Episode 124 of the “Vedge Your Best” podcast features an interview with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, also known as the Joyful Vegan. Colleen is a well-known figure in the vegan community, with a career spanning over 17 years in podcasting, writing books, creating recipes, and organizing vegan travel experiences. The episode delves into Colleen’s journey to veganism, which began with her compassion for animals and evolved into a full-fledged vegan lifestyle and advocacy.
Colleen discusses the importance of compassion as the foundation of her work and emphasizes the need for guidance and support in transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. She shares her experiences in teaching cooking classes, writing books, and hosting her podcast, Food For Thought, which covers a wide range of topics beyond just food and nutrition, including literature, language, film, and environmentalism.
Colleen also organizes luxurious, all-vegan group trips to various destinations around the world. These trips are designed to provide vegans with a high-quality travel experience without the worry of encountering animal exploitation. Colleen explains how these trips serve as a form of advocacy, influencing both the travelers and the local vendors they interact with.
Overall, our interview offers insights into Colleen’s multifaceted approach to veganism, encompassing food, travel, culture, and advocacy, all rooted in compassion and joy.