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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's Here!!! Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living is Now Available on Kindle!!

If you prefer an ebook format of Sister Vegetarian's book, order TODAY your Kindle Version of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living via (link here) or via Lantern Book's website (link here).

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Flashback Wednesday for Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living

Sister Vegetarian is doing a flashback today to my January 29, 2010 post entitled "Memories of Old School Ways, Barry White, Luther Vandross." Link here to that post for incentives to live a drama-free vegetarian or vegan lifestyle without the hassles and stress. How? Go "old school" for easy survival skills to leading a stress free vegetarian or vegan life.

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sister Vegetarian's Book Release Info & Classes Coming To You!!!

Sister's Book Information:

2 more months to the release of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living! Did you reserve your copy? Link here to Lantern Books for a sample chapter and order information. You can also order via (link here).

Sister Vegetarian Classes are coming near you

The Virtual Vegetarian and Vegan Classes will be starting soon in mid December. When the first video is posted, I will send out a notice along with the class syllabus and any accompanying documents. The first class will also feature cooking demonstrations and recipes for making your own inexpensive non-dairy cheese. After all, cheese is one thing that many vegetarians find it hard to give up to become vegans; or, many people, although vegans, are lactose intolerant to dairy cheese products.
The classes will be uploaded to Sister Vegetarian TV at You Tube, and will be various 30 minute or more in length classes. This will be a fun learning experience for everyone with no need to try to make classes at a specific site location. You can view and refer back to the classes anytime. Tell your friends and family in other states or countries to link to Sister Vegetarian's TV once the classes start :)

You will have a chance to email me questions after each viewing, and I will answer your questions at the next virtual class.

The classes will illustrate how being a vegetarian or vegan compliments your lifestyle to provide a drama-free, healthy way of living that also contributes to preserving the environment and animals.

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 11-27-11 Update

Link here for Battzi's empowering and uplifting words that problems will pass and you shall rise above drama-free!!!

The virtual classes will be starting soon on Sister Vegetarian's TV!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and/or friends

The Virtual Vegetarian and Vegan Classes will be starting soon in mid December. When the first video is posted, I will send out a notice along with the class syllabus and any accompanying documents. The first class will also feature cooking demonstrations and recipes for making your own inexpensive non-dairy cheese. After all, cheese is one thing that many vegetarians find it hard to give up to become vegans; or, many people, although vegans, are lactose intolerant to dairy cheese products.

The classes will be uploaded to Sister Vegetarian TV at You Tube, and will be various 30 minute or more in length classes. This will be a fun learning experience for everyone with no need to try to make classes at a specific site location. You can view and refer back to the classes anytime. Tell your friends and family in other states or countries to link to Sister Vegetarian's TV once the classes start :)

You will have a chance to email me questions after each viewing, and I will answer your questions at the next virtual class.

The classes will illustrate how being a vegetarian or vegan compliments your lifestyle to provide a drama-free, healthy way of living that also contributes to preserving the environment and animals.

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sister V's Vegan and VegetarianThanksgiving Menu and Ideas for Your Own Vegetarian Menu

Image from The Happy Vegan Thanksgiving Song found at Todd McHatton (Todd McHatton is a musician, artist, and writer living in Ojai, California). Link to Todd McHatton's website here for the song, image, and how to get your version of The Happy Thanksgiving Song

Sister Vegetarian's Thanksgiving Menu Ideas:

Looking for ideas for your first or one of many Vegan or Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner? Maybe you are invited to someone else's home for Thanksgiving, and to eliminate the "drama" of explaining why you are not eating turkey or meat based meals, you are looking for some vegan and vegetarian recipes to take along to share.

Below is my Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Menu that I will be cooking for my husband and parents. I searched the web for awesome recipes to plan my Thanksgiving Menu. I have included the links to the various recipes along with the menu. Enjoy your Thanksgiving. Remember, it's a day of Thanksgiving and a day of giving to those in need who will truly be grateful for your kind gestures.

