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Food for Thought is THE resource for living compassionately and healthfully. Listen to insightful, common sense perspectives about food, animals, cooking, eating, health, language, politics, zero waste living, literature, film, advocacy, and so much more from the Joyful Vegan herself, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.
 
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Don't worry if you didn't plan on making some changes this month. I've got you covered.⁠⁠ Whether you're consciously following #plasticfreejuly or just want to reduce (or be aware of) the amount of plastic you use, consume, and buy, you can join the journey at any point. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Let's get you started.By Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
 
What is the problem with zoos if they support conservation efforts, save endangered species, educate the public about wildlife, instill a love of animals, and foster appreciation for the natural world? Listen to find out. Food for Thought is a listener-supported podcast. Thank you for being a supporter at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.…
 
There are more than 25,000 bee species globally, but when most people think about "saving bees," they tend to think only of the European honeybee — a species not native to the U.S. — that has been domesticated for crop pollination and honey production. Listen to this episode for how to help wild bees, both directly and indirectly. Food for Thought …
 
What is one of the biggest culprits hindering the “zero” part of my zero-waste journey? MAIL! Junk mail, flyers, catalogs, credit card offers, charity solicitations, and just...mail in general. How to reduce it? How to properly discard it? Listen to today's episode. Resources for living compassionately & healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my…
 
Ravens, the most intelligent of all birds, live deep in our consciousness and language. Today we explore all the words and expressions with "raven" as their root. GAME OF THRONES FANS: take note! Resources for living compassionately & healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener…
 
"I wish this hadn't happened in my time." "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." My inspiration for this episode. ----- Resources for living compassionately & healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trip…
 
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 c…
 
Food-related rituals, particularly those involving animals, are likely to be so revered that they supersede consideration for anything or anyone else. Join me today for a discussion of how to honor the traditions of Easter and Passover while staying true to our values. Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, includi…
 
Listen to my conversation with World Vegan Travel founder about how joyful and abundant it is to travel when compassion is your compass. Vegan travel to Italy, Rwanda, Vietnam, Cambodia, Botswana, South Africa, France, Japan, and more. Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and …
 
Jim Crow has become such a familiar term — as in Jim Crow Laws or the Jim Crow South or the Jim Crow Era — that it’s easy to miss the animal — in this case...the crow inside the phrase. How did the crow come to be associated with a repressive system of segregationist laws that hindered and harmed black men and women for decades after the Civil War?…
 
In today's episode, I share my experience setting up 1,000-gallon rain catchment tanks and diverting the grey water from our sinks and showers to our gardens — instead of the sewer. A must-listen. Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% liste…
 
In today's episode, I answer such questions as, "Are vitamin/mineral supplements necessary?" "Are there any risks to taking supplements?" "Are supplements just a waste of money?" "Is it necessary/wise to take a daily multivitamin?" "What zero-waste, vegan supplements do you take?" Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.…
 
The act of memorizing something — anything: a poem, a literary passage, a speech, a prayer, a philosophical treatise — is one of the most meaningful things we can do. In this episode, I explain why and how to do so. Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This po…
 
Derived from the name of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, aphrodisiac foods and beverages are said to have qualities that provide amorous inspiration for bewitching and beguiling your beloved. In this episode, I cover them all — for Valentine's Day or any romantic occasion. Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, inc…
 
That's a mouthful!! In this episode, I offer some thoughts and suggestions for sustainable, animal-free, zero-waste gifts — whether they're for your romantic partner or platonic pal. Whether we're talking about flowers or chocolate or cards, there are some things to consider before purchasing if you want to make the most conscious choice. As always…
 
Letting others know you appreciate and value them is one of the greatest gifts you can give. In today's episode, I recount personal stories of appreciation and the bonuses I experienced as a result. As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold,…
 
On Inauguration Day, not everyone will be talking about the inauguration of the next U.S. president; some (like me) will be talking about the animals hidden within the word itself. Join me for a journey back to ancient Rome to reveal the birds behind the words inaugural, inauguration, auspicious, auspices, and more. As always, you can find resource…
 
WARNING: Life-changing revelation! In this episode, I explain why it's fruitless to be surprised that a fig tree produces figs. Trust me. You'll want to hear this. As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online c…
 
I have been an animal advocate for more than 25 years, and I see enough cruelty every day to have a pretty bleak view of the world: And yet, I have hope. No, I’m not a mythical creature. No, I’m not delusional, and yes, I’m paying attention. At JoyfulVegan.com, you can find resources for living compassionately and healthfully, including my online c…
 
In this episode in our 15th year of Food for Thought Podcast, I explain how the hindsight of history can give us the insight of sages. As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes or in an upcom…
 
While feeling anger (or sorrow) at the plight of animals is understandable, letting anger define you is detrimental. In this episode, I discuss how to be vegan with passion, purpose, and power rather than anger, outrage, and indignation. You can always find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com and my books whereve…
 
When it comes to human nutrition, the bottom line is: the nutrients we need are plant- (and bacteria-) based. Not animal-based. When it comes to healthy soil: the same is true. The nutrients that plants need to grow come from the ground — not animals. As always, you can find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, f…
 
In this episode, I explain the benefits of eating with awareness and provide suggestions for mindful eating. You can always find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com and my books wherever books are sold. This podcast is 100% listener-supported. Become a supporter today at patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau.…
 
