Sister Vegetarian Speaking Appearances!!!

Purchase Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days Book at these locations:
Ask your local book store to order it for you or carry the book!

National Magazines, Radio Shows and Speaking Engagements:

My book Sister Vegetarian’s 31 Days of Drama-Free Living: Exercises and Recipes for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit (Lantern Books) made Veg News Annual top 12 book list for 2012.

Thank you everyone for your support of making my book within Veg News top 12 book list for 2012. Thank you also for helping to keep the healthy revolution alive, moving, and touching many lives going forward :) Link here at Veg News for reviews of the top 12 books :) Thank you :)

I am in Veg News Magazine's March/April 2012 Issue on Page 90!!!! A wonderful review is given of my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living! To find out where and when you can purchase your Veg News March/April issue, Link here to the international and award winning vegan magazine which is available in 38 countries!

May 27, 2012 - Speaker at the New York City Veggie Pride Parade. Link below for my Victory Speech to inspire and empower you on your plant-based journey.
Link here or link below for my speech at the May 27, 2012 Veggie Pride Parade where I speak on healthy eating and its affect on ourselves,world hunger, and the environment.

Link here for my 2/29/12 Progressive Radio Interview
on the station's show "It's All About Food" with the show's host Caryn Hartglass.

I spoke at the 10/9/11 Baltimore, MD/DC Area 1st Annual VegFest sponsored by Open The Cage Alliance (click here for official VegFest Website of speakers and entertainment). My "Victory" speech can be viewed on You Tube (click here for speech video)

Other speaking engagements included the Oct 27-29 DC event for Farm Sanctuary's National Conference to End Factory Farming where I will spoke on Day 3 (Oct 29) at on the Plant Based Living Panel:Diet As A Tool For Change. I was joined on the panel by NY Times best- selling author and nutritional researcher Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Here is the video link :

Sister's Vegetarian's Book Information

* More Sister Vegetarian Book News!

September 24, 2011 Article for Black Girls Run on Being Black and Vegan: Link here to be inspired


Lantern Books has come up with a new e-book entitled "Recipes for the Vegan Table: A Lantern Sampler." One of the recipes from my book Sister Vegetarian is listed along with a recipe from vegetarian Sir Paul know him as a Beatles member :-)

Here's the information about the book and the link to download the book and recipes:

" Recipes for the Vegan Table: A Lantern Sampler by Carol J.... Adams, Donna Beaudoin, Patti Breitman, Kate Jacoby, Brian McCarthy, Paul McCartney, Kumuda Reddy .....

With so many cookbooks out there, what's a vegan—or aspiring vegan—to do? Lantern Books has the ideal menu: Start with a flavorful appetizer from famously longtime vegetarian Sir Paul McCartney, continue with a mouthwatering entrĂ©e from The Sexual Politics of Meat author Carol J. Adams or "Sister Vegetarian" Donna Beaudoin, add a scrumptious side from Chef Brian P. McCarthy or Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Kumuda Reddy, and finish up with a delectab...le dessert from Kate Jacoby, co-owner and pastry chef of the cutting-edge Philadelphia restaurant Vedge. All of the recipes in this sampler are healthy, tasty, and easy to make, ensuring that your meal will be both cruelty-free and delicious. So draw a chair up to the table and find out what the joy of vegan cooking is really about!(less)"

Purchase at Amazon:

Black Expressions Book Club
made Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living their alternate book selection in March 2012!

What a joy to know that I have become a part of your family through this book which acts as your daily guide, daily inspirational and motivational tool. To conquer challenges in all aspects of your life. To encourage you to be encouraged that the sun shines even when the clouds are gray, and that joy always comes in the morning if you should falter and trip along your vegetarian or vegan journey! It's okay to be you. Be yourself, and you shall not fail in this beautiful life-long vegetarian or vegan journey. Remember, it's a lifestyle, not a temporary diet or a temporary solution. It is a part of you as you heal yourself, heal the environment, and save animals. Do you ask yourself, what have you done for me lately when you are always helping others and forget about your well-being? Then, pick up a copy of Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Vegetarian and Vegan Living today, and let your mind be blown to the endless possibilities of what a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can do for you! ~ Donna M Beaudoin "Sister Vegetarian"

Disclaimer: Sister Vegetarian is a blog based on my vegetarian and vegan experiences and journey as well as others' experiences. I am not a medical, nutritionist, or exercise specialist; so, please consult your physician before starting any vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and exercise program.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Thankful 2017 and a New Focus to help you lead healthy lives in 2018

2017 has been a thankful year. I feel blessed to still have the opportunity to help you lead healthy and healthier lives. I have had many acquaintances, family, new found friends, co-workers, friends of family, friends of friends, and strangers who have asked me how they can become healthy with a plant- based diet that will become their lifestyle. I found myself celebrating their victories with them and providing continuous encouragement to be encouraged on their life journey to be healthy. This is my calling to inspire you and I am so thankful and blessed to know you directly and indirectly☺

Sister Vegetarian's blog for 2018 will go back to its roots and focus on you.