Vegan Potato Leek Soup (Care2 Make A Difference)
Collard Greens Salad (Eat It, Live It, Love It)
Vegan Lasagna (Vegetarian Times Magazine)
Vegan Hippy Meatloaf (Happy Herbivore)
Vegan Mushroom Gravy (Whole Foods Market Recipes)
Vegan White or Yellow Mashed Potatoes (Vegetarian About.Com)
Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Vegetarian
Vegan Stuffing (Savvy Vegetarian)
Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Noble Cause: YOU!

In your vegetarian or vegan journey, don't forget to take the time to breathe! Smell the beautiful open air of an autumn day. In many areas of the US, it is snowing; so, smell the fresh fallen snow. Enjoy life.

We can get so overburdened with saving animals, the environment, and eating healthy that we forget the essential piece of the puzzle: YOU!

Take take out to relax.

Read a fictional book as opposed to a non-fiction book on environmentalism, animal rights, or vegetarianism or veganism.

What about comic books? At age 45, I still read comic books, and found a great comic book entitled Noble Causes. I found a Noble Causes Collection Volume (598 pp) of the Noble Causes Comic Books which ran January 2002 through April 2009 (link here for Amazon collection and other Noble Causes Comic Book Issues). Other comic books tend to have volume collections so you can start from the beginning.

Enjoy downtime with family and friends. I mentioned last week that I will be attending my local Roller Derby Women's tournament this weekend.

It's NFL and Hockey season, and hopefully NBA will restart again soon. Have a NFL, NBA, or Hockey party with friends to watch your favorite teams. Don't forget that vegetarianism and veganism should complement your life. Enjoy you!

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 11-15-11 Weekly Update

Battzi is going through a tough time right now. Let's give her some loves by passing on some positive feedback through her weekly post below. Battzi, please know that at the moment when we feel like giving up, a breakthrough shows up and shows out! be encouraged my vegetarian sister. Hope is still there, and trouble foes not last long ~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Link here for Battzi's weekly update

Monday, November 14, 2011

INSPIRE!! Tuesday's Inspiration: Mending The Soul


Today's Inspirational Thought comes from a flashback of my 6-13-10 post (link here) on "Mending The Soul" as vegetarians and vegans.
~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tonight's Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe comes from Food & Wine Magazine

I indicated in my earlier post per a drama-free work lunch with soup as the work week lunch-time meal that I was making a split pea soup for dinner.

Tonight's dinner comes from a recipe from Food & Wine Magazine that I have previously made many times before with many leftovers that were easily frozen into single size servings. I love this rustic soup recipe that nourishes the soul and warms the body.
Link here for Food & Wine's Split Pea Soup Recipe.
You do not need to use yellow split peas. I used green split peas which are commonly found in any grocery store, and cost me 78 cents for a 16 oz bag. Talk about an expensive and drama-free meal!
~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

A Drama-Free 60 cents a day Work-Lunch prepared on Sunday to keep you warm and toasty all week long


Warm and cozy sounds weird to describe a work-week lunch time meal, but that's how I feel with my Thermos and "hippy-style" knitted thermos cozy that I knitted myself to keep the thermos warm on the outside.

My love of soups come together for a warm and cozy lunch-time meal during the work week, as I read Black Order: A Sigma Force an exciting espionage novel by James Rollins that takes me to several countries in a lunch time!

Here's an idea for a "drama-free" work week lunch-time meal. As the temperatures drop, a cold lunch-time meal just will not so for me. I love soup! So, I transposed my love of soup from dinner time only to a fun work week lunch meal. I made an extra pot of soup just for work lunches for the week. The cost: $3.00 for the week, or 60 cents per day!

Although I made a split pea soup for dinner this evening, I made a basic soup.

The basic soup lunch ingredients:

4 cups of fresh coarsely chopped turnip leaves, kale, spinach, or collard greens

2 cups of chopped carrots

2 cups frozen Lima beans

3 small diced oriental peppers

8-10 cups of water

Optional: 1 vegan bouillon cube

1 tap each turmeric, cumin, curry powder, garlic powder or to taste

* additional suggestions to twist it up during the week below


I cooked this for 10 -15 minutes and placed in 2 large containers in the refrigerator. To heat up, I'll just scoop the amount I want for a work lunch meal into a pot in the morning, reheat for 5 minutes or until hot, and place in my thermos.

