Sister Vegetarian Speaking Appearances!!!
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 in 2012, 2013, and 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 - I will be a speaker at the New York City Veggie Pride Parade. Link here for details.
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. Link here for my speech in transcript form.
Sister's Vegetarian's Book Information
Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living is AVAILABLE NOW!! Order it via http://www.lanternbooks.com/, http://www.amazon.com/, or http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ for delivery by Dec 24th! Also available on Kindle!
** More Sister Vegetarian Book News!
Black Expressions Book Club (http://www.blackexpressions.com/) has made Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living their alternate book selection for 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, and vegetarian and vegan lifestyle coach.If you have not ordered your copy today for delivery before Christmas, order it now! It's available ahead of schedule to start your new year off with empowerment! 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, September 4, 2011
Vegan Hurricane Food Preparedness List by Sister Vegetarian (based on my survival skills as a backpacker)
In continuation of my 8/26/11 post on preparing for a hurricane as a vegan or vegetarian, and protecting our pets, one of Sister's Blog Readers asked me to post a food hurricane preparedness list for vegans. I love requests from readers to inspire others. The list is based on my experiences in surviving in situations as a backpacker without electricity and limited water. I have also had power outages for as long as a week in my own home due to hurricanes and severe snow storms.
To formulate the list, I used some of my backpacking ideas and skills. Similar to hurricane and tornado preparedness skills, preparing for a backpacking trip is basically, the incorporation of survival skills over 1 day to longer periods of time of even a month or more (for those during backpacking trips such as the Appalachian and the Pacific Crest Trail) where there is no electricity, limited water supply, and nothing available that you are use to having on a daily basis within your comfy, cozy home. When hurricanes and tornadoes strike that leave us without electricity, running water, and even in some cases within an emergency shelter, it is good to have some comforting vegan or vegetarian meals to help relieve stress, to keep your strength and energy up, and provide some peace of mind in the midst of a storm and its aftermath. Here is my list of vegan foods and items to have you ready for a hurricane or tornado. Although this list is vegan focused- this list also applies to vegetarians where non-dairy items during a hurricane with lost of power and no refrigeration is essential.
Tip: Being a backpacker, my husband and I always have our individual backpack ready for spur of the moment backpacking trips with emergency items, 3 backpacking cooking pots (these pots are small with a total weight of all three combined of less than 1 LB), tent, sleeping bag/sleeping mat and clothing that I will wear during the backpacking trip of usually a week or less. This is an international practice among all backpackers. The backpack is kept in our spare room as many backpackers, or garage. The only thing that needs to be added to our backpack the night or day before a trip is the food items. I suggest that although you may not backpack, try keeping for you and your family at all times individual backpacks (small to large size backpacks, your choice) filled with emergency essentials and a change or two of clothing in case of emergencies. For the food items listed, we always have some (if not all) the food items on hand to take backpacking and which also work well in emergency hurricane and tornado situations where loss of power and the inevitable emergency shelter may be your destination for the night(s).
Vegan Hurricane Preparedness List :
Essential Non-food items:
- ICE Card - an international index card or paper folded in your wallet with emergency numbers of people to call in case something happens to you and you are unconscious, or the worse. ICE is the international acronym for In Case of Emergency, call these people.
- First Aid Kit (always kept in my backpack and never leaves it, even if trips are months apart)
- Use your patio grill or a camping stove to cook, boil water, or reheat items
- Purchase camping cooking pots, and camping eating utensils that travel easily, and require inexpensive fuel at only $4.00 for a 16oz Coleman propane tank that fits many camping Coleman grills. Click here for my article on purchasing these grills for emergency hurricane situations
- Foil emergency blanket which reduces heat losses in a person's body. This was developed in 1964 by NASA (read more about the blanket). Approximate cost is $1.50 per individual pack - the pack fits in your purse with folded pack dimensions of approximately 3x5. These are also the blankets that you see marathon runners wearing after a race is completed. These can be purchased at Walmart, Target, Dicks Sporting Goods Store, REI, or any sports store.
- Waterproof matches, available at Walmart, Target, or any sports store
- Emergency Hand-Crank Radio. Many models include plug-ins to recharge your cell phone and includes built-in flashlights that last 2+ minutes after hand-cranking. Many stores tend to have these on sale from a basic hand crank radio of $9.00 to $60+. Available at Walmart, Target, or any sports store that specializes in camping.
- Flashlights (handheld). Some can attach to backpacks or have a strap that wraps around your wrist or attached to your pants.
- Dog or cat glow-in dark collar, or flashing red emergency lights device that attached to the dog collar to see your dog when lights are out on the streets. Another inexpensive camping tool found at Pet Stores, Walmart, Target, or sporting stores).
- Rechargeable and un-rechargeble batteries
- cell phone car recharger
-Pet supplies: ID intact on collar, collar, leash, food, water, bowls, medications, pet carry containers if normally used. Note: For backpacking, my dogs have collapsible bowls that wash easily in the washing machine and folds into my pocket. Found at Pet Stores, inexpensively.
-Personal documents (i.e. insurance papers) and necessary bills/account information in watertight container (try using a zip lock bag).