Providing that encouragement and uplifting voice to help you claim your healthy victory.
  • I will provide inspiring words
  • Vegetarian and vegan recipes for quick after-work meals and longer preparations on weekends that can be stored in the freezer for a quick meal during the work week
  • Music suggestions  to add to your meal preparations (for example, I cook listening to Jazz, World Music, Yoga Meditation sounds, and other music to make the cooking experience fun and inspiring)
  • Inspiring movement and meditation to keep your mind, body, and spirit in unity
  • Loose leaf tea and food pairings such as Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and African loose leaf teas steeped in teapots to add to a healthy plant-based meal experience of nutrition for the mind, body, spirit, and soul
  • Overall inspiration to help you to stay focused with goals just as in my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days. 
You have the Victory in 2017 and will continue to be Victorious in 2018 ☺

Donna M. Beaudoin
Sister Vegetarian

Monday, July 10, 2017

Personal Journeys

This past May and June has been exciting with running and making running personal records.

As a runner, I made a new PR (Personal Record). . . My best pace was a 8:47 min per mile. That 10K I did in February...well I made a new PR by shaving off 8 mins with a 10K PR of 1:04 rather than 1:12. I feel as though as I progress through my 50s, I seem to be getting stronger and faster. I must research more into this concept. I am running faster than 10...20 years ago. Maybe being in ones 50s or more, you are just content....seen alot and know what you want out of life finally...not wanting to please others but please yourself. I am continuously eating healthy and running long distances of over 8 miles in one day on weekends and 4-5 miles during the week...but with rest days for my body and yoga for strength training and flexibility.

My personal experience is not everyone's  journey, but I can say that wherever you are in your always have a chance to re-evaluate where you are, where you have come from, and do things differently... better, or adjust...make new goals. I did...I feel as I age, I am better for re-evaluating who I am as a strong woman in her 50s who says that age is not just a is more...and I can do this.

I have a 26.2 marathon and two 13.1 marathons coming up in October, November, and December to finish my 2017 year of personal goals...My goal in 2018 is to hopefully do some marathons in other states and one day my bucket list includes a marathon in other countries...This journey of life is amazing with straight roads, hills to climb, valleys to go up and down, and rivers to cross....but it is your personal journey. There is no need to wait until January 1 to set a New Years Resolution. Everyday is a new day for a beginning...make your New Years Resolution today...Today is a New Day.

Sister Vegetarian

Friday, April 14, 2017

Can Stress levels be reduced by 68%? April is Stress-Awareness Month Post #2

With April being Stress Awareness month, I wanted to include more information to help you lead a healthy vegetarian lifestyle not only through healthy, whole-food meals, but also keeping your mind, body, and spirit strong.

Through my book Sister Vegetarian's 31 days of Drama-Free Living, I continuously point out how a vegetarian lifestyle creates healthy bodies, minds, and spirits that encompasses vegetarian meals, exercise (please always check with a physician before engaging in any exercise plan or change in eating habits), and mediation through various modes that may include walking, yoga, running, and reading.

This week in my prior post, I mentioned that one of the stress-free techniques that I engage in everyday is reading books and drinking tea.

Did you know that a research study performed by The University of Sussex in the U.K.  have proven that just by reading, you can reduce your stress levels by 68%? These studies and others have proven that by reading, in particular reading fiction, you slow your heart beat, ease muscle tension, and change your state of mind to a more peaceful state.

Here is a great post from blogger Courtney Seiter on The Surprising Power of Reading Fiction: 9 Ways it Make Us Happier and More Creative. Courtney includes a great stress reduction in percentage comparison chart for reading vs listening to music, drinking tea, walking, and video games.

How do you incorporate stress-free techniques into your daily life? I would love to hear from you in sharing your stress-free methods.

Have a wonderful upcoming week.