Additional suggestions for a twist:

For a twist during the week to break up the monotony of a basic soup, add canned beans one or 2 days when reheating, wheat pasta, or bring vegetarian/vegan style home-made croutons or Italian bread and place in your soup when ready to eat.

Keeping the thermos warm on the outside (fun knitting project):

I use a Stanley Thermos that I knitted a thermos cozy for to keep the outside of the thermos warm. If you love knitting odd and end projects as I do from the normal scarves and sweaters, try this quick knitting project for thermos cozies to keep your soups warm:

Lizards in Scarves Blog - knitted a thermos cozy and thermos cap

Tales from Yarnvana: knitted thermos cozy

~ Donna Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Superhero Spirituality: 7 Life Lessons from Great Comic Book Teachers

In attending this week's NC Comicon (link here for my post on the Comic Book Conference), I realized the lessons that I have learned over the years from comic book superheroes; and, how these lessons apply to our vegan and vegetarian lifestyles which encompasses a healthy body, mind, soul, and spirit in overcoming the drama we encounter from society, co-workers, friends, and family in leading this lifestyle.

Many times, we must transgress through the green eyed monsters at work, or the family that may not be understanding of this lifestyle to come out strong and stronger as vegans and vegetarians. Sure, many times work employees may talk behind our backs calling us 'weird," foolish," or "odd" for leading this healthy lifestyle and a lifestyle that makes a positive change and difference for the environment and animals. Or, family members may question our past life as meat eaters and continuously wonder why we gave up what we were raised on. However, we survive and we grow by learning and educating ourselves through blogs, documentaries, support groups, and books. We rise above the work green-eyed monsters and become "VICTORIOUS!"

I would like to share with you an article from entitled "7 Life Lessons from Great Comic Book Teachers." does not center on a particular religion, but it centers on your internal spirituality whether you are Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, atheist, or have another type of spiritual belief system. We all have some type of "chi" or inner spirituality that keeps us going through all the drama so we can rise above all the drama and claim the prize of victory!

Link here or below for's Superhero Spirituality: 7 Life Lessons from Great Comic Book Teachers. May this give you empowerment and empower you to live a drama-free vegan or vegetarian lifestyle:
7 Life Lessons from Great Comic Book Teachers:

1. Batman: We Can Make a Difference
2. Hellboy: We Can Be Redeemed
3. The Hulk: We Can Sacrifice for the Greater Good
4. Iron Man: We Can Champion Justice
5. Spider-Man: We Can Accept Responsibility
6. Superman: We Can Embrace Faith
7. X-Men: We Can Overcome Prejudice

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hip Hop and Veganism

I received this news release from the Black Vegetarian Society of Georgia on a film and world vegan day geared toward the hip-hop generation of youth going green and vegan.

Link to Hip Hop and Veganism

~ Donna Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Inspiration for a Drama-Free Vegan or Vegetarian Tuesday!

Here's a quote that I originally posted on 12/15/10. Let this inspire you today for a drama-free Vegan or Vegetarian Day!

"Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Have an awesome day! - Donna Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 11-7-11 Weekly Update

Read Battzi's 11-7-11 Weekly Update here

If you would like to share your vegan or vegetarian story, poem, or other information, please email me at

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Football Day as a vegan...Roller Derby...comic books and action figures...and more

After an awesome day at NC Comicon yesterday with the hubby, we have our new additions to the comic action figures on display and our comic book prints hung in our living room. Hmm...need to work on displays for the kitchen and more for the living room and bedroom...we are such kids at heart!

If you missed my recap of NC Comicon from yesterday's post, link here.

Now Sunday Football time today! How do I start a Sunday Football Day? My pre-Sunday Football starts with a hearty vegan breakfast of scrambled tofu, coffee, ands toast buttered with a vegan butter spread.

It's awesome being a vegan, and still loving the things you always enjoyed! In the words of Janis Joplin, "Don't compromise yourself, you're all you've got!" Be yourself as a vegan and vegetarian. Stay true to yourself, and you will enjoy this life drama-free!!

