Sister Vegetarian Speaking Appearances!!!

Purchase Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days Book at these locations:
Ask your local book store to order it for you or carry the book!

National Magazines, Radio Shows and Speaking Engagements:

My book Sister Vegetarian’s 31 Days of Drama-Free Living: Exercises and Recipes for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit (Lantern Books) made Veg News Annual top 12 book list for 2012.

Thank you everyone for your support of making my book within Veg News top 12 book list for 2012. Thank you also for helping to keep the healthy revolution alive, moving, and touching many lives going forward :) Link here at Veg News for reviews of the top 12 books :) Thank you :)

I am in Veg News Magazine's March/April 2012 Issue on Page 90!!!! A wonderful review is given of my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living! To find out where and when you can purchase your Veg News March/April issue, Link here to the international and award winning vegan magazine which is available in 38 countries!

May 27, 2012 - Speaker at the New York City Veggie Pride Parade. Link below for my Victory Speech to inspire and empower you on your plant-based journey.
Link here or link below for my speech at the May 27, 2012 Veggie Pride Parade where I speak on healthy eating and its affect on ourselves,world hunger, and the environment.

Link here for my 2/29/12 Progressive Radio Interview
on the station's show "It's All About Food" with the show's host Caryn Hartglass.

I spoke at the 10/9/11 Baltimore, MD/DC Area 1st Annual VegFest sponsored by Open The Cage Alliance (click here for official VegFest Website of speakers and entertainment). My "Victory" speech can be viewed on You Tube (click here for speech video)

Other speaking engagements included the Oct 27-29 DC event for Farm Sanctuary's National Conference to End Factory Farming where I will spoke on Day 3 (Oct 29) at on the Plant Based Living Panel:Diet As A Tool For Change. I was joined on the panel by NY Times best- selling author and nutritional researcher Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Here is the video link :

Sister's Vegetarian's Book Information

* More Sister Vegetarian Book News!

September 24, 2011 Article for Black Girls Run on Being Black and Vegan: Link here to be inspired


Lantern Books has come up with a new e-book entitled "Recipes for the Vegan Table: A Lantern Sampler." One of the recipes from my book Sister Vegetarian is listed along with a recipe from vegetarian Sir Paul know him as a Beatles member :-)

Here's the information about the book and the link to download the book and recipes:

" Recipes for the Vegan Table: A Lantern Sampler by Carol J.... Adams, Donna Beaudoin, Patti Breitman, Kate Jacoby, Brian McCarthy, Paul McCartney, Kumuda Reddy .....

With so many cookbooks out there, what's a vegan—or aspiring vegan—to do? Lantern Books has the ideal menu: Start with a flavorful appetizer from famously longtime vegetarian Sir Paul McCartney, continue with a mouthwatering entrée from The Sexual Politics of Meat author Carol J. Adams or "Sister Vegetarian" Donna Beaudoin, add a scrumptious side from Chef Brian P. McCarthy or Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Kumuda Reddy, and finish up with a delectab...le dessert from Kate Jacoby, co-owner and pastry chef of the cutting-edge Philadelphia restaurant Vedge. All of the recipes in this sampler are healthy, tasty, and easy to make, ensuring that your meal will be both cruelty-free and delicious. So draw a chair up to the table and find out what the joy of vegan cooking is really about!(less)"

Purchase at Amazon:

Black Expressions Book Club
made Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living their alternate book selection in March 2012!

What a joy to know that I have become a part of your family through this book which acts as your daily guide, daily inspirational and motivational tool. To conquer challenges in all aspects of your life. To encourage you to be encouraged that the sun shines even when the clouds are gray, and that joy always comes in the morning if you should falter and trip along your vegetarian or vegan journey! It's okay to be you. Be yourself, and you shall not fail in this beautiful life-long vegetarian or vegan journey. Remember, it's a lifestyle, not a temporary diet or a temporary solution. It is a part of you as you heal yourself, heal the environment, and save animals. Do you ask yourself, what have you done for me lately when you are always helping others and forget about your well-being? Then, pick up a copy of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living today, and let your mind be blown to the endless possibilities of what a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can do for you! ~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Disclaimer: Sister Vegetarian is a blog based on my vegetarian and vegan experiences and journey as well as others' experiences. I am not a medical, nutritionist, or exercise specialist; so, please consult your physician before starting any vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and exercise program.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Inspiration! Share your inspirational stories with our Sisters

"There is no greater agony than bearing an
untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou

I have been receiving a lot of inquiries from a co-worker as to how she should go about in starting a vegetarian lifestyle. As I indicated in previous blog posts, and as you well know, people watch everything…okay…let me elaborate…EVERYTHING you do and say whether you want them to take notice or not. Our lives are always in constant view of being imitated by admirers or taken apart by those overcome with the green envy bug. That being said, I try to live my life where I can be a positive example and inspiration through actions, speaking through experience, wisdom, and sometimes just silence (your positiveness glows even in silence). So, when my fellow co-worker came to me and said that she noticed how healthy I looked with the weight I lost and noticed a certain energetic spirit about me after changing my diet from meat to vegetarianism, she wanted answers to her questions on starting a vegetarian lifestyle. I was up for the inspirational task at hand!

