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Emphasizing the fact that being vegan is a means rather than an end in itself, the Food for Thought podcast addresses all aspects of eating and living compassionately and healthfully. Each episode addresses commonly asked questions about being vegan, including those regarding animal protection, food, cooking, eating, and nutrition — and debunks the myths surrounding these issues. Hosted by bestselling author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Food for Thought has been changing lives for over a dozen years. Learn more at ColleenPatrickGoudreau.com.

Food for Thought: The Joys and Benefits of Living with Compassion and Purpose Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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    • 4.9 • 175 Ratings

Emphasizing the fact that being vegan is a means rather than an end in itself, the Food for Thought podcast addresses all aspects of eating and living compassionately and healthfully. Each episode addresses commonly asked questions about being vegan, including those regarding animal protection, food, cooking, eating, and nutrition — and debunks the myths surrounding these issues. Hosted by bestselling author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Food for Thought has been changing lives for over a dozen years. Learn more at ColleenPatrickGoudreau.com.

    Animal-Friendly Gardens: Plants, Flowers, and Trees Named After Animals

    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. 

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Staying Healthy — Physically, Emotionally, Mentally — During (and After) a Pandemic

    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.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    How to Reduce Pandemic-Related Plastic Pollution

    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 episode for tips on reducing your plastic consumption when it comes to: 
    Restaurant Take-Out Grocery Shopping Hand Sanitizers Cleaning Products Ordering Online Properly Disposing Plastic Waste Enjoy some ideas for what you can do at home and in your own life.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Heat of the Moment: Coping with Anxiety and Anger in Turbulent Times (Such as a Pandemic)

    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. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Humane Critter Control: Managing Uninvited House Guests (REBROADCAST)

    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.

    • 46 min
    Pig Laws and Black Codes: Why Voting Matters (and Why Those Who Suppress it Are Losing)

    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. Today -- a little history and lots of resources for voting and making sure others can do the

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

Sparkysroom ,

Truly a refreshing and resonant perspective!

Colleen always inspires, but the podcast on compassion was truly one of the best I’ve ever listened to. Tomorrow I’ll listen to it again because there was so much to soak up. This is one that needs to be shared. Just wow.

Tashhh111 ,

Thank you

Colleen is an inspiration and a tireless activist for the animals.

ERGolde ,

Very Informative, Inspiring and promotes so much compassion!

I recently discovered this podcast, after a co-worker of mine, whom happens to be vegan herself, recommended the Food for Thought podcast as I was struggling with my "vegetarianism" after watching the documentary "Dominion". Deciding to go vegan immediately after watching the documentary, I was looking for inspiration and answers. I went into a deep dive with your podcast, starting at the very beginning, and after only 20 episodes in, I feel inspired, connected, hopeful, and educated on where to go and how to live a more compassionate lifestyle that supports all animals as living beings. I also felt sad and angry as Colleen sheds truth and light on the horrors of the Intensive modern meat industry and the system that has done a good job at keeping the truth away from us. I feel more empowered after each episode and I thank Colleen on her hard, tireless work in speaking the truth and speaking for the voiceless and forgotten. Keep up the hard work, you inspire us to keep going. I look forward to each old and new episodes, and will help to spread the message for you, for the animals and for our planet! Thank you!

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