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The Language of Veganism with Author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

May 10, 2023

The work of fighting to make the world a better place for all sentient beings can be fraught with adversity, leaving even the most resolute of us disheartened at times. And that’s why we’re so thankful for today’s guest, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau because she’s a breath of fresh air and an exemplar of how thought leaders can inspire change through the power of positivity. Known as the Joyful Vegan, Colleen is a long-time animal activist, producer, and host of the podcasts Animalogy and Food For Thought, host of vegan trips all over the world, and bestselling author of seven books. She’s also been a regular contributor to NPR. She’s appeared on the Food Network, and her recipes have been featured on

Always optimistic, extremely persuasive, and very quotable, we are super thrilled to welcome her to the show today!

Listen to Episode 229 with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Colleen’s upbringing and how she became vegan.
  • How we become conditioned to eat meat, and how we can change our behavior.
  • Why some people experience fear when considering a plant-based diet. 
  • Colleen’s tips for anyone considering going vegan.
  • How language shapes attitudes toward animals.
  • How human behavior can invite unwanted animal interactions.
  • The benefits of not overusing the word “vegan.”


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