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 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!
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.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Diet vs. Lifestyle
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Sisters, it has happened again. Some determined person/persons really want to get into my home. This time, they used a crowbar. I am the only resident here that this activity is touching. This has been a busy weekend. More on this later. `°•.¸¸.•°` `°•.¸¸.•°` `°•.¸¸.•°``°``°•.¸¸.•°
I noticed the food items that a woman had in my line. Veggies, fruits, soy milk, etc. I mentioned to her that I'd noticed her healthy fare. She said "I'm on a diet!" I said "please, don't call it a diet but call it a new lifestyle if you will or a new way of eating."
She was determined to call what she was doing a diet. Why did I react that way? Because every time I said that I was going on a "diet', I'd set myself up for failure and it wasn't a change at all. Now, I was happy to see natural foods in her bag and could only hope that it shall graduate from "diet" to "lifestyle" as she goes along.
I feel/believe that a "diet" is limiting. I feel/believe that a "lifestyle" is a more enduring change. You have to change the way that you look at food. You have to ascertain who holds the power in your life: the food or you. You have to put in the work of listening to your body, evaluating your emotions, determining who or what you are changing for. That is a "lifestyle" change. Your lifestyle drops what is not conducive to you and allows what empowers you in.
A "diet" lasts for as long as the undesirable condition may last. That can be 6 months to 2 1/2 years or longer for some.
When the undesirable becomes desirable, the "diet" is ditched. This, actually, begins the habit of yo-yo dieting that can do more harm to your body than can be imagined. When my dearest sister-Friend, bonnie, was killed/murdered, I was devastated beyond all measure. Her funeral drew the news stations and so many people whose lives she had touched. She had touched mine so wonderfully. I took a good look at my life after I came home from her funeral.
Battzi, what are you doing to promote life, uphold life, to touch the lives of others? Sadly, I shook my head. I haven't done anything or enough of anything to make a difference in this world. That was it for me. No more dilly-dallying. Life is here today and gone tomorrow. Sisters, we are going to be dead for eternity so we might as well live life to the best of our abilities.
So this is what I am doing. I dropped all sodas(again) and fruit juices in cans/bottles. Who needs all that extra sugar anyway? I'm eating more soups and drinking water with lemons in it like crazy!;) I use hummus as a sandwich spread in my pitas. Try it...it may surprise you. Spinach is my green choice for my pita along with sliced tomato and onions with some green beans on the side. Omg! I love it so much, I sometimes eat it for breakfast or dinner.
Re-reading sister's book and "veganist" by kathy freston, perusing the black girl's guide 2 weight loss website along with "veggin' out with christa", frugivore magazine(online), I'm improving, learning, having insights. I'm listening to my body more than ever now. It tells me what it likes or dislikes when it comes to certain foods. Meats and dairy is too heavy for me. I become sluggish as well as sleepy when I eat this so I don't. I need to be alert at work and at home(what with what has been taking place lately, I can't afford to be sleepy/sluggish).
Since I work at night, here's a sample of what I eat. My breakfast starts at 8:00pm. I drink a 16 oz. Glass of water first. I may eat a bowl of soup
Or eat a small salad. I take my multivitamin(high potency, whole food energizer, made from 26 fruits and veggies plus resveratrol and Lutein) and I'm set for the start of my work. At midnight(first break), I may eat an orange, apple or grapes or celery with some peanut butter on them. Yep, I have my water with me at all times.
Between 2 or 3am, it's lunch time. I may have my pita sandwich or hummus with whole grain crackers or soup. Whatever I wanted to delight in. Yes, water. 5am is my last break. I may have another fruit or just walk around the store or read.
At 7am, I head for home. When I enter the house, I, first, have to love my baby, bandit and play with him. Afterwards, I take care of his needs, shower and either eat some raw veggies or just go to sleep.
Not great but not too bad either. This is just a sample of what I'm doing. Keep in mind, every day is new year's day. You can start your own journey to health at any time.
My goal? To show love to this body that has been given to me and to spread that love to all aspects of my life. Doing this, may I honour G-d, family, friends, the whole of humanity, the earth, animals, Sister Vegetarian and Bonnie. Lastly, to honour myself. I know it may sound stupid but it's the path that I'm walking on.
