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 entrĂ©e 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.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Book Recommendations: African American Vegetarian and Vegan Books to Inspire and Empower

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Always great times to snuggle up with a good book. Add these African American Vegetarian and Vegan books to your home library collection. They are filled with pages of inspiration and empowerment to motivate you to become a vegetarian; maintain a healthy vegetarian lifestyle; and, give you inspiration and great ideas.

You can order these books via

Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak (March 1, 2010 Release Date)

* 2/25/10 update: Video of Breeze Harper talking about the writing of the book

By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat (May 1, 2010 Release Date)

Throwin' Down Vegetarian Style! (Our Family's Guide to Practical Vegetarian Living in the 21st Century)

Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine

Friday, February 19, 2010

Speak Out!: Guest Commentator Sista Okra

Battzi "Sister Okra" will occasionally be featured on Sister Vegetarian with a "Speak Out" Commentary. This is Battzi's first featured commentary on the subject "Michelle Obama, Obesity and The Message is Getting Through." If you would like to also be featured as a guest commentator, or writer, please email Sister Vegetarian at

"Michelle Obama, Obesity and The Message is Getting Through"
by Sista Okra

Obesity. Obesity is raging in America and, in Black communities, it is almost an epidemic. Maybe pandemic. First Lady Michelle Obama is on the bandwagon against Obesity in this country. I love her well-toned arms! To have arms like that! I have thought long and hard about the causes of Obesity in the Black community. My thinking is Nutritional Slavery. The Standard American Diet or SAD was not meant for Black people. It was meant for the Europeans who came over to this country or the "New World" as they called it. The Natives Americans probably said "get the heck from "Our World" as we call it" when they looked upon the Europeans. The SAD was meant for the European folks. It gave them the things that they needed to survive in this country during the times they were "settling" or "taking over". We, on the other hand, are natural people and we gave the world the natural movement. To look at it now though, you would think the other way around. The knowledge that we brought with us to America was stripped, lost to us and we adopted the SAD. The SAD has been killing Black people since.

I see children as young as 3 who are just as round as they are short. How? Too much fast food, processed foods, television and not enough play. We played outside and ran ourselves silly when I was a kid. Of course, we didn't have to worry about child molesters, kidnappers, etc. either. We had recreational centers where we could learn to box or sew or anything you wanted to do. Life was hard for our parents as they are today. But what was different then? Our mothers cooked us nutritious foods and we sat at the dinner table and ate a family. There wasn't any McDonald's or Burger King or Hardees or Wendy's. You ate at home. We had chubby kids then but not like it is now. Women knew how to cook and can food. Today, the classes are called "Microwaving 101" and "Locating McDonald's In Any Area".

So Michelle Obama is tackling obesity. I consider Obesity a "condition of modern society and soul". But I see changes taking place. Slowly but surely, eating healthy is taking hold in the Black community. People are reaching for fruits and veggies more than ever. Since churches are powerful in the Black community, why can't the Pastors and Reverends buy or rent some land from a farmer and have their congregations plant a nice garden not only for their benefit but for the neighborhood? Just an idea and a darn good one at that. Pastors should do a sermon on Genesis 1:29 and take their congregations through it for the sake of their health and souls.

I am Jewish(mainstream Judaism) and I keep kosher. Eating vegetarian with a large incorporating of vegan has helped me to keep kosher and elevate my food/eating to the Divine. G-d made us and He knows what is best for us. I have a lot of Orthodox Judaism in my life and with relatives that hail from the West Indies to Holland to Germany, Judaism in all of its branches run through my tapestry. Vegetarianism has a place in Judaism and many Jews, be they religious or secular, Black, Asian, Latin, European, African or whatever, follow a vegetarian/vegan life. Rastas eat natural.

The Black communities are beginning to wake up to the fact that Slavery was not only physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, financial but also...nutritional. I shall write more on this as time allows me to.

So bring on your campaign, First Lady. Politics aside(BTW, food/nutrition IS political), I applaud you. May we own up to the challenge.
~ Battzi "Sister Okra"

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Monday's Inspirational and Food for Thought of the Day

The "Inspirational Thought of the Day" has moved to Sister's Mind, Body, and Spirit Page as of 2/16/10, or always login to Sister's Facebook or Twitter's Fan Page for the Inspirational Thought of the Day
Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.~ Genesis 1:29

Learn more on Genesis 1:29 by reading The Story of Sista Okra and The 100-Day Veggie Challenge. Sister Okra is also known as the Genesis 1:29 lady. A great Reader's Story to inspire, motivate, and uplift you ! ~ Sister Vegetarian

Friday, February 12, 2010

Reader's Story: The Story of Battzi (Sista Okra) and The 100-Day Veggie Challenge

The Story of Sista Okra and The 100-Day Veggie Challenge

The Holiday seasons can do funny things to people. You are coming to the end of another year and you start looking back on the things that you accomplished/didn't accomplish, etc. You know the score. I don't have to tell any of you about this. I was on a roll, people. I was eating cookies, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream in any flavour I wanted, Lunchables, Popcorn, Chips of every kind, Hot dogs(Hebrew National when I had the $ but Ball Park Beef when I didn't). I had my cakes. That's right. Cakes. Chocolate, Italian Cream Cheese, German Chocolate, Carrot Cake, Lemon, Cheese Cake with Strawberries or Cherries or Pumpkin Swirl. You get the picture. I was wolfing it down like there was no tomorrow.