In 2 weeks, I'll be attending my local Carolina Rollergirls event. That will be fun! I love roller derby games! Link here for the Carolina Rollergirls, and other national tournaments.

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sister Vegetarian at the NC Comicon (Comic Book Convention)

I guess you did not know that Sister Vegetarian loves comic books! I love to read and collect comic books, display my action figures, and adorn my walls at home with comic book prints and posters.

I had an awesome time at the NC Comicon with my hubby! I love comic books, action figures, and comic book prints. I think we brought enough home. LOL!

Thank you to Enrica Jang, Editor and Writer of the Comic Book Azteca Comic Book Series and The Poe Twisted Anthology for helping me to find a new comic book series through Azteca and Twisted Poe. You Rock! I love the comic books! To my blog readers, please check all this awesome comic book series! Time to decorate the home and read what we purchased :) I love being a kid at 45! Veganism and Vegetarianism are not boring. It's alive with fun and joys! Live this lifestyle by being who and whom you are...Life Is Good!
~ Donna M. Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Thursday, November 3, 2011

These vegan police people are not paying your utilities and bills - you are working hard to pay your bills and you know where you are going!

Here's some encouragement for your Friday and weekend to live a beautiful and joyous vegan lifestyle as a newbie vegan:

I am frequently asked by newbie vegans if they must dispose of their leather shoes, purses, coats, etc since they now consider themselves vegans. This is a situation that tends to cause a lot of psychological drama and confusion for newbie vegans. It also tends to be a catalyst in causing newbie vegans from continuing in this beautiful lifestyle change because of this scrutiny by those who want to act like the "vegan fashion police" toward newbie vegans. The non-vegan clothing, shoes, boots, and accessory purchases that you made in the past before becoming a vegan does not reflect upon the "new" health conscious, animals rights, and environmentally conscious person you have become. For your encouragement in these situations of not knowing what to do or being questioned by someone who wants to name themselves the "vegan fashion police," I love to quote an old saying, "it does not matter where you've been, but it's where you are going that counts." What counts is not what you purchased in the past because you are now making conscious purchase decisions. Those decisions are positive stands in the right direction for your health, animal rights, and the environment.

If you have the funds to donate your former non-vegan purchases such as leather shoes, boots, and wool or leather coats to charity that's great! However, many people these days can barely make ends meet and giving up your shoes and coats before you have the funds to purchase non-vegan items is not smart or economical. You are no longer purchasing new items that are made from animal skins. You are aware of your unconscious decisions in the past to eat animals and purchase animal clothing and accessories. You have now changed your views and lifestyle by becoming a vegan. As long as you now make conscious purchases going forward in your new vegan lifestyle, you are making a positive change everyday. You are leading a vegan lifestyle that saves animals by the second.

I can't say that there will not be a self-named "vegan fashion police person" - because there is always one in the crowd who wants to tell someone what to wear, how to live, and what to eat as a vegan. These people do not make up the vegan community which is composed of thoughtful and caring individuals who understand the dramas encountered as a newbie vegan. If you do encounter this "vegan fashion police" person, just remember that, you know who and whom you are now and the changes you have made in taking a stand to fight for animal rights and animal lives. If someone has a problem with what you are still wearing such as your leather shoes as a newbie vegan, then the problem is their own. Let them know you are making conscious decisions in your purchases, and when the funds become available, you will make a change in your clothing. If they have a problem with that statement, don't let their drama get in your way of leading a successful vegan lifestyle. Just walk away from them, and let them deal with their drama by themselves - they are the ones with the problem and not you. The problem is their own and not yours. Rather than helping others, they are hindering others in leading this lifestyle. You do not want a part of that drama.. As I said, you know who and whom you are-where you've been and where you are going in this new lifestyle change.

There is no need to go broke and replace all your non-vegan clothing if your rent, mortgage, car payment, school loan, utilities, or other bills are due. These vegan police people are not paying your utilities and bills - you are working hard to pay your bills and you know where you are going!

You know where you've been!

You know who and whom you are!

