Keep Flowers Not Bees — How to Save Bees without Eating Honey
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 is a listener-supported podcast. Thank you for being a supporter at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau....

Zero Waste: What to Do About Catalogs, Junk Mail, and Envelopes with Plastic Windows
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 books, virtual cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For t...

A Kindness of Ravens: Words from Our Black-Feathered Friends
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 supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening....


Time is Passing. How Do You Want to Spend It?
"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 trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening....

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When to Use (and Not Use) the Word Vegan — REBROADCAST
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.  ----- Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at j...

Foods Easter and Passover — Honoring Tradition AND Our Values (Re-broadcast)
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, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the a...


World Vegan Travel (Bonus Episode)
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 vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening....

Jim Crow and Zip Coon: The Animals in Racial Stereotypes
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? What is the story behind this animalogy?  Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan...

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Zero Waste — Rain Tanks and Grey Water
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% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening....


To Take or Not to Take Supplements
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.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudrea...

Learning By Heart: The Art of Memorizing
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 podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening....

Aphrodisiac Foods and Love Potions
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, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For t...


Zero-Waste, Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free Gifts for Valentine's Day
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, 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 ...

The Gift of Appreciation
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, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrick...

Inauguration: On a Wing and a Prayer
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 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. ...


How to Not Be Cynical About the World
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 cooking classes. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank ...

Yes, I Have Hope. No, I'm Not a Mythical Creature
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 cooking classes. My books are available wherever books are sold. This podcast is 100% listener supported Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau....

How the Past Can Give Us Hope for the Future
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 upcoming vegan trip. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank ...


Angry Vegan vs. Joyful Vegan
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 wherever books are sold. Join me in an online cooking class or on a vegan trip. This podcast is 100% listener-supported. Become a supporter today at patreon.com/colleen...

Know Your Numbers (Weight & Waist Circumference)
In this episode, I provide the optimum numbers for weight, body mass index, waist circumference, and body fat percentage — all of which should be considered together.   You can always find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com and my books wherever books are sold. Join me in an online cooking class or on a vegan trip. This podcast is 100% listener-supported. Become a supporter today at patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau....

Animal-Free Fertilizers for Healthy Gardens
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, find my books wherever books are sold, and join me in my online cooking classes. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supp...

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Mindful Eating
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....

Know Your Numbers (Cholesterol)
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 books wherever books are sold, join me in my online cooking classes, and join me on a vegan trip. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can ...

Vegan Travel & Vegan Trips
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 you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau. For the animals, thank you for listen...

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Eat By Color
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 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau. For the animals, thank you for listening....

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Know Your Numbers: Blood Pressure
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, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. And because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon...

A Powerful Non-Verbal Greeting
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% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for subscribing and listening....


From Excuse-itarian to Vegan
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 books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. And because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other su...

Why 30 Days Vegan?
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-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for subscribing and listening....

Plant-Based Food Rituals for the New Year
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 cooking classes. And because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau.  Fo...


TEDx Talk for the Animals
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.  https://youtu.be/0_BKbKDM2cs...

14-Year Podcast Anniversary Love Fest
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 responses I've received from listeners, followers, and students this past year. I hope you are as moved by the letters as I am humbled by them. FOOD FOR THOUGHT is a 100%...

Covid Christmas: How to Make the 2020 Holidays a Little Brighter
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....


Lessons and Gifts: Making Meaningful Holidays (Rebroadcast)
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 Meaning of Compassion
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....

Creating an Extra Special Thanksgiving / Holiday During the Pandemic
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 gathering outside and safely distanced. (NOTE: All of the suggestions apply even if you don't celebrate a traditional American Thanksgiving.) Food for Thought is a list...

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Animal-Related Scary Movies
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.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau...

Ex-Vegans and Ex-Vegan Celebrities: Why People Stop Being Vegan
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 can't get protein and Omega-3s from plants?*because there's nothing to eat? And I address the responses vegans have to ex-vegans:  *"they were never vegan in the ...

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Animal-Friendly Gardens: Plants, Flowers, and Trees Named After Animals
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, and fungi named after animals.  Thank you to everyone who supports this listener-supported podcast....

Staying Healthy — Physically, Emotionally, Mentally — During (and After) a Pandemic
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....

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How to Reduce Pandemic-Related Plastic Pollution
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 the middle of a deadly pandemic? Can we still aspire to be low-waste or zero-waste (which was already aspirational in the best of times). Take a listen to this e...


Heat of the Moment: Coping with Anxiety and Anger in Turbulent Times (Such as a Pandemic)
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 Thought is a supporter-listener podcast. Thank you for being a Patron....

Humane Critter Control: Managing Uninvited House Guests (REBROADCAST)
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 episode about how to change our perception and behavior and still humanely deal with rats, squirrels, raccoons, and even cockroaches.  Thank you for supporting this po...

Pig Laws and Black Codes: Why Voting Matters (and Why Those Who Suppress it Are Losing)
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 of black men and women who endured the horrors of slavery, Pig Laws, Black Codes, Jim Crow laws, and 100 more years before securing their basic Constitutional ri...


How to Engage in Politics without Becoming Cynical
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 episode for the best ways to get your voice heard federally, regionally, and locally....

Gut-Wrenching: Common Words with Surprising Animal Origins
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...

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


Favorite Countertop Appliances + Lessons from a Kitchen Remodel
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 support...

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

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


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

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

Essentials for a Well-Stocked Plant-Based Kitchen
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 THOUG...


Why Vegan? Pick a Reason. Any Reason.
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!...

Why Vegan? Pick a Reason. Any Reason.
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
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 ...


50 Ways to Live a Meaningful Life
“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?
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)
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 devel...


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

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

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

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Lessons and Gifts: Making Meaningful Holidays (and Lives)
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
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 thei...

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Ask for What You Want: Vegan on Vancouver Island
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 Pat...


The Joyful Vegan
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"
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...