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Emphasizing the fact that being vegan is a means rather than an end in itself, the Food for Thought podcast addresses all aspects of eating and living compassionately and healthfully. Each episode addresses commonly asked questions about being vegan, including those regarding animal protection, food, cooking, eating, and nutrition — and debunks the myths surrounding these issues. Hosted by bestselling author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Food for Thought has been changing lives for over a dozen years. Learn more at ColleenPatrickGoudreau.com.

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Emphasizing the fact that being vegan is a means rather than an end in itself, the Food for Thought podcast addresses all aspects of eating and living compassionately and healthfully. Each episode addresses commonly asked questions about being vegan, including those regarding animal protection, food, cooking, eating, and nutrition — and debunks the myths surrounding these issues. Hosted by bestselling author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Food for Thought has been changing lives for over a dozen years. Learn more at ColleenPatrickGoudreau.com.

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Compassionate to all

By alwaysthe70's - Mar 19 2020
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I love how accepting and informative Colleen is.

My favorite vegan

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So no judgmental and informative.

iTunes Ratings

1323 Ratings
Average Ratings
1203
37
21
22
40

Compassionate to all

By alwaysthe70's - Mar 19 2020
Read more
I love how accepting and informative Colleen is.

My favorite vegan

By Samwise1188 - Mar 07 2020
Read more
So no judgmental and informative.
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Food for Thought: Eat Healthfully, Live Compassionately, and Be Joyful

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Emphasizing the fact that being vegan is a means rather than an end in itself, the Food for Thought podcast addresses all aspects of eating and living compassionately and healthfully. Each episode addresses commonly asked questions about being vegan, including those regarding animal protection, food, cooking, eating, and nutrition — and debunks the myths surrounding these issues. Hosted by bestselling author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Food for Thought has been changing lives for over a dozen years. Learn more at ColleenPatrickGoudreau.com.

Rank #1: Raw vs. Cooked Foods: Which is Better?

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There are a lot of opinions and theories about whether it’s better to eat more cooked veggies or more raw veggies -- or about whether it's more beneficial to eat 100% raw fruits and veggies and avoid cooked foods altogether. In today's episode I hope to settle this once and for all.

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Sep 20 2015

32mins

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Rank #2: Vegan for Health vs. Vegan for Ethics: Is There a Difference and Does it Matter?

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Often when you tell someone you’re vegan, the response is: “Why are you vegan? Is it for health or ethics?” Somehow, the answer matters, and depending on your answer, people respond differently. Join me as I discuss if our motivation to become vegan affects our dedication to remain vegan. I also share my opinion about people who identify as "plant-based" rather than "vegan."

Thank you to listeners and to the American Anti-Vivisection Society (aavs.org) for their support of the podcast.

Mar 29 2015

33mins

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Rank #3: The Shame of Overweight Vegans

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In today's episode, I relate my interaction with a non-vegan neighbor about whether it's ever possible to keep and kill animals "humanely," and I talk to a couple listeners about how best to represent veganism with non-vegan, animal-loving co-workers and colleagues. The center of this episode, however, is my response to a woman who wrote to me to ask how I can help her reconcile her embarrassment about being vegan and overweight. Not surprisingly, I have an opinion. If you'd like to hear it, take a listen. If you like what you hear, please share it.

Jan 04 2014

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Rank #4: Being the Vegan in the Room - Representing Veganism in a Joyful Way

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In today's episode, I share with you a number of recent scenarios I found myself in where I had the opportunity to represent veganism and chose (choose) to do so in a positive way, whether it's ordering food in a non-vegan restaurant, dropping the "v" word into a non-vegan conversation, or meeting a friend of a friend who is on the Paleo (Pasturbation) diet. I also include a number of "What Would Colleen Do?" phone calls, including one that asks what I (as a vegan) feed my cats, one that asks about how to "be the vegan in the room" - or rather "in the workplace" - from a woman starting a new job, and one from a caller who wants to know how to engage with her mother, who has just been diagnosed with cancer and does want to hear about how a plant-based diet might help.

Jul 27 2014

1hr 18mins

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Rank #5: 10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates

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As an advocate for animals and compassionate living for over 25 years, you can imagine I've made mistakes, I've learned a bit, and I've thought a lot about what is effective -- and what is not. And so I give you 10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates. Take a listen, and enjoy some lil' shareables, if you're so inclined to share: 

*The goal is to live according to compassion. The goal is not to “live according to veganism.”  

