Food For Thought: The Joys And Benefits Of Living Vegan

Synopsis

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.

Episodes

  • Speaking your Truth

    Speaking your Truth

    03/12/2006 Duration: 16min

    I’ve heard some people say that they’re not vegetarian because they don't want to make their non-vegetarian friends and family uncomfortable, they don’t want to appear difficult, they don't want to appear different. Noble though it sounds, I think we underestimate our friends and family in the guise of "protecting them" from any discomfort, and in doing so, we’re not only denying our own ethics and perpetuating the socially sanctioned abuse of animals, we’re also - potentially - denying other people their own transformation. When we deny our own truth, we may very well be denying others theirs.

  • Common Responses to Vegetarianism

    Common Responses to Vegetarianism

    26/11/2006 Duration: 16min

    I highly encourage vegetarians and non-vegetarians to engage in respectful dialogue about the issues that are not often in the public discourse. As vegetarians, we need to create a safe space for the comments and questions we hear - even if we've heard them a million times - and as non-vegetarians, we can expand our perspective by asking genuine questions. In this episode, I go through some common remarks about vegetarianism and invite you to find yourself in the examples I give. As always, bring your sense of humor with you.

  • Talking Turkey

    Talking Turkey

    16/11/2006 Duration: 23min

    If you've never met them, turkeys are magnificent animals, full of spunk and spark and affection. I've introduced many people to the critters at farmed animal sanctuaries, and the animals with whom people have the most transformative experience are the turkeys. Every time. Never fails. Join me as I tell some stories of special turkeys I've had the privilege of meeting and as I explain why I'm still making amends to the animals, whose breasts, legs, and wings used to darken my dinner plate.

  • Replacing Eggs in Cooking and Baking

    Replacing Eggs in Cooking and Baking

    06/11/2006 Duration: 22min

    After hearing our earlier podcast episodes on chicken's eggs, many of you have written to tell me you have eliminated them from your diet. On behalf of the 290 million hens being kept (and eventually killed) for their eggs, I thank you. This new path, however, has left you with questions about how to cook and bake without them. Join me as I give away all my secrets for eggless baking and offer my thoughts about why I can live without boiled eggs.

  • Transitioning to a Vegan Diet - or - Tips for Eating Healthfully

    Transitioning to a Vegan Diet - or - Tips for Eating Healthfully

    01/11/2006 Duration: 20min

    Even if you're not planning on transitioning to a vegan diet, I think you'll find this episode very helpful. Packed with helpful tips and shortcuts, this episode addresses the pragmatics of eating and cooking healthfully, offers suggestions for eating locally, speaks to those who say they are hungry when they eat vegan, and provides insight into why people react with anger and/or hostility when you tell them you're vegan. (You'll even hear from my cat, Schuster, who decided to chime in unexpectedly! His brother, Simon, had nothing to say.)

  • The Rise of the Excuse-itarians (or The Emperors New Clothes)

    The Rise of the Excuse-itarians (or The Emperor's New Clothes)

    28/10/2006 Duration: 23min

    I've heard every excuse in the book for eating animals, but I've yet to hear a convincing reason. The consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs is so ritualized, rationalized, disguised, and romanticized that an entirely new group of people has emerged: the "excuse-itarians." These are the people who spend enormous amounts of time and energy romanticizing the consumption of animal products and who have become pseudo-celebrities because of it. The rise in popularity of such people reminds me of the Hans Christian Andersen fable, "The Emperor Has No Clothes," because nobody is saying what's true. (The main part of this podcast is really only 13 minutes, but it's extended to 20 because of my reading of the fairy tale.)

  • How humane are humane meat, dairy, and eggs?

    How humane are "humane" meat, dairy, and eggs?

    12/10/2006 Duration: 14min

    I have yet to meet a non-vegetarian who didn't care about the treatment of animals raised and killed for human consumption, and I have yet to meet a non-vegetarian who didn't declare that they're eating "humanely raised" meat, dairy, and eggs. When you factor in the breeding, transporting, and slaughter, is it possible to have "humane" animal products?

  • 10 Tips for Eating Vegetarian in Social Situations

    10 Tips for Eating Vegetarian in Social Situations

    11/10/2006 Duration: 16min

    Some people are afraid that their social lives will suffer when they eliminate meat and dairy from their diet, since social occasions and food tend to go hand in hand. For anyone who has ever thought it's difficult as a vegetarian to dine out or to eat at the home of non-vegetarian friends, I hope this can be a guide and a resource. It also includes suggestions for having productive dialogue in social situations.

  • The Language of Meat

    The Language of Meat

    02/10/2006 Duration: 10min

    The words we use to refer to the animals we eat reveals a lot about how we feel about eating once-living creatures. If we can't comfortably call it what it is, then maybe we have a problem eating it in the first place.