Questions my co-worker posed:
  • She said that she never knew how to start a vegetarian diet, but was always curious.
  • She did not know where to acquire information.
  • What do I cook?
  • What do I eat?
  • She stated with sadness and an illustrious energy of giving up without even starting a vegetarian diet, that her husband loves meat and he will not be happy if she started a vegetarian diet.  
That was enough for me when she talked herself out of starting a vegetarian diet for the explanation that her husband would not agree. I’ve been there, done that, and knew you had to do it for yourself. If he or other family members decided to join you and be healthy, then so be it. We must take a stance and believe for if we don't stand for something, we fall for anything. Why would he disagree with you when you want to be healthy in order to cut down on medical bills, be energetic, and live a longer life that you both can enjoy together? He will not love you any less. I'm not a fool and wasn't born yesterday as I have experienced interesting past relationships that made you want to scream at him! That being said, so maybe he will holler and jump up and down. That is an issue which also must be addressed because honey, you need to do this for yourself. There comes a time when focusing on "me" is what is needed to acquire a healthy mind, body, and soul to enable yourself and family to move forward.

So, these were questions that pondered her mind, and I understand. When I went back and forth between vegetarianism and eating meat, I also had similar thoughts. But, it was me who was standing in my own way. When we let fear of trying something new, especially something that is good for us, grab hold of us and make the decisions for us, we will not reach the potential of health we deserve. This goes for all aspects of life too.

When we stand fear in the face, and say "Fear stand behind me! Get back!" All avenues open up, and gold falls from the heavens...okay, I got a little carried away but you got my point. Doors open to better health, and opportunities that we never thought would happen begin to come forth.

You must live this health journey for yourself, and not be concerned with what others will say against your decision. Through this journey, you can be an example for 
loved ones to follow.

Similar to my past health problems, she has been plagued for years with stomach issues much worse than what I experienced. She thought it was IBS, but her physicians kept ordering tests and could never find anything wrong. She had a flash of realization when we were talking about meats and my past problems with meat before turning vegetarian. She realized that every time she ate steak and other beef products, her stomach issues surfaced. Still, she was afraid to try a vegetarian diet in order to take back her health for fear that her husband would not accept eating vegetarian meals. I reiterated that you are doing this for your health, and by being healthy he will eventually follow suit. I told my story of the same home situation whereas I am the vegetarian, but my husband remains the meat eater. My actions and health are living examples of the positiveness of a vegetarian diet whereas I have seen some positive eating changes in my husband. He has started to incorporate more, and varied vegetables in his diet.

By my co-worker coming to me, I realized that she wanted stories. But, it did not end there with her because at lunch when we were talking, another co-worker confronted me about a vegetarian lifestyle. I'll tell you that no matter what religion you practice, God is good! Through my story, I changed either one or two lives today. Stories are powerful. They can make you, break you, motivate you, and make you stand tall. My co-worker and I talked on and off all day on vegetarianism. She posed many questions, and I was happy to answer them. We talked, and I shared my story. I also shared other stories I have read from women. She needed inspiration from stories by women who live with meat eaters; stories from women who are the only vegetarians in their home; stories from women who have a house full of vegetarians or family/close friends are vegetarians; stories from women on living a vegetarian lifestyle after taking back their health. She did not want a Hollywood Star point of view because Sisters…let’s be real … we live the REAL life of a balancing act. We balance work, family, health, play, and more with real issues that affect us personally and culturally.

I want to share your story to be an inspiration and motivation to women who are considering vegetarianism, or are already vegetarians. I would like to try to feature a “My Story” from Sister’s readers at least once a month. I want to tell your story. Whether you are a vegetarian, tried vegetarianism and came back; vegetarian living with meat eaters; vegetarian who is athletic; vegetarian who has started a community garden; vegetarian making strides in your community; etc.

SHARE YOUR STORY: I want your inspirational stories because this is what Sister Vegetarian is all about: Inspiration, Motivation, and Education with real life stories, issues, and concerns.

Email me at if you are interested in being featured in upcoming blog entries with “your story.” Be an example. Be an influence. Be an inspiration. Be a motivator. Just be you, and let us hear your story my sister.

Peace and Love,
Donna “Sister Vegetarian”

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