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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 here for details.
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. Link here for my speech in transcript form.
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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 McCarthy...you 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: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BP10K4O
Black Expressions Book Club (http://www.blackexpressions.com/) 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.
Friday, December 31, 2010
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Monday, December 13, 2010
This water method is actually called Water Therapy and has been practiced for years by Japan and India. The Japanese Medical Society has even sighted 100% cures of ailments resulting from water therapy. Here's more information on the subject to get you started on your way: Water Therapy.
~ Sister Vegetarian
Saturday, December 11, 2010
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Saturday, December 4, 2010
This is the 5th of my relatives that I lost to heart disease and diabetes. They all have had a positive influence on my life.
Grandma Susie Mae
Aunt Otis Pearl
Aunt Nadra (last night)
Current sufferers of heart disease: Cousin Thomas (only age 44), Aunt Katherine, and many other very young cousins
Their names are like a roll call of a disease that is prevalent in the black community: heart disease and diabetes. Let's educate the black community and all communities on the importance of a vegetarian and active lifestyle to prolong our life. To make our life a beautiful, long journey without illness and pain. Education not medication and sickness is what we need in all communities. Heart disease and diabetes is still taking over the black community in 2010 when awareness of proper healthy lifestyle changes is too abundant, and easy to come become educated on through many resources. Teach your family. Teach yourself. Teach your community healthy ways of living. Death from heart disease and diabetes should be dwindling and not rising. The increase and existence of heart disease and diabetes should have been a period long ago, and not a continuous comma. Studies have shown that a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can reverse the damages of heart disease and diabetes; and, have cured heart disease and diabetes in many cases since the 1940s. These cases are documented in the U.S. Library of Congress, but the U.S. will not let the studies become public. Educate yourself through movies such as Food Matters and The Gerson Miracle which illustrates a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle cures many, if not all illnesses. Let's start educating now to prevent continuous medication and eventual death from heart disease and diabetes.
~ Donna "Sister Vegetarian"
Monday, November 15, 2010
note: Netflix Watch It Now has this movie available for direct stream to your computer, TV, or via DVD.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thursday's Inspirational Thought of The Day:
“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.”
~Peace & Love, Donna "Sister Vegetarian"
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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Friday, November 5, 2010
View the Recipe Here: Saute Chayote, Beets, and Turnip Greens served on top of Wheat Sphaghetti.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
I should have ran 13, but felt great and ran another mile, then another 1/2 mile for 14.5 miles. Still felt awesome, and proceeded to walk the dog after :) Being vegetarian is fueling my body. Loving it. Love to see what my body can do as a vegetarian runner, and it's awesome what we are capable of. A quote says "a strong runner requires a strong person." I see what it means now. Still feeling great without being out of breath or pain :) Check out this link of famous vegetarian athletes...We are not alone :)
~ Sister Vegetarian
Saturday, October 9, 2010
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~ Sister Vegetarian
Friday, October 1, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
I run for women and men battling heart disease and diabetes...to bring awareness in the community of a healthy lifestyle ...
I run because it feels good. It feels good to release the stress of a work day. It feels good to clarify my mind with a run where it's you and the outdoors to clear your senses as you breathe in air...oxygen to fuel the mind, body, and spirit. Some women run to have time away from being a mom, and enable themselves to be known by their first name rather than "___'s mom," or "___'s wife. I do not have children, but I run to also have that alone time from being the ever busy career wife, wife, or just busy woman. I run because it gives me a good feeling...runner's call it a runner's high where at some point in your run, you just forget where you are and feel as though you are just riding high on clouds without a care in the world. It's a good feeling. Running gives you a natural high feeling without drugs or alcohol. A running high replenishes your body, mind, and spirit with energy to carry you daily through good and rough times.
I also run for people like my maternal grandmother, aunts, and uncles who battled heart disease and diabetes. They died too young in their 50s and 60s from these diseases which can be controlled and sometimes stopped through a healthy lifestyle of eating right and exercise. I run for women that I do not know who also battle these diseases. I run for African-American women who are more prevalent to heart disease and diabetes. I also run for women who are victims of domestic violence as I will this weekend coming up in a 5K to benefit women and their children of domestic violence. I run for these women to feel and be free in their lives, as I feel and I am free during and after my runs.