  • Favorite Foods: Non-Dairy Milks

    Favorite Foods: Non-Dairy Milks

    02/10/2006 Duration: 15min

    Despite the crazy notion that non-dairy milks are alternatives to cow's milk, it's really the other way around when you consider the fact that the milk from nuts and soybeans has been used for thousands of years. Join me as I explore the many commercial (and homemade) milks available to those of us who've weaned ourselves from the milk of cows.

  • Eating Animals

    Eating Animals

    26/09/2006 Duration: 10min

    The practice of eating animals is a culturally ingrained habit. If you're in the U.S., you might dine on pigs, cattle, and chickens; if you're in Mexico, you might feast on goats; if you're in parts of Asia, you might devour dogs and cats. We humans have a funny way of judging other cultures for what we think is cruel, despite our own commitment to cruelty. To the animals, it's all the same.

  • The Myth of the Perfect Vegan.

    The Myth of the "Perfect Vegan."

    16/08/2006 Duration: 08min

    Some people mistakenly think being vegan is about trying to attain perfection, so they resist any considerations of this lifestyle lest they have to "give something up." Being vegan is about living compassionately, consciously, and expansively; it's not about deprivation or being certified 100% pure.

  • Response to: Eating meat is my personal preference, and since I respect your choice not to eat meat, I would appreciate your respecting my choice to eat it.

    Response to: "Eating meat is my personal preference, and since I respect your choice not to eat meat, I would appreciate your respecting my choice to eat it."

    04/08/2006 Duration: 06min

    This is a common comment that seems fair enough on the surface, but what if we dug a little deeper?

  • Being a Joyful Vegan.

    Being a "Joyful Vegan."

    11/07/2006 Duration: 07min

    Despite the stereotype that characterizes vegans as "angry," I call myself a "joyful vegan" and find that most everyone I know who lives this way also radiates with a joy and peace that comes with being fully awake and open.

  • What about the insects killed for plant production - dont you care about them (and other tenuous arguments)?

    What about the insects killed for plant production - don't you care about them (and other tenuous arguments)?

    07/07/2006 Duration: 09min

    Join me as I address some of the tenuous arguments against vegetarianism. The arguments that try to catch vegans in some kind of state of hypocrisy are particular favorites of mine, such as accusing them of torturing plants or not caring about insects. "Don't do nothing because you can't do everything. Do something. Anything."

  • Response to: If you were on a desert island and were starving, I bet youd eat meat then I eat only meat from humanely raised animals and other statements based on hypothetical scenarios and myths.

    Response to: "If you were on a desert island and were starving, I bet you'd eat meat then; I eat only meat from humanely raised animals"; and other statements based on hypothetical scenarios and myths.

    24/06/2006 Duration: 09min

    It seems that most of our excuses for eating animals have more to do with how we want to perceive ourselves and less to do with what is actually true. Explore this idea with me as we look at a couple popular justifications for eating animals.

  • Milk is a natural food, and cows naturally give milk, so whats wrong with drinking it?

    Milk is a natural food, and cows naturally give milk, so what's wrong with drinking it?

    30/05/2006 Duration: 12min

    Cow's milk is indeed a natural food - for calves! - just as human milk is made for humans, rat's milk is made for rats, and dog's milk is made for dogs. Our consumption of cow's milk is even more absurd when you consider that calves stop drinking cow's milk when they're weaned, and humans stop drinking human milk when they're weaned, but somehow we've all been convinced that humans should continue drinking cow's milk - and never wean.

  • PART II Humans are meant to eat meat. Just look at these incisors in my mouth.

    PART II Humans are meant to eat meat. Just look at these incisors in my mouth.

    15/05/2006 Duration: 08min

    Let's examine the physiological differences between carnivores and herbivores and see who humans resemble most. Check out Part I if you haven't already.

  • PART I Humans are meant to eat meat. Just look at these incisors in my mouth.

    PART I Humans are meant to eat meat. Just look at these incisors in my mouth.

    08/05/2006 Duration: 10min

    If you've ever heard this or said it yourself - even once - you might want to listen to this episode. And then follow up with Part II.

  • Skipping the Middle Animal: coming to terms with the fact that plants are the source of all our nutrients.

    Skipping the Middle Animal: coming to terms with the fact that plants are the source of all our nutrients.

    26/04/2006 Duration: 13min

    We're told we need to eat animals and their secretions to obtain certain nutrients, such as calcium, iron, B12, Omega 3 fatty acids, but what we're not told is why the animals' flesh and secretions contain these nutrients in the first place. Here are a few clues. Calcium = mineral found in the ground. (Cows [are supposed to] eat grass, which contains calcium.) Iron = mineral found in the ground. B12 = grows on bacteria. (Bacteria is attracted to, well, corpses.) Omega 3 fatty acid = a type of polyunsaturated fat found in plant foods. (Fish eat algae, which contains Omega 3s.) See where I'm going with this?

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