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Food For Thought

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A unique perspective that leaves listeners feeling supported, motivated, & inspired. Celebrating a way of life that encompasses compassion for everyone, this podcast addresses all aspects of eating a compassionate plant based diet. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau answers FAQs including those regarding animal rights, living among non vegans, food, cooking, nutrition and debunks the myths surrounding these issues. In some episodes classic short stories involving animal rights and perspectives are read & discussed.

5 Ways We Can Help Animals in our Every Day Lives
10 Nov 2015 at 10:31am
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Animals in Film Part Two: Animals Were Harmed
26 Oct 2015 at 10:35am
In Animals in Film: Part 1, we talked about the history behind the American Humane Association and its “No Animals Were Harmed” disclaimer. Today, in Animals in Film: Part 2, we discuss where things have gone wrong on TV and movie sets that lead to the death or injury of animals and why these productions still received the “No Animals Were Harmed” disclaimer (... More)
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Animals in Film Part One: The History of the "Animals Were Not Harmed" Disclaimer
5 Oct 2015 at 9:42am
Every regular filmgoer is familiar with the disclaimer at the end of film credits that states “no animals were harmed in the making of this film.” This message is given with the approval of the American Humane Association, which has oversight over the treatment of animals in films, but what took place to give an outside group oversight over a private (... More)
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Raw vs. Cooked Foods: Which is Better?
20 Sep 2015 at 9:05am
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. Help make these podcast episodes possible. Become a supporter today. (... More)
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White God: A Film for the Animals
7 Sep 2015 at 9:20am
In today's episode, I review a Hungarian film called White God by director Kornél Mundruczó. The film won the Un Certain Regard award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and the main canine actor received their presigious Palm Dog Award. This film is at once a revenge film, a science fiction film, a horror film, a political film, a coming of age film, (... More)
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A Compilation of Compassion
30 Aug 2015 at 2:05pm
Please enjoy this compilation of editorials I've written and recorded over the years for my local national public radio station. With over 10 2-minute episodes heard back to back, you'll enjoy topics such as urban livestock, caring for hurt or injured dogs and cats, having a turkey-free Thanksgiving, the violence inherent in slaugherhouses and how it (... More)
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Vegan at Work: When Your Job Conflicts with Your Ethics
16 Aug 2015 at 8:52am
Living according to your ethics in a complicated world certainly comes with challenges, but it's not impossible. For vegans trying to do the right thing, it's one thing to opt out of eating the obvious animal products -- meat, dairy, and eggs - but what about the trickier, grayer areas, including work. What if you work for a software company and you're (... More)
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Expansion of Awareness and Skills: Stage 8 of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals
2 Aug 2015 at 11:12am
It's in this stage that we might buy our first food processor or high-powered blender or we garden for the first time or we cook for the first time or we try new foods or cuisines or restaurants we never tried before. This is when we learn how expansive it is to live unconditionally compassionately. This is when we may feel more deeply connected to (... More)
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Vegan with Cats and Dogs: What to Feed Our Companion Animals
19 Jul 2015 at 10:01am
The question I get more than any other is “What do you feed your cats?” Many years ago, I produced a podcast episode that addressed this issue but included additional unrelated information. And so, it was time to dedicate an updated episode to this topic, which also includes how dogs do on a vegan diet. Thank you to listener supporters and to our sponsor The (... More)
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Vegan in the South (of Italy and France)
8 Jul 2015 at 3:00pm
Travel with me to southern Italy and France, as I share details of our most recent trip as part of the "Vegan Travel with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau." My intention is to demonstrate how enjoyable it is to eat an abundance of local food, take in the incredible sites, immerse yourself in local culture, customs, and people -- all while adhering to your vegan (... More)
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Nine-Year Podcast Anniversary: A Super Duper Love Fest
24 Jun 2015 at 9:13am
In celebration of our nine-year anniversary of the podcast, I feature the letters of listeners who have been transformed by "Food for Thought." The stories are as diverse as the listeners and reflect varied ages and backgrounds, but they all share common threads of hope and compassion. I hope you are as moved by the letters as I am humbled by them. (... More)
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Nine-Year Podcast Anniversary: A Super Duper Love Fest
20 Jun 2015 at 12:23pm
In celebration of our nine-year anniversary of the podcast, I feature the letters of listeners who have been transformed by "Food for Thought." The stories are as diverse as the listeners and reflect varied ages and backgrounds, but they all share common threads of hope and compassion. I hope you are as moved by the letters as I am humbled by them. (... More)
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Processed Foods Are Evil! (Or Are They?)