*When you think being vegan is the end goal -- the badge, the destination, you get hung up on trying to be perfect or achieving a state of purity, and you forget what being vegan is all about. 

*Being vegan is the means to the goal and that goal is unconditional compassion and optimal wellness. 

*Highly Effective Advocates understand that perfection is the enemy of the good.

*The problems we face in our world are not because we have so much compassion we don’t know what to do with it. The problems are because people aren’t living according to their own values of compassion and kindness.

*We know we’re no better than anyone else for being vegan; we’re just better than who we used to be.

*Highly Effective Advocates make connections rather than create separations.

*Highly Effective Advocates ask themselves, "Do I want to be right or do I want to be effective?"

*I didn’t stop eating meat because I stopped liking the taste; I stopped eating it because I realized it was made of animals who were suffering."

*This issue isn't me against you; vegan against non-vegan; my moral superiority over your moral superiority. It’s about all of us being against violence and cruelty.

*If I profess to be a compassionate person, it doesn’t mean I get to be compassionate only to those I like or who agree with me.

*Compassion isn’t compassion unless it is felt for everyone -- the guilty and the non-guilty, the kind and the unkind, the good and the evil.

*Authentic compassion means having compassion even for those who do are not compassionate.

*The more compassion I give, the more that gets created in the world. The more compassion I withhold, the less there is.

*Having a clear intention about your goal and making that goal about truth rather than outcome will make you a successful, effective advocate 100% of the time.

*May our daily choices be a reflection of our deepest values and may we use our voices to speak for those who need us most, those who have no voice.

Jul 26 2016

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Rank #6: 100-Mile Trek in the Scottish Highlands

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They said we'd starve being vegan in southern Germany. They said we'd starve being vegan in Rwanda. They said we'd starve in the Highlands. They were wrong, and we lived to tell about it. Join me on our latest excursion — this time on a 100-mile trek from Glasgow to Fort William (and a train ride to Edinburgh). I take you with us from how to pack for such a trip, what my favorite vegan hiking shoes are, what company to use to book with, how to prepare for eating while you're walking 15 miles a day, and how often to stop for whisky. Complete with recommendations, resources, and restaurants. 

Thanks to listener supporters, who also receive written transcripts of each episode.   

Jul 26 2017

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Rank #7: Responses to 'I'm Vegan' and How to Reply

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Even though I address a number of typical responses and excuses in previous podcast episodes, I felt it was important to return to this topic, because there really is such an interesting dynamic that takes place when someone says "I'm vegan." Some responses can throw the vegan for a loop, including: "I'm vegan, too, but I eat chicken, fish, and eggs" or "I tried being vegan, but I felt tired and lethargic" or "I used to be vegan, but now I buy 'humane' meat, dairy, and eggs and feel good being connected to my food" or "I used to be vegan, but my acupuncturist told me I had to start eating (animal) meat again, and so I have." Take a listen, and hopefully some of my suggestions will help when replying to such statements. 

May 04 2012

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Rank #8: Processed Foods Are Evil! (Or Are They?)

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Some people say: “Just because you’re vegan, doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Vegans eat a lot of processed foods. Processed foods are killing people. Processed foods are evil.” In today's episode, I offer my response to this idea that "processed foods" are bad for us or that they reflect poorly on veganism. The truth is we ALL eat "processed foods," and "vegan" is not a diet.

Thank you to listener supporters and to our sponsor The American Antivivisection Society.

Listen by subscribing to the RSS feed or listening through iTunesStitcher, or Soundcloud.

Jun 07 2015

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Rank #9: 30 Things You Can Do To STOP Changing the World

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The well-intentioned rallying cry to “change the world” becomes louder and more hashtag-worthy, especially as Earth Day approaches. A search on Google garners millions of results for articles to help people make a difference:

*10 Things That Even YOU Can Do to Change the World*30 Things You Can Do to Change the World in 30 Seconds*50 Ways YOU Can Change the World without Leaving Your Favorite Chair.

The problem is that we're asking the wrong thing of people. It’s not that we CAN change the world. It’s that we ARE changing the world. What we need to do is STOP changing the world -- and change ourselves instead. 

This podcast is sponsored by listeners like you. Help it continue. Supporters receive such perks as written podcast transcripts. 

Listen by clicking the play button below or by subscribing to the RSS feed or listening through iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud.

