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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sister's Wednesday Quick Tip of The Day:

Tired of oatmeal. Use quinoa for a morning porridge type breakfast. Combine 1-1/2 cups water to 3/4 cup quinoa to a pot. Simmer for 10 -15 minutes with your favorite fruits and nuts additions until the water is dissolved. Serves 2. ~ Sister Vegetarian

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sister's Tuesday Quick Tip of The Day:

Purchase flax seeds whole, and grind your own. Whole flax seeds cost about 50% less than the pre-ground flax seeds. It only takes under 5 minutes to ground up 16 oz of flax seeds in a blender or food processor. Store in an airtight container, and use in your morning oatmeal, home-made breads, or other recipes.

From Wed MD, "Flax seeds can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke." Read more at Wed MD: click here

~ Sister VegetarianLink

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Story: Battzi's 5/29/11 weekly update is posted

Battzi's weekly update has been posted. Battzi says to "Eat Life..." To read Battzi's update and powerful, soul-stirring message for this week, click here

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sister's Friday Quick Tip of The Day: Look Inwardly

Are you still fighting your cravings to give up meat? Do you want to go vegan, but the cheese cravings are weighing on you like a crack addiction? Then, look inwardly not outwardly.Many times the conflict to move onward and forward in our journey is not from the outer object (meat, cheese, or whatever that is preventing you from moving ahead in your vegetarian or vegan journey); but, it's the internal conflicts. Look inwardly to find out why you can't easily put aside the red meat, chicken, fish, or cheese. Maybe it's because you have a fear of starting something new. Maybe it's a fear that others will not support you. Maybe its a fear of being seen as weird or viewed as an outcast among family and/or friends. Once we recognize the internal conflicts, we can face what is holding us back and move on in our journey.
~ Sister Vegetarian

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sister's Thursday Quick Tip of The Day:

Today's quick tip is taken from one of my favorite and treasured book within my home library. "Breathe and smile. Relax. Take a moment to let go, and just be. Enjoy it." ~ excerpt from Awakening the Buddha Within:Tibetan Wisdom for The Western World

~ Sister Vegetarian

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sister's Wednesday Quick Tip of The Day:

Be eco-conscious and make an eco-conscious statement in your household cleaning. Chemical cleaners can also aggravate allergies, so go natural. Throw the chemical cleaners away, and go natural. Use a combination of 1/2 white distilled vinegar to 1/2 water to clean your home. I use a 32 oz spray bottle that I labeled for cleaning only, and combined 16 oz of white distilled vinegar with 16 oz water. This natural disinfectant and cleaner cleans the household, including the bathroom where in the past you may have overly used chemicals. White distilled vinegar kills most bacteria and germs. The vinegar and water combination is safe for pets, and that is important to Sister with two dogs in the home.

Here's a website for more uses of vinegar to clean the home: 1001 uses for white distilled vinegar

` Sister Vegetarian

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sister's Tuesday Quick Tip of The Day:

Pressed for time in the morning to make a healthy breakfast? Does hurrying breakfast make you stressed? Missing breakfast because of little time? Save at least 10 minutes in the morning by prepping your breakfast the night before.

I love making oatmeal on the stove for my daily breakfast. The oatmeal only takes 6-8 minutes on the stove top whereas you can do other things as it simmers. My trick to having a smooth morning is to place in a cereal bowl the night before, the measuring for 1 serving of old fashion oatmeal and the additions that I love to add to my oatmeal as it cooks (such as raisins, nuts, flax seed, or other types of fruit). I cover the bowl with reusable plastic and place it in my refrigerator. In the morning, I just measure the needed water into a pot, boil the water, and add to the pot the pre-measured bowl of oatmeal, nuts, or whatever I'm adding to my cereal. Prepping breakfast at night adds 5-10 minutes to your busy morning schedule since there is no need to hunt for ingredients in the morning. You will now have extra time to sit down, and have a relaxing breakfast to start your day off right! Stress free breakfast = stress free start to the day. ~ Sister Vegetarian