7 Jun 2015 at 9:00am
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 (... More)
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Masculinity and Meat: Re-Defining What Makes a “Real Man”
24 May 2015 at 9:21am
There is a prevailing myth in our culture, played out in our language and in marketing, that meat is masculine and plant foods are for wimps. Meat is a metaphor for strength, virility, and manliness, while vegetarianism/veganism is feminine, effeminate, and even emasculating. "Real Men Eat Meat" and "Tofu is Gay Meat" are just two examples of advertisements (... More)
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The Best Animal Mothers: Human and Non-Human
10 May 2015 at 5:52am
When it comes to human and non-human animals, we are more alike than different, especially when it comes to mothering. In today's special episode, I share my thoughts about what it means to be a great mom and why elephants and alligators both meet the criteria. Thank you to listener supporters and our sponsors The American Antivivisection Society and Nature's (... More)
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10 Strategies for Effective Communication (Part Two)
26 Apr 2015 at 10:00am
Returning to the 10 Stages of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals, today we wrap up Stage 7: Effective Communication. In Part One, I covered our first five strategies: *Creating Intention*Practicing Active Listening*Asking Questions*Having a Sense of Humor*Knowing Where You End and Another Person Begins In Part Two, I offer five more strategies (... More)
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10 Strategies for Effective Communication (Part One)
12 Apr 2015 at 8:29am
Returning to our 10 Stages of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals, today we tackle Stage 7: Effective Communication. This is the stage at which you begin to feel more comfortable in your own vegan skin, including how to speak to people who push back when you tell them you're vegan or who are hostile or passive aggressive or disrespectful. You (... More)
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Vegan for Health vs. Vegan for Ethics: Is There a Difference and Does it Matter?
29 Mar 2015 at 9:16am
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" (... More)
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A Note to Excuse Me: Natural Foods Expo + Holistic Holiday at Sea Vegan Cruise
24 Mar 2015 at 3:30pm
The idea of not meeting a deadline or being late for an appointment or letting someone down is the stuff of nightmares for me. Traveling with The 30-Day Vegan Challenge and speaking all around the country made it impossible for me to release this week's podcast episode. That's all you need to know, but if you want to listen to my adventures at the Natural (... More)
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The Symbols of Easter and Passover: Honoring Tradition as well as Our Values
8 Mar 2015 at 1:39pm
One misconception about veganism I've encountered more than once is the assumption that in honoring our values, we must forego tradition - as if these two things are mutually exclusive. 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 (... More)
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The Vegan Police: Speaking Up for Animals without Talking Down to People
22 Feb 2015 at 12:52pm
A small subset of opinionated, passionate, well-intentioned people perpetuate the stereotype of the angry, self-righteous, perfection-focused animal rights vegan when they spew invective at anyone who is not "vegan enough" in their eyes. They are otherwise known as The Vegan Police. Listen to today's episode for my perspective on how we can speak up (... More)
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Animals and The Age of Enlightenment: How thinkers in the 17th century paved the way for animal protection today
8 Feb 2015 at 8:32am
When you look at the arc of history in terms of human violence against animals, there is no doubt that things are significantly better than they were in the past. We've still got a lot of work to to, but when we step back and look at it from a broader perspective, we can see the paradigm shifts that took place in terms of how we regard and treat animals. (... More)
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Raccoon Rescue
29 Jan 2015 at 8:21pm
Many of us happen upon wildlife in distress in our daily lives, but we don't often do anything about it. We may be afraid, we may not know what to do, we may be too busy. Today I share my brief story about a little raccoon with distemper whose suffering took precedence over my fear. Today's Tweetable: "One life matters - especially to the one whose (... More)
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Rites and Wrongs: When Slaughter Rituals Mask Discomfort
24 Jan 2015 at 8:41am
For millennia, humans have engaged in rituals with the intention of achieving a wide variety of desired outcomes: reducing anxiety, alleviating grief, deepening faith, or even making it rain. Though rites and rituals can be used for positive or innocuous effects, they can also disguise discomfort and make unjustifiable actions seem legitimate. They (... More)
