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.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

How Jackie Robinson Day Taught me to Relax as a Vegan

As I enjoyed watching this past Thursday (April 15th) the American League and National League baseball players wear #42 on their jerseys to commemorate the 63rd anniversary (April 15, 1947) of Jackie Robinson (#42 of the Brooklyn Dodgers) breaking baseball's color barrier, I reflected on how baseball have taught me as a vegan to relax and enjoy life.

I have always been an avid baseball fan of the NY Yankees even before being a vegetarian and vegan, but never realized the lesson baseball would teach me until I became a vegetarian. I am the fan who has an authentic Yankees jersey and baseball cap that's worn with pride on weekends. This past week, I also celebrated my maternal grandmother's life on April 17 where she ended her journey upon Mother Earth 32 years ago and whereas her love of baseball has made a lasting impression upon me.

My mother said growing up in California, my grandmother enjoyed going out to the ballpark to watch the San Francisco Giants Baseball Team play in the late 1950s and 1960s. My grandmother also enjoyed watching the Negro Baseball League play as someone who grew up in Alabama and witnessed how blacks were not allowed to play baseball, and thus created a successful league of their own. I did not have the opportunity to attend baseball games with my grandmother for I lived on the East Coast as a child and when I was sent to the West Coast during two month summer breaks from school, winter breaks for two weeks, and always extended Spring Breaks to be with my maternal strength of females on the West Coast (grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunts) she tended to keep the focus on things of a small child that she thought I would enjoy. Grandma did not try to force baseball on me, but baseball was in my blood. From listening to the Yankees on the radio on family beach trips as my older brother Ron held the transistor radio up to his ear yet loud enough so we all could hear the game in the car, and watching them with my brothers on TV. I grew up on baseball and football...and the games are in me.

This is the first year as a vegan during baseball season. I am use to hot dogs before the game or at the game, and a nice cold beer. Hot dogs and beer always went together at baseball games. But, baseball has taught me that as a vegan, I can still enjoy life and enjoy the pleasures of the game as a vegan. Besides meat hot dogs before I go watch a baseball game of my adopted city's Double AA Major League Team, I eat vegetarian hot dogs and fries. At the game,I still have that nice cold beer as I yell playfully at the umpire, the team, opposing team, or a player wearing either the local Double AA MLB Team's jersey and cap (yes...I even have the local Double AA Team attire besides my Yankees...what a baseball fanatic I am!)

Baseball has taught me to relax as a vegan. I realized that I was falling into the trap of being too strict and stern on myself, and not enjoying this vegan journey. Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, and even soccer...I love these sports...but, my favorite sport is Baseball.

I did not realize that Baseball would teach me a lesson on being a vegan. Just relax. Stop being hard on yourself. Think about it ... the games can be long...especially if the NY Yankees are playing as we all know...and that long game playing time teaches you to take it easy...kick back...and enjoy the game. Synonymous....kick back, relax, and enjoy this vegetarian and vegan journey. Stop being hard on yourself.

I went to a sports bar on Friday with my husband after work as we enjoyed watching the Yankees on the sports bar screens as we ate a great meal for a game and had some drinks. I had a good time. Sports bars do not give you much options of vegan food, but I love sports bars and most of all watching a game there with friends and husband. I said to myself..."Donna one is asking you to eat meat....there are many vegetarian options on the menu ...Just chill, relax, and enjoy the game. Stop being so hard on yourself." I was being hard on myself, and denying myself the things that make me happy. As the Dalai Lama said, "Our purpose in life is to be happy. " So, I ordered a vegetarian pizza with cheese, and had a glass of wine. I enjoyed the meal, the sports bar surroundings of the many fans, and had a great time. This may not sit well with other vegans, but each journey is different. I think about vegans who I met who also let themselves enjoy life by having a piece of non-vegan cake for birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries. There are also vegans who must cook for elderly parents who are carnivores. Taking care of family is first priority but we can also still maintain our vegan views. In lieu of this, I started a month ago letting my husband cook his own meals; but, he works hard outside as a carpenter in the heat and comes home exhausted from lifting plywood and work tools all day. He did not complain about making his own food and he was the one that volunteered to start. I love and respect him; so, I thought, what am I trying to prove by not cooking his carnivore meals? I know who I am as a vegan, and not cooking his meat meals proves nothing but being focused on myself. That's not what I want. So, I happily started cooking his meat meals again. Yeah..Yeah..I know that does not sit well with some vegans and vegetarians who are strict in this area of not touching meat to cook for family, but I take my marriage vows serious that through sickness and health...we will uplift each other. I'm not here to tear a man down when he had a hard day, and my hands are able to cook a good meal for a man that works 110% daily to provide for his family. Being 100% vegan in this world does not exist, so stop being hard on yourself. If I am no longer considered a vegan for eating that vegetarian-cheese pizza and now I am considered a vegetarian although my meals at home are 100% vegan, then that's okay with me. I have peace of mind and I am happy. I may have compromised my vegan lifestyle by eating a vegetarian heese pizza, but I did not compromise who I am. In the words of Janis Joplin "Don't compromise yourself, you're all you got." Let's stop trying to be vegans or vegetarians to please others, or because it is the in thing. Just be yourself as a vegetarian or vegan. If that means every once in a while you have a vegetarian cheese pizza, then so be it. This is your individual journey and you are not out to make others happy. Make yourself happy, and do not compromise yourself.