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sister's Monday Quick Tip of The Day:

Use juice from a fresh lemon as your salad dressing. The recipe is from Dr.Oz's show which featured a 23 minute segment promoting the documentary Forks Over Knives. Cut a lemon in quarters or in half. Mix thyme, lemon juice and minced garlic and pour over your salad. Sister likes to use collard greens,turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, or beet greens to comprise my salad as opposed to the typical standard lettuce leaves such as romaine and iceberg. These greens are packed with anti-oxidants, cancer fighting, and heart disease prevention properties.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Saturday, May 21, 2011

New Recipe on Sister's recipe Page: Sister's Original Vegan Southern Style Grits and Sauteed Mushrooms

For recipe: click here to be directed to Sister's Recipe page for this southern style recipe mixed with a little of Sister's family history. Did you know that Sister's Paternal-Family still live on the land given to then when they were freed after the Civil War? The same land they worked as slaves? We have our own family cemetery dating to the 1800s.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Join Battzi at her 1 month weigh in...

For pictures of Battzi's weigh-in and her weekly vegetarian journey update: click here

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sister's Friday Quick tip of The Day: You can now Subscribe to Sister Vegetarian

You can now follow Sister Vegetarian by email when you subscribe to Sister Vegetarian to receive updates via your email.

You will be alerted when new posts are added such as Sister's Quick Tips of The Day, Cookbook Challenges, Inspirational Messages to keep you motivated, as well as keep you updated on Sister's (Donna M. Beaudoin)upcoming book.

You can add one, two, or all three Subscriptions to Sister Vegetarian's Home Page, Recipe Page, and Mind-Body-Spirit Page.

Click on each page to be added to the subscription. The subscription sign-up is on the right of the page entitled "Follow by Email-Receive email alerts for new posts and keep posted on Sister's Upcoming Book News:"

Sister's Home and Main Page: Click here

Recipe Page:
click here

Mind, Body, and Spirit Page:
click here (this page includes inspirational quotes, and reader stories such as Battzi's weekly updates)

Just a reminder, if you have a vegetarian or vegan story to share that can be of inspiration and motivation to others, email Sister Vegetarian at

~ Sister Vegetarian

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sister's Thursday Quick Tip of the Day: Forks Over Knives Documentary

If you have not seen the new documentary, Forks Over Knives, which is also based on Dr. T. Colin Campbell (The China Study) and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn over 30 years of study on plant based diet, then please make this a MUST SEE! The movie supports what us vegetarians and vegans have known and why many of us switched to a plant based diet: a plant based lifestyle can prevent and reverse heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

Here's the movie's website link which includes states where the movie is being shown:click here

In addition, here is one of the participants in the documentary, SanDera Nation, whose diabetes was reversed and cured from a plant based diet: click here

~ Sister Vegetarian

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sister's Wednesday Quick Tip of The Day

Encourage yourself to move forward with inspirational quotes from vegetarians and vegans recorded in a log of inspirational statements to refer back to when you wonder why you are on this vegetarian or vegan journey. Take the log to work to remind you why you are on this journey.

Here's a quote to start your log: "Vegetarianism functioned as a purification…. When you are a vegetarian you are light and you are more under the law of grace, under the law of power, and you start gravitating towards the sky. Your food is not just food: it is you. What you eat, you become. "~ Osho Rajneesh, Indian mystic and spiritual teacher.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's Vegetarian/Vegan Updates for week 5-15-11

Battzi's weekly updates for week beginning 5-15-11 has been posted. Battzi goes in depth this week into challenges that arose in her vegetarian/vegan journey, and how she has come out a winner! click here

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sister's Monday Quick Tip of The Day:

Try a home-made all natural face wash.

