Food for Thought: Living Compassionately, Sustainably, and Healthfully

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Bestselling Author and Acclaimed Speaker

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.

All Episodes

What does it mean for a wine to be labeled "sustainable," "organic," "natural," "biodynamic," or "vegan"? Can you be one without the other? What are the most important considerations when buying any agricultural product? This and A LOT MORE on today's episode of Food for Thought. Become a supporter at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau, and get perks!

Nov 20

1 hr 16 min

You don’t have to get married or be in a romantic relationship to create intentions for how and who you want to be in relationship.  A vow is a promise and a pledge, but more than that, it’s a blueprint and a framework toward a higher end. Join me on my 20-year wedding anniversary as I explore the joys and benefits of creating vows and renewing them regularly.  Food for Thought is a listener-supported podcast. Join others at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  

Nov 3

28 min 5 sec

It's that time of year for scary films, but don't worry! I don't recommend films in which animals are the victims of gruesome violence. So, grab some popcorn, get a pen and paper, and settle into this episode where I share my suggestions for films that are perfect for Halloween — for kids and adult alike.   This podcast is sponsored by listeners like you. Become a listener supporter at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau and get access to podcast transcripts!

Oct 29

1 hr 25 min

Let’s talk about words we get from a food staple that has helped shape who we are as humans and how we talk as English-speakers.  The Food for Thought podcast is 100% listener-supported. Please become a patron today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  Thank you for listening.

Oct 19

29 min 43 sec

Aspiring to live lightly on this planet can be a pain in the butt, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Listen to this episode about how to take responsibility for the things, the STUFF, we have brought into our lives by exercising generosity rather than by creating garbage.  This podcast is sponsored by listeners like you. Please support it at patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau. Thank you.

Sep 10

1 hr 4 min

Americans (vegan and non-vegan) throw away 40% of the food we bring into our homes — leading to greenhouse gas emissions in landfills, wasted money, human / animal conflicts, and squandered resources. Enjoy Part Two of the series on FOOD WASTE and learn a number of solutions for preventing food waste in our own lives. 👉 Supporters receive transcripts and bonus materials! Become a member at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau

Sep 1

1 hr 12 min

Listen to this episode about pet cemeteries and animal burials old and new and what they tell us about the human-animal connection.  The Food for Thought podcast is 100% listener-supported. Please become a patron today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  Thank you for listening.

Aug 10

1 hr 7 min

Don't worry if you didn't plan on making some changes this month. I've got you covered.⁠⁠ Whether you're consciously following #plasticfreejuly or just want to reduce (or be aware of) the amount of plastic you use, consume, and buy, you can join the journey at any point. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Let's get you started.   

Jul 1

18 min 20 sec

What is the problem with zoos if they support conservation efforts, save endangered species, educate the public about wildlife, instill a love of animals, and foster appreciation for the natural world? Listen to find out.  Food for Thought is a listener-supported podcast. Thank you for being a supporter at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.

Jun 25

15 min 52 sec

There are more than 25,000 bee species globally, but when most people think about "saving bees," they tend to think only of the European honeybee — a species not native to the U.S. — that has been domesticated for crop pollination and honey production. Listen to this episode for how to help wild bees, both directly and indirectly.  Food for Thought is a listener-supported podcast. Thank you for being a supporter at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.

May 28

53 min 29 sec

What is one of the biggest culprits hindering the “zero” part of my zero-waste journey? MAIL! Junk mail, flyers, catalogs, credit card offers, charity solicitations, and just...mail in general. How to reduce it? How to properly discard it? Listen to today's episode.  Resources for living compassionately & healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, virtual cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

May 5

40 min 28 sec

Ravens, the most intelligent of all birds, live deep in our consciousness and language. Today we explore all the words and expressions with "raven" as their root. GAME OF THRONES FANS: take note! Resources for living compassionately & healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Apr 16

35 min 1 sec

"I wish this hadn't happened in my time." "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." My inspiration for this episode. ----- Resources for living compassionately & healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Apr 2

21 min 25 sec

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 yourself vegan or have ever been told you can't call yourself vegan, this episode is for you.  ----- Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Mar 19

38 min 32 sec

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 for a discussion of how to honor the traditions of Easter and Passover while staying true to our values. Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Mar 12

24 min 27 sec

Listen to my conversation with World Vegan Travel founder about how joyful and abundant it is to travel when compassion is your compass. Vegan travel to Italy, Rwanda, Vietnam, Cambodia, Botswana, South Africa, France, Japan, and more. Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Mar 11