Hanukah came and I am always excited about Hanukah. Yes, I am Jewish, a Jew-of-Color as we call ourselves or JOC's. I lit my candles all 8 days and said my prayers. I began to thank G-d for all that He did for me and has done for my over the years. I was still wolfing down food. But something was about to change. I did not see it coming but it came nevertheless. After Hanukah and the Christmas season was over, I awakened one day to prepare for work. As I sat on the side of my bed, I heard this: "Take care of your health! Take back your health! You don't need to be told what to do. You already know what to do. You just need to do it!". I was stunned to say the least. I mean, wow! But you know what? When I stood up from the bed, I had something within me that I could not ignore. It was a new determination, a new direction, a new mission. You see, I feel and do believe that I had a "G-d Moment". That is when G-d just gets tired of you acting like a nut and He just intervenes in the way that will get your attention. All of this was playing out with the seriousness of my older brother's illnesses. His Kidneys are gone. He has Diabetes and a bad Heart, suffered from extremely High Blood Pressure for years. He is a Retired Washington, DC policeman(retired at 47) and has 3 degrees. He has traveled and had a good life. But all of this did not teach him how to eat to live. He ate a lot of Fat, Salt, Sugar. He liked to sip expensive wines, beers, etc. Keep living like this for many years and it will catch up to you.

Well, it caught up with him. The doctors are saying he could live a year if he does the right things to help himself. I ask you all. Who knows our bodies better than we do? I rest my case. So all of this was taking place around me. Then I had my "G-d Moment". As the New Year came closer, I felt the power of those words. I started planning and deciding how I wanted to do my new way of life. 1 January came and I was off and running. No sodas, no white bread, no sugar, no added fats, no milk, no meat. Drastic, you say? Yes. I had to be drastic if I wanted to save my life and my health. When you have the potential to live a healthy life and you don't take it, who is the foolish one? I had to make the cut from what I ate in the past to push myself further. It was during this time of planning that the 100-Day Veggie Challenge came into being. The name and challenge is based upon Bunny Berry's WholeFu Challenge over at RawFu. I started my own Challenge. It had to fit me and my life. I wanted to keep things simple as I can OCD on you real quick.

I cleaned out my frig and my cabinets. I purchased a small blender so that I could make Smoothies, a good knife set, produce keeper food ware. I got enough food to last me for a 2-week period. I began to eat as proper as I knew how and drink water. I didn't know if anything was happening in my body but I kept it up. I was going to the Ladies Room quite a bit more than usual. I wasn't really worried about weight loss at the time. I was just trying to keep it simple. But I noticed my thoughts and my mind becoming clearer. I felt a happiness about life that had been missing for so long. My clothes began to loosen up. I was joyous. All this time, the situation with my brother is going on but I held on. All I wanted was His Will, His Plan for my brother, the family, myself. January ended and February came with more stress concerning my brother. We thought that he was truly leaving us and tears just started to flow. Sister Vegetarian and others began to pray for him and for the rest of the family and he is alive today. Baruch Hashem - Praise G-d. I weighed on 8 February. I started at 249lbs. I was down to 234lbs! 15lbs! I was so shocked and happy. 15lbs and I did not starve myself but ate as Genesis 1:29 told us to eat. In fact, I was following Genesis 1:29 without really thinking about it. I call myself "The Genesis 1:29 Lady". It is so simple yet so sublime. If we just take into our minds and hearts that we are going to live and do what He instructed us to do for a healthy life, we as individuals and as a people would turn ourselves around. Personal Responsibility has to come into play. We can blame our parents, our upbringing, anything we want but until we start to look at ourselves and see what we are doing to exacerbate the situation, we'll stay the same. You have to become sick and tired of being sick and tired. You have to come to the point that your self-esteem needs to improve for YOU. Not your lover, your husband, your family but for YOU! You have to BE the CHANGE that YOU DESIRE to SEE! As Yoda told Luke Skywalker: "There is no try. There is only Do."