Peace and Love,
Sister Vegetarian.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April is Stress-Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month. A part of any healthy lifestyle is incorporating ways to de-stress on a daily basis. A stress filled life can lead to major health ailments; so, it is imperative that we make a part of our lives ways to de-stress on a daily basis.

Sometimes in incorporating stress-free techniques in our lives, we must re-address what is working and not working to maintain a peaceful, relaxed state. Although I incorporate stress free techniques on a daily basis, my body just felt worn down after a long week; consequently, instead of my usual Sunday run, I decided to walk in the beautiful coolness of the morning just at sunrise. I love walking. Walking enables me to mediate and become more aware of the beauty of the nature surrounding me without the fast pace pounding of the pavement from running. I am more focused meditatively when I walk;  although, a leisurely run can also be meditative for me.

On a daily basis, my methods of de-stress includes yoga; reading daily, especially for an hour or more before bed; occasionally knitting; and, always drinking a relaxing cup or teapot of tea as I read and knit. On the weekends, I do long runs and as today, perhaps walk.

Pertaining to reading as a part of my de-stress daily technique, above are just some of the books in my home library that I have either read or plan to read. I love to read books from various authors, although science fiction tends to be a focus. I just LOVE BOOKS. Lately, I am reading science fiction  and other genres of fictional books from multicultural Authors: African American Authors and Authors from Africa, Latin-America, Australian Aborigine , Asia, India, Middle Eastern countries, and other Authors of Diversity. I believe that books, fictional and non-fictional, opens up a world of exploration to many countries.

Within the past month, I have relaxed with Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Jonah's Gourd. I just completed Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing which made me laugh and cry as though I was there in the story.

I am currently reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I am loving this book!!

I love hardcover books, and I tend to shop used book stores in my area or online for hardcover deals, especially for ex-library copies. I am in love with ex-library hardcover books and remember when my mother who was also a teacher at the time took me to our local library at a very young age, the Newark NJ Public Library on Washington Street (The Newark Public Library was originally founded in 1847 and in 1887 became a free public library), to acquire my first library card. That library still exists today, celebrating 170 years. What can I of my favorite memories is of my first library card! LOL!I am an extreme book lover not only carrying my local library card daily in my wallet and use it often...the same exact library card for the past 25 years; but, also adding to my own personal home library. I know some people love e-books and I encourage any type of reading; but, for me, I must feel and smell the book whether hardcover or paperback.

I also knit to de-stress and although lately my reading has taken over knitting time. Above are just some of the projects I have completed within the past months in between reading. The two hats I knitted using 2 to 4 different yarns. The sock above is currently in progress and will be completed whenever I can put a book down; although, at times audiobooks are an alternative when knitting to complete a knitting project. LOL

To go with my reading and knitting, there is always a teapot of tea or a mug of tea.  A double way to relax for me.

How do you relax? I would love to hear your techniques of incorporating stress-free methods into your daily life. Remember, although April is Stress Awareness Month, every month should be stress-awareness for a healthy lifestyle.

Happy Reading :)
Sister Vegetarian :)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sister Vegetarian's Secrets to Energizing and Staying Healthy at 50+ when trail and road running

I am preparing for a 12 mile trail run where I will run a section of a Mountain to Sea Trail in a couple of weeks. You may say, 12 miles is nothing for Sister Vegetarian who has run races longer than that previously. On the contrary, trail running is an even more strenuous workout than road running and I love the challenge. I hope to work up to a 50 mile trail run race next year and my goal being the 100 mile trail run race after a 50 miler. You may say 50 miles and 100 miles seem extreme; however, those are common races for trail runners if not doing a shorter 12 mile or 20 mile trail race.

Trail Running differs from road running whereas  trail running works more of the lower body through various inclines in woods and mountainous areas, crossing streams and brooks, obstacles to get around or over such as natural down trees, watching out for woodland critters, and overall just the terroir of trail running is basically in the woods which one may hike but you are running the trails. I try to join my local trail running group when I can; however, some of my training is doing regular road running for safety reasons where I do not want to run in the woods alone if I  am unable to join my local trail running group.

So, how do I keep energized?

A Sunday breakfast/brunch of Scrambled Tofu with collard greens is my favorite Sunday Brunch after a long run. Instead of the common spinach people usually saute into the scrambled tofu, I use collard greens, turnip greens, or kale for more antioxidants and vitamins. Here is a picture of today's Sunday breakfast after a 10.50 mile run.

