Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: From Excuse-itarian to Vegan (by PacificVegan)

Wonderful presentation! Colleen talks for 50 minutes about everything to do with our consumption of animals and their secretions. Compassion and well being in an honest, friendly way and she’s so funny :’) Watching her reminds me why I’ve chosen this path. (and that the decisions I’m making are right)

If you’ve never met them, turkeys are magnificent animals, full of spunk and spark and affection. I’ve introduced many people to the critters at farmed animal sanctuaries, and the animals with whom people have the most transformative experience are the turkeys. Every time. Never fails. Join me as I tell some stories of special turkeys I’ve had the privilege of meeting and as I explain why I’m still making amends to the animals, whose breasts, legs, and wings used to darken my dinner plate.

Thinking about these guys today.

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The muffins that make people crazy (aka banana chocolate chip)

I’ve made these muffins a few times now, and the alarmingly enthusiastic response from family, friends and acquaintances alike has made it impossible for me to stop. No seriously… people won’t let me. I will, myself, admit that they are beyond delicious, but I now have people begging me, bribing me with money, and dropping hints more than is welcome to make these. 

You could make this as a banana bread if you prefer, but I like muffins because they’re easy to pack for brown bag lunches and the spontaneous summer picnic. Once again the recipe came from Colleen Patrick Goudreau’s first book The Joy of Vegan Baking. I’ve loved all of her cookbooks and I highly recommend picking them up to add to any cook’s library, vegan and non-vegans alike.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins:

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoons salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup canola oil

4 ripe bananas, mashed (I purée these in my magic bullet)

¼ cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup nondairy chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a muffin tin (I like using coconut oil). In a medium sized bowl thoroughly mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. In large size bowl beat together the sugar and oil. Then add the smashed bananas, water, and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients to wet until just combined, over mixing makes a tougher muffin. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Fill each muffin tin, and bake 20 to 30 minutes (40 to 45 for a bread pan). They should be a deep golden brown and a toothpick should come out clean. Served with fruit and coffee these are perfect in every way.

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: From Excuse-itarian to Vegan

This is an almost identical talk to the one she did last weekend at Central Florida Veg Fest. I definitely think it’s worth watching — whether you’re already vegan, thinking about going vegan, or have no desire whatsoever to go vegan (if nothing else, it may help you better understand vegans’ reasons for living this way!). Colleen is very forthright while being non-confrontational. There is no graphic imagery, no finger-pointing or judging. Just facts. 

It’s really hard to kill. It’s really hard to kill someone.

Death does not come easy to someone who wants to live.

They fight for their lives, and it’s really ugly, and it’s really disturbing, and it’s really upsetting, and it’s really bloody.

And no one will tell you that that feels really good, they will tell you that it was hard at first and then it became easy. That’s called desensitization.

—  Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

anonymous asked:

hey ! im a carnist. and ive been thinking about going vegan or vegetarian for a while. so i followed a bunch of vegan blogs on tumblr. so i finally decided i really want to do this. the things is that I know this is going to be insanely hard for me. i think that being vegetarian would be easier given the fact that i still live with my family and my sister is also a vegetarian.... so what do i do next ?!??!..,,1,1.//??

Hey there! I feel so happy to read this. It’s amazing that you want to take the first step. I guess it will be easier since your sister is also vegetarian so you both can support each other :)

The most important thing for you is knowing and understanding what is a plant based diet and how it works. I started by watching a lot of documentaries, the more I watched the more I wanted to learn. Here are some useful resources that you may want to give a try:


  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Be clear about why you’re becoming a vegan.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself.
  • Exercise.
  • Understand the health benefits.
  • Don’t deprive yourself.
  • Investigate the science behind nutrition, food and health.
  • Ask questions.
  • Make time to cook. 
  • And take a look at the Vegan Starter Kit too! :)

Animal Rights Videos:

Health and Food Videos:


