What’s on Your Vegan Bucket List?

Bucket-List

I love bucket lists! It’s a way to turn pipe dreams that will probably never happen into goals that become attainable, tangible and doable.

Lately I’ve been thinking about writing a vegan bucket list because there are so many veg-friendly things I want to do that I don’t get around to doing. Like visiting a farm sanctuary, taking Rouxbe’s online plant-based cooking class and getting a Mandoline Slicer so I can easily make delicious crispy baked vegetable chips.

Writing a bucket list, unfortunately, has become one of those things that I haven’t been able to get around to doing!

I was inspired today, however; when I stumbled upon The Vegan Bucket List by VegNews magazine. I was also happy to see that I’ve already accomplished some items on their list. Here’s what I’ve done:

Things I Can Cross Off on the VegNews Vegan Bucket List

Number 14:  Be vegan until 6pm, and then stay vegan until the following day. Repeat. I’ve been doing this one everyday for a year and a half.  

Number 22: Become a vegan myth-busting machine – even if you never need to bust vegan myths. I think I’ve finally convinced my family and friends that you don’t need to eat meat to get enough protein, that a vegan diet is exceptionally healthful and that you don’t need to eat dairy to get calcium. And if you’re not convinced, I hope you’ll check out Vegan Myths Debunked.

Number 26: Give fun vegan gifts such as cookbooks, baked goods, Vegan Etsy jewelry and wine every chance you get. I’m the queen of giving vegan gifts! I even wrote the post, Fabulous Vegan Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

Number 38: Don’t judge meat-eaters. They’ll just stop listening to you. Since I was a meat-eater for most of my life so it would be silly for me to judge them.

Number 69: Read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I bought this book in an airport and read it on a flight to Boston. Definitely a must read!

Number 96: Study T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study as if your life depended on it. I read this book before going vegan. It’s one of the books that sold me on the healthfulness of a vegan diet.

Although I’ve done a few items on The VegNews Vegan Bucket list, there’s much that I haven’t done that I want to do. And there are other veg-friendly things not on this list that I want to do. So that’s it – I’m going to write a vegan bucket list!

What’s on your vegan bucket list? Or if you don’t have one, what would you put on your list? Is there anything on The VegNews Vegan Bucket List that you’d love to do? If you want to do # 84 – Eat beignets and chocolate soufflé at Madeline Bistro in Los Angeles, let me know so I can come with you!!

Bucket List photo courtesy of insignificant at best.

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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25 Responses to What’s on Your Vegan Bucket List?

  1. Celeste, I am in Long Beach maybe we can go and eat the beignets and chocolate soufflé and meet up one day 🙂

    ivonne

  2. Maryanne says:

    I praise you so much for not judging meat eaters, that’s extremely inspiring! As for bucket lists, I don’t have a vegan bucket list, but I wrote an Animal Bucket list about a year ago: http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/the-animal-bucket-list/

  3. Poppy says:

    Great idea, I’m going to check out the VegNews bucket list! Poppy 🙂

  4. Thanks for posting this, I’m going to check out some of the links for some inspiration in my own eating journey, as of now I am vegetarian, but not vegan, I could use the extra push to go all the way. It just seems so daunting, any advice??

    • If you had asked me two years ago if I’d ever go vegan I would have laughed. I used to love dairy. I ate cheese, drank mocha latte’s and ate ice cream almost everyday. And I thought I was doing my body good, I mean even the government says we’re supposed to eat dairy.

      Then my husband started having some health issues, so we went to a healthy eating class where we learned how bad milk was for our health. This was the first time we had heard this, and it shocked us. After reading more about it, I became convinced that dairy contributed to a host of diseases.

      This changed my attitude toward dairy, but I still struggled with giving it up. It just tastes sooooo good! I think what finally did the trick for me was watching a lot of movies like Forks Over Knives that show the link to dairy and disease. And I had to watch them more than once for them to have a lasting impact. Watching Forks Over Knives once helped, but I’d revert back to eating dairy after about a week. So whenever I reverted back, I’d watch the movie again and eventually I just didn’t want to eat dairy anymore. Now the thought of eating dairy makes me ill because I see it like putting poison into my body.

      It also helped for me to improve my plant-based cooking skills. The meals my husband and I eat now taste better than the ones we ate before we went plant-based. This has helped a lot too.

      For more tips, check out these posts: http://honkifyourevegan.com/2013/03/01/milk-it-does-a-body-bad/
      http://honkifyourevegan.com/2013/03/02/is-there-life-after-dairy/
      http://honkifyourevegan.com/2013/03/14/10-tips-for-going-plant-based/

      Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck! Please keep me posted about your progress. Celeste 🙂

  5. I love the name of your blog Celeste…too funny and cute! I also love #26 on this list…that is a great way to reach others!! And #38…very good advice. I have to remind myself I too, used to be a burger eating, sausage eating, cheese obsessed individual. Now, I’m SHOCKED and disgusted to eat any of it. It is SO terrible for our health and it’s amazing how much better I feel, look, etc. for going vegan. I lost ALL my baby weight once I went vegan. It was amazing. Looking forward to enjoying your blog 🙂

  6. I don’t know if my former message went through. Anyways, I love the name of your blog..so cute and funny. I also love #26..great idea and a way to reach others. I love #38..great advice and it helps to remind myself that I too used to consume burgers, sausage and cheese and can’t believe I ever even ate it now. I find it to be so disgusting and it is just so TERRIBLE for us. So much fat, cholesterol and is so full of sodium and is processed..there just is nothing healthy about it. I’m so thankful I no longer consume any of it and can’t believe how much better I feel and look because of it. I lost all of my baby weight after my daughter was born once I went vegan…it was amazing. I didn’t replace all my food with processed tofu or any of fake meats either…i think that’s a big problem new vegans do and aren’t really any healthier. I just eat tons of fruits, veggies, grains. etc. Look forward to enjoying your blog 🙂

    • I agree with you about the fake meats and other processed vegan foods. I try to stay away from them as much as possible. I’ve noticed, however; that most vegan restaurants, especially vegan fast food restaurants, use a lot of fake meats and other processed stuff. I have mixed feelings about this. Part of me thinks it’s positive because it’s exposing vegan food to more people and enticing them with foods they’re familiar with. Since one of my reasons for being vegan is ethical, I see this as good. At the same time, a lot of vegan restaurants simply aren’t healthy. This frustrates me because I want to be able to enjoy going out to eat while continuing to eat healthfully. I know it’s possible to have a successful and healthful vegan restaurant. One of my favorite vegan restaurants is Life Alive (http://lifealive.com/) in Cambridge, MA. They serve healthy food focused around veggies, whole grains and beans AND they’re wildly popular! I wish they would open a store in SoCal!! Thanks so much for your thoughts! Celeste 🙂

  7. debbiec67 says:

    We got a modified mandoline that came with a microwave potato chip kit. Works really well for homemade chips.

  8. divamover says:

    What a nice “to-do” list. (Not ready for the bucket yet! LOL). There are so many wonderful resources for encouragement in the vegan or plant-based lifestyle. Thanks for being one of them!

    • Yea, a bucket list may not be the best word. When I think of “bucket list” I really see it as more of a “to-do” list. I don’t have any plans of kicking the bucket any time soon either!!! Thanks so much for your thoughts. Celeste 🙂

  9. Mike Lince says:

    Celeste, I have elevated your blog from “Blogs I Follow” to “Blogs That Inspire Me”. I am still a complete novice in the field of plant-based diets. However, I look at everything I eat now in a new light, and I am gradually becoming better educated and more knowledgeable about vegetarian/vegan eating thanks to you. There is hope for me yet, due in large part to your informative writing. Thus, I am offering you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award in which you:
    1. Display the award logo on your blog. (you will find a .jpeg on my About page)
    2. Provide a link back in mentioning the person who nominated you.
    3. Name other bloggers you believe are worthy of this award including links to their blogs. (I don’t specify how many or how few. That is up to you.)
    4. Notify those bloggers of the award and these award requirements.
    Acceptance of the award is optional, and I want you to have that option.
    – Mike

    • Wow Mike – what an honor! Thanks so much. Not only does this award mean a lot to me, but the fact that I’m opening your eyes to what a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle is all about means a lot to me too. One of my reasons for starting this blog was to educate people and possibly encourage them to become vegan. Most of my followers, however; are vegan so they don’t need the education or encouragement. So I’m glad to know that I’m educating and encouraging at least one person – that makes me feel wonderful! I assure you, however; that I will never judge you if you never embrace the vegan lifestyle. Thanks again, and I’m looking forward to our upcoming outing. Oh, and I plan to write about our last outing on Friday – hopefully I’ll get to it. Celeste 🙂

  10. I love this idea! I’ve done a bunch and I want to do a bunch. I see a bucket list blog post in my future 🙂

  11. You’re a great writer! Such fun reading your blog 🙂

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