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.

Friday, January 22, 2010

It Takes a Vegetarian to Raise A Village: Take A Stand

Where do you stand?

“Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.”

~ Susan B. Anthony

I have my weekly grocery shopping down to a science. Add things to the grocery list held by a magnet on my refrigerator; write food items on the list according to the aisles in the store that I have memorized from visiting that grocery store for 8 years; making sure I say my weekly hellos and engage in small conversations with the produce staff, store manager, and cashier; and, lining up the reusable cloth grocery bags to stack and carry the groceries without overburdening the bag handles or crushing perishables. I have grocery shopping down to a science so much that even when having small conversations with staff, I know how long I will be in the store. What I did not count on was an extended conversation with the cashier on vegetarianism. He asked me about cooking brown rice, after ringing up the brown rice, collards, kale, spinach, eggplant, apples, chickpeas, dry beans, and other tasty fruits and vegetables in my cart. He wanted to know how long he should cook brown rice after seeing that my entire cart was filled with healthy food to maintain my health, mind, spirit, and body. He said he is eating more vegetables and grain. I asked him if he was a vegetarian, and he quickly straightened his back. He responded with wide eyes resembling a deer making a decision after seeing approaching headlights before crossing the road and a tone of voice representative of a child trying to cover up some reprimandable action, "No! Why would I want to do that? Are you a vegetarian?" I could have said "Yes I am," and be done with the conversation because I already was running over on my "down to science time for grocery shopping" by this extended small talk that went past the small conversational pleasantries. My old self, would have just said, "Yes, I am," pay for my groceries, and leave the store.

The new self is more aware of the health problems associated with eating meat, and the many health studies linking colon cancer to meat that I although I initially hesitated on speaking further on the subject of vegetarianism, my mind knew that I had a duty to speak up as a spokesperson and proponent of eating healthier to heal and maintain the body's health.

I never considered myself a spokesperson for anything, but in living the vegetarian lifestyle and seeing first-hand how my body's ailments had disappeared, I knew that I was not meant to keep this wisdom and information to save someone's life to myself.

As Susan B. Anthony said, careful people cannot be about change but those who speak up when they know a wrong exists, can bring about change. In the 1974 Essence Magazine Article about Vegetarianism that Breeze Harper of Sistah Vegan posted on her Twitter Page a year ago, if people like Dr. Alvenia Fulton, Dick Gregory,Lola Falana, Members of Earth, Wind, and Fire, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson, and Taj Mahal did not stand up and speak for vegetarianism, many African Americans today would never know the health benefits or would be slow to come to realize the health benefits of a vegetarian diet.

As vegetarians, we become spokespersons and proponents of vegetarianism. Our lives are living examples and speak the truth for the health benefits derived from living a vegetarian lifestyle. You do not need to make your point by hollering from the rooftop, or giving a speech at a podium. Just by a small conversation in a grocery store, you can change someone's life. I went further with the cashier on the medical studies by Physician Max Gerson who proved with over 150 cases at a Congress Testimony that juicing and an organic vegetarian diet had cured over 150 of his patients from cancer. I pointed out that my neighbor's sister who was cured of breast cancer...not by surgery or medical treatments...but, by organic vegetarian fresh foods and juicing.

I know what you are saying...was there not a line waiting in back of you at the cashier. To be honest, that was the first time I did not have a line form. The grocery store was basically empty at 6:30 PM after work on a Friday.

When the universe wants you to say something, all the stars line up right and you have your platform to speak your words of wisdom and guidance to help someone in need.

And, he was in need by the look on his eyes and the tone in his voice as we spoke on vegetarianism. Somehow, my "down to science" time in the grocery store, no longer meant anything. Sure, I was starving for dinner; but, somehow, nothing mattered anymore per dinner or getting home in time record from grocery shopping. My husband even waited patiently as I spoke to the cashier; and, even also offered what he learned by viewing movies with me about GMOs and vegetarianism. I left the cashier with much to think about. He thanked me as though he was accepting an award and told me that he "WILL" look more into vegetarianism. He said that I have opened his eyes and explained things about vegetarianism that were myths heard and believed about vegetarians, and living a vegetarian lifestyle.

You know, it felt good to speak up. Donna a year ago, would never speak up. Donna 10 years ago would be too shy to speak up for something I believed in. I want others to be healthy, and benefit from this vegetarian lifestyle. I want others to be healthy.

What people are getting from the physicians are not information telling them how changing their diet to vegetarianism will save them and may even get them off of their medications. Our physicians and pharmaceutical companies are legal drug lords and drug dealers who want to pump us up with medicine as bandaids rather than telling us what is causing the problem, how it can be prevented, and healed. Why not enforce proper vegetarian diets that can heal, extend our life, give us more energy, and get us off all or some of the medications. We must think for ourselves, and research. Never take what a physician says as a death sentence.

Just to share one story at work. A new medical assistant joined our ENT practice, and she has been a vegetarian for a year. She said she had stomach problems and the doctor wanted to put her on medication for life. She decided to take matters into her own hands, and researched vegetarianism. She decided that she did not want medication for life, and chose LIFE through vegetarianism. She is now cured without any incidents of the stomach problems that plagued her. Imagine if she decided to be on medications for life. Many medications tend to start other illnesses of the body when trying to treat something else.
Let's choose LIFE by choosing to be spokespeople, and proponents for vegetarianism.

We are not on this vegetarian journey for ourselves; but, our actions influence the actions of others. As the old African Proverb says, "Its takes a village to raise a child;" then, so goes it for vegetarianism: It takes a vegetarian to change and raise a village.

~ Donna "Sister Vegetarian"

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