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How to Make a Vegan - Mainstreaming The 30-Day Vegan Challenge
10 Jan 2015 at 1:08pm
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, (... More)
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Seeking a Sense of Community & Belonging (Stage 6 of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals / Become Vegan)
28 Dec 2014 at 9:19am
According to a recent study, the majority of people who become vegetarian / vegan go back to eating meat and animal products after a short time. One reason seems to be the lack of support or community. In today's episode, we return to our 10 Stages of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals / Become Vegan and focus on what I think is the make-or-break (... More)
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Victory for Elephants in Circuses
14 Dec 2014 at 9:24am
Join me today as I discuss the bullhook ban victory in my own city of Oakland, CA and how it is a small step indeed. I believe there will come a day in my lifetime when we see the end of animals in circuses, but until then, we're forced to make frustratingly small, incremental steps toward that aim. I also share a couple phone calls and announce the (... More)
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Vegan Traveling in Ireland: Plant-Based Eating in my Ancestor's Land
30 Nov 2014 at 9:09am
Excited to share my trip to Ireland in today's podcast episode, including my meals at vegan (and non-vegan) restaurants, my visits to an animal sanctuary, and everything in between. So, sit back and enjoy! Many thanks to listeners and to American Anti-Vivisection Society and for sponsoring this episode. (... More)
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American Vegan in London
16 Nov 2014 at 5:47pm
Excited to share my trip to London with all of you, including my meals at vegan (and non-vegan) restaurants, my visits to animal memorials, and everything in between. In the next episode, I'll take you to Ireland with me, but for now, sit back and enjoy! I'm also including some questions from callers about the sustatainability of salmon, how to buy (... More)
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Animal Word Origins
3 Nov 2014 at 4:20am
  I'm fascinated by the origins of words in general and how they relate to our perception of and thus treatment of non-human animals in particular. And so today, we take a look at five common English-language words and how they relate to non-human animals. After listening, you'll never again be able to order a burrito without thinking about my favorite (... More)
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What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals: Stage 5 - Sorrow and Anger
19 Oct 2014 at 9:59am
Continuing our 10 Stages of What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals, today I focus on Stage 5. This is when we are so acutely aware of how large the problem is, of how many animals are suffering, how many animals humans hurt, how many atrocities we commit against animals, how systematic it is, and how systemic it is. And as a result, we may feel overwhelmed, (... More)
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Practical Answers to Real-World Vegan Concerns
5 Oct 2014 at 9:12am
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Animals Are Not Plants
21 Sep 2014 at 10:59am
The urban agriculture trend is sexy, hot, and extremely popular. It also has the potential to negatively affect thousands of individuals when farming and killing animals is part of the plan. In today's episode, I share my experience working to stop backyard animal farming and slaughter in Oakland and why I think acting locally and politically for animals (... More)
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The Power of Compassion
7 Sep 2014 at 9:05am
Join me for today's episode filled with wonderful questions from callers, such as what to do when a butcher shop moves in across the street; how to deal with "compassion fatigue": coping with the sadness of our society's rampant institutionalized animal abuse; and one from a doctor who looked for some guidance on how to talk to her patients about plant-based (... More)
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Indoor Cats with Outdoor Access
25 Aug 2014 at 9:04am
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What Happens When You Stop Eating Animals – Stage Four: Evangelizing
10 Aug 2014 at 8:29pm
Today's episode focuses on the fourth stage of what happens when you stop eating animals: Evangelizing (Vegangelizing?). Join me as I talk about the difference between evangelizing and proselytizing and why we can - and should - fully embrace the true meaning of what it means to be an evanglizer, or a "messenger of good news." Sharing our enthusiasm (... More)
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Being the Vegan in the Room - Representing Veganism in a Joyful Way
27 Jul 2014 at 2:50pm
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) (... More)
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Palm Oil, Earth Balance, and Rainforest Destruction: Straw-Man Argument or Legitimate Connection?