In today's episode of the 15th year of the Food for Thought Podcast, I provide the optimal numbers experts recommend for your total cholesterol, LDL ("bad cholesterol"), HDL ("good cholesterol"), triglycerides, and a little thing called homocysteine. As always, find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, find my bo…
 
We're hopeful that we will be traveling again as of September 2021 with incredible vegan trips to France, Italy, Botswana, and South Africa. Here's what you can expect. As always, find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, find my books wherever books are sold, and join me in my online cooking classes. Because of …
 
In this episode I explain why my message for eating healthfully can be narrowed down into three little words: eat by color. As always, you can find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. Because of you, this podcast is …
 
In this episode of the 15th year of the Food for Thought podcast, I provide a brief, basic overview of what experts say are the ideal blood pressure levels for optimal health and disease prevention. As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold,…
 
In this episode, I share something with you that enriched my life and thought it might do the same for you. As always, you can find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. And because of you, this podcast is 100% listene…
 
In this episode, I address a few of the typical excuses people have when it comes to becoming vegan — from "I don't really eat a lot of meat, dairy, and eggs" to "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." See if any of it resonates with you. As always, you can resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my bo…
 
In this episode, I share my thoughts about why going vegan for 30 days can change everything. As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. And because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supp…
 
In this New Year's episode, we celebrate the 15th year of Food for Thought podcast with some plant-based food rituals from around the world to bring in the new year. As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online…
 
Changing the way we talk about animals may not change animals, but it might just change us, and it could just change the world. That is how I wrap up my new (and first) TEDx talk called ANIMALOGY: CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE, CHANGE THE WORLD. I would be so grateful if you would go watch, comment, and share this TEDx talk. For the animals, thank you. http…
 
Every single person who has ever written me an email or a kind comment has shaped who I am, has provided me with hope, and has guided the work I do to help create a compassionate world. May the stories you hear in this FOURTEEN-YEAR PODCAST ANNIVERSARY do the same for you. So put your feet up (or get them moving), and take in the beautiful response…
 
Exceptional times require an exceptional response. While every day is special, here are some suggestions for making this challenging holiday season a little brighter. Happy holidays, happy new year, and many blessings to you and yours. For the animals.By Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
 
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 Gi…
 
Enjoy this brief talk about the meaning of compassion, a presentation I was invited to give for a special event by Rancho Compasion, a farmed animal sanctuary founded by Miyoko Schinner. Food for Thought Podcast is 100% listener-supported. Keep this podcast going at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.…
 
People. Atmosphere. Beverages. Food. That's all we need to create a special event, holiday, or meal — but this year, we deserve to go just a little above and beyond to make it EXTRA special. By the end of this episode, you'll have some ideas for doing just that — whether you'll be sharing a Zoom meal with out-of-town family or having a small gather…
 
Don't worry! I don't recommend films in which animals are the victims of gruesome violence. So, grab some popcorn, get a pen and paper, and settle into this episode where I share my suggestions for films that are perfect for Halloween — for kids and adult alike. This podcast is sponsored by listeners like you. Become a listener supporter at Patreon…
 
Ex-Vegan celebrities — Miley Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres, Joaquin Phoenix (just kidding, calm down) — and ex-vegan non-celebrities (friends, family members, co-workers) leave vegans feeling disappointed and perplexed. In this episode I address why people stop being vegan in the first place. Is it because: *they lack willpower?*they lack compassion?*you …
 
The thousands of animal-related words and expressions we have in our English language illustrate how deeply connected we are to animals, and that's never more apparent than in the names of plants — both the common names and the botanical names. Join me on this fun journey through gardens, fields, and forests as we discover plants, trees, flowers, a…
 
The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lock-down have added stress and strain to our bodies, hearts, and minds. Listen to this episode for ideas for staying healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally during this time and always. Thank you to listener supporters who make this podcast possible. Please become one at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau…
 
Plastic consumption and plastic pollution have skyrocketed during the pandemic because of the increase in the use of disposable gloves, masks, and gowns; online shopping, restaurant take-out; and the prohibition of reusable bags, cups, and containers. What's a conscious consumer to do? Is it possible to reduce our plastic consumption when we're in …
 
A deadly pandemic, job loss, economic turmoil, social isolation, fear, insecurity, debt, disparity, civic unrest, and confronting centuries-long racial tensions, systemic racism, and injustice. No wonder people are angry and anxious. Join me for this episode about how to come together, cope, and find hope and joy in turbulent times. Food for Though…
 
Every one of us has had to manage what to do when uninvited guests take up residence in our attics, walls, or basements. Sadly, we're too quick to consider them "pests" and take lethal measures to get rid of them. But even when we want to take compassionate action, we may be deceived or making it worse for the animal. Listen to this important episo…
 
If you’ve ever doubted the power of voting, all you need to do is take a look at the history of and struggle for suffrage — the right to vote — in this country, because the power of voting can be measured by the efforts to suppress, limit, and restrict it. Voting rights have been hard-won for most segments of the population, especially the millions…
 
As advocates for the causes we care about — whether it’s racial justice, environmental sustainability, animal protection, reproductive rights, or all of the above — it can be difficult to decide where to spend your time, money, and energy, and I don’t believe there’s one answer. But I do believe political engagement is one of them. Join me in this …
 
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 mea…
 
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 …
 
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 ad…
 
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