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

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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.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Downtime to Heal: Honor African American's that fought for the right to use state parks as little as 43 years ago

Webster's dictionary describes "downtime" as a period of inactivity, or when production stops. I see "downtime" not as a period of non-production, but as a period of production to recoup your energy; get your system in balance and check; and, make your self more productive. I needed a downtime after working for 5 months since my last vacation. Us sisters push ourselves because we have no choice as we take care of our children, husbands, family, elderly parents and grand-parents, and, work 2 jobs or one job with long hours to make ends meet. They say that 70 % of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck; and, we tend to spend less time on recuperating our mental health through breaks, vacations, or small retreats. Even if it is just a few hours, a day, or a weekend, we need time to recuperate and regain our strength. We need time to refuel our mind, body, and spirit because although we are eating healthy as vegetarians and vegans, we need a well rounded health approach as I pointed out in Friday's Inspirational Thought of The Day. We can't forget that with a healthy internal body goes a healthy mind. We need "downtime" to evaluate our path, regain our energy, rethink, refuel, and rejoice!
Last weekend, my husband, dog, and myself did some urban camping. What's urban camping? It's camping near your home, within an hour or less away. We choose our local state park to camp overnight in out tent. We took a small hike with our dog after setting up the campsite, and then returned to our tent by 3 PM for relaxation and meals (by the way, I had a great organic backpacking vegan meal that I wanted to try out for backpacking pt Mary Janes's Farms). We talked and even took a nap under the trees in our campsite without the obtrusion of TV, XBox, computers, or any type of electronic devices. We reconnected as a couple through talking for hours without any phones interruptions. As we slept in our sleeping bags in out tents, it was beautiful to get lured to sleep by the night owls and wake up to the beautiful serenading of the birds in the trees that provided a canopy to our tent. There were many families and couples camping out that night, and taking advantage of the inexpensiveness of our state parks that we pay our tax dollars for through our paychecks, and state yearly income taxes. The campsites are sufficiently apart from others campsites to provide seclusion.
As African Americans, we should all take part in the beauty of the state parks since so many of African-Americans not long ago (even as short as 43 years ago) were forced to be segregated in these same parks. In the area I live in, there was a documentary on our state park on PBS, and it explained how African Americans were kept to one end of the park which was suppose to be the not so popular section and how non-African Africans were allowed to enjoy the beauty of the rest of the park with the lakes, beautiful trails, and quaint camps not so long ago. Signs of "White Only" and "Colored Section" were posted until 1966 (the year I was born) in my nearby state park that I love to enjoy. I honor the African Americans that fought for non-segregation in State Parks by enjoying the land; so, please enjoy them through "downtime." Teach your children not only to appreciate the beautiful bounty of the land through a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, but teach them the beauty of the land through hikes and camping. Traditionally, African-Americans have a spiritual connection to Mother Nature. We had a connection to the land in Africa as we gained strength from Mother Nature's beautiful vegetarian bounty, and treks upon the land. Our ancestors in Africa honored the land and respected it through rituals that gave thanks and praise to the land.
I wear my hair natural in a close cut and hear many Black women say it's easy for you to enjoy the outdoors because you do not need to worry about your hair. Do not believe the myth that just because your hair is worn in a non-natural hairstyle you cannot enjoy the outdoors. Let's not feel that because your hair may be relaxed or you wear a weave that you cannot experience the beautiful of the outdoors. Do not short change yourself. Venture out for some downtime, and let nature revive your mind, body, and spirit. A well rounded vegetarian and vegan lifestyle includes downtime to refuel. Refuel yourself. Release your stress through Mother Nature's bounty. ~ Sister Vegetarian

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