Food For Thought: The Joys And Benefits Of Living Vegan

Synopsis

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.

Episodes

  • Zero Waste: It Aint About Recycling (REBROADCAST)

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

    12/05/2020 Duration: 01h08min

    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

  • Favorite Countertop Appliances + Lessons from a Kitchen Remodel

    Favorite Countertop Appliances + Lessons from a Kitchen Remodel

    29/04/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    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

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

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

    21/04/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    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. 

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

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

    14/04/2020 Duration: 37min

    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.

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

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

    07/04/2020 Duration: 58min

    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

  • Vaccines Are a Bunch of Bull + Online Vegan Cooking Class (Announcement)

    Vaccines Are a Bunch of Bull + Online Vegan Cooking Class (Announcement)

    31/03/2020 Duration: 02min

    Just a couple quick announcements: 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. 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.

  • Essentials for a Well-Stocked Plant-Based Kitchen

    Essentials for a Well-Stocked Plant-Based Kitchen

    24/03/2020 Duration: 01h09min

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

  • Why Vegan? Pick a Reason. Any Reason.

    Why Vegan? Pick a Reason. Any Reason.

    16/03/2020 Duration: 57min

    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! 

  • The Lethal Gifts of Livestock: Zoonotic Diseases and their Origins

    The Lethal Gifts of Livestock: Zoonotic Diseases and their Origins

    13/03/2020 Duration: 42min

    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. 

  • 50 Ways to Live a Meaningful Life

    50 Ways to Live a Meaningful Life

    08/03/2020 Duration: 44min

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

  • Can You Eat Eggs And Still Be Vegan?

    Can You Eat Eggs And Still Be Vegan?

    25/02/2020 Duration: 33min

    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):  Is that unethical / problematic / perpetuating animal cruelty AND  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!  

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

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

    06/02/2020 Duration: 01h36min

    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.

  • Better is Better: The Emotional and Practical Aspects of Fostering Animals

    Better is Better: The Emotional and Practical Aspects of Fostering Animals

    22/01/2020 Duration: 01h52min

    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

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

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

    09/01/2020 Duration: 01h01min

    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. 

  • Five Favorite Foods: Bananas, Cauliflower, Japanese Sweet Potatoes, Popcorn, Olives

    Five Favorite Foods: Bananas, Cauliflower, Japanese Sweet Potatoes, Popcorn, Olives

    30/12/2019 Duration: 57min

    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!  

  • Lessons and Gifts: Making Meaningful Holidays (and Lives)

    Lessons and Gifts: Making Meaningful Holidays (and Lives)

    07/12/2019 Duration: 01h08min

    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.

  • The Last Thanksgiving Turkey

    The Last Thanksgiving Turkey

    26/11/2019 Duration: 26min

    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!)

  • Ask for What You Want: Vegan on Vancouver Island

    Ask for What You Want: Vegan on Vancouver Island

    21/11/2019 Duration: 56min

    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.

  • The Joyful Vegan

    The Joyful Vegan

    27/10/2019 Duration: 43min

    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

  • When Vegans Should Not Use the Word Vegan

    When Vegans Should Not Use the Word "Vegan"

    18/09/2019 Duration: 42min

    One of my goals has always been to take the word "vegan" out of the box called "vegan." My goal is constantly thwarted by *the overuse of the word vegan *the use of "vegan" to refer to people as well as food *the attempt by some vegans to narrow the definition and make the word "vegan" refer to every social problem that exists in the world If you call yourself vegan or have ever been told you can't call yourself vegan, this episode is for you.  JoyfulVegan.com  

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