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.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Moving to the next level

"If you want to take your mission in life to the next level, if you're stuck and you don't know how to rise, don't look outside yourself. Look inside."

~ Bruce Jenner, 1976 Olympics, Gold Medal Winner; Motivational Speaker

Since I became a vegetarian, and then vegan, I have been in constant motion to see how I can improve upon myself and make a difference in the world. As a vegetarian and then vegan, the innateness of compassion for all living beings (human and non-human) has begun to manifest itself strongly within my journey. As I read Sistah Vegan's new book Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak and read other black woman's stories of their compassion for non-human beings in order to look at the whole picture and become the catalyst of change, I too felt the urgency to pick up my walking stick to help me climb higher heights and make a difference.

Compassion of a vegan and vegetarian is not just about non-human animals. There are many people affected adversely in this and other countries by choosing a carnivore lifestyle. I just don't mean health wise. There are poor workers who are being exploitered as slaves in other countries for the sake of placing meat on carnivores' tables, or animal clothing in stores. I realized as I read Sistah Vegan's book and began reading more books and watching documentaries on GMOs, and the meat industry and its affect on world's human and non-human beings, I felt an urgency to stop being passive and do something. I am trying to be a proponent in the community by showing how living a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle will improve and maintain our health, but we must go further. Vegetarianism or Veganism without compassion for other living beings (human or non-human) is defeating the journey's purpose. We cannot have love without compassion, or compassion without love. That being said, I took the quote "Knowledge is power" by Philosopher Francis Bacon to heart, and started my read list of knowledge. One cannot fight the system of oppression upon human beings and non-human beings without knowledge. I purchased the respected books of the "modern animal rights movement," and started my journey to another level of gaining knowledge to fight the wrongs of human slavery in other countries to fuel meat industries money pockets, and to fight the slaughter and oppression of non-human beings for the sake of the next Happy Meal or Double Cheeseburger.

I added to my library the following books which already included books and videos on GMO through my local library, bookstore, or Netflix (movies), as well as purchasing Sistah Vegan's new book which also challenges the mind to move to the next level and make a difference.

Recent additions to my home library:

The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery ~ by Marjorie Spiegel and forward by Alice Walker

I already began the Animal Liberation book. It's deep! It speaks about the 1973 project of the US government in using 200 beagles and then 400 beagles to test gasses and pesticides. I understood farm animals were being mistreated; but, this blew my mind away with the factual documents of this heinous atrocity, and crime against life! It makes me wish I started becoming a vegan earlier in my life, and even standing up for all life earlier by living my life ethically. But, we are never too old to start now. The time is now.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

~ Les Brown, Motivational Speaker

I also began to take a look at my home life, and change it. I replaced my soap, deodorant, toothpaste, and lotion with non-animal tested soap. I am now back to using Dr. Bronners for my soap, and Kiss My Face deodorant. I replaced my laundry detergent with non-animal tested and eco-friendly detergent. I will replace more things in the home gradually, as Sister's money is able; but, its' a start. I say gradually as money is able because we can start making a change little by little even if funds are not able to do it all at once. This is what I have been saying about being a vegetarian and vegan. Many people in low income areas feel that they cannot make a health change by going vegetarian or vegan, or make an ethical change in saving non-human beings.

We can make a change even by the smallest action we can make a difference. The smallest action becomes a big catalyst.

Sister is not full of money, but Sister is full of heart. We can make a difference even with little funds. Just take a step at a time. Join a local vegan activist group as I recently did. You will meet and share stories with other vegans and vegetarians, and make a difference. Little steps without even putting out money does make a difference. Take it a step at a time, and carry your walking stick to help you climb to the next level.

I even made a change at home with my husband's meals. I no longer cook his meals since he prefers meat. At first I felt bad because he works hard, but so do I.

Here's a reply I did on a forum to a vegan who had a similar problem. It shows how even with little money, we can go to the next level by just making a start at home.

Reply on a local forum to a vegan question on how to handle carnivore eaters at home:

I have a similar situation whereas I am the vegan in my household, and my husband is the carnivore. I started out still trying to cook for him as a vegetarian, feeling bad since he worked long hours with physical demands in construction. When I became vegan, I just could not justify cooking his meals when thinking of the inhumane treatment of animals and people to place carnivorous meals on carnivore’s plates. He understands, and cooks his own meals. I still feel bad at times for not cooking his meat meals only because of his long, hard days; but, heah, I work long, hard days too You can do so much in preaching to the choir, but the best type of positive influence is by our actions. Through the joy, passion, and love that we live our vegan lifestyle, these actions and behavior does have a positive influence upon family, friends, colleagues, and others in our life journey. The best type of way to help others understand the health, environmental, and humane benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle is by actions. Sometimes actions speak louder than words. When others see how much we, the environment, animals and people (because living a vegan lifestyle also affects people who are forced into hardship and slavery in other countries when working for companies that support detrimental effects to the environment) have benefited from a vegan lifestyle, others may follow suit in either instituting more vegetables in their diet, becoming vegetarian, or ultimately becoming vegan. My husband has seen the health changes in my body (not sick for over a year and that's without ever taking a flu shot in my life) and a resurgence of my energy level (at 43, I bike 3 x a week for an hr, yoga 2 x a week for an hr, and hike/backpack on weekends) since becoming a vegan. I started out trying to preach to him the health and environmental benefits on becoming a vegan, but switched my efforts to living by example. When I stopped my preaching, and lived by example, he became more interested in the documentaries about humane treatment to animals, the food industry’s GMO foods, and cancer/health cures from eating vegan. Although my husband maintains a carnivore diet and swears he will never become vegetarian or vegan, he has added more vegetables to his meals. I guess it’s a start in the right direction; and, as we grow in knowledge, our views do sometimes begin to gravitate toward living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
I hope this encourages you to move to the next level. Don't forget your walking stick to help you climb to the next level. That walking stick can be the books above that I recently purchased, or other books of power. Knowledge is power, and a small change can become a catalyst for reform.

~ Peace & Love, Donna "Sister Vegetarian"

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