Apr 03 2016

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Rank #10: The Joyful Vegan

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What does it take to become (and stay) a joyful vegan? The answer is in ... The Joyful Vegan. Listen to today's podcast episode.

JoyfulVegan.com

Oct 27 2019

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Rank #11: If the World Went Vegan, We Would be Overrun with Animals and Other Hypotheticals

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“What would happen to all the animals if we stopped eating them? Wouldn’t we be overrun with cows and pigs and chickens if we stopped?” “If everyone stopped eating these animals, they would go extinct. Is that what you want, Ms. Vegan and Mr. Vegan? You don’t care if these animals go extinct??” Join me today as I address these questions. 

Thanks to supporters for making Food for Thought possible and who receive written transcripts of every episode.

Jun 03 2017

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Rank #12: Are Oysters Vegan?

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I’ve heard every justification for the consumption of animals, but I was a bit stunned when I heard someone claim that vegans should eat oysters because bivalves are "basically plants." No doubt there are grey areas in this whole attempt to live as compassionately as possible. But even the fuzzy lines are still lines. If I let you eat oysters, would you stop eating cows?

Listen by clicking the play button below or by subscribing to the RSS feed or listening through  iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud.

Feb 29 2016

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Rank #13: The Newest Diet Fad: Paleo

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The newest fad diet on the block combines all the trends of the day: "low-carb," "gluten-free," and "low glycemic index," instilling fears about healthful foods and waxing poetic about animal flesh and fluids. You might call this a "retro" diet in that in doesn't look forward; it looks backwards. Way backwards! Not backwards 10 years or 100 years but 20,000 years! Join me as I discuss the The Paleo Diet: why it's not sustainable, why it's a just fad, why its claims cannot be substantiated, and why it appeals to people who Pasturbate.

Jan 11 2012

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Rank #14: Are Avocados, Almonds, and Figs Vegan?

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The world lit up on fire with stories (from vegans and non-vegans, including on the BBC TV show QI) that these plants — and more — are "not vegan" because of the way they're pollinated. Listen to this episode for my thoughts. (JoyfulVegan.com)

Jan 24 2019

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Rank #15: Losing Weight - Part One: Calorie Expenditure

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Though some people do lose weight upon becoming vegan (which makes sense because you're eating fewer calorie-dense foods) and though vegans do have a lower body mass index than non-vegetarians, weight loss is not automatic for everyone. Rather than promise that "if you go vegan, you will lose weight," it's much more accurate to say "people who switch from an animal-based diet to a plant-based diet tend to lose weight effortlessly because plants are much less calorie-dense than animal flesh and secretions." For those for whom weight loss is a goal, it's simply a numbers game: decreasing energy intake and increasing calorie output – and remember – calories are just units of energy. Today we talk about expending calories.

May 24 2010

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Rank #16: From Consumption to Compassion: The Stages We Go Through When We Stop Eating Animals and What We Need to Know to Stay Hopeful and Joyful

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I believe that the process of becoming vegan is the process of reclaiming our true compassion and becoming reawakened to it, and I think understanding the journey of going from innately compassionate child to desensitized adult to one whose compassion is re-awakened is key to inspiring it in others and to remaining awake ourselves. Once we become awake, however, another journey begins, and in today's episode, I introduce listeners to the 10 Stages we all go through once we become vegan. I believe that knowing that these stages are very real is crucial to feeling normal, crucial to understanding why people react the way they do when you tell them you’re vegan, and crucial to living in this world as a proud, joyful vegan who can effectively advocate for the animals and on behalf of a compassionate ethic.

Apr 08 2013

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Rank #17: Food for the Road: Packed Lunches and PIcnics

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Whether you’re packing lunches for your children for school or your partner for work or for yourself to take to the office; whether you're a teenager packing your own lunch or a college student looking for quick and easy meals; whether you're someone who works outside - as a gardener or landscaper, carpenter or construction worker; whether you're going on a picnic, going camping, or taking a road trip or a plane ride, you may want to listen to this episode. Packed with ideas and suggestions for a number of different sandwiches, snacks, and salads (grain, pasta, noodle, fruit, bean, tofu, or tempeh), Food for the Road leaves no stone unturned.

