Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s compassionate living philosophy is propelling plant-based eating into the mainstream and forever changing how we regard animals. Welcome to her website.


Often when you tell someone you’re vegan, the response is: “Why are you vegan? Is it for health or ethics?” Somehow, the answer matters, and depending on your answer, people respond differently. Join me as I discuss if our motivation to become vegan affects our dedication to remain vegan. I also share my opinion about people who identify as "plant-based" rather than "vegan."

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The idea of not meeting a deadline or being late for an appointment or letting someone down is the stuff of nightmares for me. Touring with The 30-Day Vegan Challenge and speaking all around the country made it impossible for me to release this week's podcast episode. That's all you need to know, but if you want to listen to my adventures at the Natural Food Expo and my misadventures in FL and Mexico via the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise, take a listen. Regular podcast schedule resumes on March 29th!

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"May we have the wisdom, serenity, and humility of the donkeys. My hope is that we can learn from the animals what we need to be better people." ~Colleen Patrick-Goudreau


One misconception about veganism I’ve encountered more than once is the assumption that in honoring our values, we must forego tradition - as if these two things are mutually exclusive. Food-related rituals, particularly those involving animals, are likely to be so revered that they supersede consideration for anything or anyone else. Join me today for a discussion of how to honor the traditions of Easter and Passover while staying true to our values.

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“A compassionate and reasoned approach to vegan living...for readers on the fence or just starting the vegan journey and for seasoned veganistas. Patrick-Goudreau provides all the tools one needs for making the switch to vegan cuisine, values, and lifestyle.” ~Publishers Weekly

Receiving a review of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge in one of the most prestigious trade publications is just an honor! I've had five books published with both medium and large publishers, and never was one of those books reviewed by Publishers Weekly. It took independently publishing The 30-Day Vegan Challenge and rolling up my sleeves to act as publisher, art director, editorial director, marketing director, distributor, fulfillment manager, and publicist to make this happen.

Please help me spread the word about the book. The momentum that I'm building can only continue with your help. (Check out...


When I created my YouTube channel on February 28, 2006 -- exactly 9 years ago to the day -- I had no real vision for it, other than as a place to host videos of my cats: my beloved now-deceased cats named Simon & Schuster. Most of you know that Simon & Schuster is also the name of one of the leading book publishing houses.

As an English major working in a bookstore at the time I adopted my first cats, it seemed fitting that their names should somehow be associated with my first love: books. (You can listen to a detailed version of this story.)

Being mildly obsessed with these adorable tuxedo kitties, the URL I chose for my YouTube channel was /simonschuster. In the last couple years, it became clear that the publishing giant may want this name for themselves, but YouTube makes it impossible to...


Before I was vegan (and legally allowed to drink), I remember sneaking the Kahlua from my parents' liquor cabinet and making what are called White Russians -- essentially a mixed drink consisting of Kahlua (a rum/coffee liqueur), vodka, and milk or cream. Over the past 20+ years, I've forgotten about that concoction, but it's made an appearance in our home as of late, thanks to my hubby developing an interest in the fine art of mixology.

There are several variations (Black Russian: no cream; Dirty Russian: chocolate milk instead of cream; White Cuban (rum instead of vodka), but we're stuck on the classic (for now). And we both agree that it wouldn't be half as good without the addition of Califia Farms almond milk creamer. It's crazy good (and very sweet) and also works beautifully with their hazelnut creamer.

So, we tested it out on some friends during a game night of Cards Against Humanity, and it was a hit -- as was the...


Had a delicious day of silence -- one of my favorite ways to ground and center myself, especially in the middle of the week. I scheduled no meetings or interviews, and I had to catch myself only a few times when the kitties were talking to me and when I went for a run and spotted a neighbor. It's during silent days that I realize how often I just talk to fill up the space -- often saying nothing at all and wasting energy. I'm so much calmer and mindful on these days, and I'm more thoughtful about my words the next day when I resume talking. What do you find in the silence? (I found this beautiful sunset.)



A small subset of opinionated, passionate, well-intentioned people perpetuate the stereotype of the angry, self-righteous, perfection-focused animal rights vegan when they spew invective at anyone who is not "vegan enough" in their eyes. They are otherwise known as The Vegan Police. Listen to today's episode for my perspective on how we can speak up for animals -- online and in person -- without alienating people who are trying to make compassionate choices.

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When you look at the arc of history in terms of human violence against animals, there is no doubt that things are significantly better than they were in the past. We've still got a lot of work to to, but when we step back and look at it from a broader perspective, we can see the paradigm shifts that took place in terms of how we regard and treat animals. One of those shifts can be traced back to what is called The Age of Enlightenment, and that's what we explore today.

After listening, do you think these thinkers, philosophers, and theologians contributed to the improved treatment of animals in practice -- not just in theory? I’ve got my opinion, but I’d like to hear yours. Comment below.

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Managing PR for The 30-Day Vegan Challenge has been intense, but it's paying off. In January, I appeared on CBS' Good Day Sacramento, FOX 40 in Sacramento, and KTVU, Oakland's FOX station. And guess what? I'm returning to all three!

I'll be featuring aphrodisiac food for Valentine's Day on FOX 40 on Wednesday, February 11th in the 8:30 a.m. hour. I'll be whipping up some vegan Mardi Gras foods on Oakland's KTVU on Sunday February 14th in the 9:30 a.m. hour. gets better!

My dream has been to connect with a TV host who will officially take The 30-Day Vegan Challenge in front of their viewers, having me return for several episodes for shopping, cooking, and eating out segments to guide the host and of course provide fantastic content for the...



For millennia, humans have engaged in rituals with the intention of achieving a wide variety of desired outcomes: reducing anxiety, alleviating grief, deepening faith, or even making it rain. Though rites and rituals can be used for positive or innocuous effects, they can also disguise discomfort and make unjustifiable actions seem legitimate. They can be meaningless, arbitrary, and archaic. They can also mask cruelty to animals by being shrouded in religious sanctity. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

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"There is no rule book for being vegan. You just let compassion guide you." ~From The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Healthfully and Living Compassionately. Read more short "Challenge Your Thinking" and "Change Your Behavior" quotes from the book.



The 30-Day Vegan Challenge is the ULTIMATE guide for transitioning to a healthy, compassionate lifestyle, and it's the ULTIMATE resource for vegans. Packed with tools, tips, recipes, and menu ideas, it answers every question related to eating, cooking, nutrition, and the social aspects of living vegan, including eating out, holidays, living with non-vegans, etc. We already know the material inspires vegans. Now, we need to get this book in as many hands as possible -- for the animals, both human and non-human. Here's how!

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