“The Joyful Vegan is a breath of fresh air in a world that, far too often, thumbs its nose at people who prioritize compassion. Every vegan, semi-vegan, or plant-based individual needs a copy of this thoughtful, thorough, game-changing book!” - Evanna Lynch, actress and animal advocate
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs
Finding plant-based recipes? Easy. Dealing with the social, cultural, and emotional aspects of being vegan in a non-vegan world? That’s the hard part.
The Joyful Vegan is here to help.
Millions of people are choosing veganism (and plant-based eating) as a logical and sensible response to their concerns about animals, the environment, and/or their health. And yet, despite their positive intentions and the personal benefits they experience, many revert back to consuming meat, dairy, and eggs.
Those who remain vegan often struggle to find hope and joy in a world where the mass production of animal products has devastating effects on animals, our wild spaces, and our health.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is trying to change this. Having guided countless individuals through the process of becoming vegan, now, in her seventh book, The Joyful Vegan, she shares her insights into why some people stay vegan and others stop.
SPOILER: It’s not because there’s nothing to eat. It’s not because there isn’t enough protein in plants. And it’s not because people lack willpower or moral fortitude.
Rather, people stay vegan or not depending on how well they navigate the social, cultural, and emotional aspects of being vegan: constantly being asked to defend your eating choices, living with the awareness of animal suffering, feeling the pressure (often self-inflicted) to be perfect, and experiencing guilt, remorse, and anger.
In these pages, Colleen shares her wisdom for managing these challenges and arms readers with solutions and strategies for “coming out vegan” to family, friends, and colleagues; communicating effectively; sharing enthusiasm without proselytizing; and experiencing peace of mind as a vegan in a non-vegan world.
By implementing the tools provided in this book, readers will find they can live ethically, eat healthfully, engage socially—and remain a joyful vegan.
Watch YouTube Star Hannah McNeely talk with Coleen about The Joyful Vegan
“The Joyful Vegan resonates deeply with me. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau identifies exactly what we need more of in our interactions with one another: greater empathy, understanding, and respect for our common humanity.” - Senator Cory Booker
“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has a unique ability to communicate with conviction and moral clarity while also acknowledging the gray areas of ethical living. This book is a game-changer for new and veteran vegans alike.” - Gene Baur, author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food
“The Joyful Vegan normalizes a compassionate way of living and empowers readers to embrace their values with confidences and joy.” - Kathy Freston, NY Times bestselling author Veganist, The Lean, and Clean Protein
“Enjoying delicious, nutritious, plant-based food is easy! It’s everything else that tests the most committed among us: the social pressure to conform, the emotional interactions with loved ones, and the awareness of all the unnecessary suffering. Luckily, Colleen equips us with everything we need to face these hurdles with strength and grace.” - Michael Greger, M.D. Founder, NutritionFacts.org; Author, How Not to Die
“The unique contribution of The Joyful Vegan is Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s 10 Stages that many vegans experience when they stop eating animals. The insights she provides around this concept are deeply empowering and validating for vegans who struggle living in a dominant, animal-eating culture.” - Melanie Joy, PhD, author of Beyond Beliefs and Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows
“With keen insights into our cultural norms and social customs, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau cements veganism and plant-based living as legitimate, healthful, and pleasurable.” - Bruce Friedrich, co-author of Clean Protein and Executive Director of the Good Food Institute
“By adeptly putting into words exactly what we all experience — whether we stop eating meat, dairy, and eggs for health or ethical reasons — The Joyful Vegan is a life-saver—literally.” - Miyoko Schinner, Founder and CEO of Miyoko's, Author, Activist
“This thought-provoking and encouraging book is a must-have for anyone who aspires to go vegan and wants to stay vegan.” - Kristie Middleton, author of MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live -- One Meal at a Time
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s compassionate living philosophy is propelling plant-based eating into the mainstream and forever changing how we regard animals. A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living compassionately and healthfully, Colleen is a speaker, cultural commentator, podcaster, and award-winning author of seven books. She shares her message of compassion and wellness on national and regional broadcast programs and as a monthly contributor to National Public Radio. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband David and two cats Charlie and Michiko.
Live ethically. Eat healthfully. Engage socially.
According to a Study of Current and Former Vegetarians and Vegans by Faunalytics, 84% of vegetarians/vegans abandon their diet. Bestselling author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau wants to help prevent vegans from becoming ex-vegans.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, expert on vegan living, and host of the Food for Thought podcast, provides solutions to overcome the most challenging aspects of becoming and staying vegan, and offers insight into how readers can make conscious, healthful choices in their everyday lives.
As creatures of conscience humans want to do the right thing, but that often butts up against the equally strong desire to fit in socially. The Joyful Vegan gives readers the tools and resources they need to do both—to manifest their values of compassion and wellness and not feel like a freak for doing so.