I discovered Food For Thought, a vegan podcast by Colleen Patrick Goudreau, about a year into my transition to veganism.
To say it made me the vegan I am today would be an understatement. I used to be an angry vegan and now I can definitely say I am using anger to be joyful.
It’s strange, I’m aware. But it is true.
I was extremely preachy once upon a time. To the point that I stopped hanging out with non-vegans and thought of them as evil beings who love to torture cows. I was not a pleasant person to be around.
One day I watched this plant-based YouTuber interview a lovely lady that talked about compassion and joy and happiness. She radiated positivity and it attracted me to watch content on her channel.
Hours and hours later, I was convinced that I had to go from anger and rage to love and kindness. It changed my life completely because I used to think the angrier I was, the more people wanted to be like me.
Food For Thought podcast became my safe haven.
I remember listening to it during the summer months, sitting on the bench under our trees. Chuck was by my side and I was relaxed to the max.
Another way I was consuming the podcast was while cleaning and walking. The beauty of learning while making my home better looking, or getting informal education on my way to the library, cannot be described.
Podcasts are a gift to our society because they make everything better.
Food For Thought is my favourite vegan podcast because it taught me everything I needed to know about how to stay plant-based long-term. I was inspired beyond words.
Not that I would go back to eating animal products, but I would be lying if I said that Colleen and her work didn’t hold my hand through challenges and obstacles.
Thinking ahead of how much work we have to do to liberate all non-human animals, I know love is the answer. Love of work; love of activism; love for everyone with a heart.
Together we got this and Food For Thought podcast is going to remind us day after day that compassion is the way to go.