Sister Vegetarian Speaking Appearances!!!



Purchase Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days Book at these locations:

http://www.amazon.com/
http://www.lanternbooks.com/
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
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 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

* More Sister Vegetarian Book News!

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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 McCarthy...you 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 entrée 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: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BP10K4O

Black Expressions Book Club
(http://www.blackexpressions.com/)
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.



Friday, July 27, 2012

Watch Sister Vegetarian speak at the 5-27-12 NYC Veggie Pride Parade

Link here http://youtu.be/fvjZZ6_uPH4  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. ~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sister Vegetarian Discusses her book on Video

Here is a video of me discussing my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living at the Lantern Books Publishing House in NYC


Link here for You Tube Video


~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Vegetarian and Vegan Guide to Food Ingredients

Here's a great Vegetarian Guide to Food Ingredients (can also be a guide for vegans) that I came across on the VRG website (Vegetarian Resource Group).
~ Donna "Sister Vegetarian"

Commentary from Sister V's Reader Battzi: Battzi Asks: "Did You Really Listen?"


Battzi Asks: "Did You Really Listen?"

iPhones. iPads. iPods. Androids. Tablets. Nooks. Kindles. Big-Screen TV's. Noise. All day long.


If you have been reading my posts, I have often exhorted my readers to plant a garden. I wasn't saying this just to have something to say. I saw the importance of a garden a few years ago. How many of you paid attention?

The economy wasn't the best but it was far from what it is now. I even stated that learning to Can was a great way to store food. Did you take the hint?

Rough seas are ahead of us, Sisters and Brothers. Very turbulent times. Times that may bring great distress. Are you really seeing? Are you really hearing? Are you really paying attention? Be honest with yourself. Do you think that this society/economy can continue the way it has been going?

THINK!!! Take off the rose-coloured glasses and look at what is taking place around you!

I feel it in the air. Uneasiness. Something is getting ready to come down and it is going to catch Americans by surprise. Many will NOT be prepared.

This is just an example, ok? The big Banks in Europe who are part of the EU start to call a "Bank Holiday" one by one. Their citizens run to the Banks only to find out that (a)they can only take out a small portion of their monies or (b)they can't get nothing at all. The ATM's have been shut down. They can't get nothing at all so they have to use what Cash they have on them.

*HINT*: Keep as much of your cash on your person that is safely possible. Only keep enough in your bank account to take care of expenses. Create a safe place to hide your cash and only tell 1 or 2 people where it is hidden just in case something happens to you!

Well, people are optimistic. They can go 1 day to a week of not having anything but food begins to run out, bills need to be paid, mortgages, rents. Still, the banks are not opening. Crowds begin to form and, well, you get the picture. Take a look at Greece. Whether you want to face it or not, we are involved with their economies. You think that it could not happen here? Really? Do you bet your life and the lives of those you love on that belief?

What are all these "foreign" troops doing in America? Anyone seen evidence of this? I have. Why are American troops basically overseas a lot? Hmmm...I wonder....innocent situation? We shall see.

Food prices are climbing every day and the nuclear meltdown in Fukishima has started to harm the fishing industry. Don't believe me? A fisherman stated that his crew can't find as much fish as they used to. The debris from that horrible scene is beginning to wash ashore on the beaches of other countries. Contamination.

Water. You can live 30 days without food but 3 or less days without water.

*HINT*: Get as much water as you can!!! This is imperative and store it in glass bottles. Water shall become the Silver and Gold that many prize. Hmmm, some may even kill for it.

Food. Water. Some Cash. Safety. These things mean so much. I am begging you. I am pleading with you. Plant that garden. Get that water. You can call me a fool. I'll take that. BUT, one day, you may remember that I wrote this little missive. Me, a nobody, a nothing. Get safe food while you still can. I could be wrong but I see times of distress ahead.

Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear? Prepare yourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, financially BUT especially spiritually as the years go on. I don't care who you pray to. I really don't. Just pray and each one, bless one.

I didn't know how to write this. I worried over this for some time but I just felt compelled to write this. You can take it or let it alone. As the Boy Scouts always say: "Be Prepared!"

May my "feelings" be found wanting. Buuuttt.......

Sincerely Yours,
Battzi

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Questions answered from readers

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Here's a question posed yesterday by one of Sister's readers which may be helpful to you in understanding that your vegetarian  or vegan journey is an individual, creative, and life-discovering journey of opportunities as I indicated in Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living:

Question from Reader per 7/30/11 post "A Proper Cup Of Tea British Style: All homemade- Vegan British-Style Scones and Strawberry Preserves; Vegan Cucumber Sandwiches; Loose Leaf Tea"

"so do you drink your breakfast tea black? I've always drank it w/ milk and soy milk is gross in tea - do I have to basically give up black tea? It's not proper for me unless there is a splash of milk. HELP?! please. "

Sister Vegetarian's Answer:
There are no rules to drinking tea or coffee. I just prefer my tea and coffee normally plain (without sugar or dairy/non-dairy milk). I do add almond, soy, or other non-dairy milk to my chai, chamomile, or other types of dessert type teas; or, if the mood fits, I will add sugar and a non-dairy milk to black or green tea. There are no rules, or vegetarian/vegan police in my book...enjoy your vegetarian or vegan life...eat and drink how you like. Life is good :)

~ Donna "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The healing powers of vanilla, nutmeg, and black pepper

"The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will Cure and prevent disease with nutrition." Thomas Edison


In my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living, I talk about the healing power of curry, turmeric, and cumin; however, did you know that vanilla, nutmeg, and black pepper also have healing qualities?

Check out this article (link here) from Food Matters entitled "The Healing Power of Spices."

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"



Sunday, June 3, 2012

Supplement to Day 1 "VICTORY" of Sister's Book

In my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living, I start off day one with a "VICTORY" statement! I indicate how BEETS  NATURALLY eliminate toxins in our colons; and, provide antioxidants and cancer fighting properties. Besides salads, beets are great as morning meals in the form of juicing; makes great beet burgers (raw or cooked); can be saute; made into soups; added to soups...beets have limitless uses in world recipes!

On March 4, 2011, I did a Cookbook challenge of Color Me Vegan's Book's Beet Burgers. Link here for this challenge a year ago. Yesterday, I found a quicker way to make these burgers if you love juicing as I do.

Beet Juicing:
Yesterday, I did a beet juicing for my breakfast and oh so sweet and spicy!
Ingredients: I juiced the following - 3 medium beets, 1 mango peeled and chopped, 1 small apple (I used the pink lady apple), and 1 small jalapeno

Raw Vegan or Cooked Vegan beet burger from the pulp of juicings: makes 4 medium burgers (eaten raw for a raw vegan meal or baked).

Don't throw away the pulp (juicings leftovers)! It's still loaded with fiber and some nutrients! I made 4 beet burgers from the pulp of the above juicings.

Ingredients and Directions for Juice Pulp Beet Burgers: I took the leftover pulp from the juiced vegetables and fruit and placed it in a mixing bowl. I added 1 tbsp of lemon juice to bring out the flavor more of the vegetables, fruits, and jalapeno spice. I added 1/4 to 1/2 cup of bulghur for crunchiness. I added about 2 tsps of vegan liquid smoke for a smokiness and 1tsp of a vegan mesquite seasoning. I mixed everything in the bowl with my hands and formed 4 medium beet burgers.

