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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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    • 4.8 • 1.4K 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.

    They Were Never Really Vegan in the First Place: Ex-Vegans and Ex-Vegan Celebrities

    They Were Never Really Vegan in the First Place: Ex-Vegans and Ex-Vegan Celebrities

    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, and I address the responses vegans have to ex-vegans, such as "they were never vegan in the first place."

    Join me for this extended episode as I tackle the excuses and the reasons behind ex-vegans.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Gdn1212 ,

A beautiful, profound podcast

CPG is truly the most underrated philosophical voice of our time. This podcast is an absolute jewel and filled with so much wisdom even beyond veganism. I’ve learned so much about literature, history, and art through this podcast. Simply can’t recommend it enough—both to vegans and non-vegans alike!

ANON in Oklahoma ,

"a trusted friend and mentor"

I've been vegan (now I align more with plant-based) ever since my mother and I started listening to Colleen back in 2014. The rigor she brings to her work in activism is matched only by her compassion and common sense, and, six years later, listening to Food for Thought is like listening to a trusted friend and mentor. You really can't go wrong with any of her episodes, and any new vegans or vegan-curious folks will learn a ton from her. I also like when she expands her subject matter and talks a bit more about life in general; it is clear that she strives to live in accordance with her values across the board. Thanks for a great show, Colleen.

17jenn ,

Love this podcast, even though I am not a podcast lover!

Colleen is an inspiration with a wonderful message and has a very relaxing voice 🖤

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