Grind up 1 cup of old-fashion style oatmeal in a blender to form a powder-like form. Place the grind up oatmeal in an airtight jar or container, and keep within reach near your bathroom sink. When ready to wash your face, add about 1 TBSP of the oatmeal in your hand and mix with a little water to form a liquid paste in your hand. Wet your face with water. Apply the oatmeal mixture to your face in a circular motion with your finger tips. Wash the oatmeal off of your face with water. Pat your face dry. Oatmeal keeps the face clear and bright by acting as a natural exfoliate. No chemicals-just you and nature at its best, looking good!

~ Sister Vegetarian

Cookbook Challenge: Vegan Raw Sunflower Seed Cheese

picture: Sister's version of The East TN Vegetarian Society Raw Sunflower Seed Cheese recipe

These two recipes are not from a cookbook,but they come from the websites of The Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee (Vegan Sunflower Seed Cheese) and Rockin Vegan's blog (Sunflower Seed & Herb Cheese). I love to share with my readers awesome and outstanding recipes that I find, and I have tried at home. These two sunflower seed cheese recipes are seriously rockin' old school Lenny Kravitz-style and AC-DC style, bluesy BB King-style, and jazzy-classical violinist Regina Carter style! What do I mean? They are deliciously talented and you'll never tire of these recipes. If there was a Grammy Award for rockin' Vegan Cheese recipes, these two recipes would be part of the nominations! Click on both website links for East TN Vegetarian Society and The Rockin Vegan versions.

The Challenge: How I found the recipes?

I found both recipes quick and easy to prepare in 15 minutes or less. Both are raw versions, so no cooking is required. The amount of nutrition you receive from these recipes are off the chart! Sunflower seeds are known for their anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular, cholesterol reduction detoxification,and cancer prevention properties. Sunflower seeds are high in Vitamin E and Folate. Click here for nutrition information on sunflower seeds:

I never purchase vegan cheese, and tend to experiment with many versions of making vegan cheese at home - especially, with whole foods as one or more main ingredients.

The Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee Raw Sunflower Seed Cheese: I used this recipe as a sandwich spread for various sandwiches made from roasted vegetables (examples: eggplant, mushrooms, beets...and more). I also used it on crusty Italian bread with fresh basil and tomatoes, served with a glass of Savingnon Blanc Wine.

The Rockin Vegan Sunflower Seed & Herb Cheese : a lot more firmer than the above recipe. I used it as a raw stuffing for a vegan raw sushi version where the sunflower seed cheese took the place of the rice. I also used it as the cheese for a home-made vegan pizza. This sunflower seed cheese recipe is also good as a sandwich spread; served on crusty Italian bread with fresh basil, and cheese; warmed and tossed with pasta; breakfast spread with a fig preserve on home-made bread and a Cup of Joe.

Although I gave a few ideas of how I used both sunflower seed cheese spreads, the options are limitless. Be creative! I never will purchase store vegan cheese again. This cheese is not processed, and the nutrients found in both raw versions is what I want out of any meal or snack that I prepare. What's on your plate right now? Give either or both of these raw vegan sunflower seed cheese recipes a try!

My kudoos to East TN Vegetarian Society and The Rockin' Vegan for great recipes that we can easily make at home!

~ Sister Vegetarian

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sister's Friday Quick Tip of The Day: Natural vegetable and fruit cleaner

Use an inexpensive-all natural vegetable and fruit wash. Combine 2 TBSP White Vinegar per 2 Cups of Water in a spray bottle that you designate for vegetable washes only. I keep my spray bottle by the sink for quick vegetable and fruit washes, and label it Vegetable Wash for family members. I spray the vinegar and water solution on my fruit or vegetables, rub, then rinse. I purchased a 32 oz Rubbermaid spray bottle for $2.99.

