Saturday, September 17, 2011

Vegetarian Food for Thought Podcast

I just wanted to share this podcast that I've been listening to for the past couple of weeks, called Vegetarian Food for Thought. The podcaster is vegan chef / author / teacher Colleen Patrick-Goudreau from Compassionate Cooks.

The podcast is interesting and informative, and I really like Colleen's style of speaking and teaching. It's just her on the episodes, so there's none of that stupid radio-talk banter between speakers like I hear in so many other podcasts (annoying and a waste of time). She talks about veganism, food and recipes, animal ethics, and brings up a lot of questions about why we eat the way we do and excellent reasons to eat a whole-foods, Vegan diet.

Even if you're not vegan or even vegetarian, learning about your food is important. If you don't know much about veganism or why anyone would possibly want to eat this way, I would recommend reading about factory farms. The first compelling information that turned me on to vegetarianism and veganism was the book Skinny Bitch. If you're ready to see some actual footage of the horrible treatment of animals raised for food and other human consumption, you can watch Meet Your Meat or the film Earthlings. Note: these videos are difficult to watch.

It wasn't really my goal to do a vegan-themed post here, but I've been listening to Colleen's podcast and felt I should share it. Don't worry, her podcast isn't as emotionally hard-to-handle as those videos! She believes in speaking your truth, and standing up for yourself and for what you believe in. A quote from her that I always remember is: "Don't do nothing just because you can't do everything." Even if you feel that you can't commit to a fully-vegan lifestyle right away, that doesn't mean you can't make small changes like cutting out meat, or replacing your butter with soy butter or your milk with soymilk. The least you can do is educate yourself about the food you eat. The more you learn, the harder it is to ignore.

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant quote, ideas, and podcast. I was talking to a few people at a bridal shower today about being vegetarian, and was pleased to find them commending me for even came out and said that she thought she could probably make it as one. :) And I learned from another that Bill Clinton, and very possibly Hillary, have gone the way of veggiedom as well.

    And with regard to that other fun entry I saw...two words in particular grabbed me:
    Pumpkin. Beer.
    This, I must locate. 'Tis the season for pumpkin everything. I've already had a bunch of Dunkin' Donuts' muffins. 6=


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