Cooking Beet Burgers: preheat a oven to broil. Broil the burgers for an outdoor taste for 5 minutes per side, or until burgers are slightly crispy on top from the bulghur mixed in.

Raw Vegan Beet Burgers: Note: if you decide to eat these burgers as a raw vegan recipe, soak the bulghur first before mixing it to make it digestible (read this E-How link on how to prepare bulghur by soaking)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 6-2-12 Update

My Struggle by Battzi

There was another book with that title that caused such death and destruction in the entire world. I shall not write it here. The world knows that book to our sorrow.


My struggle is for my health. I have been going through the valley for some time now and I am thankful. Why do I say that? If I hadn't started eating the natural way, my situation would not have been focused on. Dairy products, Fast Foods, Salt, Sugar but, especially, Dairy messed me up so bad. Excessive Mucus was causing me breathing problems. I could not sleep normally as it was clogging my air passages!

I am thankful for natural eating. It saved and is saving my life. This thing with Dairy has taught me a lesson I shall never forget. If you must have milk, go plant-based milk. I had been drinking plant-based milks for only a short period of time. Elsie and her friends had been in my life a lot longer. Not their fault but mine. Stay away from sugar and salt. Leave that fast food to your grave alone.

I had abused my body so badly that my efforts to correct the abuse forced the wrongs to come forth. Between heavy Antibiotics, Breathing Treatments and the like, I got some rest. That is also important. Sleep. Get as much sleep as you can. Let go of the Stress. I was and still am under a lot of stress. That was also a cause of my illness.

I have to deal with an older brother on Dialysis, an older sister now diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The job is off-the-chain stress, trying to make sure that Bandit and I have some place to lay our heads. You can now understand what I have been and am going through.

I'm so glad things happened as it did. Its being corrected and natural eating has truly helped. I am grateful for all of your good thoughts and prayers. They sustained Bandit and yours truly through these difficult times.

Please stay away from Dairy products! Do not place that type of stress on your system. Years of dairy caught up with me. It wasn't pretty. This is not my best post(when have I ever written a good one)but this is only the beginning of some postings of importance and urgency. Early Hint: plant a garden this year loaded with veggies.

More later. Oh, I forgot! Shame on me! A "Butter Pear" is an Avocado!

Love All of You,

Battzi Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡
Smile! The world needs more "Smilers".

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I had a great time at the NYC Veggie Pride Parade and Festival. Thank you for visiting me at the Lantern Books Publishing Booth, and stopping by to hear me speak on the "Victory" of living a Veggie Life :) It was great being back home in the NYC-NJ area!!! Thank you to The NYC Veggie Pride Parade Coordinator Pamela Rice. Pamela, you are an awesome and amazing woman! Thank you for inviting me and giving me the opportunity to spread the "Victory" word! Thank you to Lantern Books, Lantern Books Publisher Martin Rowe, and Sister Vegetarian's followers and new followers :)

~ Donna Michelle Beaudoin, Author, Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living" on Veggie Pride Parade NYC's timeline

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I will be one of many activists and authors speaking on stage at the New York City Veggie Pride Parade and Festival, as well as signing my book at the Lantern Books Vendor Booth. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday in Greenwich Village :) If you already purchased my book, please bring it and I'll sign it! Or, you can purchase Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days at the Lantern Books table!
Link here for the NYC Veggie Pride Parade Info: http://www.veggieprideparade.org/

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sister V at NYC May 27th Veggie Pride Parade




I will be one of the speakers at the May 27, 2012 New York City Veggie Pride Parade.

If you are in the NYC area, stop by and say hello :)

Link here for details of this years NYC Veggie Pride Parade.

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Friday, May 11, 2012

Empowering message for Mother's Day

For Mother’s Day I would like to not only honor our human mothers, but also our feathered and furry friends who are mothers.

Empowerment and empowering explains mothers, human and non-human, to me. Sister Vegetarian’s 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian was dedicated to my maternal great-grandmother who lived to be 100. She was a vegetarian upon her death at 100, and an empowering woman. She was not only an entrepreneur who owned her own restaurant in Vallejo, California called The Virginia Diner; but, I found out that she was also a welder at a California Naval Shipyard before she owned her restaurant. My grand-aunt, her daughter, was also a welder. My maternal grandmother attended Tuskegee University before she married where a black women living in Alabama and matriculating at a college in the late 20s and 30s was unusual. My mother earned a 4 year college degree while married with 4 children; and, subsequently taught school for 30 years. Lessons of empowerment that are priceless for us all.

I also honor my furry and feathered friends. A bird has made her nest a month ago under my porch’s ease. Four baby birds were born almost 2 weeks ago. She tirelessly feeds them and cares for then 24/7. After the mother bird gave birth, I wanted to learn more about these births that I walk past daily as I walk out my front door, and look up to see them in a secure spot from large predators and snakes. Mama Bird knew what she was doing when she built that nest! Mother birds make 500 trips a day on the average to feed their babies, but are always near. I call my grand-birdies…yes...I call them my grand-birdies…the “three stooges + one.” One whom I named the “mama's baby” wakes up from his/her nap and without hesitation he/she cries for mom. It's the only one that cries for mom out of the four baby birds. Mom immediately comes flying to its aid. When the 2 nearest each other wake up from their nap, they have a sibling love fight and then return to napping. The fourth one is quiet and tends to break up the fight between his/her siblings, or quiets the “mama’s baby" if the rest of the birds are trying to nap. Mom stays with the babies all night and springs her wings over the nest...looking large...and protecting all four from flying predators.

I also have a family of foxes living in my backyard woods who protects and nurtures her young with interesting calls and cross looks if you watch her young too long. She also goes on occasional outings with the family in the neighborhood...teaching them.

And, then there is the family of geese on an outing every once in a while in my front yard with mom and dad from residing at the pond next door.

My furry and feathered mothers are also empowering with lessons to teach us, as human moms teach us lessons of strength and empowerment.

Mothers - human, feathered, or furry are the epitome of empowerment and love. We have much to learn from them and be thankful. THANK YOU MOMS EVERYWHERE. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

~ Donna M. Beaudoin “Sister Vegetarian”

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Vegetarian and Vegan Burgers for Summer Cookouts

(picture from my kitchen of Grilled Tofu and Pineapple slices using a George Foreman Kitchen Grill)
I spoke earlier this week of how a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle helps with water conservation. Think about non-vegetarians or non-vegans at cookouts who eat meat-based burgers whereas it takes over 5000 gallons of water to make 1 lb of beef vs it takes about 24 -49 gallons to water grow 1 lb of vegetables or fruit. It makes you feel good to know that your vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, even at cookouts, is not only helping with your health but saving the environment.

To show you how your next family and friends cookout can be creative and help with that water conservation, I present to you some creative and delicious veggie burger ideas. Why bother with store bought veggie patties for your next cookout? Grill vegetarian or vegan style with fresh vegetables.