Oct 09 2008

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Rank #18: Five Favorite Foods: Carrots, Dates, Walnuts, Oats, Brussels Sprouts

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My main criteria for my "favorite foods" are things that I consume practically every day and love to prepare, and though my list may seem pedestrian, one thing I've discovered in the many years I’ve been doing this work is that even the most basic foods are still foreign to people. So, today I talk - at length! - about these five favorites.

Mar 03 2008

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Rank #19: Transitioning to a Vegan Diet - or - Tips for Eating Healthfully

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Even if you're not planning on transitioning to a vegan diet, I think you'll find this episode very helpful. Packed with helpful tips and shortcuts, this episode addresses the pragmatics of eating and cooking healthfully, offers suggestions for eating locally, speaks to those who say they are hungry when they eat vegan, and provides insight into why people react with anger and/or hostility when you tell them you're vegan. (You'll even hear from my cat, Schuster, who decided to chime in unexpectedly! His brother, Simon, had nothing to say.)

Nov 01 2006

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Rank #20: How to Make a Vegan - Mainstreaming The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

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The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is the ULTIMATE guide for transitioning to a healthy, compassionate lifestyle, and it's the ULTIMATE resource for vegans. Packed with tools, tips, recipes, and menu ideas, it answers every question related to eating, cooking, nutrition, and the social aspects of living vegan, including eating out, holidays, living with non-vegans, etc. We already know the material inspires vegans. Now, we need to get this book in as many hands as possible -- for the animals, both human and non-human. Here's how!

Purchase The 30-Day Vegan Challenge book

Join The 30-Day Vegan Challenge online program

Or do both for a discount

Jan 10 2015

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Gut-Wrenching: Common Words with Surprising Animal Origins

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Today's episode is not as gruesome as it sounds — aside from the fact that killing animals and eating their body parts is kinda gruesome — but it IS fascinating. It's all about words with animal flesh and fluids at their roots both actually AND etymologically. Words you'd never expect. Words you never even realized. Take a listen and see what I mean!

Thank you to all of today's podcast supporters. Food for Thought is a 100% listener-supported podcast. Become a supporter at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau

May 19 2020

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Zero Waste: It Ain't About Recycling (REBROADCAST)

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In this episode about my zero waste journey, I share the principles that have absolutely changed my thinking and way of living.

Zero Waste is not simply about my making YouTube videos about how to make zero-waste almond milk (although I do that!), it's a way of thinking that profoundly changes our approach to resources and production, going beyond "waste diversion" and striving to ensure that products are designed to be repaired, refurbished, and reused, creating a circular economy rather than a linear economy of make, use, dispose.

And it's definitely not about recycling. Recycling IS waste. Have I blown your mind yet?

Supporters receive transcripts of all episodes. Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau

May 12 2020

1hr 8mins

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Favorite Countertop Appliances + Lessons from a Kitchen Remodel

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While it's true that countertop appliances require some space, it's also true that they make it easy to prepare and eat delicious, nutrient-dense, animal-free, plant-based dishes. While you can get along without them, I do think a couple are worth the space they take up on your counter, and their price points are really reasonable these days. In addition, I share some lessons and gifts from our kitchen remodel — things I'm thrilled we did; things I wish we didn't. 

Thanks, as always, to our listener supporters. Become one today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau

Apr 29 2020

1hr 7mins

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How to Create an Intentional Daily Routine — During Quarantine or Anytime!

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Creating a daily routine is essential even if we weren't quarantined, sheltering in place, and physically distancing from one another. (Has anyone coined "Quar-routine" yet?) 

In a previous episode called "50 Ways to Create a Meaningful Life," I promised I would break out some of the items into their own individual episodes, and so here we are.

In this episode, I share 10 ways I organize my day so as to ensure that I have as joyful and meaningful a day as possible. (And when I falter...how a routine helps me re-set the day.) 

I can't wait to hear about your routine! Take a listen, drop me a line, and thanks for supporting the podcast. 

Apr 21 2020

1hr 1min

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Vaccines Are a Bunch of Bull: Animal-Related Words for Diseases and Cures

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No, this episode is not about denying the life-saving efficacy of vaccinations; it's about all the animal-related words we have for diseases and cures, including the word VACCINE, which comes from the Latin word for a cow or bull. It's just another example of how how deeply rooted animals are in our consciousness, in our history, and in our lives — for better and for worse.

Food for Thought is a 100% listener supported podcast. Become a supporter today.

NOTE: This is a new recording of a topic featured on Animalogy Podcast, which has now officially ended its run.