I run to challenge myself. I want to see what my body can do at age 44 and beyond as a vegetarian and a strong, powerful woman.
In the next couple of weeks after my 5K race to benefit domestic violence, I have a 10 mile race and a half marathon (13.1 miles). I have also registered for my first marathon (26.2 miles) which is held in March 2011.
In addition, I still challenge myself by hiking or backpacking on weekends in addition to running long distances every weekend, and running 3x during a regular work week. I run to challenge my body and mind. I run to challenge myself. I run for awareness in the community that a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle combined with regular exercise is vital for a strong and healthy mind, body, and spirit.
I run because of all of these things; but, most of all, I run because I Am.
Informational Note: Here's a great website formed by two women to promote running in the black community: Black Girls Run
Saturday, September 11, 2010
10 mile run this AM. 24.9 miles for week. Feeling energized. I realized what a difference a vegetarian lifestyle makes when running. In the past, I felt drained and always injured. At 10 miles today of straight non-stop running, I was invigorated and ready for more. No heavy breathing. No muscle pain. Life is good as a vegetarian :)
I had two Sister Vegetarian readers on Sister's Face Book Fan Page ask me how to run without breathing heavily, injury free, or even run more than 1 to 3 miles. My response my help you also to lead an injury free run as a beginner runner, or just starting to run again. While I am not an expert in running, I would like to share what has worked for me:
I have been a runner off and on for 14 years, but I am just starting to really enjoy the running for the beauty it is to calm the senses...provide peace of mind. I realized that when I learned to enjoy the run, the miles mean nothing and you fight mind over body. I can't wait to wake up on Saturday mornings for my long run, and hate it when it ends. Running brings me back to childhood- carefree days that as adults, we still need those days to replenish our tired work-week bodies and minds. I am also just getting into the race part of running. I see it as a challenge to myself. Running is always a personal challenge which is where the "pr (aka personal record)" terminology comes from in races. To stop the heavy breathing, try training first or all the way through with Jeff Galloway's walk-run method. He's an Olympic marathoner who developed this method. He'll help you to eventually run the full miles, or still just run using the run/walk method to be injury free. Here's the link: Jeff Galloway
If you are not a vegetarian or vegan, try this lifestyle. When I switched to being a vegetarian, my heavy breathing stopped as well as the injuries. I use to feel as though I was having a heart attack during and after running when my meals consisted of meat, although my medical examinations always came back perfect. As a vegetarian, I am no longer huffing and puffing on runs, especially a long run as my 10 mile run today. I was actually dancing to Jill Scott's "The Real Thing" song on my MP3 as I walked to relax my legs after the 10 mile run. I truly believe that my energy and injury free muscles are the result of the vitamins and nutrients from vegetarian/vegan meals that heal the body. What runner's magazines suggest runners eat to replenish their muscles, we as vegetarians/vegans are already a step or two ahead. Good Luck!!! :) Let me know your progress readers :)
~ Sister Vegetarian
Monday, September 6, 2010
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Saturday, September 4, 2010
As a vegetarian, I have more energy and see myself at 44 as athletic. I am an athlete, and challenge myself to its fullest. I Will..I AM... I AM strong, healthy, and at Peace, finally... Finally, I know who and whom I am. I know longer try to please others as I did in my twenties and thirties, but live this beautiful life on my own path. Enjoying my own journey, and not trying to hitch a ride on some one else's star. I am content with who and whom I am; and, I am loving it!
~ Sister Vegetarian
Saturday, August 28, 2010
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Yesterday I celebrated my 44th year on this beautiful planet.
At 44, I also decided to resume my love of running and join a local women's running club. I trained myself last summer 2009 for a half marathon, but due to a knee injury sustained from over training, I had to sit it out. I was overzealous and riding my brother's marathon rainbow as I tried to jump from one 5 K to a half-marathon in 4 months. I was also 30 pounds more last summer which also attributed to a knee injury. Currently, I am now back to my goal weight of 4 years ago of 108 lbs at 5'2" where I have lost a total of 41 pounds since February 2009. I am feeling healthy and strong, and I am healthy and STRONG at 44!