For a grilled vegetarian or vegan sandwich at your next family and friends cook-out, try grilled zucchini sliced lengthwise and cut in half; eggplant sliced in rounds; beets or turnip roots sliced in rounds; squash cut in rounds or lengthwise; and, more! There are so many possibilities to making a vegetarian or vegan sandwich rather than purchase veggie patties for your next cookout. What about making your own Falafel or veggie patties? How about grilled tofu with pineapple slices (the above picture from my kitchen using a George Foreman Grill).

Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living (link here for sample chapters) has all these recipes from Uncle Joe's Cuban Grilled Sandwich, Falafel, and various veggie burgers recipes that includes a veggie burger slider by Chef Ricky Moore (Food Network's 2007 Thanksgiving Day Iron Chef Challenger).

Check out Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living by ordering today via Amazon.com, Lantern Books, or Barnes and Noble Online.

Monday, April 30, 2012

water conservation

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
(water image from liveearth.org)
~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

What's your global water footprint? (link here Waterfootprint.org) WaterFootprint.org is an international community with a "platform for connecting diverse communities interested in sustainability, equitability and efficiency of water use."

How to save water daily (link here for liveearth.org article)

The water crisis and how vegans help (link here for Gobble Green Blog article)

The Environmental Impact of a Meat Based Diet (link here for Vegetarian Times Article)

Many factory farms use large man-made lagoons (aka cesspools) that average the size of 7 acres, and contain 20-45 million gallons of waste water from the wastes of farm animals. We do not hear this information in the media: There are frequent breaks and overflows in the cesspools where the waste water leaks into our local water supply, streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans since these factory farms are near natural water sources. Consequently, your fresh water and ocean supply of fish are contaminated with waste and diseases from these farm animal wastes. You will never hear this in the media! No! Continue to think that the fish you eat is healthy. Continue to believe the hype to eat fish from the various television commercials and magazine advertisements that fish is healthy. Even farm raised fish has a high contamination of waste from the fish being in such a small concentrated area! Educate yourselves and do not believe the hype!


That 20-45 million of gallons of water used in the man-made lagoons (cesspools) for animal waste, could solve our world water shortage!

Half of the water in the US goes to raising animals for food. Here are some more water statistics:

It takes 49 gallons of water to grow 1 lb apples

It takes 24 gallons of water to grow 1 lb potatoes

It takes over 5000 gallons of water to grow 1 lb of beef

That 5000 gallons of water can solve the world's water shortage crisis with 5000 gallons of water to areas suffering from a water shortage, and suffering from clean water!

As a vegetarian and more so a vegan, there are decreased chances of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancers, arthritis, and other ailments. We are healthier people as vegetarians or vegans. Stop making excuses to justify life as a meat, chicken , or fish eater. Stop the drama right now! The positives of living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle are around you everyday in faces of people you know, and do not know. The studies, reports, and results are out there in support of a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle from physicians, scientists, your family, neighbors, and friends.

Why are you afraid to make a change? Are you afraid of changes? Changes bring growth. If it wasn't for the leaders of yesterday who stood against the status quo in order to make positive changes, we would not have a today or a possibility for a better tomorrow.

To quote the infamous three-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." And, how about his quote, "It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself."

Why are you waiting to change your lifestyle and save the environment when the positives outweigh the negatives?

We are in a revolution right now - a healthy revolution! Take a stand for your health, your family's health, your neighbor's health, the world's health, and the health of future generations.

We can feed the world's starving population and make water accessible for all through a vegetarian and more so a vegan lifestyle. Wheat, corn, water....can feed the world rather than fuel a meat eating lifestyle. Farm animals can be saved and allowed to live in a safe environment, and an environment that supports their natural way of living that has been denied to them for so long. We become healthy and possibly disease and illness free from those who have been battling illnesses and diseases.

Are you ready to stand up and reclaim your health? Are you ready for this revolution ?

~ Sister Vegetarian


Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Vegan Sports Thoughts

A Vegan Sports Thoughts:

Although I'm born and raised Jerseyan, I am a NY Rangers Fan since the early 80s, but go Devils today aginst Phillie. I would love to see a Devils vs Rangers Playoff during the Semi-Finals Championship Playoffs. If Devils when this series with Phillies and Ranger win the Capitals series..It's ON for a spot in the Stanley CupFinal Series!!! Last time Rangers and Devils met a few weeks ago...the game started with a fight between the rivals...tensions still on with Rangers and Devils...it will be an AWESOME GAME! I hope it happens! In the menatime..Go Yankees! Middle of 8th right now and Yankees leading 5 -2. ~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"



Sister's Comfort Zone

I'm a very natural woman. I use to be concerned with applying a full face of makeup before heading out the door (even just grocery shopping on a Saturday morning). Even when engaging in outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, or even going to the gym to work-out, in my early twenties and early thirties, I had to make my self up to just sweat it off and look like a melted candy bar with makeup and eyeliner dripping down my face. I would wear wigs and weaves to hide my true hair of which I seemed ashamed. I became natural 11 years ago not only with my hair, but with my personality. I wore less makeup and now no face of makeup unless I would like to really dress for a fun evening. My clothes are relaxed and more hiking skirts that are business casual skirts for work. I wear khaki-business casual pants to work and strut my natural look.

I am a free-spirit and so comfortable that as a lover of sport games  as baseball, hockey, and foorball and if you ask me over for a baby shower, or fun gathering when the NY Yankees, NY Rangers hockey, or Miami Dolphins are on TV, you better believe that I will turn that came on at your home and watch it in the middle of the gathering at your home or run indoors during the cook-out at your home to watch the game.

I walk like a Nubian goddess with my beautiful shaved hair and make-up less smooth face where people can't believe that I am almost 46 years old and wondering if I am in my early twenties. I attribute my glowing skin and good health to a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. I feel free...a free spirit with always have a smile on my face. I remember in my 20s and early 30s where even with a full face of makeup with my hair in various weave styles on a monthly basis,  or a wide curly 90s style wig that I felt like my head was one of those bobble heads-too heavy to hold still- that I was still not comfortable. It was not until I realized that I must be myself. I am not the girl and now woman who must have their self made up with a full face of make-up, and I am more comfortable with my hair in its beautiful natural Nubian kinkiness of first a short afro, then dreadlocks for 4-1/2 years, and now a shaved short cut for now 6 years. I am comfortable with who and whom I am- a natural vegan woman who feels free. I feel no need to be someone else or to try to fit in someone's image of how I should look.

What does this have to do with being a vegetarian or vegan? Alot! As a vegetarian or vegan starting out or for years, we tend to want to follow someone else's path of what our vegetarian or vegan journey should consist of and how it should be lived. Instead of examining why we want to become a vegetarian or vegan, and exploring the reasons and how-to's of living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle for our beliefs, we try to fit into other's molds of a vegetarian or vegan. We want to "fit in" and "just be" a number rather than be one of the beautiful unique examples of this lifestyle. As I reiterate in my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living, be yourself. Be proud of your journey. Respect why you want to become a vegetarian or vegan, or why you currently lead this lifestyle. Stand your grounds. Be confident and strong because you are the one who must live with your decisions on a daily basis - not the ones you are trying to impress or try to fit into their mold. When you live this vegetarian or vegan lifestyle journey for you, you become free. Free to explore the infinite possibilities. You become a free spirit. You become comfortable. You live in your comfort zone and it feels good.