You are a proud vegan!

I salute you!

Viva La Vegan Revolution!

~ Sister Vegetarian

Thursday is your encouragement day to live drama-free: How to order vegetarian or vegan in a non-vegetarian/vegan restaurant

People always ask me how do you order vegetarian or vegan in a non-vegetarian/non-vegan restaurant. If you live in the Deep South as I do, many vegetarians or vegans do not always have the luxury of living in a city with an abundance of vegetarian and vegan restaurants as the northern US cities or the west coast; or, with the holidays approaching, there will be many holiday lunches, dinners, and events with work colleagues, friends, and family who are not vegetarians and/or vegans. What about work lunchtime meetings? I often encounter lunches at work where I must adjust the menu as the only vegan (let alone member of the vegetarian family) in my department.

If a mainstream restaurant does offer a vegetarian menu, the menu will more than likely be vegetarian and not vegan focused. Do not let this hinder you. Some of the vegetarian options may be vegan, or can easily be made vegan.

First, if possible, call the restaurant ahead of time to see if they offer a vegetarian menu. Some restaurants offer a vegetarian menu that may not be handed out upon being seated at the table, but they do offer a vegetarian menu if asked. Many of these restaurants will also have the vegetarian menu as a downloadable menu on their website apart from the regular menu, so you can prepare yourself ahead of time in this manner. If a downloadable vegetarian menu is available apart from the regular menu, this may require for you to do a Google search or a search within their website.

Secondly, if a vegetarian menu is not offered, I do not settle for a salad. Everyone insists that salads are all what vegetarians or vegans eat. As we know, this is a myth that we plan to dispel when we order at restaurants with friends, co-workers, and family (smile). At the restaurant or before by checking out their mainstream menu online, I see what type of meal can easily have the meat-poultry-fish-dairy taken away to make it vegan (or, vegetarian if you are a vegetarian). Many options on the menu can easily have the non-vegetarian/non-vegan ingredients taken away that will not cause the chef too much of a headache (smile). Sometimes, only one ingredient may need to be taken away such as in a pasta dish with chicken and marinated vegetables in olive oil/garlic. You take out the chicken and the chef prepares the dish as pasta and marinated vegetables in olive oil and garlic. Another example is that I ordered a hot panini Mozzarella and tomato/roasted peppers sandwich from a cafe for a work lunch meeting, and asked the cafe to take out the mozzarella for a hot tomato and roasted red peppers panini sandwich. It was delicious as a tomato and roasted pepper grilled sandwich! I called the cafe ahead of time to make sure that this substitution could be done before the entire office ordering process, and the employee was delighted to fulfill my request.

I hope these tidbits help get the drama out of eating out at non-vegetarian /non-vegan restaurants. Relax. Smile. Take a deep breath and enjoy the holidays at restaurants!

~ Sister Vegetarian

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Claiming a victory in your health!

Claiming a victory in your health!

During Farm Sanctuary's National Conference To End Factory Farming, it was discussed in one of the presentations that by eating mushrooms daily, you can reduce your cancer risk by 64%; and, by eating half of a yellow or red onion a day, you can reduce the risk of stomach cancers by 50%:

Great reading sources on this information:
mushrooms reducing cancer rates:

Onions reducing cancer rates:

~ Sister Vegetarian

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sister Vegetarian's Speech at The National Conference to End Factory Farming

As you know, I spoke this weekend at the Oct 27-29, 2011 Farm Sanctuary National Conference to End Factory Farming. (Link Here) for the program and speaker information. I spoke on Saturday, Oct 29th on The Plant Based Living Panel:Diet As A Tool for Change with Joel Fuhrman, M.D., family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher and Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., practicing physician and assistant professor, George Washington University Department of Medicine.

If you missed the conference or want a recap on my speech, I have provided my entire inspiring speech below for you. I spoke on how a plant based diet has healed my body and others:

National Conference to End Factory Farming

Plant Based Panel Speech (Donna M Beaudoin): DIET AS A TOOL FOR CHANGE

My name is Donna Michelle Beaudoin, and I am a vegan and the author of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living. The book focuses on helping women and men transition to and lead a success vegetarian or vegan lifestyle by addressing societal myths and cons against this lifestyle; and, help people realize how a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle can help prevent illnesses and diseases and heal the body.