  • Thanking the Monkey by Karen Dawn
  • Vegan’s Daily Companion by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  • Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating by Erik Marcus
  • Diet For A New America by John Robbins
  • Skinny Bitch and Skinny Bastard by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
  • Dominion by Matthew Scully
  • The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle, PhD
  • Animal Camp by Kathy Stevens
  • Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy
  • The Vegan Sourcebook by Joanna Stepaniak (*this was the first book I ever read on veganism*)
  • Raising Vegetarian Children by Joanne Stepaniak
  • Yoga and Vegetarianism by Sharon Gannon
  • The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
  • A Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living by Beverly Lynn Bennett
  • Vegan in 30 Days by Sarah Taylor
  • Glow by Carlye Katz
  • Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds by Gene Baur
  • The Inner World of Farm Animals by Amy Hatkoff
  • Making Kind Choices by Ingrid Newkirk
  • Ninety-Five edited by No Voices Unheard 
  • That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals (a children’s book) by Ruby Roth


  • How It All Vegan, by Sarah Kramer (also check out Vegan A Go Go)
  • Vegan with a Vengeance, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (also check out Vegan Brunch, Veganomicon, or Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World)
  • Vegan Yum Yum by Lauren Ulm 
  • Spork Fed by Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Skinny Bitch in the Kitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
  • The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  • The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  • The Happy Herbivore Cookbook by Lindsay Shay Nixon 
  • Forks over Knives The Cookbook by Del Sroufe 
  • The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen


  • The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Thomas Campbell, MD
  • Prevent and Reserve Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, MD
  • The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn
  • My Beef With Meat by Rip Esselstyn
  • Thrive by Brendan Brazier
  • Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD
  • Unprocessed by Chef AJ
  • Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness by Robert Cheeke
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever, RD

* Stands for graphic content.

Also, take a look at the Vegan Starter Kit, it’s quite useful :)

Bringing animals into the world only to kill them is not part of the ‘cycle of nature’.
We artificially inseminate animals, kill them years before their lifespan is up, then justify it as 'natural’, comparing ourselves to 'other animals who kill to survive’.
Last time I looked, lions weren’t breeding gazelles. 
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau ( 

Photo - Animals Angels

anonymous asked:

There's a difference between killing an animal for sport and leaving its carcass there to rot and buying already dead meat at the grocery store. Also fun fact, Some people can't eat vegan due to allergies. My sister is has a gluten intolerance and is allergic to many of the like 5 whole "vegan options for dinner" a typical grocery store sells. Get off your high horse and eat a fucking burger, maybe that'll cure your roid rage from all the vitamins you have to take to supplement your diet.

“There’s a difference between killing an animal for sport and leaving its carcass there to rot and buying already dead meat at the grocery store.” Obviously they are different, but how are they MORALLY different. Killing an animal for sport causes an animal to suffer and die unnecessarily but when we live in an industrialized society, so does killing an animal for food. There are tons of vegans who are gluten free and have tons of awesome cookbooks and resources that could help your sister find foods that are healthy and also morally acceptable. Through a quick google search I found a cookbook with 150 gluten-free vegan recipes that she may want to check out, and there are many more available through sites like pinterest and blogs of gluten intolerant vegans. Also, I can assure you that the average grocery store has HUNDREDS of options for vegan meals. I myself live in a small town in Texas and the small walmart near by has tons of vegan options (Fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, tofu, veggie dogs, potatoes, soups, salads, frozen and canned foods, and tons of “fake” meats along with many processed foods which are accidentally vegan).You can learn how to turn this food into cheap, quick, and healthy meals with resources like the 30 Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-goudreau. Let’s also keep in mind that it is your sister that has the gluten intolerance, not you. This cannot be a justification for why you yourself continue to financially support the needless abuse and slaughter of animals that are just as sentient and able to suffer as any animal killed for “sport”. You also called the meat “already dead” which seemed to imply that consuming animals can be morally justified because the animal has already been killed. I suggest that you check out this post I made called  Well its Already Dead. I Wouldn’t Want to Waste it where I address this very common assumption. You mentioned that I have to take tons of vitamins to supplement my diet. This is simply not true. I do take a b12 supplement (which I find as a much more ethical alternative to slaughtering cows and pigs for such a vitamin) but highly accredited nutritional agencies like the American Dietetic Association have made it clear that Well planned vegan diets are nutritionally adequate for people of all ages and lifestyles. Please let me know if there are any questions I can answer for you about veganism or animal rights in general, and also check out sites like which have tons of resources for easily making the switch!