1 hr 29 min

Jim Crow has become such a familiar term — as in Jim Crow Laws or the Jim Crow South or the Jim Crow Era — that it’s easy to miss the animal — in this case...the crow inside the phrase. How did the crow come to be associated with a repressive system of segregationist laws that hindered and harmed black men and women for decades after the Civil War? What is the story behind this animalogy?  Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Mar 5

33 min

In today's episode, I share my experience setting up 1,000-gallon rain catchment tanks and diverting the grey water from our sinks and showers to our gardens — instead of the sewer. A must-listen. Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Feb 27

53 min 38 sec

In today's episode, I answer such questions as, "Are vitamin/mineral supplements necessary?" "Are there any risks to taking supplements?" "Are supplements just a waste of money?" "Is it necessary/wise to take a daily multivitamin?" "What zero-waste, vegan supplements do you take?"  Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Feb 20

30 min 19 sec

The act of memorizing something — anything: a poem, a literary passage, a speech, a prayer, a philosophical treatise — is one of the most meaningful things we can do. In this episode, I explain why and how to do so. Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Feb 13

34 min 40 sec

Derived from the name of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, aphrodisiac foods and beverages are said to have qualities that provide amorous inspiration for bewitching and beguiling your beloved. In this episode, I cover them all — for Valentine's Day or any romantic occasion. Resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, including my books, cooking classes, and vegan trips. This podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Feb 6

23 min 16 sec

That's a mouthful!! In this episode, I offer some thoughts and suggestions for sustainable, animal-free, zero-waste gifts — whether they're for your romantic partner or platonic pal. Whether we're talking about flowers or chocolate or cards, there are some things to consider before purchasing if you want to make the most conscious choice.   As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Feb 1

23 min 51 sec

Letting others know you appreciate and value them is one of the greatest gifts you can give. In today's episode, I recount personal stories of appreciation and the bonuses I experienced as a result. As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening.   

Jan 25

20 min 14 sec

On Inauguration Day, not everyone will be talking about the inauguration of the next U.S. president; some (like me) will be talking about the animals hidden within the word itself. Join me for a journey back to ancient Rome to reveal the birds behind the words inaugural, inauguration, auspicious, auspices, and more. As always, you can find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Jan 19

12 min 27 sec

WARNING: Life-changing revelation! In this episode, I explain why it's fruitless to be surprised that a fig tree produces figs. Trust me. You'll want to hear this.  As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Jan 18

13 min 50 sec

I have been an animal advocate for more than 25 years, and I see enough cruelty every day to have a pretty bleak view of the world: And yet, I have hope. No, I’m not a mythical creature. No, I’m not delusional, and yes, I’m paying attention. At JoyfulVegan.com, you can find resources for living compassionately and healthfully, including my online cooking classes. My books are available wherever books are sold. This podcast is 100% listener supported Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  

Jan 15

5 min 18 sec

In this episode in our 15th year of Food for Thought Podcast, I explain how the hindsight of history can give us the insight of sages.  As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes or in an upcoming vegan trip. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener supported. Become a supporter today at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Jan 13

6 min 14 sec

While feeling anger (or sorrow) at the plight of animals is understandable, letting anger define you is detrimental. In this episode, I discuss how to be  vegan with passion, purpose, and power rather than anger, outrage, and indignation. You can always find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com and my books wherever books are sold. Join me in an online cooking class or on a vegan trip. This podcast is 100% listener-supported. Become a supporter today at patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau.

Jan 12

20 min 42 sec

When it comes to human nutrition, the bottom line is: the nutrients we need are plant- (and bacteria-) based. Not animal-based. When it comes to healthy soil: the same is true. The nutrients that plants need to grow come from the ground — not animals.   As always, you can find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, find my books wherever books are sold, and join me in my online cooking classes. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau. For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Jan 10

9 min 12 sec

In this episode, I explain the benefits of eating with awareness and provide suggestions for mindful eating.  You can always find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com and my books wherever books are sold. This podcast is 100% listener-supported. Become a supporter today at patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau.

Jan 9

18 min 13 sec

In today's episode of the 15th year of the Food for Thought Podcast, I provide the optimal numbers experts recommend for your total cholesterol, LDL ("bad cholesterol"), HDL ("good cholesterol"), triglycerides, and a little thing called homocysteine.  As always, find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, find my books wherever books are sold, join me in my online cooking classes, and join me on a vegan trip. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau. For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Jan 8

10 min 46 sec

We're hopeful that we will be traveling again as of September 2021 with incredible vegan trips to France, Italy, Botswana, and South Africa. Here's what you can expect.  As always, find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, find my books wherever books are sold, and join me in my online cooking classes. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau. For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Jan 7

15 min 16 sec

In this episode I explain why my message for eating healthfully can be narrowed down into three little words: eat by color. As always, you can find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. Because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau. For the animals, thank you for listening. 

