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)"

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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, 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"

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