At 44, I thank God for my weight loss, the ability to run, ability to hike, ability to backpack, and the ability to wake up and enjoy these things with a healthy body. At 44, I feel and I am fit, fabulous, healthy, and more athletic than I have ever been in my life. I say I'm 44, but I do not feel my age.
My restrictions are not based on my age, but the restrictions that I put on myself. I hope to keep those restrictions away and accomplish what I wnat to accomplish.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Becoming a Vegetarian Series Continued: Creativeness in Vegetarianism as a Knitter and All Aspects of Life
Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
About Sister's Reader: Patricia Harris created a blog called called http://www.diabeticmenus.org/. Diabetics Menus Blog is her personal hobby web log devoted to tips to eat healthy to avoid and manage diabetes. Get to know Patricia a little more at her About Me Section of her blog.
Diabetes type 2 is the most common kind of diabetes. An incredible number of Americans are identified as having type 2 diabetes, and much more are unsuspecting they may be at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others.
Type 2 diabetes is much more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians along with Pacific Islanders, as well as the older population.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body doesn't produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is critical for your body to use glucose for energy. Once you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, that's the basic fuel for your cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from blood into your cells. When glucose generates inside the blood rather than going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.
You may have the power to increase and protect your health. With proper nutrition and exercise and by making good lifestyle choices (like not smoking), you possibly can feel better, stronger, and healthier, and can reduce your risk of diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease and heart stroke.
What is a Healthy Weight?
There's a great way to find out in case your current weight puts you at risk for developing serious diseases. Go to www.diabetes.org/bmi and take the Body Mass Index (BMI) test. The final results can help you decide if you need to stress about your weight.
Better You Eat, Better You experience
Here are some basic guidelines to help you and your family make healthier food decisions.
* Eat many vegetables and fruits.
* Choose wholegrain foods over processed grain products. Try brown rice instead of white. Substitute wheat grains bread for white.
* Eat fish 2 to 3 times per week.
* Select leaner cuts of meat like those that end in "loin."
* Remove the skin from poultry and turkey.
* Eat non-fat dairy
* Drink water and low calories non-carbonated liquids.
* Use liquid oils for cooking instead of solid fats.
* Cut back on high calorie snacks like chips, cookies, cakes, and regular ice cream. Find baked chips and reduced calorie snacks. Or have some fruit instead.
* Be careful about your serving sizes. Even an excessive amount of "healthy" food could potentially cause weight gain.
* Compare labels of similar foods, then pick the one with smaller amounts of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
* Adults should eat under 2400 mg. of sodium everyday. If you have high blood pressure, you might want to aim for even less.
* Try adding seasonings in your cooking to replace salt for enhancing flavor.
A Little Physical activity goes far
Anything that gets you up and moving is designed for you. Here's what it might do:
* Reduce your risk of developing diabetes type 2
* Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke Lower hypertension and cholesterol
* Reduce blood glucose (sugar) levels if you have diabetes, which could lower your risk of developing diabetes-related complications
* Reduce tension * Help you slim down
* Provide you with more energy
* Help you sleep better
* Build stronger bones and muscle mass
You do not need to visit a gym, play sports or use fancy equipment.
Certainly, you need to talk to your physician before beginning any exercise program.
If you have Diabetes:
Maintaining a healthy diet and staying active are a lot more important when you've got diabetes.
Well-balanced meals might help keep your glucose (sugar) level as nearly normal as it can be.
Being active also helps you decrease your blood glucose. If you increase your physical activity levels, you may be able to
take less insulin or diabetes pills. In case you are very inactive, have heart disease or simply a history of foot ulcers, talk to your doctor about safe exercise available for you.
Check your blood glucose before exercising. If it's under 100 mg/dl, eat some fruit, crackers or have a glass of milk or juice.
Check it again after exercising to know how your blood glucose responds to workout. Bring a snack if you'll be active for a few hour.