If you need to clean larger size vegetables or fruits, I use a pan or pot designated to clean my fruits or vegetables. I add 2 TBSP of vinegar per cups of water in the pan. I soak my vegetables or fruits in the pan. I then swish the water/vegetables/fruit around in the pan to remove dirt and bugs. Drain the vegetables or fruit in a colander, then rinse in the pan with clean water. Drain again using the colander. Soak in clean water again if needed.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sister's Thursday Quick Tip of The Day:

If you mistakenly or even knowingly eat something that is not vegetarian or vegan, do not beat yourself up over stumbling. Triumph and Success is when you pick yourself up from falling and starting over again.

Just remember, that we are only human and it's okay to make mistakes. We learn and grow from our mistakes. You are successful when you realize that it is okay to make mistakes, and that you can pick yourself up and start right where you left off. Failure happens when you do not try again. Just because you ate something not vegetarian or vegan, it does not mean you are no longer a vegetarian or vegan. Maybe you cook for your family, elder parents or neighbors and they are not vegetarian or vegan. This does not mean you are not a vegetarian or vegan because you cook meals with meat and/or dairy products for them.. Many vegans and vegetarians must take care of sick or elderly parents who do not follow the same lifestyle. We must cook their meals and provide care for them - this is being compassionate and providing compassion. Being compassionate is part of being a vegan and vegetarian; and, by providing for them is showing compassion and love.

You know whom and who you are as a vegetarian or vegan. Let no one tell you otherwise that you are not if you make a mistake, or cook for family who are not vegetarians or vegans. You are still a role model who is showing compassion in many ways to all God's living creatures.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Sister's Wednesday Quick Tip of The Day:

Use other's vegetarian or vegan "story" to uplift, motivate, inspire, and challenge you on your personal vegetarian or vegan journey.

Click here for Part 2 of Battzi's 5/8/11 post chronicling her weekly updates of the challenges and triumphs along her vegetarian/vegan journey.

If you missed Part 1 of Battzi's weekly update: click here

Tune in weekly for updates on Battzi's vegetarian/vegan personal journey.

For other stories of overcoming challenges and obstacles on this vegetarian or vegan path, here are past stories from Sister Vegetarian and her readers:

Deb Rucker's story: click here
Battzi's 100 day challenge: click here
The Vegetarian Hiker (Donna Beaudoin, aka Sister Vegetarian): click here
Breeze Harper's Sistah Vegan Book (includes stories from black women leading vegan lives) Book: click here

~ Sister Vegetarian

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Are you ready to blow your mind? Are you ready to be inspired? Are you ready to be motivated? Are you ready to be challenged? Battzi's continuation of Part I of her weekly updates which document Battzi conquering the challenges of living a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle is posted.

Battzi from Part II: "Ladies, I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I had to take back my life. Another incident took place that was the icing on the cake for me...."click here (Part II) to read more.

If you missed Part I posted on 5/8/11, click here (Part I)

~ Sister Vegetarian

Sister's Tuesday Quick Tip of The Day:

Need a boost in your vegetarian or vegan journey. Try Boot Camp!...Vegetarian Times' Boot Camp that is!
Here's more information from Vegetarian Times: Change Your Diet, Change Your Life

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sister's Monday Quick Tip of the Day:

Let Mother Earth make your scent. Be a natural woman or man!

Instead of purchasing deodorant, use Mother Earth's bounty to keep you smelling good all day. Use lemons. Unlike deodorants, lemons are non-toxic and biodegradable. You are being health-wise and earth friendly at the same time! It has been proven that lemons offer a natural odor protection as good or even better than the chemical, toxic deodorants on the market. Even if you use a vegan commercial-made deodorant, you can save money by going the total natural way. Take half of a lemon and rub the juices under each armpit after you shower. The natural lemon juices keep odor from being a problem. By using natural ingredients, you become eco-conscious by helping the environment. As a vegetarian or vegan, our life is living through Mother Earth! Make that statement a part of your daily routine.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Reader's Story:The Re-Education of Battzi or "Girl, You Need to Find Your Own Path!" (Part One)

Click below for an update on Battzi!