I wish you peace, joy, love as you begin/continue your journey. Honour yourself!
Battzi Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ .
Monday, January 23, 2012
The Tuscany region in Italy is known for eating many heart soups and stews with beans. Various types of white beans and cranberry beans can be found in their soups. On a cold rainy Sunday and the last of the championship NFL games before the Super Bowl 46, I decided to have a hearty, warm and filling Tuscany Peasant-Style soup that even cold weather teams The NY Giants and The New England Patriots Football players would probably agree would keep them energized, warm, and filled up in practice for the Super Bowl.
I basically took what was in my refrigerator and cupboard...grabbed a couple of fresh mixed with 1 bag of frozen vegetables...and made a peasant-style soup. After all, peasant style;e soups are made from whatever we have available, and this is what I did to make a hearty and economical soup at .68 cents per large 2 cup serving each. I was able to get 10 LARGE servings from this soup! Compare this soup to purchasing soup for your day lunch at maybe $3.99 for a small soup you heat up in the microwave. I placed this soup in individual containers and stored in my refrigerator for a quick lunch or dinner.
Donna's Tuscany Peasant Soup
cost: $6.80 for total soup
cost per servings: .68 cents per serving
Cooking Time: 1 hour
1 Lb bag of dry mixed navy beans (white beans) and white pinto beans (rinsed and soaked overnight)
10 cups of water
2 medium cucumbers, skin peeled and diced
1 14-1/2 oz. can of Italian Style diced tomatoes
1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
5 medium carrots, (cleaned, skin left on, chopped)
3 medium-large russet potatoes (cleaned, skin left on, diced)
5-6 oriental peppers, diced
12 oz of frozen green peas
1 cup of chopped celery
1 small onion chopped
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 lb mustard greens (washed and chopped roughly) *note: mustard greens are added to the soup the last 15 minutes of simmering
1. Rinse beans and drain after soaking overnight
2. Place beans in large pot with 10 cups of water and boil
3. After beans start to boil, add all the above ingredients except the mustard greens
4. Let the mixture come to a boil, then let simmer for 45 mins.
5. after 45 mins, add the mustard greens and simmer for 15 minutes.
6. Serve in Italian style pasta/soup dishes or your favorite bowl. I also served my soup with my Mexican Style cornbread found in my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Every Day is New Year's Day
Today is the 1-month Remembrance of my beloved Sister-Friend, Ms. Bonnie Clarke-Marrow and Sister Vegetarian's Father. How we miss you. How we long to hear your voice and your laughter. You are in our hearts and minds....forever!
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Sisters, so much is taking place in this world that it has become a job in itself to keep abreast of the events.
Between the falling European economies, the laughable pre-Election Campaigns ran by both political parties, job loss, foreclosures, Occupiers, draconian measures and laws, it's a wonder anyone is sane! Then to read that Paula Deen, the "Whole Stick of Butter" Queen has Type-2 Diabetes and has had it now for 3 years(according to her. Personally, I think she has known about it for a bit longer but who am I to belabour a point?)She knows now and so do all of the folks who watched her show.
Some of those viewers are hoppin' mad with her. She has decided to be the Spokeswoman for a pharmaceutical company pushing some Diabetes drug. Paula, Honey, is what they paying you to endorse their drug worth your health? You haven't answered the offer of help from PCRM or Physicians Committee for Responsible Health(http://www.pcrm.org). Paula, take the offer. You have everything to gain AND your life.
Sisters, diet-related ailments afflict our communities. Look around you!!! Open your eyes, for once, and see what is in front of you, surrounding you. We are bloated, out-of-breath, suffer from swollen ankles, high blood pressure, obesity in frightening numbers. I'm not talking about others. I'm speaking strictly to Black folks and especially Black women.
WE hold the next generation in our hands. WE are carrying the future movers and shakers in our bodies. WE are the chefs of our families in many instances. Black men, you are NOT off the hook. How can you help to create children with potential when your sperm is lacking the nutrients to produce another Coretta Scott King? Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Harriet Tubman? Gil Scott-Heron? Fannie Lou Hammer? Marian Anderson? Josephine Baker? Louis Armstrong? Duke Ellington? Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson? Barak or Michelle Obama? You get my drift! It ain't all up to the woman. You have a hand in this as well.