~ Patricia Harris
Note from Sister Vegetarian: Although Sister Vegetarian's blog focuses on a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, Sister's main concern is that whether or not you are a vegetarian an incorporation of fresh vegetables and fruits into your diet is paramount to a healthy body, mind, spirit, and lifestyle. Thank you Patricia for a great article on diabetes. Your article will change positively many diabetics, those who know diabetics, and those who may have been on the verge of developing diabetes due to eating habits.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I have always been an avid baseball fan of the NY Yankees even before being a vegetarian and vegan, but never realized the lesson baseball would teach me until I became a vegetarian. I am the fan who has an authentic Yankees jersey and baseball cap that's worn with pride on weekends. This past week, I also celebrated my maternal grandmother's life on April 17 where she ended her journey upon Mother Earth 32 years ago and whereas her love of baseball has made a lasting impression upon me.
My mother said growing up in California, my grandmother enjoyed going out to the ballpark to watch the San Francisco Giants Baseball Team play in the late 1950s and 1960s. My grandmother also enjoyed watching the Negro Baseball League play as someone who grew up in Alabama and witnessed how blacks were not allowed to play baseball, and thus created a successful league of their own. I did not have the opportunity to attend baseball games with my grandmother for I lived on the East Coast as a child and when I was sent to the West Coast during two month summer breaks from school, winter breaks for two weeks, and always extended Spring Breaks to be with my maternal strength of females on the West Coast (grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunts) she tended to keep the focus on things of a small child that she thought I would enjoy. Grandma did not try to force baseball on me, but baseball was in my blood. From listening to the Yankees on the radio on family beach trips as my older brother Ron held the transistor radio up to his ear yet loud enough so we all could hear the game in the car, and watching them with my brothers on TV. I grew up on baseball and football...and the games are in me.
Friday, April 9, 2010
One of the best things I love about being a vegetarian and then a vegan is, to use Mary J. Blige's words, “No More Drama!” Drama in the form of stomach pains and stomach illnesses associated with meat and dairy. In addition, I am rarely sick to the point where I have not had a cold, flu, or any type of seasonal viruses for over a year. I have received questions or statements from newbie vegetarians or vegans that sometimes they find it hard to maintain a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, and tend to waver back and forth from vegetarian/vegan to carnivore life. I was also in those shoes of wavering between a vegetarian/vegan and carnivore lifestyle until I learned and realized to count the positives of living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. No more Drama of wavering between vegetarian/vegan and carnivore lifestyles, and the pains and upset stomachs that accompanied going back to eating meat. I came up with a pros and cons column: a No More Drama List. I wrote down the pros and cons of leading a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, and a separate list of the pros and cons of leading a carnivore lifestyle. My pros for vegetarian/vegan outweighed the cons of which there was just none. The carnivore list had more cons than pros, and the pros were more of what I thought I missed such as cheese as a vegan. These lists became my motivation to stick to my vegetarian and subsequent vegan lifestyle. I will not lie…ever so often I might crave cheese but then my list of positives that I carry with me in my head or revert to on paper, reminds me of the positives of this lifestyle choice without stomach issues. I am reminded through my list of positives of how healthy and energetic I am without the Drama. For the newbies and veterans of vegetarianism or veganism (because there are vegetarianisms and vegans that revert back to meat after years of leading a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle), try a list of pros and cons for motivation. You will also find that your list of pros for leading this vegetarian or vegan lifestyle outweighs the cons. For motivation, keep the list on your refrigerator, in your purse, in your car, at work, or ingrained in your memory. A list of accentuating the positives will keep you focused, on tract, motivated, and exhilarated to lead this wonderful vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
Helpful ideas to keep you motivated and focused:
- Make your own list of pros and cons.
- Locate a sole item on your list of positives that is that #1 item of why you became a vegetarian or vegan. Make that sole item your daily mantra to stay focused, but continue to revert back to the entire list when needed.
- How can you celebrate the positives in your life since you became a vegetarian or vegan (i.e. treat yourself to a massage, a new outfit, new book, yarn, etc) ?