After I drink water after my runs, I love to reward myself with a 24 ounce tea pot of one of my loose leaf Chinese or Japanese Teas. Today, to accompany my scrambled tofu brunch, I steeped a Pai Mu Tan White Peony Loose Leaf Chinese Tea in my 24 ounce tea pot. Pai Mu Tan requires steeping for 3 minutes in a water temperature of approximately 180 degrees. The water usally cools to 180 degrees at approximately 6 to 8 minutes after boiling. I use a tea thermometer to verify the water temperature before steeping the leaves of this beautiful white loose leaf tea. I included below a picture of the Pai Mu Tan White Peony loose leaf tea before steeping and a picture of my tea in my Chinese style tea cup after steeping.

Let's talk running shoes. A Vegetarian or Vegan lifestyle in my opinion is a wonderful way to not only fuel your body, get your nutrients, and try to fight diseases and ailments; however, an essential part of trail running or running is the footwear. A good pair of trail running or road running shoes will help to prevent injuries. In the past, I had off and on running injuries until I decided to invest in running shoes that fit my running mechanics. I researched a long time before deciding on my 2 Altra Road Running Shoes below (the pink/blue pair and the blue/silver pair), and my LaSportiva Bushida Mountain/Trail Running Shoes (top pair). All 3 pairs would normally cost $130 a pair; but, I am a careful shopper. I purchased all three at separate times over the course of 5 years for half the $130 a pair price through frugal Internet shopping...looking for sales. All three running shoes are also rated in various years as Trail Runner Magazine's top running shoes. I suggest you research what is best for you, and if you can pay the full price of $130 or more that is great; but, there are always sales at certain times of the year, so why not shop frugally and pay half the price after your careful research of what is best for you. I am not downing running stores that fit you for running shoes, but I prefer to do my own research and purchases because there is nothing better than finding more about your feet and running mechanics yourself to make you more aware of how you function when exercising. Knowledge is Power.

All three running shoes are designed ergonomically for  my type of running and body mechanics where such as today at mile 9 where I ran 10.5 miles, my legs were not tired and I felt so awesome that I was picking up more speed at mile 9 without an extra effort.

In summarizing, Sister Vegetarian's secrets to energizing running and feeling great at 50+ after long runs, or even in all activities are the following:

1. Fuel yourself after a run with a hearty vegetarian meal filled with antioxidant greens and spices such as turmeric if making scrambled tofu. Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory.
2. Tea and especially loose leaf tea is a great anti-oxidant and relaxer after a long run, but make sure you drink lots of water before drinking tea. Tea also has the benefits of lowering blood pressure, fighting disease and ailments, and re-charging your energy level.
3. Invest in running shoes that fit your running style and body mechanics. Don't go for the cheapest running shoes, but go for quality. You can always get that $130 pair of running shoes on sale if you research.
4. Lastly, I did not mention this, but after a run, I do massages with my foam roller and body ball. I also do Kundalini Yoga in the mornings at 4:30 AM in my home yoga room for an hour. Kundalini Yoga differs from Hatha and more common yoga styles in that it detoxes your body and makes you stronger and more muscular overall through strengthening and detoxifying asanas. Did you see how muscular my arms are in my above picture...yes, Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini Yoga has been around since the 5th Century BC combining meditation and detoxifying asanas to clear the mind, body, spirit, and soul.

I hope these Sister Vegetarian's secrets help you to be healthy and stay athletically healthier when engaging in running or any sport. May your day be energized and may your light shine positively in all that you do :)
~ Sister Vegetarian

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sister Trail Running at age 50+

I could not stop my running bug. I have switched from road running to trail running in my 50th year. Life and our bodies do not slow down at 50. You are what you envision yourself to be, can do, and can accomplish at any age and wherever you are. You can turn your life around and re-invent yourself at any age. Life is not about staying on the same road, but about seeing what you can do off the beaten path...the path less taken. I completed a trail run 10K coming in 3rd in my age division, and another recent trail run 10K coming in 10th among the females. Trail Runs are ran through woods, possible streams at times, running up mountains, and just running in nature away from pavement.  I am loving my vegetarian life of now 8 years, now 50+, and trail running...even surpassing some 20 something year olds in my trail run races. But, for me, it is still not about the time but about the journey and just thanking God to be able to be healthy and finish the trail run. It is about fun, enjoying the nature views, the comraderie, and enjoying life. Stay tuned for more life at 50+.