Be yourself. Be who and whom you are in this journey for you. Eveyone's vegetarian or vegan journey counts, and becomes a part of the many definitions of what a vegetarian or vegan is.Don't be just a number. Be yourself, and in the works of Buddhism..."Just Be." ~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sister's Quick Tip of The Day:

Wisdom and Love go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other. Practice both in your vegetarian, vegan, and raw vegan journey ~ Sister Vegetarian

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sister's Reader's Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 4-22-12 Update

Celebrating Earth Day...Without the Extremes!

*SPECIAL NOTICE: Thank you to all who prayed, are praying, sending good vibes my way. I really appreciate everything. My health is slowly returning.*

Today is the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day! At one time, I thought this was just another example of stupidity forced among American people. In 2009, when my thinking began to change and I grew in my awareness of food, I celebrated Earth Day. I have celebrated it ever since.

I took my inspiration from Genesis 1:29. This is not meant to be a Bible lesson but the words of this verse were the catalyst for my dietary change.

It states: 29 And G-d said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food." Now, I'd read these words for years in the Torah but one day, they stood out from the page. This was the answer, to my understanding, of how to beat Cancer, Diabetes, etc.

Through much success and failures, this dietary lifestyle has become my own. That is what I desire to stress on this the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day.

Make it your own! Don't try to live any other person's vision. Live your own. Read as much as you can then make your own Meal Plans. The Plant Kingdom is so colourful, so varied that you'll never tire of the variety.

Enjoy! Don't go around with a sour face but smile. Actually, you'll be smiling because of how good you'll be feeling on the inside! I can testify to that.

Take your time! Anything worthy is worth taking your time. Why rush? Do it in increments if you must but just do it!

Avoid extremes! All of this screaming, hollering, anger, judging others because they don't eat or think as you do is asinine. The Vegan/Vegetarian Tent is so immense. All of us can find a place to rest within it. Strive for balance in all things.

This is what Earth Day is all about. I see more and more Blacks now turning on to the Natural Life/Dietary Plan and why not!?! We gave it to the world! The Standard American Diet wasn't meant for us. It was meant for others to give them stamina. We ate from Mother Earth. Slavery and all the things we had to endure saw us adopting the SAD. We fell into Nutritional Slavery but, thank G-d, we are waking up and reclaiming our health, our original way of eating. Many young people-of-colour are taking up this banner. I'm proud of them. Equal numbers of adults-of-colour are moving back to the Earth for nourishment.

Your Mother does love you and strives to take care of you. Let your Medicine be your Food.

One last thing. Fast, if you can. 1 day, 2 or 3 days, 1 week, whatever. Try it. Drink either water or fresh juices. It'll expand your mind and spirit.

So celebrate Earth Day by taking a new lease on your dietary life...without going to extremes! (~_^)

Happy Earth Day!
Battzi Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡
and Bandit =^.^=

20 Ideas to make your Earth Day year round



Today is Earth Day!


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Happy Earth Day...however, I wish you a Happy Earth Day everyday. Make each day a day to make Mother Earth a healthier place and a healing place not only for this physical planet, but also for it's human and non-human inhabitants.


Here are 20 ideas to make Earth Day everyday:


1. Become a vegetarian or vegan. If you have been struggling back and forth for years in maintaining a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, or you need encouragement,motivation, and inspiration as you begin and walk this journey, purchase Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living: Exercises and Recipes for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit

2. Post Albert Einstein's quote on your refrigerator to remind you that your life as a vegetarian or vegan makes a profound impact everyday: "Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind.
Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
~ Albert Einstein


3. Let Mother Earth make your deodorant. Read Sister's May 9, 2011 (link here) post on using lemons and other natural alternatives to chemical based deodorants

4. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce soil erosion, reduce carbon dioxide, increase your water supply in your area, and more by becoming a vegetarian or vegan. Read Sister's May 21,2011 post (link here) on how these global issues are reduce by becoming a vegetarian or vegan, and how eating a meat based diet contributes to global issues

5. Clean your home with white distilled vinegar and baking soda. Read Sister's May 24, 2011 Link on how to clean your home with vinegar (Link here). 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. 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.

6. Use 2 TBSP of white distilled vinegar per 2 cups of water to clean your vegetables and fruit. Link here for Sister's You Tube Channel on Cleaning your Greens and Vegetables. 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.

7. Adopt a dog or cat from a shelter. It saves lives!!! I repeat...IT SAVES LIVES! You save money because the dogs and cats are neutered and spayed, have their shots and exams, and some may go through basic training at the shelter to adapt more in situations if they have been abused. All...All...Sister's dogs have been adopted from shelters. The best dogs and cats are shelter dogs and cats. Save a life and prevent a death.

8. If possible, run your dish washer every other day or wash dishes by hand in a sink full of water.

9. Take quick showers, and wash clothes with a full load of wash.

10. Watch for products that are not tested on animals.



11. Use more natural made products,or make your own natural products at home such as the deodorant mentioned above, natural perfumes from rose water or lemons, hair conditioners using avocados or honey, facial scrubs using oatmeal, weekly facial moisturizers using yogurt, and more.

12. Start a vegetable garden; or, buy your produce from a farmers market if not weekly then promise to purchase every other week or month from a local farmers market.

13. Use cloth napkins daily for dinners rather than paper napkins.

14. Purchase a salad spinner to dry your washed greens and salads, and a white cloth cotton bar towel to wrap and store the greens rather than use paper towels.

15. Use reusable bags for weekly or spontaneous grocery shopping. I also keep a reusable bag in my car for spur of the moment shopping trips, and bring 10 reusable bags with me when doing my weekly grocery shopping.

16. If you do have plastic bags from a store purchase, use it to line your bathroom garbage can instead of purchasing small garbage bags.

17. Use baking soda to freshen your carpet when vacuuming rather than chemical based carpet fresheners.

18. Use a natural air freshener rather than chemical based. Here's a recipe from DIY Household tips (for more DIY Household tips link here)for a natural air freshener using white vinegar that controls order:

Vinegar Air Freshener:

1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tbsp. White Vinegar
2 cups water
Combine ingredients and mix until the foaming stops, then store the solution in a spray bottle, clearly labeled.

19. Here's another natural air freshener recipe that uses lemon juice from Frugal Fanny (link here for Frugal Fanny's other natural ideas):

Lemon Juice air freshener:

In a regular-sized spray bottle, combine: 1 tsp baking soda,1 tsp lemon juice or a few drops of orange or lemon essential oils,2 cups of hot water

20. Make gifts by knitting, crocheting, sewing, wood-working, and more. Hand-made gifts are more thought based, creative, one-of-a kind, and will be treasured for years as well as passed down for through generations.

May your VICTORY be a beautiful victory this Earth Day and every day! Stay the course. You are not only reclaiming your health, but you are fighting to preserve the environment and restore the environment; fighting to save farm animals and all animals being misused and abused;and, fighting for social justice. You make a difference by being a vegetarian or vegan. You contribute as a individual. You do count!


~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How resourceful are you?