This is very important for new vegetarians and vegans. I believe newbie vegetarians and vegans fail, and do not stick with this lifestyle because of being too hard on yourself. Stop being hard on yourself, and just relax.

Being a vegetarian or vegan is not suppose to make you tense. Lighten up, and enjoy this vegetarian or vegan journey. If that means someone decides to label you as not total vegan, then that's okay. You know who you are and whom who are. Do they know who you are and whom you are to cast judgement? I think not. Just be yourself, and you'll make it through this journey sliding, laughing, and enjoying yourself; or, you can be the prune who sticks their nose up at others. I know that's not the type of vegetarian or vegan I want to be. ~ Sister Vegetarian

Friday, April 9, 2010

No More Drama: How to maintain a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle without wavering back to meat

No More Drama!

One of the best things I love about being a vegetarian and then a vegan is, to use Mary J. Blige's words, “No More Drama!” Drama in the form of stomach pains and stomach illnesses associated with meat and dairy. In addition, I am rarely sick to the point where I have not had a cold, flu, or any type of seasonal viruses for over a year. I have received questions or statements from newbie vegetarians or vegans that sometimes they find it hard to maintain a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, and tend to waver back and forth from vegetarian/vegan to carnivore life. I was also in those shoes of wavering between a vegetarian/vegan and carnivore lifestyle until I learned and realized to count the positives of living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. No more Drama of wavering between vegetarian/vegan and carnivore lifestyles, and the pains and upset stomachs that accompanied going back to eating meat. I came up with a pros and cons column: a No More Drama List. I wrote down the pros and cons of leading a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, and a separate list of the pros and cons of leading a carnivore lifestyle. My pros for vegetarian/vegan outweighed the cons of which there was just none. The carnivore list had more cons than pros, and the pros were more of what I thought I missed such as cheese as a vegan. These lists became my motivation to stick to my vegetarian and subsequent vegan lifestyle. I will not lie…ever so often I might crave cheese but then my list of positives that I carry with me in my head or revert to on paper, reminds me of the positives of this lifestyle choice without stomach issues. I am reminded through my list of positives of how healthy and energetic I am without the Drama. For the newbies and veterans of vegetarianism or veganism (because there are vegetarianisms and vegans that revert back to meat after years of leading a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle), try a list of pros and cons for motivation. You will also find that your list of pros for leading this vegetarian or vegan lifestyle outweighs the cons. For motivation, keep the list on your refrigerator, in your purse, in your car, at work, or ingrained in your memory. A list of accentuating the positives will keep you focused, on tract, motivated, and exhilarated to lead this wonderful vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.

Helpful ideas to keep you motivated and focused:

- Make your own list of pros and cons.

- Locate a sole item on your list of positives that is that #1 item of why you became a vegetarian or vegan. Make that sole item your daily mantra to stay focused, but continue to revert back to the entire list when needed.

- How can you celebrate the positives in your life since you became a vegetarian or vegan (i.e. treat yourself to a massage, a new outfit, new book, yarn, etc) ?

- Join a vegetarian or vegan support group to surround yourself with positive influences.

~ Sister Vegetarian