- Join a vegetarian or vegan support group to surround yourself with positive influences.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Spring is a time when people want to go outside and enjoy nature. I love the Spring because people begin to plant gardens. I remember the gardens of my Grandmother and the other elders as I was growing up. The nutrition from those gardens delighted us when it was supper time. But what has happened in the Black communities of America? Something nefarious. Something debilitating. Something intentional. Lets define some words that shall be used in this article.
Nutrition: The act or process of nourishing or being nourished specifically the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances.
Intentional: Done by design or intention. a determination to act in a certain way.
Slavery: A submission to a dominating influence. the state of a person who is a chattel of another.
The first statement that I want to impart to you is this: the SAD or the Standard American Diet was not meant for Black people to follow. It relied heavily on meat, sugar, salt, heavy foods. This type of diet was perfect for the Europeans that came here to America. This food allowed them to settle this country. But something was amiss. Something I believe was a result of their diet. The stamina was not up to par. Hence, the need for others to come and do the work of building, clearing the land, planting the fields, etc. I am not going to discuss the slave trade because we have studied that in our schools and universities. We have books and papers to plumb the depths of this subject. My concern is with Nutrition. There are many forms of slavery, sisters. Financial, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual and...Nutritional. Our ancestors knew that all foods from the earth sustained life. The power of these foods gave us the energy, the stamina to walk, laugh, play, fight, love back in the Motherland. The Europeans ate meat and wore the skins of animals. Well, you do that where it is ice and snow. What I am trying to say is that our ancestors gave the world the Natural Movement. Out of Africa.... To see the Natural Movement today, you'd never know that many Blacks are a part of it or even know about it. Sisters, it came from us and it is time to reclaim it. The SAD or the Standard American Diet was not meant for us. I shall state this again: THE STANDARD AMERICAN DIET WAS NOT MEANT FOR BLACK FOLKS! The eating of meat, heavy starches without moderation, salt, sugar, artery-blocking fats was a part of the European lifestyle.They needed this food to help them in their conquest of this land. This land that they call theirs really belonged to others but we won't go into that.
How do you keep a group of people on the lowest rung of life? What is the most important substance? Food! Do you want to keep a group of people physically stunted, mentally below par, financially in poverty, spiritually dumb, do not give them the proper nutrition that they will need to advance to the next level. This is what was done and is being done to Black people and especially the Black woman. Why do I state this? Ladies, we are the ones who bring about the next generation. We are the "blankets" that the little ones need. They are nourished by what we put in our mouths. But if the food at your shopping place is of the lowest quality, what do you think that the quality of your child's mind/thoughts will be? Inferior food is done for a reason. It is done to keep you in a state of submission. Processed foods are loaded with fats, sugar, salt. Obesity, Diabetes, Edema, Heart and Kidney problems etc. are the plagues of our communities. Our children are the ones being labeled as ADD and ADHD. Our children are being thrown into Special Education classes regardless if it is warranted or not. Have you ever stopped to wonder why?Keep the children hyped up on sugar. Keep the vegetables loaded down with Salt Pork, Bacon, Lowry's Seasoning Salt, etc. Have your desserts loaded down with butter and white sugar. That is another fact, ladies. Anything white is NOT good for you. This is NOT a racial statement. It is a nutritional fact.
Inferior food is done by design or intention. This is my humble opinion and no person has to take my word for anything. In fact, I suggest that you don't. Read, study for yourself. Take a trip to the Library, use the free Internet in the Library and look up the subject of Nutrition. Read, study about animal and plant food substances.
Ladies, I am advocating a plant-based diet for you, your children, your health! Yes, I am advocating this. What have you got to lose? Well, weight, diabetes, swollen ankles, thunder thighs, bubble butts, love handles and a host of other physical characteristics. Your child or children could have the energy needed to study, to learn, to grow up without the weight problems that seem to haunt our communities. They could concentrate and have the mental clarity needed to master their worlds. I know that you love your babies. You want the best for them. I want the best for them. Start to feed them what their little bodies need and what your body needs. Increase your vegetables and lessen the meat. Are the vegetables in your community inferior? DEMAND BETTER!!! If they are in your communities to make money, make them serve you and your welfare. Do not give your money until you are satisfied!!! You have a church on every corner in the Black community. Pastors, come on now. Get together and rent farm land or go to a farmer and ask him if he could/would set aside a portion of land so that your congregations could plant fresh vegetables for their health and communities. Building Funds are important in their respective places. But if your congregations are dying out before their time, what good is a Building Fund? It is great that your choir is the bomb but if your singers are sick with diabetes, loaded down with weight, etc. what good is that to you?
