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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.

SPECIAL EPISODE — Coccyx: Please Don't Sit on the Cuckoo
11 Jan 2017 at 10:36am
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SPECIAL EPISODE - Inauguration: On a Wing and a Prayer
10 Jan 2017 at 9:52am
Easing you into the new Animalogy Podcast, please enjoy this SPECIAL episode; in exchange, please listen and subscribe to Animalogy Podcast! As Inauguration Day approaches, not everyone is talking about the inauguration of the next U.S. president; some are talking about the animals hidden within the word itself. This inaugural episode of Animalogy, (... More)
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Announcement: Animalogy is Live!
14 Dec 2016 at 3:03pm
Just a quick announcement to let Food for Thought listeners and subscribers know that the Animalogy Podcast is now live! Please follow our 5-point plan!: 1. subscribe 2. download 3. rate & review 4. share 5. support (... More)
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Animalogy: Our Animal-Related Words and Phrases
5 Dec 2016 at 1:25pm
Today's episode is all about Animalogy, whose timing could not be more perfect not only because of the urgency of the need to transform our negative perception and ill treatment of nonhuman animals but also because we are living in a time when we are all called upon to be linguistically sensitive to vulnerable and disenfranchised groups. And perhaps (... More)
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Vegan in Los Angeles + Important Announcements
13 Nov 2016 at 7:53am
Vegan options in L.A. continue to grow, as does my Northern Californian envy for the delicious restaurants and pop-ups in this city that has grown close to my heart over the years. Take a listen to the details of our recent trip to the city of angels; perhaps it will inspire a visit of your own.    (... More)
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Animal Words with No Animal Origins
9 Oct 2016 at 8:50am
Did you know that some seemingly animal-related words and phrases have origins that have nothing to do with animals? In today's episode, I offer up the backstory to words such as piggyback, monkey wrench, round robin, and spelling bee.  Thanks for supporting Food for Thought.  Music by Gosta Berling. (... More)
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Animals in the Alphabet
11 Sep 2016 at 9:23am
Get ready to geek out on language and animals! We've talked a lot about animals hiding in familiar words and phrases, but did you know animals are lurking in the very letters that make up these words? If I haven't blown your mind yet, check out this episode to learn more about this fascinating history.  (... More)
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A Gaggle of Geese, A Pride of Lions, A School of Fish, and More Collective Animal Nouns
17 Aug 2016 at 4:09pm
A collective noun is “the name of a number (or collection) of people, animals, or things taken together and spoken of as one whole.” There are hundreds of these nouns of multitude, including those for animals, many of which are deeply embedded in our language despite being several hundred years old. You may refer to a gaggle of geese, a litter of (... More)
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10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates
25 Jul 2016 at 10:09pm
As an advocate for animals and compassionate living for over 25 years, you can imagine I've made mistakes, I've learned a bit, and I've thought a lot about what is effective -- and what is not. And so I give you 10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates. Take a listen, and enjoy some lil' shareables, if you're so inclined to share:  *The goal is to (... More)
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In Defense of Butchers: A Semantic Justification
27 Jun 2016 at 9:06am
The weight of a word doesn’t simply lie in its dictionary definition. Words don’t simply have denotations — they also have connotations: a number of associations and attributes that stretch beyond the literal meaning. The word “butcher” has always been associated with the killing and preparing of animals for human consumption, but a new contingency (... More)
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Traveling to Africa: Planning and Preparing for a Dream Trip
8 Jun 2016 at 11:18am
Whether you're interested in a visit to Africa or not, check out this episode that not only provides details about traveling to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas and Botswana to go on a safari but also offers thoughts on how we need to think about wild places. I also offer tips for using airline miles (rather than dollars) to fly and how to avoid (... More)
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Of Vegan Wine and Hunters
8 May 2016 at 7:18am
Journey with me through the Sonoma Wine Country as I share my experience eating vegan food, drinking wine, and talking to a wine-making hunter, who invited me to join him on one of his hunts. In this episode, I offer my thoughts about "vegan wines." This podcast is sponsored by listeners like you. Help it continue. Visit for everything (... More)