Resourceful

Definition: able to deal skillfully and promptly with new situations, difficulties, etc (Dictionary.com)

As a vegetarian or vegan, we become resourceful. I indicated in Sister Vegetarian’s 31 Days of Drama-Free Living of how we become creative as vegetarians and vegans not only in the kitchen, but in many aspects of our daily existence when we think more of the positive impact that our lifestyle as a vegetarian or vegan can have on saving the environment, animals, and renewing our health. We try to think of ways to leave less than a footprint or “leave no trace” on Mother Earth as we hikers and backpackers say when on trails.

We are resourceful in finding new ways to make a once favorite meat-based meal turn into a veggie delight as vegetarians or vegans; resourceful in saving the environment by using natural remedies and natural recipes for household cleaning; resourceful in making gifts, our own clothes, or household items. As a knitter, I find myself knitting dish cloths, wash cloths, and dish towels from 100% cotton-grown in America. I also found out in knitting these items that 1 ball of 100% American grown and manufactured cotton is only approximately $1.75 and makes 2 soft and eco-friendly dishcloths or wash cloths. Try purchasing 2 machine made dish cloths or wash cloths for $1.75 that is not made from 100% cotton grown in the USA.

I also find myself planting vegetables, making funky clothing with an idea of a design that I cannot find in stores, and knitting afghans to cuddle up with on cool spring nights. I have also resulted to knitting gifts for birthdays, and other events.

When looking for a vegan salad dressing, I thought of a delicious vegan salad dressing made from common vegetarian and vegan staple ingredients that we normal have in our refrigerator and pantry. The salad dressing took less than 10 minutes at a saving of less than $1.50

Donna’s Almond-Tomato Vegan salad Dressing

Ingredients:
1 cup of organic almond milk
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
¼ cup of chopped onions
½ of a small jalapeno pepper
1 clove of garlic
2 TBSP nutritional yeast

Directions:
Blend in a blender until smooth. Pour in a reusable glass salad dressing bottle or other glass bottle. Chill until ready to serve. Keep refrigerated for 5 days.

How are you resourceful as a vegetarian or vegan? I would love to hear your ideas!

~ Donna M Beaudoin “Sister Vegetarian”

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 4/16/12 Update says to stay empowered!

Though I Walk Through the Valley...
Sisters, please forgive my lateness with my post. I'm still affected by my recent illness. I finally finished the last of my Steroids this morning.

My breathing is still not up-to-par but I'm alive. I'm grateful for that. My Blood Pressure is still high. Very high. Sisters, I have changed my dietary lifestyle. I did it to take back my health. A remark was made to me that this should not have happened. No person can say that. My Blood Pressure has been off the charts for a long time evidently. The last I remember was 218/160! That was 3 years ago. The Doctor was so afraid for me that she called the ambulance to take me straight to the hospital! So it never fully went down even with the change in diet.

In looking over my life, I see that I have more stresses. Trying to keep a roof over my head(very iffy now), job, finances, health, etc. It's a big mess. I don't know how to relax anymore. I used to know back during the days when I had a job that was stable with excellent benefits, pay. When I lost everything, Stress took up residence in my life and has never left. You see, if I relax, if I let my guard down, I'll be destroyed again. I just couldn't take it this time. I was a younger woman then. I'm 56 now and I would never bounce back. I haven't fully recovered from being homeless for 2 1/2 years and that happened from 1995-the first half of 1998! The terror, the fear of it happening again just won't leave me alone. I was by myself then but now I have Bandit in my life. I can't lose him! He is all I really have to love.

I never wanted to live to experience getting older. I prayed to die at 50 and I'm still here. Why? G-d won't tell me. I'm 6 years overdue. Yet, if I go, who'll love, take care of Bandit? I can't leave him to be at the mercy of someone else.

I face my mortality. What have I accomplished in 56 years? What do I have to show for it? For some reason, these words come back to me: "Remember your Creator in the days of thy youth." I did. I do but not as blindly as I did when I was younger.

What does this have to do with anything? This: (1). Take back your health. Do whatever you have to. Take small steps. You'll get big results. (2). Laugh. I used to love to laugh. I still do but it's not often now. (3). Don't be afraid to cry. I always thought that tears were the sign of a weak person. How wrong I was. My tears were forced from me when my heart, my life, my soul was shattered into a billion pieces. I couldn't hold it in. So, cry. (4). Seek professional help to deal with traumas in your life. I did in the past and I shall do so again as I age. (5). Exercise. Picking up the fork is NOT exercise. Walk. Run. Swim. Skate. Ride a bike. Just do it. I used to walk 5 miles a day, 7 days a week. I did Calisthenics and Aerobics. That was before I developed Asthma as an Adult. Now I have to walk with a powerful Inhaler in my pocket. (6). Never Despair. I did. I have. I do at times. I have to force myself to come out of it. So far, it has worked. (7). Pray if you are a Believer. If not, try to surround yourself with as much goodness as possible and do good. Actions have always spoken louder than words. For some people, your life will be the only sermon they'll ever hear or see.
(8). Adopt a pet. The shelters are loaded with adoptable kitties, puppies. They love without conditions. They are good company. How lonely I would be without Bandit. (9). Sleep. The benefits of a set bedtime can't be stressed enough. Get enough rest. I don't sleep well and I must look into this. (10). Forgive. Forgive others but mostly FORGIVE YOURSELF. Depression is nothing but Anger that you have turned loose upon yourself. I have a hard time with this but you have to do this to move forward.

So there you are. 10 little things. I know. All of you are so accomplished. You don't need this bumpkin to tell you anything. Forgive me my arrogance. Sister Vegetarian's words and thoughts are wonderful, helpful. You do well to follow them while I stumble and fall through the latter years of my life. But you know what? For some reason, I'm still standing. For some reason, I get up. I just can't figure out why for the life of me.

Walking through valleys make you appreciate the mountains! Make mine a mountain of veggies! (~_^)

Yours,
Battzi Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Today is Jackie Robinson Day in BaseBall and Life...Donna's life as a vegan and baseball fan




Today is the 65th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. This event is celebrated through Major League Baseball today (link here for MLB information on the event) as all team members wear Jackie Robinson's jersey #42 today (link here for sports article from today on Jackie Robinson).

I like to commemorate Jackie Robinson's Day by referring to my original post on April 18, 2010 (link here for my complete post in honor of Jackie Robinson, being yourself as a vegan when celebrating this event, and my grandmother the baseball fan) where I recently transitioned from a vegetarian to a vegan, and not knowing my husband who at the time was still eating meat would become a vegetarian a year later based on the joys and rewards that he saw my health and life experience as a vegetarian and then a vegan.

I reflect in my original 4-18-10 post on my grandmother Susie Mae who loved watching the San Francisco Giants in her home state, as well as watching the historic Baseball Negro League teams in her former state of Alabama before moving to California in the late 1930s.

My mother also mentioned this past weekend as my mother and myself watched the NY Yankees on TV Saturday that her Uncle Raymond played baseball for a local team in the San Francisco area when she was a child and teenager, and she enjoyed going to the games with her sisters and other family members to watch him play.