Battzi is one of Sister's readers who gave us her story last year of her 100 day vegetarian/vegan challenge. Battzi will be updating us weekly on her status. You go girl! She is an amazing woman who has been through the storm, conquered life's challenges by never giving up, and continues to inspire others.

Here is Battzi's update: The Re-Education of Battzi or "Girl, You Need to Find Your Own Path!" (Part One)

~ Donna "Sister Vegetarian"

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

In celebration of Mother's Day today's Cookbook Challenge comes from the Color Me Vegan Cookbook. It's a soup mom will make, and what most of us older folks know by it's southern name, "potlikker." In the recipe, Ms. Goudreau gives this soup a modern day twist.

Click here to Sister's recipe page for more information and a link to Ms. Goudreau's recipe and preparation demonstration.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sister's Friday Quick Tip of The Day: Satisfaction and the return of Battzi

Tip: Satisfaction is doing what's important to you. Honor what you believe in then success will come.

Do you remember one of Sister's readers Battzi who provided an inspiring story of her 100 Day Vegetarian/Vegan Challenge last year? What about Battzi's excellent article on "Nutritional Slavery" and "Michelle Obama, Obesity, and The Message"? Battzi is a woman who has been through the storm. She may have cried through the night, but she came out victorious in the morning. Battzi is a woman who has it going on! Battzi is still going through her vegetarian challenges; but, she is coming through it all stronger and at peace with herself.

Coming soon through Sister Vegetarian's blog: Weekly updates on Battzi's progress as told by Battzi herself. Battzi is a vegetarian who is rising above the drama in her life, and coming through the storm at peace with herself.

In the meantime, revisit Battzi's past posts to prepare yourself for this awesome, encouraging woman who has been through the storm, and just want stay down when she falls!

Battzi's past articles on Sister Vegetarian:
Battzi's 100 Day Challenge: click here
Battzi's article on nutritional slavery: click here
Battzi's article on Michelle Obama, Obesity, and The Message: click here

~ Sister Vegetarian

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sister Vegetarian's Thursday Quick Tip of the Day

Don't give up! If you have people questioning your decision to be a vegetarian or vegan...don't give up because you're tired of answering questions or feel as though you must make excuses or apologies to others for this healthy lifestyle. Don't give up because you have office gossipers talking behind your back saying that you think you're this or that now that you became a vegetarian/vegan, or saying things as though you think you're now better than anyone else. Don't give up because maybe you are not seeing your health improve or weight lost as fast as you want ;but, it is happening - daily! Keep the faith that in leading this vegetarian or vegan lifestyle that you will become healthier every day; your weight will drop everyday if weight is an issue; your mind will be at peace to handle your business; and, your family or work life will get better because this lifestyle gives you the fuel to think clearly through the empowering nutrients abundant in vegetables, legumes, and fruit. If you have been crying outwardly or within that you have no family or friend support. If you have been crying outwardly or inwardly that past illnesses had you down - know this-crying lasts only for a night, but joy..YOUR JOY...comes in the morning time! What does this means that the morning time is now. Your morning time is the brightness and sun shining of a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. Your morning time is your Victory from the first day you decided to become a vegetarian or vegan. Don't give up! You are living in the morning time now with a victory that will carry you through the storm. A victory that will pull you up out of the darkness. A victory that will grab your hand when you feel as though you are drowning in "haters" and gossipers. A victory that will have you climbing with ease and standing like feet of a deer on the mountain top, singing praises for the rewards of being a vegetarian/vegan. Don't give up - You have already arrived!

~ Donna "Sister Vegetarian"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sister's Wednesday Quick Inspiring Tip of The Day: Ride the "victory reins" to keep haters away...

Do you feel down when family and/or friends cut you down for the vegetarian or vegan lifestyle that you choose to live for yourself and children? Do not let them get you down. Pull yourself out of that puddle that you fell in of disagreeing comments, negative internal doubts, and can't do spirit...You are victorious! Walk this path with your head held high! Ride this storm of negativity with you as the Queen or King of this journey at the reins of the "victory-chariot"...knowing that you got the Victory in all that you do. In the words of Vivian Greene, "Life's not about waiting for the storms to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain."