16 Jul 2014 at 9:29am
Public awareness is growing about the relationship between the production of palm oil and the loss of rainforests. And that's a good thing (though much work needs to be done between the relationship between the production of animal-based MEAT and the destruction of rainforests). Grown in tropical regions, palm plantations are displacing rainforests, (... More)
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Vegan in Italy
7 Jul 2014 at 10:51am
Italy is one of my favorite places in the world - the people, the beauty, the language, the art, the history, the music, the food. Listen to this episode in which I share the details of our first international "Vegan Travel with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau" trip, which we premiered in Italy. We ate, we drank, we hiked, we cooked, we toured, we laughed, (... More)
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Feeding Wildlife: Is it Ever Okay?
29 Jun 2014 at 9:38am
In this episode, I answer a number of questions from callers who ask: *what do I say to people who bring up abortion when I talk about animal rights? *how do I not make everyone uncomfortable when I talk about being vegan? *is it ever okay to feed birds, squirrels, deer, and other animals outside my home? *how do I handle the fact that family members (... More)
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2,500 Years of Veganism: A Brief History
27 Jun 2014 at 11:00am
Many people think of “veganism” as a new reactionary trend against what we call factory farming, but for centuries, men and women have been thinking about, writing about, and expressing distress over the violence inherent in killing animals for human use and consumption. My personal veganism is part of a long continuum of men and women – from ancient (... More)
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Beauty without Animal Cruelty
13 Jun 2014 at 8:09am
In today's episode, I talk about my favorite personal care and cosmetics products and how to determine if a company doesn't test their final products or their ingredients on animals. I also discuss the importance of supporting organizations and companies striving to vet this information for us so we, the consumer, can trust that what we buy has not (... More)
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Advocating for Animals in Social Media
1 Jun 2014 at 11:11pm
The centerpiece of today's episode is how to be the best advocate for animals and veganism in the age of social media. One of the most common questions I receive is about how to respond to people who make hostile or passive aggressive comments about veganism and animal protection on their Facebook (et. al) page. I share my philosophy about interacting (... More)
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Vegan in New York City
18 May 2014 at 4:31pm
Join me in this episode in which I share with you my recent journey to the Big Apple, lauding the vegan restaurants I frequented and the animal activist/friends I cavorted with. And, amazingly, this California snob admits that NYC does some things better than we do in the Golden State. I also answer a couple questions from some lovely women who are (... More)
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Knowing Where You End and Another Person Begins
4 May 2014 at 8:41am
Join me for a great episode in which I answer some really common but important questions about how to deal with people who poke fun at or ignore your concern about animals. I also answer a great question about the myth that it costs more to eat healthfully. All of this follows my joyful riff about living among wildlife. Thank you to today's podcast (... More)
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The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is coming back! All I need is you.
1 May 2014 at 6:43am
The first edition of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge book sold almost 20,000 copies before going out of print. Help me bring back a new (improved) edition so it can resume changing and saving lives. Listen to this episode to find out why I need YOU to make this possible. We have only 30 days to make this possible! (... More)
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Vegan Weddings: How Dare You Reflect Who You Are on Your Special Day
21 Apr 2014 at 8:15am
So many vegans have been conditioned to be apologetic, self-effacing, or even ashamed for manifesting their values. Lest they be called selfish, rigid, or unreasonable, many compromise what they care about most to please someone else. This plays out in many scenarios but especially during wedding-planning. Whether or not you're getting married, this (... More)
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Compassionate Fashion
6 Apr 2014 at 8:09am
I get a lot of questions from both men and women about finding compassionate clothing and shoes made without animal skins, fur, hair, or other body parts(!) - that are both fashionable as well as affordable. Today, I share my thoughts about why it costs a little more to make ethical wares, and I assure you that you don't have to trade fashion for compassion. (... More)
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Benji: My Gateway Film into Animal Advocacy
23 Mar 2014 at 10:02am
My love of film began when I was very young and my parents took me to the movies every Friday night. Granted, some of the films I saw were incredibly inappropriate for my age, but I'll always be grateful for seeing Benji in the theatre when I was 6 years old. I almost didn't make it through for all the tears I cried, but it is truly one of my earliest (... More)
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I Am (Not) An Animal
9 Mar 2014 at 3:46pm
In today's episode, I discuss the origins of the word "animal," whose root word means "soul" - something humans are in danger of losing if we keep denying non-human animals theirs. Thanks to today's sponsors:,, & I also share the origins of other animal-related words (beast, creature, brute, brute and (... More)
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