I will speak on how a plant based diet as a vegetarian and now a vegan has healed my body, and others.

At age 45, for me, living a plant based lifestyle has not only a personal meaning for myself but for my family.

My family has a history of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer whereas my family size has dwindled in size through the years from aunts, uncles, grandmother, grandfather, and cousins passing away too young from heart disease, diabetes, stokes, stomach, and colon cancer that could have been prevented, reversed, treated, and in some cases cured from a plant based lifestyle. Two of my father’s brothers passed away young from colon and stomach cancer, respectively. My dad is battling pancreatic cancer. My mother had 3 siblings (3 sisters). All but one of the sisters are left. 2 of my mother’s sisters passed away from heart disease and diabetes. So did my mother’s mother, uncles, and cousins. My mother’s last surviving sister lives with heart disease and diabetes. I have a 46 year old cousin who already had 3 heart attacks by the age of 39. The only family member thus far that lived past their 80s in excellent health has been my great-grandmother who lived mostly a vegetarian lifestyle, and toward the last decade or more of her life, lived a total vegetarian lifestyle. My Great-grandmother, Otis Mae Robinson, lived to be 100 years ago and died of natural causes. At 100, she did not take medicine nor visited the doctor for problems. She ate beet roots and beet greens on a weekly basis and drank the liquids from greens (as in the south it's called pot likker but you know it as vegetable stock from greens). My great-grandmother implemented in my mother who in return implemented in me the importance of vegetables to heal the body and help prevent illnesses and diseases.

Unfortunately for me, as what happened in college and afterwards, I fell into the ways of eating meat, dairy, and junk food which formulated 90% or more of my meals with vegetables, grains, and beans comprising only 5 to 10% of my meals. I suffered with stomach and colon issues for over ten years whereas within a 10 year period, I was hospitalized 4 times for uncontrollable vomiting and sever stomach pains. I was misdiagnosed many times with numerous tests performed on me to watch out for the stomach, colon, and now pancreatic cancer that is prevalent in my family's genes.

Physicians could not find out what was causing my pain or my inability to have bowel movements but every 4 days. I was even told this was normal by two physicians...that as we know is not true. Toxicity built up in my body. I was having back pains, leg pains, chest pains, stomach pains, constipation every 4 days, gas pains, nausea, and more before the age of 40. I could not walk up the stairs at age 40 without being out of breath, and experiencing chest and leg pains. A visit to my physician said I did not have heart disease, so something else was the problem.

I went from a size 4 to a size 14 in 3 years although I exercised and hiked with my husband. I had a unnecessary partial hysterectomy 14 years ago at age 31. I am now 45 years old. I did not know it at the time but the fibroid tumors that I experienced were from the excessive meat and dairy products that I consumed, and that hysterectomy operation could have been prevented. I still had pains in my ovaries after the operation since they were left intact; but, the pain stopped after living a plant based diet. At the time of the operation I had no children, and of course cannot now conceive due to the hysterectomy. I consumed little vegetables, fruits, and fiber over a 10 year+ period. I began to develop ear infections which I never had in my life, and constantly became sick with flus, and bacterial and viral upper respiratory infections.

One day, I said enough was enough! I was just "sick and tired of being sick and tired." I remember how little I was sick when I was young and ate more of a vegetarian lifestyle. The last time I was sick with a bacterial virus and stomach pains, I decided to heal myself through a plant based lifestyle as a strict vegetarian eating 90 to 95% vegan and raw vegan meals. I did not take medicine, because the antibiotics prescribed in the past never helped. The over the counter medications for cold and flu symptoms never worked. I research more about healing oneself as a vegan or vegetarian. I was home sick from work on a Friday. I researched the information on a Monday because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I ate vegan Monday and Tuesday. By Tuesday evening, my stomach pains disappeared and my cold symptoms were about 90% gone. By Wednesday evening, I was 100% better by elevating meat and dairy. I became a strict vegetarian and only ate 5% dairy if at all in a month. 95% of my foods or more were vegan and raw vegan. I eventually transitioned to a vegan lifestyle when I realized that the small amount of cheese and eggs that I did consumed brought upon bloatedness, although my stomach pains and colon issues that plagued me for over 10 years never reappeared. Oh yes, I never took a flu shot in my entire life, and have not developed any flu or cold virus or symptoms since switching to a strict vegetarian and now a vegan lifestyle.