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The 10 Principles of Compassion
17 Apr 2016 at 10:15am
The problems we have in this world are not because we have so much compassion we don’t know what to do with it. The problems we have are because people aren’t living according to their own values of kindness and compassion. What does it mean to live according to compassion? Today I share with you The 10 Principles of Compassion as I see them.  Thank (... More)
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30 Things You Can Do To STOP Changing the World
3 Apr 2016 at 10:27am
The well-intentioned rallying cry to “change the world” becomes louder and more hashtag-worthy, especially as Earth Day approaches. A search on Google garners millions of results for articles to help people make a difference: *10 Things That Even YOU Can Do to Change the World*30 Things You Can Do to Change the World in 30 Seconds*50 Ways YOU Can (... More)
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Vegan in Seattle
21 Mar 2016 at 2:19pm
On my last visit to Seattle, WA 12 years ago, there were just a handful of vegan restaurants. Vegan donuts? Yes. (Yay!) A 100% vegan store? Yes. (Yay!) But vegan restaurants. Just a few. Of course as vegans, we're never at risk of starving, but darnit, it's just so much better when we can enjoy delicious, beautiful, creative food in a restaurant and (... More)
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Are Oysters Vegan?
28 Feb 2016 at 8:25pm
I’ve heard every justification for the consumption of animals, but I was a bit stunned when I heard someone claim that vegans should eat oysters because bivalves are "basically plants." No doubt there are grey areas in this whole attempt to live as compassionately as possible. But even the fuzzy lines are still lines. If I let you eat oysters, would (... More)
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Cat Cafes: Helpful or Harmful
14 Feb 2016 at 9:47am
Cat cafes have become a popular trend all around the world, but who do they ultimately serve? Are they just about the schtick, or can they play a role in helping people adopt homeless cats? Today's podcast episode explores this topic, offers some questions we should be asking, and provides a model that other cat cafes might follow. Thank you for supporting (... More)
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Animals in Film - Part 3: How to Help
1 Feb 2016 at 7:54am
Today's episode concludes a 3-part series on Animals in Film. In Part One, I talk about the history behind the American Humane Association and its “no animals were harmed in the making of this film" disclaimer. In Part Two, 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 (... More)
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Vegan in Germany: Beyond Pretzels, Beer, and Bratwurst
17 Jan 2016 at 10:05pm
Today's episode is framed around a conversation I had with a non-vegan German (who lives in the U.S.), who was not only doubtful we'd be able to eat while visiting southern Germany (as vegans) but who also lamented that we would be "missing out" on the traditions of this country. I assured him that when you look through the meat-eating lens, you see (... More)
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Ten-Year Podcast Anniversary: A Crazy Love Fest!
4 Jan 2016 at 3:53pm
Help celebrate the TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the Food for Thought podcast by sitting back and taking in the love letters I've received from listeners and supporters this past year. The stories are as diverse as the listeners and reflect varied ages and backgrounds, but they all share common threads of hope, transformation, and compassion. I hope you are (... More)
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Advocacy & Adaptation: Fitting In and Living Joyfully in a Non-Vegan World
20 Dec 2015 at 10:11am
Having experienced all these benefits of getting meat, dairy, and eggs out of our lives and having found our own voice, it's natural to next ask “Where do I fit into this whole thing?” “How can I help?” “What skills do I have that I can use to be part of the solution?” What's my contribution?” Finally, we can relax into this compassionate (... More)
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Humane Critter Control: Managing Uninvited Guests
7 Dec 2015 at 7:37am
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 (... More)
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5 Ways We Can Help Animals in our Every Day Lives
10 Nov 2015 at 10:31am
We already impact animals so much in our every day lives: we eat them, we destroy their homes, we make them perform for us, we shoot them for sport, we use and hurt them in so many ways. So how can we HELP them in our every day lives?? Listen to my TOP 5 SUGGESTIONS that don't even require much effort but that make a huge difference in the lives of (... More)
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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” (... 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 (... 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 (... 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 (... 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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