Food for Thought: The Joys and Benefits of Living Compassionately and Healthfully (In Other Words: Vegan)

Join me for today's episode filled with wonderful questions from callers, such as what to do when a butcher shop moves in across the street; how to deal with "compassion fatigue": coping with the sadness of our society's rampant institutionalized animal abuse; and one from a doctor who looked for some guidance on how to talk to her patients about plant-based options. The main takeaway from today's episode is how much power compassion has to change the world. 

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 American Anti-Vivisection Society

 Tofurky

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Because I shamelessly share photos of my beloved cats on a daily basis, many of which depict them outside with me, I'm often asked how I'm able to let them experience the outdoors in a way that's safe for them and safe for wildlife. In today's episode, I share my experience and emphasize that it's a custom decision based on situation, location, and individual cat. 

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Today’s episode focuses on the fourth stage of what happens when you stop eating animals: Evangelizing (Vegangelizing?). Join me as I talk about the difference between evangelizing and proselytizing and why we can - and should - fully embrace the true meaning of what it means to be an evanglizer, or a "messenger of good news." Sharing our enthusiasm for something we are excited about is a very natural, human reaction. How other people respond to it is an entirely different story.

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In today's episode, I share with you a number of recent scenarios I found myself in where I had the opportunity to represent veganism and chose (choose) to do so in a positive way, whether it's ordering food in a non-vegan restaurant, dropping the "v" word into a non-vegan conversation, or meeting a friend of a friend who is on the Paleo (Pasturbation) diet. I also include a number of "What Would Colleen Do?" phone calls, including one that asks what I (as a vegan) feed my cats, one that asks about how to "be the vegan in the room" - or rather "in the workplace" - from a woman starting a new job, and one from a caller who wants to know how to engage with her mother, who has just been diagnosed with cancer and does want to hear about how a plant-based diet might help.

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Public awareness is growing about the relationship between the production of palm oil and the loss of rainforests. And that's a good thing (though much work needs to be done between the relationship between the production of animal-based MEAT and the destruction of rainforests). Grown in tropical regions, palm plantations are displacing rainforests, destroying orangutan habitats and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. With good intentions, some activists have called for a boycott of Earth Balance, a vegan butter that uses palm oil as its primary fat, even though it doesn't source its palm from native orangutan habitats. Is it possible to source palm oil sustainably? For that matter, is it possible to source any historically unsustainable crop in a sustainable way? In today's episode, I weigh in on this issue and offer some food for thought.

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Field Roast - makers of delicious grain meats!

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Positano on the Amalfi CoastItaly is one of my favorite places in the world - the people, the beauty, the language, the art, the history, the music, the food. Listen to this episode in which I share the details of our first international "Vegan Travel with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau" trip, which we premiered in Italy. We ate, we drank, we hiked, we cooked, we toured, we laughed, we cavorted, we met animals, and we reveled in the wonder of this country. By the end of the episode, you'll be wondering why anyone every thought it is "hard to be vegan in Italy." After all, that's where the edible food is. Enjoy!

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In this episode, I answer a number of questions from callers who ask:

*what do I say to people who bring up abortion when I talk about animal rights?

*how do I not make everyone uncomfortable when I talk about being vegan?

*is it ever okay to feed birds, squirrels, deer, and other animals outside my home?

*how do I handle the fact that family members want to purchase hens in order to eat their eggs.

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Many people think of “veganism” as a new reactionary trend against what we call factory farming, but for centuries, men and women have been thinking about, writing about, and expressing distress over the violence inherent in killing animals for human use and consumption. My personal veganism is part of a long continuum of men and women – from ancient times until today – who stopped eating animals (and their eggs and milk) not because they witnessed a modern, mechanized, industrialized factory system but because they didn’t want to be part of the brutal and unnecessary process of turning sentient animals into butchered bodies.

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In today's episode, I talk about my favorite personal care and cosmetics products and how to determine if a company doesn't test their final products or their ingredients on animals. I also discuss the importance of supporting organizations and companies striving to vet this information for us so we, the consumer, can trust that what we buy has not contributed to violence against animals. I also talk about the line we have to walk as compassionate people knowing that - even when trying to make purchasing decisions that don't hurt animals - sometimes we do so because it isn't a perfect world.

Thank you to today's Compassionate Business Partners:

Beauty Without Cruelty

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Arbonne

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The centerpiece of today's episode is how to be the best advocate for animals and veganism in the age of social media. One of the most common questions I receive is about how to respond to people who make hostile or passive aggressive comments about veganism and animal protection on their Facebook (et. al) page. I share my philosophy about interacting on social media and offer some guidance for planting seeds online. I also share my experience sleeping in our 20th California county and discovering a new "plant-based" neighbor, and I answer some questions from awesome callers, including one about humane meat and meatless Mondays and one about choosing animal rights organizations to support.

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