The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

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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. 

Many people choose veganism as a logical and sensible response to their concerns about animals, the environment, and/or their health. But despite their positive intentions and the personal benefits they experience, 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 vegans (and vegetarians) 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 her seventh book, The Joyful Vegan, she shares her insights into why some people stay vegan and others stop

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—both vegan and plant-based—with solutions and strategies for “coming out vegan” to family, friends, and colleagues; cultivating healthy relationships (with vegans and non-vegans); communicating effectively; sharing enthusiasm without proselytizing; 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, readers will find they can live ethically, eat healthfully, engage socially—and remain a joyful vegan.


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Joyful vegans manifest and model compassion.

We all know how easy it is to have compassion for those who agree with us, look like us, vote like us, and eat like us, but being compassionate means striving to have compassion for everyone:

– the guilty and the nonguilty

– the kind and the unkind

– the good and the evil

– the human and the nonhuman

– the people we like and the people we don’t

Authentic compassion means having compassion even for people who are not compassionate.

Joyful vegans plant seeds and remain unattached to whether or not those seeds germinate.

This concept is difficult to comprehend and even more so to implement, especially for those who perceive letting go as weakness or passivity. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Being clear and standing firm in what you say but remaining unattached to how someone reacts to what you say is incredibly empowering and liberating.

Worry less about people who don’t agree with you.

Harness instead the power and energy of the people who do agree with you, get to work, and let others do theirs.

Joyful vegans find common ground.

They even find common ground with people who may on the face of it seem like “the enemy” or “the opposition.” This is not always easy to do because you have to be more willing to find resolution than you are eager to be right; you have to be more willing to solve the problem than you are anxious to win the argument. Joyful vegans ask, Do I want to be right or do I want to be effective?

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