~ Sister Vegetarian

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sister Vegetarian's Tuesday Quick Inspiring Tip of The Day

Keep fit by going old-school!

An exercise program does not need to be costly. Purchase a jump rope for as little as $4.99 with a soft cushion handle (I found an adult version speed jump rope at Target on sale). Even better... I remember when My mom had extra clothes line rope and I cut the clothes line rope for a jump rope, or left it long to jump the “double-dutch” jumping style or the “french” jumping style. If you’re too young to know what those styles are, ask anyone 40 or over…smile. I can still do a double-dutch jumping style, and I practice it with my single rope so Sister will be ready when the neighborhood kids ask for my jumping advice (RFOL).

But, to get back to the benefits, rope jumping has these top 5 benefits with just 10 minutes of jumping rope of 120 rpm (repetitions per minute):
1. Toned muscles
2. Tight, flat, and six pack abs…guys and gals…you can even get a six pack abdomen by tightening and holding your stomach in as you jump
3. Cardiovascular benefits - the same cardiovascular benefits as running for 30 minutes or cycling 2 miles in 6 minutes
4. Fast Calorie Burner - you can burn off more calories than running an 8 minute mile
5. Portable! Take it with you on trips. That’s all you need to stay fit. You do not even have to jump outside. For example, my family room has a good size ceiling clearance, so I use my family room to jump rope at 5 AM. No need to venture out so early, or in cold weather.

~ Sister Vegetarian

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sister just upped the ante!!!! Sister's Original Sushi, Original Pickled Ginger, and Original Marinated Seaweed Salad-Full recipes included

Link (click here) to Sister's recipe page for the full original recipe and more pictures! Taking to heart my Quick Inspiring tip for today, this is some of the creativeness we experience when we learn to take seriousness out of vegetarianism and veganism, and learn to discover the creative side of who and whom we are.

Today's quick tip was:

Seriousness in vegetarianism and veganism stops creativeness. Remember to smile. Enjoy the pleasures of life and the many discoveries of you as you walk this beautiful vegetarian or vegan journey. ~ Donna "Sister Vegetarian"

Sister Vegetarian's Monday Quick Inspiring Tip of The Day

Seriousness in vegetarianism and veganism stops creativeness. Remember to smile. Enjoy the pleasures of life and the many discoveries of you as you walk this beautiful vegetarian or vegan journey. ~ Donna "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sister Vegetarian’s motivational tip: Check Yourself so you won’t wreck yourself with drama

What does that mean? Check yourself so you won’t wreck yourself? It means to take a look at how far you came and how successful you are even at day 1 of being a vegetarian or vegan. Then, take a look at who and whom you are and remember to relax. Just be yourself on this vegetarian and vegan journey because attitude-wise if you become someone you and others can’t stand to be end up side stepping on your end up not becoming the role model that your family and friends need to for them to eventually turn to vegetarianism or veganism. Consequently, you end up hurting yourself by creating drama that does not need to be there.