At almost 3 years on a plant based lifestyle, going from strict vegetarian to vegan, I have not had any stomach or colon issues, heart problems, being out of breath from climbing stairs, no cold or flu viruses, no back or leg pains, no ear infections....basically, I am healthy with no problems surfacing for almost 3 years by living a plant based diet,

I have taken a step toward better health through a plant based diet. I created my Sister Vegetarian Blog and wrote Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living to prove that a plant based diet can help prevent, heal, treat, and cure some illnesses and diseases.

I reflect on health insurance and people’s use of health insurance as I healed myself through a plant based diet. Everyone on Capitol Hill talk about a revised healthcare system.

As we are aware, health insurance has been a hot topic for a couple of years. I am not a politician, physician, or nutritionist; but, I know that health insurance starts here (point to my mouth).

Statistics say:

1 90% of horrible diseases are caused by meat consumption.

2 In our healthcare system $250 billion a year goes toward heart disease illnesses

3 The leading cause of bankruptcy is medical expenses

In my opinion, A revised health insurance system starts with us. It does not start with the actual health insurance policy and revising health insurance so everyone can receive it. Health Insurance starts with me, you, us FIRST! We need to take care of ourselves through a plant based diet that gives us the chance to fight those diseases that we thought were within our DNA….that mom, dad, aunt, uncle, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandma, or grandpa currently has or died from.

5 people that I know who were helped by a vegan lifestyle:

My neighbor's father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 6 years ago and was told that he had 6 months to live. He decided to live as a vegan without chemo treatment. He is now living for 6+ years, cancer free of pancreatic cancer.

My neighbor’s sister had breast cancer. And, another neighbor sister also had breast cancer around the same time. One sister did chemo and continued to eat meat and dairy products. She passed away within 2 years. The other sister, did not do chemo nor radiation treatment. She decided to switch to a vegan lifestyle to cure herself. She has been cancer free for 2+ years and works on her family farm and sells her farm produce in North Carolina.

My dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April this year. He went from 150lbs+ to now 120lbs in 5 months. He tried chemo, but chemo raised his cancer mark to a over 500. He gave up chemo and is now a strict vegetarian. His cancer mark dropped from 500 to 194. He is trying to get stronger.

My cousin reversed her diabetes by going raw vegan.

My mother is 72 and is healthy. She does not take any medications nor have any illnesses. She has eaten a mostly plant based diet all of her life although she is not a full vegetarian.

Dr. David S. Ludwig, Director of the Obesity Program at Harvard Affiliated Children's Hospital Boston, said in a health report published in The New England Journal of Medicine that “this generation of children could be the first basically in the history of the United States to live less healthful and shorter lives than their parents."

Health insurance - insurance against diseases and illnesses starts with what I, you, us, we eat. I came to a plant based lifestyle because of health reasons. I have been healed of stomach and colon issues with no cancer developments as my diseased uncles and dad currently who is battling pancreatic, stomach, and colon cancer. I do not have the heart diseases of my mother and father's siblings and parents.

If the world went vegetarian or vegan, there would not be a health or a global issue!

Are you ready to claim a victory? Are you ready to be victorious? Are you ready to be healthy? Are you ready to contribute to preserving and healing the environment? Are you ready to stop your family's DNA loaded gun from being fired? Live a plant based lifestyle today!

People ask me how I feel to be a vegan since I have healed myself. I like to quote the author Zora Neale Hurston because I have been down here (pointing to the floor) and now I feel like I'm up here (pointing above my head), "I have been in sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountaintops wrapped in rainbows and a sword in my hand."

Thank you.