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!

2013

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, 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!


picture source: http://www.outlook.noaa.gov/



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