Thanksgiving; the, December Holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa; and, Easter and Passover have brought about challenges for many newbie vegetarians/vegans, as well as recurring same-old “tired” questions for seasoned vegetarian and vegans from family and friends. Especially the seasoned vegetarians/vegans, I know you are tired of the “child…eat some turkey ...chicken...or ham...” Or, “why are you giving up your upbringing?” For newbies, you are hearing this from family and friends for the first time during the holidays since you became a vegetarian or vegan; or, you are starting to hear it too much in your early journey that you may doubt your decision. I say, do not give into the ‘haters” and the “just don’t know any betters.” Some are haters, because...well...they just want to be a devil’s advocate. Others are the “just don’t know any better,” because they are unknowledgeable of the health benefits of leading a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. This is where you come in as a beginner or veteran. Just continue to be yourself. Too many vegetarians and vegans step into an area of trying to be who and whom they are not. We may develop a snobbish disposition and turn our noses up at anyone not eating vegetarian or vegan. Child…do not forget where you came from as the saying goes because this keeps you on the path of where you need to be going. Don’t act as though you been vegan or vegetarian all your life since birth if you started out as a carnivore; and, don’t act as though a piece of meat never touched your mouth if you just converted. Many times, family and friends will also act negatively toward our decision if we put on an “I am better than thou” attitude. Many times their negativity is because of their unfamiliarity to our animal-less lifestyle. Sometimes they are okay with our decision, but may become defensive because of an unaware or aware snobbish disposition that we are exuding in the atmosphere. We need to check ourselves! Vegetarianism and veganism makes us healthy but it also compliments who and whom we are. No need to put on airs. Be yourself. Enjoy this lifestyle. Sister Vegetarian’s blog has been striving for 2 years to show vegetarians and vegans, and those interested in this lifestyle that you can still enjoy the fun things- there is no need to have a ….pardon my French…stick up your you know what. Heah…don’t hate Sister…I am being real, and Sister keeps it real. I just want us to realize that the fun does not stop at starting a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. As myself, you can still attend baseball games and have a great baseball type meal vegetarian/vegan style (remember my many post of baseball games and there is vegan beer for those who enjoy the beer- vegan/vegetarian hotdog combo for a traditional baseball game meal); you can still enjoy the football game gatherings at your home or friends homes…especially the awesome Super Bowl parties (what great appetizers abound for vegetarians/vegans and hearty football meals!); you can still enjoy the wine with meals if you are a wine connoisseur as I am (and, there are an abundance now of delicious organic and vegan wines at low prices); you can still enjoy outdoor activities as I do and lead a healthy-fun vegan lifestyle. Sister is just down to earth and enjoying this vegan lifestyle, and this wonderful life journey.

Did you know that I love reading comic books still at 44? My husband and I have a huge comic book collection spanning over 30 years. We love going to comic book stores, and comic book shows. I also love classic soul, rock, jazz, blues, and heavy metal music. Sister loves to play an air guitar as I cook my vegan meals and dance around the kitchen. I love vegan blogs that also support to just be yourself at the same time of being healthy such as Mo, the Sistah who takes cooking to a fun level with her videos and awesome cooking talents, Heavy Metal Vegan, Punk Rock Vegan, and the Vegan Blogger who combines a love of comic books and action figures. Check out those blogs! They are fun to read, and the recipes are delicious and awesome!

My point...although redundant…but I hope you take it to heart….just be who and whom you are. Be yourself. Vegetarian and veganism is a beautiful lifestyle that should be embraced and become a part of what we love. You do not need to give up the hobbies, sports, and fun things you love to do with family and friends. Everyone I hang out with are carnivores…that’s life…we live in a world where we can’t put ourselves on an island with just vegetarians or vegans. They respect my choice and I respect their choice. I am here as their role model and to answer their frequent vegan question. They will get a down to earth response from a family member or friend who respects their current choice but also responds with a warm smile of the benefits of being a vegan. Myself…you…we are teaching them by the healthy, fun life we lead. They see our health improve. There is no need to add a bad attitude or snobbishness into the mix to create drama.

Just be yourself…and, the joy and pleasures of being a vegetarian or vegan will flow so easily that the doubts you may have in your mind of why you chose this lifestyle will fade out of your mind like a candle in the wind. If you catch yourself being a little snobby…just check yourself so you won't hurt yourself with unneeded drama in your life.

Sister’s Upcoming Book: Currently, I am working on a book with more elaborate inspirational and motivational tips to keep you inspired as beginner and seasoned vegetarians and vegans. I’ll keep you posted on the book and it’s publication date as the publisher edits the manuscript. In the meantime, I will make frequent posts on keeping you motivated and inspired as beginner and seasoned vegetarians and vegans.

~ Donna “Sister Vegetarian”