We have to take our own health into our hands. Nobody can love you like you! Do you understand me? Do you really "hear" what I am saying? No other person can love you like you!!! Remember that!!! It is all up to you. You can pray until the cows come home but if you do not put actions to those prayers, all you are doing is wasting G-d's time.
You make one step and He'll make two. Come on, now. Let's get real. Sister Vegetarian has taken the time to write a book to lay out the basics to take back your health. What is the problem? Little money or no money? I understand that. Believe me, I really do but I do what I can. I nice veggie or bean soup, spaghetti with sauce...use your imaginations to come up with ideas. Have no home? I was homeless for 2 1/2 years. Many times, I was so hungry that I ate what I could, when I could. Do what you have to do to be safe first of all and then seek help from relatives(this aspect can be tricky), religious auspices, governmental agencies. Get together with like-minded women and men. Get a group together and learn from each other. Seek people to give demonstrations, lectures to help you and your communities.
For the longest time, I have advocated churches getting some land or asking a farmer to use some of his/her land to plant food for their congregations. No takers of this idea have come forward. Why? Don't you care about your congregations? Don't you want them to prosper as you do and have done for many years? It's a two-way street, people.
OK. How to start. Sit down and write out a plan to eat as well as you can. Make a promise to yourself to help yourself. Make a simple meal plan especially if you are still blessed to have a job these days. Fix meals, etc. ahead of time and that'll save you money as well as time.
Do a Potluck with family, friends to come up with new meatless dishes. You may be surprised at the creativity within you. Ask a Nutritionist, a person from the local Natural Foods Store to come give a talk. GET SISTER VEGETARIAN'S BOOK and go for it. Do something!!!
I am tired of seeing the suffering the "Paula Deen's" in our communities go through. Diabetes can either be genetic or through lifestyle. Even if genetic, we can do something to lessen the burden.
When I came from Bonnie's funeral, I was a changed person. No more excuses. As Susan Powter always stated, "Stop the Madness!"
I still have my same problems of finding a new home for Bandit and me, trying to rob Peter to pay Paul, etc. but I still have to be on my game.
I'm formulating a new policy for my health. I'm the CEO, the CFO, the President, the First Lady of this life that G-d gave me. I must do what I can to help me and allow Him to be my anchor. Don't believe in a Higher Power? Questioning about Him? Let me ask you: Do you believe in yourself and your abilities? If so, you have won half the battle.
Every day is New Year's Day when it comes to you and your health. Meditate on that.
This is the Change All of Us Can Strive For,
P. S. Check these out:
http://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/ (Awesome site with some great recipes. Meat also included but the veggie ones are good)
http://vegginoutwithchrista.blogspot.com/(A great site for information as well)
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
3 Sister Vegetarian Vegetarian and Vegan Virtual Class Videos Now Available on Sister's You Tube Channel
Now on Sister Vegetarian's You Tube TV Channel! The Sister Vegetarian Virtual Video classes 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.
Part 1 of 3: "BE YOURSELF" Sister Vegetarian's Intro to Vegetarianism and Veganism
Part 2 of 2: Using Pots, Pans, and Kitchen Appliances in Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking
Part 3 of 3: Sister Vegetarian's Budget-Friendly Vegan Sour Cream Recipe
Supplement this video with Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living Book by Donna M. Beaudoin. The book is available now via Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Lantern Books.
Questions about these videos: email me at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Michelle Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Maybe your New Year's Resolution is to be a vegetarian or vegan. Maybe you have been on this path for a few weeks, days, or months. Maybe you are transitioning to this lifestyle. My message to you is if you fall..GET RIGHT BACK UP! DO NOT feel sorry for yourself. You are a winner when you get up and start again. It's okay to make mistakes...just don't roll around in misery and walk in those mistakes feeling sorry for yourself...get back on the road to VICTORY because you are VICTORIOUS!!! Here's an inspirational poem below from one of my favorite 1950s and 1960's writers and poetics, Langston Hughes. Let it inspire you to get right back on track! Also, don't forget about my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living available now for purchase.
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~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"
Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So, boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps.
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now—
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin'
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Read the article from "Vegetarian" Online Magazine of Venus and Serena's journey to veganism as of 1/1/2012! (Link here for article)