Apr 14 2020

37mins

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Animals and the Coronavirus Pandemic (Part One): Poaching, Farming, and Eating Wild Animals

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What does the Covid-19 / coronavirus virus mean for non-human animals and the laws and policies that affect our treatment of them? Join me for the first episode in the series, which focuses on wild animals who are poached, farmed, and eaten. 

The source of the recent coronavirus outbreak that has led to a worldwide pandemic has been linked to a market in mainland China, where wild animals are sold and killed for human consumption. Will this virus put an end to the illegal wildlife trade in China and Southeast Asia? Will the wildlife farms in China reopen once the pandemic is over? Will this be the end to live animal markets and wet markets where wild and domesticated animals are sold and killed for meat? Will China close the loopholes (such as exemptions for Traditional Chinese Medicine) that exist in their bans on wildlife poaching and consumption? Is there anything you can do to help make a difference? 

Listen to this listener-supported episode as I attempt to answer these questions. (become a supporter at patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau)

Apr 07 2020

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Vaccine is an Animalogy + Online Vegan Cooking Class (Announcement)

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Just a couple quick announcements:

  1. There is a NEW episode of Animalogy Podcast called Vaccines Are a Bunch of Bull: Animal-Related Words for Diseases and Cures. Listen and subscribe to Animalogy Podcast.
  2. I've been overwhelmed by the number of requests for me to teach an online cooking class, and so I'm making it happen. On Sunday, April 5th at 1:00 p.m. PST I'll be teaching how to make:  
    • Spring Vegetable Cauliflower Rice Risotto
    • Miso Fennel Ginger Soup
    • Eggless Meringue Cookies

Register today. I hope you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and happy during this difficult time. We're all in this together.

Mar 31 2020

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Essentials for a Well-Stocked Plant-Based Kitchen

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Having a well-stocked kitchen is essential whether you’re looking to throw together a last-minute meal, a well-planned meal (which I recommend should be the default), or if you’re just not able to get out of the house because of weather, sickness, or mandated stay-at-home measures such as during the Coronavirus outbreak of 2020.

Today’s episode is focused on my personal strategies for buying wisely, eating well, and stocking up — principles that can be applied every day or during emergencies.

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Mar 24 2020

1hr 9mins

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Why Vegan? Pick a Reason. Any Reason.

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Whether you care about human rights, food safety, wild animals, the environment, world hunger, farmed animals, or your own health, just a cursory look at these issues demonstrates how intricately linked they are to our consumption of animal-based meat, dairy, and eggs.

So, pick a reason — any reason — and it alone would be reason enough to justify eating an animal-free diet.

Which reason do you choose?

FOOD FOR THOUGHT IS A LISTENER SUPPORTED PODCAST. Please become a supporter today

Mar 16 2020

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The Lethal Gifts of Livestock: Zoonotic Diseases and their Origins

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Being animals ourselves, it makes sense that we share many of the same diseases as our non-human cousins. We aren’t – after all – plants. We aren’t at risk for catching aphids or sooty mold or downy mildew.

In fact, many of the major killer pandemics we’ve been plagued with were acquired from non-human animals, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, believed to have been first transmitted to humans through the butchering and consumption of infected chimpanzees.

It is our very consumption of animals and their products that has bestowed upon us what Guns, Germs, and Steel author Jared Diamond calls the “lethal gifts of livestock.” Our abuse of nature comes full-circle and at a heavy price for both the consumer and the consumed.

Take a listen. 

Mar 13 2020

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50 Ways to Live a Meaningful Life

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“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how,” wrote Viktor Frankl, author of Man's Search for Meaning. The question isn't "how can I be happy in my life?" but rather "how can I create meaning and purpose in my life?" When we seek meaning, happiness follows. Here is a list of 50 ways to create a meaningful, purposeful life that have worked for me. May it be a guide for you. 

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Mar 08 2020

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Can You Eat Eggs And Still Be Vegan?

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In other words, if someone is vegan in every other way, but they eat the eggs of their rescued hens (who live in their backyard or at an animal sanctuary): 

  1. Is that unethical / problematic / perpetuating animal cruelty AND 
  2. Can that person call themselves vegan?

Is there such a thing as an egg-eating vegan?

That's what we explore on today's episode of Food for Thought with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Thanks for listening and supporting this podcast!