Baseball is embedded in me, and I love how this sport goes well with my vegan lifestyle of bring free to be me, and being a free-spirit. I love being a vegan. I love being a baseball fan. Many people have much to say about the non-salary cap in baseball and how players are overpaid. Granted. I do admit that fact. However, I cannot forget the strides and toughness of people like Jackie Robinson and other players of the Baseball Negro League who knocked down walls, doors, and dealt with hatred to make a better life for not only baseball players of all nationalities, but to make a better life for all of us children on this beautiful planet of Mother Earth.

Thank you Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Roy Campanella, George Altman, Sandy Amoros, Gene Baker, Dan Bankhead, Ernie Banks, Frank Barnes, Joe Black, Sam Bowens, Bob "The Rope" Boyd, Willie Mys, and many other Baseball Negro League Players from A to Z (link here for complete list)

~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Why order Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living?



Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
~ Albert Einstein (trailblazing physicist, 1879 -1955)


Have you ordered your copy of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living as yet? Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days helps you to be strong in your initial start to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. I touch on having a strong mind to deal with societal myths, and comments from family, friends, co-workers, and strangers. 31 World Recipes including a Bonus Recipe from Chef Ricky Moore, (The 2007 Food Network Thanksgiving Special Food Challenger)!




Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's 4-8-12 Update


I Shall Not Quit!

Happy Easter to all my readers who celebrate it. Happy Passover and the Counting of the Omer to my fellow He-brews and She-brews! ;) This has been an eventful week for me. Monday, 2 April found me in the Emergency Room hooked up to IV's, Oxygen, Breathing Treatments. I had been having some trouble breathing but I kept working regardless. It got to the point that I could not sleep because I was choking. Sisters and Brothers, I have Acute Bronchitis, my Asthma is raging, much inflammation within the Bronchial tubes and a Blood Pressure reading of 190/107.

The Doctor had a fit. He placed me on Bed Rest that very night. I have been home since then. This is not what I expected when I started eating as natural as I could. I thought that I was improving my health not harming myself.

Now I'm on Steroids, Blood Pressure Meds, Antibiotics and a powerful Inhaler. I still have the knot at the base of my head. On top of all that, I have nothing left to pay this month's rent. I'm in a pickle all the way around BUT I am grateful for life. I am grateful that I have Sister Vegetarian, all of you, Bandit, my sweet kitty. I'm grateful that I can see even though I wear glasses. I can hear, walk, talk, laugh, cry, feel, do things for myself.

I'm grateful for the job that I have and for those who are my friends. I'm even grateful for my enemies. I mean, at least I'm important enough for them to spend so much time talking about me and worrying about what I'm doing. ;)

Eating naturally has improved many things in my health and life. My awareness of life in all of its agony and its ecstasy has grown. I find that I don't want any life form to suffer for my benefit or any human to not have whatever stage of life they are in to be disrespected. I've taken the "Pro-Life" Badge to the nth degree. From the Womb to the Tomb. All Life is to be respected, nurtured.

When you eat life, you life broadens. Your mind expands. Old things, desires fall away. You see things in a different light. You might think that the Meds I'm on have me thinking this way. You may be right but I was thinking like this before I became ill.

I abused my body by eating too much Sugar, Salt, Milk, Eggs, etc. I overdid everything. 56 years of abuse. Now I'm treating my body better. I'm loving myself. What I'm going through is just my body shaking off the chains of neglect.

I shall not quit what I have started. I've come too far to turn back now. I shall get better.

Love Your Life,
Battzi Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Sister Vegetarian's Fan Page is 500 strong!

You are strong!

Thank you everyone!

Sister Vegetarian's Fan Page is now at 500 strong! Remember, you know who and whom you are. Continue to be strong, powerful, uplifted, and encouraged in this beautiful vegetarian or vegan lifetime journey that you are walking. Remember this uplifting quote by Zora Neale Hurston that to me signifies, where we've been and where we are going in our vegetarian or vegan journey: “I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and a sword in my hands.”
― Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Share Your Story on Sister Vegetarian's Blog

Empower Others!

Share your vegan or vegetarian journey on Sister Vegetarian's Blog to inspire, motivate, uplift, and empower others to be strong in this beautiful and wonderful life-changing and healing life-time journey as a vegan or vegetarian. Please email me at Donna@sistervegetarian.com with your story, and I will post it on Sister Vegetarian's blog. Thank you for sharing your journey to empower others :)

~ Donna "Sister Vegetarian"

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi's Vegan Update "The Power of Now"

"The Power of NOW!" by Battzi

What do you believe about yourself? We are what we believe. I always believed that I was a bother, a nobody, some insignificant thing wrongly placed on this earth. I still feel like that at times BUT I'm getting better.

Since I've totally immersed myself in living the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, my thinking has been changing. I have learned that eating life-enhancing foods really does enhance life. Many veggie/vegan folks lose weight really fast. Recently, I began to fret about why I wasn't one of those folks.

I told myself that I was a failure. That I could not do anything right. You know, the self-speak of defeat. Then it hit me: I'm right where I should be in my journey. I don't have to live up to anyone else's standards. I must find my way to live this lifestyle.

I felt renewed after this train of thought. This lifestyle is open to every interpretation there is. It's like a Big Tent that all can gather under and find a spot to settle in. I don't have to do what you do and vice versa. I just have to be me. So while I'm just being myself, loving me, Battzi, is becoming easier. I always believed that if I was skinny, I would be beautiful, popular, worthy of respect, worthy of love.

Guess what I discovered! I am beautiful...NOW. I am popular...NOW. I am worthy of respect...NOW. I am worthy of love...NOW. I believe that I can do anything, limitations duly noted. I believe that a plant-based eating lifestyle is the best way to heal your mind, body, soul. Because I believe that, I follow it, live it. Because I believe that you are out there reading my posts, I keep writing. Because I believe that Sister Vegetarian and other Veggie Mentors have great insight into living a veggie life, I follow their advice/example. I believe all of this. Yes, I do. I live accordingly.

NOW. NOW is the time to love yourself. NOW is the time to put an end to the abuse of your body. NOW is the time to believe that you are worthy of respect, love, happiness BEFORE getting skinny/thin. NOW is the time to shake off the mental, emotional, physical, financial, spiritual chains that bind you to living a below par life.

NOW! What a powerful word! Grab hold of your NOW! :)

Experiencing NOW,
Battzi Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Raw Beet Pizza





Last week I gave you a recipe for Raw Beet Relish (link here for recipe). Kick your meals up a notch with a raw beet vegan pizza for more antioxidants. heart health, and cancer prevention properties.



Ingredients:


Beet Relish (from last week's recipe)

1 large flour tortilla

garlic powder

1 cup chopped turnips greens or chopped collard greens

sliced onions (amount to your preference) * optional

nutritional yeast *optional


Directions:


Lightly brush a large flour tortilla with extra virgin olive oil and lightly sprinkle garlic powder n top.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Please in the oven until the tortilla is lightly golden.

Remove from the oven.

Spread the chopped raw turnips leaves or raw chopped collards leaves on the tortilla.

Spread the raw beet relish on top of the greens.

Optional: I added sliced onions on top with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. Cut in 6ths or 8ths and enjoy! ~ Sister Vegetarian

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Taking It Up A Notch in Day 6 of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days


In Day 6 of Sister Vegetarian’s 31 Days of Drama-Free Living, I include a recipe for my “Breakfast of Champions.” This breakfast consists of oatmeal made on the stove and not “instant” flavored oatmeal which is full of preservatives and additives. This is an 100% wheat, old-fashion style oatmeal where you cook it on the stove, and other ingredients as you please such as nuts and raisins. Here’s my suggestion for bringing your morning oatmeal breakfast up a notch for added antioxidants- try adding 1to 2 tsp curry powder, ½ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, and ½ tsp ground as you cook the oatmeal with the raisins and nuts. Curry and turmeric is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties throughout India. I mentioned previously and in Day 1 of Sister Vegetarian’s 31 Days of how I have not had a cold or flu in over 3 years since becoming a vegetarian and now a vegan. I not only owe this to my whole foods based meals; but, also owe my strong immune system to my inclusion of herbs and spices that have been known throughout mankind as having preventive and healing properties. ~ Sister Vegetarian

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I have not been sick in 3 years as a vegan plus All In One: Raw Vegan Spicy Beet Relish and Raw Vegan Spicy Beet Sloppy Joes

I have not been sick in over 3 years since becoming a vegetarian and then a vegan. I have never taken a flu shot in my life, and my body has been free of cold viruses, flus, and other common viruses that seem to be associated with winter, late falls, and any change of seasons. Yes, I am exposed to sick people daily as an employee in a medical office surrounded by patients and fellow employees coming into the office with flus and colds. My husband has even been sick a couple of times and although he is a vegetarian as of this past June 2011, I am the one that eats vegan whole foods...and especially raw vegan meals...so our kitchen pots usually see a 2 varied meal preparation because I love my vegan and raw vegan lifestyle and the beautiful affect that it not only has on my body at age 45 but also on the environment and saving animals.

I have a feeling that I have not been sick in over 3 years because I base my meals on whole foods rather than vegan junk foods. As I stated in Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living's Day 1 entitled " Victory," I eat on a daily basis my greens raw (collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, beet greens, and Swiss Chards) whether for lunch or incorporated into my dinners. I also saute my greens; however, on the average I eat my greens raw for the antioxidants and disease fighting properties that these beautiful bounties from Mother Earth provides through its phytonutrients produced by the sun.

In Day 1 of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days, I also mention how throughout history, beets have been the backbone behind many living in Eastern Europe who have lived to be 100 years old-this including my great-grandmother from San Francisco who also ate beets practically daily and lived to be 100. I also eat my beets raw for the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cancer prevention properties beets provide (reference WH Foods.com).

In tribute to the antioxidant packed vegetables provided by Mother Nature in its pure form without cooking, I share my recipe for a "Raw Vegan Spicy Beet Relish." My intentions was first to make one of my favorite beet soups, but when I started to combine the beets in my food processor, I said to myself ..."Sister V....get creative and make a signature raw vegan beet sloppy joe from a beet relish that can be versatile and made into other meals." Well, here's my end result. I call it a "beet relish" because it looks like a relish, but the spiciness, sweetness, and earthiness makes it a meal in of itself rather than just a relish.



Sister Vegetarian's All In One: Raw Vegan Spicy Beet Relish and Raw Vegan Spicy Beet Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

2 large beets, de-stemmed, washed, and cut in chunks with the skin left on for added nutrients
1 large tomato
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp Five Spice Chinese Powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp ground chipotle
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 tsp raw apples cider vinegar

Directions:
Place everything in a food processor. Process until it's combined-not smooth-but looks like a relish (a fine chunkiness)

Serving Suggestions: Use as a filling for the Spicy Raw Vegan Sloppy Joe below, in raw greens salads, in soups, as a spread on bread or appetizers for parties, and more! Be creative and enjoy this delicious bounty from Mother Earth!


Spicy Raw Vegan Beet Sloppy Joe



Ingredients:


Spicy Raw Vegan Relish (recipe above)

2 hard rolls or 2 soft rolls

Directions:

-Cut a round hard roll in half
- Add olive olive, sprinkled ground garlic, and sprinkled sage on each side of the roll
- Place in a broiler and broil until golden
- remove from the broiler and cool until ok to touch
- Add the beet relish on each side of the roll along with raw collard green leaves that have been washed and chopped.
- Put both side of the sandwich roll together to form a sandwich and enjoy!
~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Friday, March 23, 2012

Watch Now: The Premiere of Food Matter's new documentary "Hungry For Change"



Link here to Watch the Premiere of Food Matter's new documentary "Hungry For Change" Now!! This is a worldwide online premiere on Food Matter's website before it hits the DVDs. Profound Quotes from the documentary that makes you think...hmm...I should be eating "whole foods" vegetarian or vegan for a healthier life.: "Sugar is like cocaine..." "We are not eating food anymore, we are eating food-like substances" ~ "Hungry for Change"

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I will be a speaker at New York City's Veggie Pride Parade




I will be one of the speakers at the May 27, 2012 New York City Veggie Pride Parade.



If you are in the NYC area, stop by and say hello :)


Link here for details of this years NYC Veggie Pride Parade.




~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories: Battzi Goes Vegan Shopping



Read Here about Battzi's Shopping Trip for Vegan Meals at Ellwood Thompson's. Ellwood Thompson is located at 4 North Thompson Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23221, 1-804-359-7525, open 7 days a week!










Cabbage...The UnSung Hero and A Traditional Indian Recipe Using Cabbage




Cabbage is one of those unsung heroes of Saint Patrick's Day where we only hear about it and see it abundantly in various meals in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day. Even the grocery stores get their part in to honor this unsung hero by reducing the price of cabbage to usually 29 cents per lb around this day. This is more than half it's usual price! You thought that I would do a vegan cabbage recipe for saint Patrick's Day weekend; but, on the contrary, these traditional Irish cabbage recipes are so common around this time, even from a vegetarian and vegan perspective, that I decided to do a different spin on this beautiful, antioxidant vegetable that seems to have it's own celebration and honorary position at the table on Saint Patrick's Day and that weekend! However, please keep in mind that cabbage has long been a staple of the Irish diet; hence, the reason it is associated with Saint Patrick's Day meals. So, cabbage does get its daily due on the dinner table and not just in the spotlight until March 17th. Let's make cabbage a daily hero...a star...an honorary daily...weekly... table guest!

I think of cabbage as my hero..my unsung hero that does not get enough credit! Think of cabbage as my favorite Marvel comics action figures and posters adorning my home, or my favorite marvels comic t-shirt (yes...I am a kid at heart at 45...eat healthy vegan meals...act young...think young...you are endlessly young at heart...smile) that I love to wear on some weekends!

Let's take a look at why cabbage is an unsung hero that seems to get its crowning glory of honor at the dinner table only on Saint Patrick's Day, but should be honored at weekly meals all the time.




Benefits of Cabbage (reference and additional information found at WH Foods.com) Cabbage is loaded in a cancer preventive property called sinigrin. Sinigrin has received worldly attention in cancer prevention research as possessing bladder, colon, and prostrate cancer preventive properties. Besides cancer preventing properties, cabbage is great in waste elimination with its high fiber content; as well as, heart disease prevention with its cholesterol-lowering benefits .