I wasn't loving myself, respecting myself by eating the way that I did. I wasn't respecting and showing my devotion to G-d by what I was doing. I was living on the lower level. This way of eating has helped me to keep kosher. My eating/nutrition has now been taken to the Divine. Those laws are there for a reason regardless if people follow them or not. They have never been abrogated or done away with. They are still there. Jesus even said that.

This is not a religious story but a story of one thankful, grateful Black woman living in Virginia. I was a wreck but I am coming out of it. I still have a long way to go. I not only want to lose weight but I want to be HEALTHY. THAT is my main goal. I want to be the best that I can be. I want to inspire others to take the plunge into health. If you have a condition, go to the doctor. Seek help. It is no sin to ask for help. We all need it sometimes. Seek out a Dietician/Nutritionist if you can afford it and if not, some Health Departments have Dieticians/Nutritionist with them. Just be careful that they don't try to discourage you in your endeavours. Pray for someone to come and help you if need be. Ask Sister Vegetarian!

Since staring this way of life, I have met the most wonderful people online and in my actual life. I am learning new things all the time. READ! I can't say enough about reading. Read books, articles, etc. about getting into the best health that you can. Exercise. I walk 2 miles to and from work except in bad weather. At first, I was huffing and puffing but since I have dropped 15lbs, I can feel the movement of my body. I walk at night to go to work( this must stop but sometimes I have no choice but to walk at night. I need my job.). I place G-d in front and behind me. I just have to go with Him. I am not rich in money but I am rich in people who really care for me. I don't know any of you. You don't know me. This is not everything but just a snippet about me. I want you to live. I want you to be healthy. I want you to be the inspiration someone needs out there today. Do something good for yourself. Not for any other person but only for Y.O.U.! I am not there yet but I am on the journey. I hope that I am granted life to finish this. I have this chance to drop to the natural weight of my body. I am not rushing this but taking my time. Each day, I just live it and it all mixed together with my reading Genesis 1:29. That worked for me. It may not do it for you. Find what does and...DO IT!

~ Battzi (Sister Okra)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Friday's Inspirational Thought of the Day

To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time,
but we must keep on stepping.
~ Chinese Proverb

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thursday's Inspirational Thought of The Day

Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be...Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before.
~ Eric Fromm

Inspirational Thought of The Day

I attended college with one of Malcolm X daughter's; and, she was also a beautiful figure and motivator as her dad. I think of Malcolm X often around this time of February when his light was extinguished 45 years ago on Feb 21, 1965. One of the quotes that I love by him is a good motivation for achieving one's dream, or staying on your journey's path:

"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today". ~Malcolm X

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Inspirational Thought of the Day

Stand on a Mountain of No's to get ONE YES
~ B. Smith

Monday, February 8, 2010

Inspirational Thought of The Day

Every set-back opens doors to a come-back. Move Mountain out of my way.
~ Sister Vegetarian

Friday, February 5, 2010

Inspirational Thought of the Day

Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind.
Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. ~ Albert Einstein

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Thursdays Inspirational Thought of the Day

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
~E. E. Cummings

Inspirational Thought of the Day: Be Encouraged and Have Faith

As I exercised this morning and meditated, I thought to myself...what is the main component that keeps us going through the day through many ups and downs; trials and tribulations; good times and bad times; maintaining a healthy diet; and, going toward, not giving up, dusting ourselves off and starting again, and living our dreams? FAITH! Vegetarianism relies on FAITH. I mentioned in an earlier post that a "strong will" keeps you on the path to vegetarianism, but you can't have that strong will without FAITH. Be encouraged today through FAITH that no matter what you are going through, through FAITH, you have the will to get through, make it through, and end up on your feet smiling.
~ Sister Vegetarian

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Book Release March 1, 2010 by Breeze Harper of Sistah Vegan Blog

The much anticipated volume by A. Breeze Harper, Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society is being released by Lantern Books on March 1, 2010.
Sistah Vegan explores food politics, identity, sexuality, health, womanism, feminism, decolonization, anti-racism, eco-sustainability, and animal rights through the lens of the black female vegan experience in the USA. It is the first volume of its kind to address the racialized-gendered vegan experience in the USA.
Sample of topics explored:
How do race, class, and gender affect the experiences of black female vegans?
Why must nutritional liberation be integral to understanding the methodology of the oppressed?
How can veganism re-define philosophies of womanism?
How do black women vegans navigate through family and friends' perceptions of veganism as a "white thing" and in opposition to traditional black Soul Food identity?
How do some black female vegans resist legacies of slavery (i.e. health disparities) by liberating the "colonized" palate?
What does it mean to be a full figured black vegan women in a mainstream vegan culture that visually defines "healthy vegans" as "thin" and "white"?
For more information about the author, book release parties in the East Bay California area, having the author speak at your venue, or ordering books in bulk, contact or call 510-564-7870, and go to and

Food for Thought of the Day

"The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined.
If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people,' you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.”
- Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine