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Episode 143: “The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — October 06, 2012

Welcome to the 143rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

In today’s episode, we talk about the USDA’s decision to approve tofu as a meat substitute for school lunches (and we kvetch about some people’s confusion about whether or not that’s a good thing. Here’s a hint: it is). We also discuss the pros and cons of referring to plant-based milk as “milk,” we share the good news of a contest we won this past week that resulted in tons of people learning about animal agriculture, we ruminate on the importance of seeing the good in people, we squawk about Jasmin’s running – and whether it can be explicitly tied to veganism, we update you on Mariann’s animal law class happenings, and we share stories of some of the animals we met at the Oregon Humane Society.

Joining us today is the fabulous Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, whose new project, The 30 Day Vegan Challenge, is about as exciting, useful, and innovative as you get. Colleen will tell us all about this latest brainchild of hers, and she’ll share with us her thoughts on how people who are already vegan can encourage those we love to follow suit. That, and a whole lot more from a true Queen of Vegan Advocacy.

For our review, we’ll let you in on some of our favorite skin care products from our bathroom cabinet. Here’s a teaser: One of us uses a whole lot of these products, and the other uses nothing. Can you guess who does what?

All that, vegan banter, and of course, current events from the world of animal rights.

This week’s news items include:

“The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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(10) Readers Comments

  1. October 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I've listened to episodes 1-42, and skipped to 143 because of your guest Colleen Patrick-Goudreau AND the fact you were discussing running. I'm a new vegan since August 19. I used Colleen's book checked out from the library for my first 30 days, and now am using her multi-media resource for support my second 30 days.However, I'm responding because at the end there is a discussion about skin care. I have clear skin and have since just after college. Before that, my skin was subject to bad acne. Maybe it was having children (I had my first at 22), or good genes (my mom has good skin), I don't know. I am in my mid-30s and take it for granted at this point. I don't wear make-up except for a daily powder to reduce my shine, I wash my face daily (or more after exercise). My sister (who is not vegetarian) has said she can tell by a person's skin when they are vegetarian. I'm rather doubt that (I'm a scientist and don't take statements like that for truth), but I do wonder if there is some truth in her statement. I imagine not having the animal grease, oil, and fat coming into the diet that needs to be excreted, and one major route would be through the pores may help keep skin clearer for vegetarians and vegans.

    • October 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for listening, Adrienne, and for sharing this great tidbit with us. BTW, we agree that Colleen is amazing, and are so glad that you have found your way thanks in large part to her. That's inspiring. As for skin, I so appreciate your feedback/input. I've been a very healthy vegan for a while now, and am around the same age as you (33 this month), and unfortunately have not been so lucky. But I think it's great that you are having no problems with your skin. Thanks again for sharing and for listening. xo j

  2. October 9, 2012 at 12:25 am

    if you're giving away some stuff when you move you should consider donating it to Out to Pasture Farm Sanctuary (Portland's local farm sanctuary) for their annual garage sale...all the funds go directly to the animals:)and I personally think a vegan dermatologist guest is an awesome idea!!

    • October 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Great idea re: the sanctuary -- thanks!! And yes, we should seriously do some research into vegan dermatologists. Def. xo j

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  4. October 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I'm in the same boat. I had great skin as a teenager and in my twenties, but once I hit 30, all hell broke loose and it's been a constant battle. Going vegan in 2009 helped (I attribute it to giving up dairy), but now that I'm 41 and hormones are all whackadoodle, I get flare ups now and then. I found Arbonne last year and that has made a difference. They're 100% vegan. I have a ton of samples if you or anyone else is interested. Just shoot me an email (sfbayrenee@gmail). :)

  5. October 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    This was a really great episode - running (which I have recently started doing) and my favorite lady CPG!I too have been waiting for my acne to clear up now that I'm old (35), but so far, not happening. I'm also a mostly clean-eating vegan (all vegan, little junk food), so I don't think its diet related. Mine is probably stress because I'm a graduate student and thus, usually stressed out. I really like Alba's Acnedote line: Vegan and pretty affordable too. Veganessentials carries some of their products. I also have a recommendation for a deodorant (not antiperspirant, yuck) that works really well. Those crystals (brand not important) are awesome, as long as you wet them before applying or apply to wet skin. My boyfriend and I work outside, in the summer, in Arizona, so we sweat ALOT and this really fights odor well. Best vegan/natural/non-vegan/not-natural/etc. deodorant EVER! And they're much cheaper than other natural deodorants, so worth a try.Now I just need to find a good vegan lip balm. Everything has beeswax or petroleum!

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