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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.

Zero Waste: It Ain't About Recycling (REBROADCAST)
12 May 2020 at 8:30am
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Favorite Countertop Appliances + Lessons from a Kitchen Remodel
29 Apr 2020 at 9:00am
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, (... More)
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How to Create an Intentional Daily Routine — During Quarantine or Anytime!
21 Apr 2020 at 8:00am
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 (... More)
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Vaccines Are a Bunch of Bull: Animal-Related Words for Diseases and Cures
14 Apr 2020 at 8:00am
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 — (... More)
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Animals and the Coronavirus Pandemic (Part One): Poaching, Farming, and Eating Wild Animals
7 Apr 2020 at 8:00am
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 (... More)
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Vaccine is an Animalogy + Online Vegan Cooking Class (Announcement)
31 Mar 2020 at 6:10pm
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 (... More)
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Essentials for a Well-Stocked Plant-Based Kitchen
24 Mar 2020 at 8:00am
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 (... More)
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Why Vegan? Pick a Reason. Any Reason.
16 Mar 2020 at 9:00am
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 (... More)
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The Lethal Gifts of Livestock: Zoonotic Diseases and their Origins
13 Mar 2020 at 5:29pm
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 (... More)
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50 Ways to Live a Meaningful Life
8 Mar 2020 at 9:00am
“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 (... More)
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Can You Eat Eggs And Still Be Vegan?
25 Feb 2020 at 1:00pm
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 (... More)
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Life-Changing Books (Fiction and Nonfiction to Live By)
6 Feb 2020 at 6:28pm
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 (... More)
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Better is Better: The Emotional and Practical Aspects of Fostering Cats and Dogs
22 Jan 2020 at 8:23pm
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 (... More)
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How Zero Waste Changed the Way I Eat (And Why Baby Carrots Are Evil)
9 Jan 2020 at 6:45pm
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 (... More)
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Five Favorite Foods (And The Strange Way I Eat Popcorn)
30 Dec 2019 at 10:04pm
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 (... More)
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Lessons and Gifts: Making Meaningful Holidays (and Lives)
7 Dec 2019 at 12:20am
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 (... More)
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The Last Thanksgiving Turkey
26 Nov 2019 at 1:42am
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 (... More)
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Ask for What You Want: Vegan on Vancouver Island
21 Nov 2019 at 12:09am
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 (... More)
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The Joyful Vegan
27 Oct 2019 at 7:49pm
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 (... More)
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When Vegans Should Not Use the Word "Vegan"
18 Sep 2019 at 11:44pm
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 (... More)
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Is Wildlife Tourism Good or Bad for Animals?
28 Aug 2019 at 9:40pm
There has been such a proliferation of such terms as "eco-tourism," "wildlife tourism," and "sustainable tourism" that one wonders what is legitimate and what is just greenwashing. But is there such a thing as wildlife tourism; i.e. paying to see wild animals in their homes, without contributing to exploitation, such as going on a safari in Botswana (... More)
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Confessions of a Level-5 Zero Waste Vegan
20 Jul 2019 at 1:08pm
Remember when Lisa Simpson proudly declared to her eco-warrior idol that she was vegetarian? He poo-pooed her. When she said she was thinking of becoming vegan, he haughtily responded that he "doesn't eat anything that casts a shadow" and declared that he was a "Level 5 Vegan." When she said she started an organic compost pile at home, he said, "Just (... More)
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Peace for Pigs (REBROADCAST)
5 Jun 2019 at 5:42pm
"When creatures don't have an extraordinary beauty, it's because the person in contact with them is not seeing it," said pulitzer-prize winning poet Galway Kinnell, whose poem about pigs ends this episode. It's not an easy episode, but nothing worth talking about ever is.  From Original Broadcast:  Today’s episode is dedicated to pigs – how wonderful (... More)
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Summer is Coming: A Food for Thought Update
25 Apr 2019 at 10:32pm
Just coming up for air as I finish re-writes and edits on The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs. Here are some updates with light at the end of the tunnel.  RECEIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION IN THE BOOK! Become a patron at $20/month or more, and your name will be printed in The Joyful Vegan as my thanks (... More)
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Lethal Gifts of Livestock (REBROADCAST)
19 Apr 2019 at 6:56pm
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. Here are just a few: we got (... More)
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I’m Not Evil, and Neither Are You: Tribalism, Ideology, and a Call for Compassion
14 Mar 2019 at 11:49pm
There’s a presumption among some vegans that if you’re vegan, you’re also liberal, socialist, atheist, feminist, intersectionalist, progressive, and leftist, that you’re pro-choice, anti-vaccine, anti-GMO’s — and that if you’re not any or all of these things and everything that they entail, you’re unwelcome — or at least you don’t (... More)
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The Taming of the Cattle (REBROADCAST)
27 Feb 2019 at 6:14pm
Though we tend to forget, cattle (cows, bulls, and steers) did exist first as wild animals before humans began domesticating them for our own purposes. Before we got our hands on them and turned them into a commodity for human gain, what was their history? What was their background? What is their ancestry? Today I explore the answers to these questions, (... More)
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Are Avocados, Almonds, and Figs Vegan?
