improved with her heart function (Ejection fraction) shooting up to 55%! Today Millie is an active and healthy 88-year-old woman who regularly swims, drives herself everywhere, and is full of energy for active grand-daughter. WOW!

Meg and Lisa now became obsessed with the why behind this remarkable transformation. So Meg enrolled in the T. Colin Campbell Center’s Plant-Based Nutrition program to learn about the scientific foundation of the benefits of plant-based eating. She came to understand the critical role food has in both the prevention and reversal of common chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

What followed was the profound epiphany! Meg realized her mother's recovery, while astounding, wasn’t the real miracle- the real miracle is that so much illness can be avoided by switching from foods that hurt to foods that heal. Many people currently suffering from common and debilitating health issues can CHOOSE NOT to live with their illness and pain.

And There Are Challenges

Happy health outcomes aside, changing their diet did not come without difficulties. Meg and Lisa discovered that whole food plant-based eating requires more time in the kitchen chopping. Also, in some cases buying organic fruits, nuts, and vegetables can increase your grocery bill. They wondered if there was as a company out there that would prepare plant-based foods for them and deliver to their door? The answer was no.

And So A Business Was Born

Our mission at MamaSezz is to heal people and the plant one delicious meal at a time. We hope you’ll join us!

Everyone is welcome at the MamaSezz table, whether you are a long time plant-based eater or a fast food junkie. There is no shaming here.

Come talk to us (we call our team the Heartbeet Gang) and you can email, Facebook messenger or call us anytime. Try our food, read our blog and the other available nutrition research, and check out our recipes. If you simply want to add more veggies to your life, great. If you want to join one of our challenges and try eating 100% plant-based, terrific! For us, it’s all about just doing what Mama always said -- eat your fruits and vegetables and then go play!”

All the best,

Meg Donahue & Lisa Lorimer