Put aside the stupidity and be concerned with your people. Plant those gardens and let the people harvest the fresh veggies that their bodies so badly need. Whatever is left over, please set up a place in your churches that the community outside of your churches could benefits as well. Getting back to the earth is beneficial to your body and mind. Open up an Exercise Class in your church in a room that is not used a lot. Have one in the Morning so that those who can come only in the morning can take advantage of it. Have one for the Afternoon or the Evening. Keep it to a time that people could walk safely to and from the exercise class. Get the children involved in exercise. Kids love to run and jump. Exercise based on the needs of children abound. Make the effort to find these resources.
Get people who know about nutrition to come in and teach your people about proper eating. Stop all the Fried Chicken dinners, Ham dinners, Pork Chop dinners, Greens loaded with sodium. Learn and teach your people how to cook with their health in mind. Have Vegetarians or Vegans come in and show your congregations how to prepare dishes that will foster health and not death.
Are you on EBT? You can really make your benefits work for you. Learn how to steam your veggies, make smoothies etc. Load your baskets with greens, fruit, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, almonds and other nuts if you can eat them, fruits, brown rice, wheat, pumpernickel breads, whole grains. I know you could keep more of your Food Stamp $$$ if you do this. You'll feel better. You'll look better. Your mind/thoughts will become clearer, old habits, problems, situations that you may have worried over will suddenly have the solution. Good foods do this for the mind. The nutrients from vegetables are enough to sustain us. You do not need meat to live. You need REAL FOOD to live. Aggression goes into getting that meat to your table. Aggression is what you intake when you eat meat. I really do believe this. You sit and eat steak, beef and wonder why you are yelling,killing and walking in a offensive/defensive stance all the time. Always ready to kill and destroy. Your diet does influence you and your surroundings.
Do not think that those who want your impoverishment have not thought of this. These people are NOT stupid. They study and think when you sleep. Don't hand your life or the lives of your children to them on a silver platter. Listen to what is inside of you. Within you is the truth. Need a Biblical reason? Genesis 1:29 can be a starting point for you. It was for me. It has more meaning than being used to justify "weed" or marijuana. This is/was G-D's Diet Plan for us. Because of forced captivity or slavery, the Edenic knowledge was stripped from us and replaced with a knowledge that does not mean us any good.
The SAD diet is death to and for us. I cannot stress this enough. It impairs our eggs needed to bring in new life. It weakens the strength of the sperm in our men. We become weak people who give birth to weak children. STOP IT!!! Get off this bandwagon of death. Speak Life! Think Life! Teach Life! Eat Life! Those who did not, and, in many cases, still do not care for us want us in bad health and with unhealthy actions. Just because something was done in the long ago does not always make it right. You have to put an end to the curses of bad health. It has to stop with YOU! Only you can change your lives. If you want to get something, attract something, YOU have to BECOME what YOU desire. When eating, according to our definitions, we take in and utilize food substances. Lets make the food be the best that we can get. Our destruction via our health was done by design or intention. Our ignorance has kept it going and growing. It is time to throw off the shackles of nutritional ignorance and step into the light. The nutritional slavery that we were under and are still under in many cases keeps us submitted to the/a dominating influence that would have us nutritionally killed off as soon as possible. Our nutritional sins have kept us as a chattel of the pill bottle.
Easter is coming. Make a resolution to resurrect your life as well as your soul. Make a pledge to try to eat better for 3 to 5 days. If you can make it that far, you are on your way to a 10-day clean-up. Then a 20-day, 25-day. Make a 30-day clean-up your goal to reach. Write down how you feel each day. Notice the physical changes, mental changes, emotional changes, spiritual changes. Yes, you'll change in more ways than one. I believe in you. I really do. Show the world and each other that we care about ourselves, that we want the best and are willing to fight for it!