So, which cabbage provides the higher cancer fighting and lowering cholesterol properties? Red Cabbage...or as it goes in produce...the darker the produce the more nutrients (i.e. collard greens, kale, mustard greens, beet greens, Swiss Chards, and kale as dark leaf greens provide more nutrients that common lettuce varieties). But, please, purchase the green cabbage too as it does provide just as much prevention properties as red cabbage.

You can see why cabbage is my unsung hero! In celebration of this produce that receives an honor at the dinner table in fancy style on Saint Patrick's Day, I decided to do a quick, light but filling, and all around nutrient-packed meal from green cabbage. It's a traditional Indian recipe called Cabbage Chana Dal Salad where chick peas (aka garbanza beans), cabbage, and mint leaves are the main ingredients and from there you can add as you like. In this recipe, you can also use red cabbage, or a combination of both red and green cabbage. Since I believe that we should eat at least 25% to 50% of our meals raw a week for added nutrition, I did a raw cabbage salad to pack in the vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and cancer fighting properties. This salad is loaded with protein from the chick peas; and, fiber, antioxidants, heart health, and cancer fighting properties from the cabbage and tomatoes.

So, Da-Da...introducing the crowning glory of the weekend but also a crowning glory daily: CABBAGE as Cabbage Chana Dal Salad.

Cabbage Chana Dal Salad (traditional vegetarian Indian dish)



Ingredients:

4 cups of shredded raw cabbage
3 cups of diced tomatoes or 1 28-oz can of organic diced tomatoes
2 cans of chick peas, drained and rinsed
1 medium onion, chopped
4 medium cloves of garlic, diced
3 TBSP fresh mint leaves, chopped
3 TBSP fresh oregano leaves, chopped
3 TBSP lemon juice
ground black pepper to taste
sea salt to taste

Directions: Mix everything in a large mixing bowl with clean hands. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill before serving.

Serving suggestions: when served as a meal,..I served chapatti bread (reference Day 28 of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living Book for the vegan recipe) with vegan sour cream on the side for a traditional Indian Meal
~ Sister Vegetarian

Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Website called "Vegan Cookbook Site" to satisfy your vegan cravings for delicious meals from a variety of authors!


If you are looking for great vegan recipes, try The Vegan Cookbook Site for a cookbook that will satisfy your craving for delicious daily vegan meals. Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living Book has been added to this website (link here for Sister's Book on the website), as well as other great vegan cookbooks! Link below for information on Sister Vegetarian's book on the website and find other great vegan cookbooks.

Here's information about the website from the creator of The Vegan Cookbook Site:

"The Vegan Cookbook Site is a brand new blog, with simple sassy listings
of over 200 vegan recipe books, with regular postings of exciting new
releases! The aim of the site is to help seasoned vegans find their
perfect recipe book (choosing from an extensive list of categories) and
to help people who think vegans live on mung beans and fruit salad, to
think outside the box, and try a vegan recipe or two. Ultimately, a
vegan world is all about the food, and because shops don’t sell
ready-made meals for those who don’t eat animals, cookbook authors are
the frontline of the vegan revolution. Let’s help their books sell well,
send them up the Amazon listings, get them into mainstream stores, and a
few cooks may even get a TV show!

Each post is short and sweet, containing:

A simple summary of the vegan cookbook
A cover picture
Information on the author
A simple link to buy the book online (if you prefer)
A box to leave your comments, recipe reviews and encouragement to
others

The Vegan Cookbook Site also contains an extensive list of
vegan-friendly links and books. And that’s all. It’s simple and sweet.
You can keep up to date with all the latest vegan news at the site’s
Twitter page, or simply visit now and then, to see what’s cookin’!
All the very best,

The Vegan Cookbook Site
thevegancookbooksite.com "

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Read about Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days Days Book in Veg News' March/April Issue!




Pick up your copy of the March/April Issue of VegNews Today!

Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living Book is featured on page 90 for new and worthy to be read books by women that have launched!

Link here for what's inside the March/April Current Issue!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

From the creators of "Food Matters" comes another health-passionate, eye-opening documentary called "HUNGRY FOR CHANGE"!

From the creators of the infamous documentary "Food Matters," comes another health changing movie called "Hungry For Change." See Part I and screen the movie for free during the week of March 21 by linking here to the Food Matters website for "Hungry For Change" documentary.

Excerpt from Food Matter's website for the documentary Hungry for Change:

"We all want more energy, an ideal body and beautiful younger looking skin...
So what is stopping us from getting this?

From the creators of the groundbreaking documentary FOOD MATTERS comes another hard-hitting film certain to rock your world.

HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don't want you to know about. Deceptive strategies designed to keep you craving more and more.

Could the foods we are eating actually be keeping us stuck in the diet trap?

In this free online premiere event you'll discover:

How to navigate your supermarket - what to buy and what to avoid

The real truth behind "DIET", "SUGAR-FREE" and "FAT-FREE" products

How to overcome food addictions and cravings

Why fad diets dont work

What food additives to avoid and how to read labels

What is fat and cellulite and how do we get rid of it for good

The most effective detox and cleansing strategies, and

How to eat for clear eyes, glowing skin and healthy hair

Find out what's keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.

Featuring interviews with best selling health authors and leading medical experts plus real life transformational stories from those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight.

Learn from those who have been there before and continue your health journey today."

Sister's Reader's Sharing Their Stories: "Keeping It Simple" by Battzi

I talk about "Keeping It Simple" in my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living to focus on a strong mind to handle the "drama" and society's comments from family, friends, co-workers, acquaintainces, or just someone on the street you may strike up a conversation with about your eating and environmental lifestyle as a vegetarian or vegan.

In Day 14 entitled "Keep It Simple" as always I speak from experience of how just by "keeping it simple" and relying on the basics,this vegetarian or vegan lifestyle will become second...NO...FIRST NATURE to you!

I also talk throughout the Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living book of relying on the old calisthenics, just walking, and jumping rope of "old school ways" to keep your body in shape, your mind focus to succeed in this vegetarian or vegan journey, and to eat right to "heal thyself." This week, Battzi, also talks from experience on "keeping it simple" in her vegetarian and ultimately vegan journey. Read on for Battzi's weekly update entitled "I Want It To Become Second Nature to Me...Like Breathing Out and Breathing In! "



Link here for Battzi's post "I Want It To Become Second Nature to Me...Like Breathing Out and Breathing In! "
as well as Battzi's other weekly update posts.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

NHL NY Rangers, College Hoops' March Madness, and Sister V's Vegan Pizza


I miss my home state of NJ and my sister state NY :) I miss it even more when watching the Rangers beat the Bruins :) Or, when baseball starts with the Yankees! What goes great for an aftergame meal after watching my favorite NHL NY Rangers beat the Boston Bruins? My Farmer's Market Vegan Pizza!

Link here for my recipe posted back in Sept. This pizza is great for those looking for group vegan meals while watching College Hoops' March Madness or waiting for the start of the baseball season!!!





Want more vegan pizza-inspired recipes? Check out Day 23 of my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living for a NY Style Vegan Calzone...just the way I loved it when living in my home state of New Jersey and my sister state New York!

Sister's Readers Sharing Their Stories and Views: Battzi's 3-4-12 Update



Read Battzi's 3/4/12 Weekly Update (link here) entitled: My Name is Battzi R. and I'm a Sugar-holic!