Feb 25 2020

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Life-Changing Books (Fiction and Nonfiction to Live By)

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I love books. My love of reading goes back to my childhood, I have fond memories of the annual Scholastic Book Fair at my grammar school, I worked in bookstores (where I met my husband!), studied English Literature in undergraduate and graduate school, and became an author myself. I don't love books for their own sake but for how they deepen my understanding of the world around me as well as my commitment to living a meaningful life. I'm not a particularly FAST reader, but I am a PICKY reader and have developed a very strong relationship with certain books that have shaped the way I think, work, and live. In today's episode, I share WHAT those books are and WHY they are life-changing.

Feb 06 2020

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Better is Better: The Emotional and Practical Aspects of Fostering Cats and Dogs

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How do you love someone and let them go? How do you make sure the good intentions you have lead to good results? How do we help the scores of rescued animals who are looking for forever homes? In today's (LONG) episode, I recount my experiences — both stressful and successful — fostering cats. While cats have their own particular needs, my hope is that even if you're looking to foster dogs, rabbits, or hamsters you'll glean some inspiration and guidance. Take a listen, and let me know what you think.

As always, thank you to the listener supporters! Become one today at patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau

Jan 22 2020

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How Zero Waste Changed the Way I Eat (And Why Baby Carrots Are Evil)

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Once you decide to make zero-waste, plastic-free, low- or no-packaging a priority in your life, you learn very quickly you have to make some changes when it comes to what you buy, how you shop, what you eat, and how you cook. Some might find this an inconvenience. I find it an adventure. Journey with me as I share some reflections on favorite foods and how my relationship with them has changed since "becoming zero-waste."  Oh right, and I'll also share with you WHY BABY CARROTS ARE EVIL from this joyful vegan's point of view. 

Jan 09 2020

1hr 1min

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Five Favorite Foods (And The Strange Way I Eat Popcorn)

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When is a banana not simply a banana? Which food (on my least-favorite food list) is an animalogy? How many ways can you eat cauliflower? Which olive was my "gateway olive" to loving olives? How (strangely) do I eat popcorn? Answers to these and many more questions, particularly, "what are your favorite foods?" can be found within. Grab some popcorn balls and take a listen, then let me know your food favorites and food quirks!

Thank you to supporters for making this a 100% listener-supported podcast. Become a supporter at patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau!

Dec 30 2019

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Lessons and Gifts: Making Meaningful Holidays (and Lives)

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This end-of-year episode is based on my motto that life is made up of a series of lessons and gifts, an appropriate topic as we reflect on the lessons of the past year, create plans for the next, and offer gifts to one another. This episode is about creating meaningful holidays (and lives) and includes a list of 25 Meaningful Zero-Waste, Ethical Gifts we can give during the holidays or anytime of year.

Thank you, listeners and supporters.

Dec 07 2019

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The Last Thanksgiving Turkey

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Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, it seems there isn’t a magazine, newspaper, or website that doesn’t feature recipes for every means and method of stuffing, brining, and roasting turkeys. And every year, vegetarians, vegans, and animal advocates urge the public (and their family members) to leave the turkey off the menu in favor of plant-based sides and mains.

The problem is that by the time these well-intentioned campaigns begin, it’s already too late. 

Not only do most people not want to forego their butter-basted bird, by October 45 million turkeys will have already been brought into this world, confined, detoed, slaughtered, eviscerated, trussed, and frozen.

Let's try this instead.

(The Food for Thought Podcast is brought to you by listeners. Become a listener supporter at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau!)

Nov 26 2019

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Ask for What You Want: Vegan on Vancouver Island

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I'm gobsmacked by the number of people who think traveling while vegan is difficult or who tell me they just accept "good enough" because they don't want to put anyone out. If you're staying at a hotel, eating in a restaurant, or booking a room at a bed and breakfast, you are engaging with someone in the service industry, and as such...they want to make you happy. Enjoy this episode about how I found happiness on Vancouver Island. 

This episode is brought to you by listeners! Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.

Nov 21 2019

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The Joyful Vegan

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What does it take to become (and stay) a joyful vegan? The answer is in ... The Joyful Vegan. Listen to today's podcast episode.

JoyfulVegan.com

Oct 27 2019

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Compassionate to all

By alwaysthe70's - Mar 19 2020
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I love how accepting and informative Colleen is.

My favorite vegan

By Samwise1188 - Mar 07 2020
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So no judgmental and informative.