Jan 6

17 min 36 sec

In this episode of the 15th year of the Food for Thought podcast, I provide a brief, basic overview of what experts say are the ideal blood pressure levels for optimal health and disease prevention.  As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. And because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau. For the animals, thank you for subscribing and listening.

Jan 5

13 min 19 sec

In this episode, I share something with you that enriched my life and thought it might do the same for you.  As always, you can find resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. And because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for subscribing and listening.   

Jan 4

10 min 18 sec

In this episode, I address a few of the typical excuses people have when it comes to becoming vegan — from "I don't really eat a lot of meat, dairy, and eggs" to "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." See if any of it resonates with you.  As always, you can resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. And because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for subscribing and listening. 

Jan 3

9 min 18 sec

In this episode, I share my thoughts about why going vegan for 30 days can change everything. As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. And because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for subscribing and listening.    

Jan 2

10 min 1 sec

In this New Year's episode, we celebrate the 15th year of Food for Thought podcast with some plant-based food rituals from around the world to bring in the new year.   As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes. And because of you, this podcast is 100% listener-supported. You can join other supporters by going to patreon.com/colleenpatrickgoudreau.  For the animals, thank you for subscribing and listening. 

Jan 1

8 min 47 sec

Changing the way we talk about animals may not change animals, but it might just change us, and it could just change the world. That is how I wrap up my new (and first) TEDx talk called ANIMALOGY: CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE, CHANGE THE WORLD. I would be so grateful if you would go watch, comment, and share this TEDx talk. For the animals, thank you.  https://youtu.be/0_BKbKDM2cs

Dec 2020

2 min 56 sec

Every single person who has ever written me an email or a kind comment has shaped who I am, has provided me with hope, and has guided the work I do to help create a compassionate world. May the stories you hear in this FOURTEEN-YEAR PODCAST ANNIVERSARY do the same for you. So put your feet up (or get them moving), and take in the beautiful responses I've received from listeners, followers, and students this past year. I hope you are as moved by the letters as I am humbled by them. FOOD FOR THOUGHT is a 100% listener-supported podcast. Thank you for all your support and love these last 14 years!  

Dec 2020

1 hr 18 min

Exceptional times require an exceptional response. While every day is special, here are some suggestions for making this challenging holiday season a little brighter. Happy holidays, happy new year, and many blessings to you and yours.  For the animals. 

Dec 2020

1 hr 21 min

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 we can give during the holidays or anytime of year. Thank you, listeners and supporters.

Dec 2020

1 hr 18 min

Enjoy this brief talk about the meaning of compassion, a presentation I was invited to give for a special event by Rancho Compasion, a farmed animal sanctuary founded by Miyoko Schinner.  Food for Thought Podcast is 100% listener-supported. Keep this podcast going at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.

Nov 2020

25 min 32 sec

People. Atmosphere. Beverages. Food. That's all we need to create a special event, holiday, or meal — but this year, we deserve to go just a little above and beyond to make it EXTRA special. By the end of this episode, you'll have some ideas for doing just that — whether you'll be sharing a Zoom meal with out-of-town family or having a small gathering outside and safely distanced. (NOTE: All of the suggestions apply even if you don't celebrate a traditional American Thanksgiving.) Food for Thought is a listener-supported podcast. Become a listener support at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau.

Nov 2020

1 hr 22 min

A special announcement about our holiday online vegan cooking classes and how you can bring a friend for free.  JoyfulVegan.com/Classes

Oct 2020

4 min 48 sec

Don't worry! I don't recommend films in which animals are the victims of gruesome violence. So, grab some popcorn, get a pen and paper, and settle into this episode where I share my suggestions for films that are perfect for Halloween — for kids and adult alike.   This podcast is sponsored by listeners like you. Become a listener supporter at Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau 

Oct 2020

1 hr 33 min

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 in the first place. Is it because: *they lack willpower?*they lack compassion?*you can't get protein and Omega-3s from plants?*because there's nothing to eat? And I address the responses vegans have to ex-vegans:  *"they were never vegan in the first place."*"they didn't do it for ethics — only health."*"they were fake vegans; real vegans don't go back." Join me for this extended episode as I tackle the excuses and the reasons behind ex-vegans and the assertions made by vegans who "just don't understand" how vegans can stop being vegan. THIS PODCAST IS SUPPORTED BY LISTENERS: Patreon.com/ColleenPatrickGoudreau

Sep 2020

1 hr 29 min

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.  Thank you to everyone who supports this listener-supported podcast. 

Sep 2020

1 hr 19 min

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.

Aug 2020

1 hr 34 min

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.

Jul 2020

1 hr 17 min