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Finding plant-based recipes? Easy. Dealing with the social, cultural, and emotional pressures of being vegan? That’s the hard part.

Motivated by a desire to eat more healthfully or live more ethically, many people choose veganism as a logical and sensible response to their concerns about animals, the environment, and their health. Yet, despite their positive intentions, they’re often met with resistance from friends, family members, and society at large. These external factors can make veganism socially difficult - and emotionally exhausting - to sustain.

This leads to an unfortunate reality: The majority of vegetarians and vegans revert back to consuming meat, dairy, or eggs - breaching their own values and sabotaging their own goals in the process.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, known as the “Joyful Vegan,” has guided countless individuals through the process of becoming vegan. Now, in The Joyful Vegan, she shares her insights into why some people stay vegan and others don’t. Understanding that the food is the easy part of being vegan, Colleen turns her attention to what she believes is the most challenging - dealing with the social, cultural, and emotional aspects: 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 this audiobook, Colleen shares her wisdom for navigating and overcoming these challenges and arms listeners with solutions and strategies for staying confident with family and friends, creating healthy relationships, communicating effectively, sharing enthusiasm without evangelizing, finding like-minded community, and experiencing peace of mind as a vegan in a non-vegan world.

By implementing the tools provided in this book, you will find that you can live ethically, eat healthfully, engage socially - and remain a joyful vegan.

©2019 Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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A Happy Vegan Guidebook

Loved Colleens insightful musing on the vegan journey. Invaluable knowledge for those on their journey of compassion

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Inspirational!

Colleen's kindness and empathy comes through in every word she speaks. A Joy to hear!

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  • Emily J.
  • 23-12-19

As a sad vegan - just what I needed

When you become vegan and open up your eyes to the world of animal cruelty, your life changes forever. You suffer and cry and how you look at the world changes radically. You hurt, truly hurt. Add this to the constant negative feedback from your family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers, you feel beaten down and lost. Colleen GETS this. I found myself listening to this book saying "YES, EXACTLY!" and it was such a relief to find that my feelings were so common. Throughout the book, Colleen uses a lot of quotes from her listeners (she is a prolific author, podcaster and YouTuber) which brought a lot of authenticity to the book, and made me feel so much less alone. I loved the layout of the book (stages of veganism) and thought that she brought a good realistic outlook - the idea of planting a seed and walking away has given me a lot of peace in my interactions with non-vegans. And since she does this professionally, she was a wonderful narrator. I HIGHLY recommend this book to vegans, especially the ones that are struggling with dealing with the non-vegan world around them. Thank you Colleen for writing this book.

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  • VERB
  • 16-10-20

What a snooze

Wrong book for me. I am a long term vegan. However, I cannot stand animals. The two are mutually exclusive. I would never hurt an animal, but I do not believe most of this ridiculousness. I am not a vegan for compassionate reasons. Animals pass diseases....both by eating them and living with them.

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  • Brenda
  • 10-12-19

Well Written

A lot of research and thought was put into this book. A must read for anyone vegan, or anyone thinking about becoming vegan.

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  • NormanGeorge
  • 02-02-20

BUY THIS BOOK

I delayed in downloading this book, thinking, I’ve been vegan for years, I don’t need another book about veganism. Of course, I’m SO glad I purchased this book.

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  • orion
  • 18-02-21

pure judgmental propaganda.

Let me very first state that I am a vegetarian (nearly Vegan), and have been for a good many years. I saw this title when perusing titles to listen to and decided that it sounded interesting so I gave it a shot. I was straight away turned off by it, but decided to actually give it a fair shot and listen more to see how it evolved as it progressed.

An hour and a half later and that is all I could stand. the entire time she was doing the exact same thing as she accuses the meat industry people of doing, and that is shifting terminology and propaganda to push her ideals and stance. All the while being judgmental in her tone and choice of words. She touches on how people don't enjoy being around Vegans, and says that is just because they are different. "they are not prostalitzing" she says.... She is a PRIME example of why people don't enjoy being around Vegans, because that is pretty much all most of them do, telling everybody that will listen about how bad they are to animals and how bad meat is for them. Everything I heard from my 1 1/2 hours of listening was judgmental propaganda. the title says "the joyful vegan", but there was NOTHING joyful about anything she was saying. it was all harsh, critical, and judgmental.
If I was somebody that was on the fence about vegetarian/vegan, this book would push me farther away than help me embrace the change......

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  • Tina Atwell
  • 13-02-20

A beautiful warm hug

Colleen has such a warm way of presenting her journey as an example. She is both kind and compassionate and has created a book that will both answer questions, for those considering a life change, and offer everyday support for those already living a kind life.

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  • Jeff Hillwig
  • 15-12-19

Excellent Reasons For Lifestyle Change Throughout

This author is the reason, her 30-day Vegan Challenge to be exact, for me becoming vegan, so this book is just reinforcement for the 2 years of very healthy eating, living and habit forming. A very easy read, informative resources and a genuine person getting the word out - Stop eating animals !!!

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  • Suzzieq137
  • 18-11-21

Great book - practical advice

I highly recommend this book. It was very timely for me in that I’ve had a difficult time recently sticking to being vegan and would revert to vegetarianism. This book served to reinforce why I chose to be vegan and would have been a great resource when I first became vegetarian and then vegan. It’s a book I recommend for vegans to read every so often as a reminder on why we chose this lifestyle, the challenges we face, and how we can navigate all these things as joyfully as possible.

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  • Vlelf
  • 09-11-21

I became vegan while listening this book

Sometimes the truth is just there, so obvious, but I just don’t always have the capacity to dig into information and the whole system behind it. This book shows everything, so I become a vegan.

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  • Noah Giddens
  • 28-10-21

An amazing intro and guide to veganism!

This book gives amazing insight to the world from a vegan perspective. Being vegan for over a year it's nice hearing that I'm not alone in my experiences of being vegan.