24 Jan 2019 at 10:03pm
The world lit up on fire with stories (from vegans and non-vegans, including on the BBC TV show QI) that these plants — and more — are "not vegan" because of the way they're pollinated. Listen to this episode for my thoughts. (JoyfulVegan.com) (... More)
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Vegan in France (+ Switzerland, too!)
8 Jan 2019 at 7:49pm
Starting in Paris, then moving onto Alsace (which included day trips to Germany and Switzerland), then back to France to the Normandy region and a stop-over in the Swiss Alps, our recent travels is the focus of this travel edition, giving you ideas of enjoying your own European vegan vacation, whether you go on your own or as part of a CPG Vegan Trip. (... More)
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Vegan Travel Around the World
23 Nov 2018 at 11:15pm
CPG Vegan Trips creates one-of-a-kind travel experiences with a focus on the interest and needs of adventurous and compassionate vegans and their vegan-friendly friends and family members. It's all about the food, the animals, the wildlife, the sanctuaries, and the small details and experiences that shape life-long memories. Here's what's coming up (... More)
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The Vegan Police: How to Speak Up for Animals Without Talking Down to People (REBROADCAST)
28 Oct 2018 at 11:10pm
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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Is Palm Oil Vegan? Should Vegans Eat Palm Oil? (REBROADCAST)
19 Oct 2018 at 6:28pm
Raising cattle for beef is the number one cause of the destruction of rainforests and global warming, but today we're going to talk about palm oil. Grown in tropical regions, palm plantations are displacing rainforests, destroying orangutan habitats and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. With good intentions, some vegans have called for a boycott of Earth (... More)
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Vegan at Work: When Your Job Conflicts with Your Ethics (REBROADCAST)
9 Oct 2018 at 1:34am
It’s one thing to opt out of eating animal products at home and in our personal lives, but what about adhering to our values in the trickier, grayer areas of our lives, such as in the workplace? What if you work for a software company and you’re put on a project to build a website for a fishing company? What if you work in a restaurant and have (... More)
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Are Oysters Vegan? (REBROADCAST)
29 Sep 2018 at 2:21am
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, (... More)
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Masculinity and Meat: Re-Defining What Makes a “Real Man” (REBROADCAST)
27 Sep 2018 at 5:23pm
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 (... More)
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What's Wrong with Eggs if Chickens Don't Have to Be Killed? (REBROADCAST)
6 Sep 2018 at 5:15pm
However much we want to believe it, hens don’t produce eggs because they figured out they were good binding ingredients for baked goods. Products of a chicken's reproductive cycle, eggs are simply the waste produced when they go unfertilized. Not as appetizing as what the egg industry tells us. What else are we not being told? Your support makes this (... More)
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Vegan Travel: Vietnam
15 Aug 2018 at 2:21pm
Rich in history, sophisticated cuisine, stunning scenery, pulsating cities, fascinating culture, Vietnam is consistently rated one of the top best countries to visit, and today I take you on a journey to this beautiful place. Today's focus is food (plant-based, of course), animal protection, nature, and culture. I let you know what animal and conservation (... More)
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Zero Waste, Vegan, and Living with Cats
11 Jul 2018 at 5:11pm
In today's episode I share with you the ways I try to reduce the ecological footprint of living with cats from a zero-waste perspective. I cover toys/enrichment, food, and litter! (... More)
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Food Waste (Part 3) — Make Soil Not Trash: The Ins and Outs of Composting
7 Jun 2018 at 4:03am
Wherever you live — whether in a house or an apartment, whether you have outdoor access or not, whether you garden or not — you will get SOMETHING out of this episode. (WARNING: I get pretty excited about composting!) This episode covers EVERYTHING you need to know: what type of bin to use, where to place it, what to fill it with, what not to fill (... More)
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Food Waste (Part 2) — Food is Not Garbage
22 Apr 2018 at 4:22pm