- Your medications and list of medications/allergies
- Heavier blanket kept in your vehicle at all times.
Emergency Food Items:
- Water. Use your BPA Free re-usable water containers. For emergencies only and backpacking trips, in addition to my re-usable drinking containers, I purchase a couple of 24 cases of bottled water. Our home is on well water, so if the power goes out (and, trust me it does often even during less severe storms), there is no drinking water through the taps until the power is restored.
- Teas or coffee (to keep warm, or just maintain your sanity in the midst of storms when the electricity goes out). Camping stoves come in handy in boiling water in 1 minute or less in the camping pots.
- canned chick peas, red beans, black beans, pinto beans, white beans - Make soups by just adding water heated on your camping stove. Make hummus - beans can be mashed with a fork to make a hummus spread with the addition of Tahini or organic peanut butter, lemon juice, and dry spices such as garlic, and parsley. Wrap beans in tortillas or fresh collards for a quick meal. Add to quinoa or bulghur for filling meals.
- lemon juice or lemons: makes a great deodorant; energizer and pick-me-ups when added to your water; add to canned beans for hummus; makes a quick salad dressing with just a squeeze on the raw greens you have on hand; makes a quick accompaniment to sliced apples when squeezed on top and prevents apples from turning quickly when sliced; antiseptic for cuts and mosquito bites; and other numerous ideas (click here)
- fresh fruits - no refrigeration needed in many cases for a while. Enjoy!
- fresh collard greens, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, beet greens, Swiss Chards - eat these as a salad once the power goes out for a quick, nutritious meal with loads of vitamins and anti-oxidants to keep you healthy during these stressful times. Add onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, hummus, canned beans (drained), and more. Enjoy this fulfilling meal over more than one day. Greens will not spoil as fast if you keep them in your refrigerator although the power has gone out.
- Frozen meals you cooked yourself, home-made, from a few days or weeks ago. Use the camping pots and camping grill to defrost these items, and enjoy a hot meal (remember, do not use camping grills indoors)
- homemade jams, vegan jams, or organic peanut butter on home-made bread or vegan bread are great for nutritious, quick breakfasts. Take it from a backpacker, peanut butter on bread for breakfast took me to long hikes to reach a 6700 ft summit in the wilderness.
- Organic peanut butter and/or organic Tahini
- vegan crackers - great for hummus and peanut butter sandwiches
- vegan flour tortillas (many do not require refrigeration after opening). Wrap a tortilla around canned beans (drained), fresh greens, squirt of lemon juice, tomatoes, onions, etc for quick lunches and dinners.
- nuts and raisins to eat individual as a snack or power-pack protein lunch if combined to make the backpacker's infamous GORP (Good Old fashion Raisins and Nuts)
- Quinoa or Bulghur- water can be heated on your camping stove for a quinoa or bulghur breakfast, side dish to a meal, or a meal itself by adding the canned beans to the quinoa or bulghur.
- Couscous - just add hot water and let it sit for a quick side dish, or meal with beans in 10 minutes. This is great is you are in a shelter! Ask for hot water and pour over the couscous. Let the couscous sit for 10 minutes or the directions time on the package.
- Fresh carrots stay a long time as a meal with hummus, peanut butter, or Tahini. Carrots have loads of Vitamin A and Antioxidants to keep you healthy!
-Cucumbers - try a cucumber sandwich on your favorite vegan bread. Just squeeze some lemon juice on the cucumbers and sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Dry herbs and spices are great to add flavor to unheated meals or meals cooked on the camping stove. A backpackers tip is to purchase a backpackers spice holder (holds 2 - 5 spices in a hand-held plastic container) for as little as $2.99 and add spices from your cabinet to take with you in case of an emergency.
- Make your own canned vegan food before an emergency hits to preserve the food you have in your refrigerator, and to sane money (read Battzi's 9/4/11 post on canning)
- TIP: As a backpacker, I open the canned beans, rinse, and drain at home before my trip. I place in individual zip lock bags and take with me on my backpacking trips. The zip lock bags weigh less than cans, and you have more room in your backpack for other essential food items.
- TIP: Backpackers have a secret. Many backpacking foods now carry vegan and organic vegan options. One backpacking company that specializes in vegan and vegetarian backpacking foods is Mary Jane's Farm. Just because it says "for backpacking", don't be put off. Just heat up water on your camping stove and add to the meals for an emergency breakfast, lunch, or dinner in many cases 10 minutes or less. The water is added to the insulated, recyclable package, so no extra pots or even plates are needed. Backpackers learn to be minimalists and one with nature as our motto is "leave no trace behind."
Last But Not Final Note on Emergency Vegan Preparedness: There are so many options as a vegan to prepare for a hurricane or tornado emergency. Many of our foods do not require refrigeration, or refrigeration for long periods of time as meat, chicken, fish, and dairy products. The options are limitless as a vegan or vegetarian using vegan meal options to prepare for emergency situations whether your power is lost at home, in the neighborhood, or you are forced to take shelter in an emergency shelter building or friends/family home. You will never be without a nutritious and power-packed meal!
- Donna M. Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"