Zero waste is not about waste DIVERSION; it's about waste PREVENTION! We (vegans and non-vegans) throw away 40% of the food we bring into our homes — leading to greenhouse gas emissions in landfills, waste money, human / animal conflicts, and squandered resources. 🌺 On this Earth Day, I give you Part 2 of the series on food waste, offering a number (... More)
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Food Waste (Part 1): How Animal Products Hinder Zero Waste Goals
23 Mar 2018 at 8:50pm
We can't talk about Zero Waste living without talking about the big picture: the amount of food that gets wasted at the front end of the food chain: during production, harvest, and processing. And we can't talk about Zero Waste living unless we face the fact that the highest food losses are associated with livestock production. Listen to Part One to (... More)
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Zero Waste: It Ain't About Recycling
9 Mar 2018 at 1:57am
In this first 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 (though I will do that!), it's a way of thinking that profoundly changes our approach to resources and production, going (... More)
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The Vegan Experience: Special Annoucement
17 Feb 2018 at 1:23am
The intention in my work on behalf of animals and veganism has always been to guide people to live compassionately and healthfully with joy and confidence — and without deprivation. And that's why I offer so many opportunities for you to join me in living joyfully, fully, abundantly, compassionately, intentionally, creatively, and consciously — (... More)
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Don't Get Fleeced: Check out This Episode!
18 Jan 2018 at 6:13pm
Have you ever been "fleeced"? Have you ever "gone in search of the golden fleece" or "pulled the wool over someone's eyes"? Are your political opinion "dyed in the wool"? While I work on new episodes of Food for Thought, I wanted to let you know about a new episode of Animalogy in which I discuss the animal origins of these and more words and expressions (... More)
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Clean Meat: Slaughter-Free and Sustainable
5 Jan 2018 at 1:25am
Animal agriculture is wreaking havoc in every way imaginable; unfortunately, the consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs is on the rise. Of course, people can stop eating animal flesh and fluids and choose instead vegetables and plant-based meats and milks, but meat consumption is outpacing the rate at which people are becoming vegan and vegetarian. What (... More)
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12-Year Podcast Anniversary: A Love-Filled Love Fest
23 Dec 2017 at 11:25pm
If you ever once thought that “people don’t change,” then you’re in for quite a surprise. The stories you’re about to hear in this TWELVE-YEAR-ANNIVERSARY episode are as diverse as the people who wrote them, but they all share common threads of hope, transformation, and compassion. So relax, sit back, and take in the letters written by podcast (... More)
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Buying In or Selling Out? When Meat and Dairy Corporations Buy Vegan Companies
10 Dec 2017 at 6:19pm
The plant-based foods market recently topped $3.1 billion in sales and is slated to reach over $5 billion in just a couple years. As a result, the animal-based meat, dairy, egg, and other large corporations see vegan companies and the plant-based products they make as competitors they should fear, emulate, learn from, collaborate with, invest in, or (... More)
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10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates (REBROADCAST)
6 Dec 2017 at 8:00am
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.        (... More)
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Co-Existing with Carnivores: A Conversation with Project Coyote's Camilla Fox
1 Dec 2017 at 2:12am
The TRUE carnivores of the world provide SO much benefit to our ecosystems, but they're misunderstood, maligned, and systematically killed, mostly because of the HUMANS who pose as carnivores. Animal agriculture doesn't only affect the billions of its direct victims, it also destroys the lives and habitats of millions of individual wild animals.  Today’s (... More)
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How to Talk to a Hunter (Or Anyone Else with Whom You Disagree) — REBROADCAST
27 Nov 2017 at 8:18pm
WARNING: Radical ideas fill this episode, centering around the suggestion that we try to have compassion for people with whom we disagree or who participate in behavior we find abhorrent. That’s the thing about compassion: it’s gotta be equal opportunity or it’s just inauthentic. It’s easy to be compassionate towards like-minded people; the (... More)
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