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  1. I went to see Ben Folds on September 30th...*love*
  2. Wow, that's a great deal...now I have to remind myself to send a check...
  3. I don't do it personally, but I have heard a lot of people say that low carb works for them. I have also probably heard even more people say that it doesn't work for them. Have you tried eating fruit instead of processed sugary snacks when you feel the need for something sweet? I can understand where you are coming from, I like sweets myself, but I try to have my sweet stuff have some sort of nutritional value. For example, I just made some raw brownie bites (I don't try to eat raw, they just sounded too good to be true so I had to try) and they are SO good, and a great sweet treat...and they're healthier than most sweets because it's just dates, walnuts, and unsweetened cocoa powder. I also make muffins with soy flour, I like stuff like that for breakfast. So...clearly my diet isn't low carb at all if I am having muffins for breakfast, but it also doesn't include a lot of processed sugar. Oh, I guess I should add that I make my muffins with Splenda, I know a lot of people are anti-artificial sweeteners. I can only imagine that wanting to eat a veg*n diet, eating predominantly meat and dairy must be....tough. I can't imagine that this is he ideal diet for you.
  4. I don't really care if I eat flavor additives which were synthesized in a lab and have chemically almost identical properties to the real item. I care about whether the food is toxic, tastes worse, or is less nutritious. I never really liked most soy, almond, or rice milk -- not because of the "natural flavor" taste, but because they put way too much sugar (cane juice) in them. Almost all brands make an unsweetened version. I like westsoy unsweetened vanilla, although I see it says "natural flavors" also. I also like their unsweetened almond. I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk too, but I haven't bought it in awhile.
  5. B-12, iron, protein (right now it is a mix of rice, gemma, and hemp).
  6. Yes. Because I like it. Seriously though, I've read so many articles saying it's good and that it's bad, that I don't really pay attention to them. This article doesn't seem to say anything I haven't read before.
  7. I was in a wedding recently, where one of the groomsmen didn't drink. At all. Ever. His whole group of friends did, but it was just something he chose not to do (I don't know him well, I don't know why, but it's sort of irrelevant). Anyway, my point is, he still had his whole group of friends. They are all really close, they all hang out even when they're drinking and he's still sipping his glasses of water, and he just kind of laughs at them and has just as much fun with them. My point is, I think you can be friends with people who drink, if you want to. But, if they are going to hassle you about it and harp on you for it, then they just aren't very good friends. Meaning, it's not so much the drinking that is the issue but the people you are hanging out with. It sounds like those people don't make you happy, so why continue to hang out with them? You could also just laugh it off, or drink something that looks like a drink (I do that all the time, seltzer water with lime), but it doesn't sound like that is going to make you happy. It sounds like you need a new outlet where you can meet more like-minded people, so that when you DO end up going out with people like this, you can take solace in knowing that you have people who do understand you. Are you involved in any religious groups? Not something I would normally suggest, not being religious myself, but it seems like you have found peace in situations like that before. In any case, good luck
  8. I'm honestly not sure what hemp seeds look like, but I use the grinder blade on my magic bullet to grind flax seeds and it is pretty much the best use I have found for it, works really well.
  9. Welcome! I'm from NY also
  10. Hello I'm Gina and I've been poking around this site for a week or two now and thought I would introduce myself so I could start posting. I'm not new to message boards, I'm a mod on one for girls in military relationships (my husband is currently in Iraq), and belong to WAY too many others, haha, I love them. I'm also not new to fitness and have been going to the weight room pretty steadily for the past two years, although I am just coming back from some time off because I broke my toe. I also like to run and bike, although I pretty much leave that for the weekends. I am, however, very new to being a vegan. I've been a vegetarian for over a year, but this feels a lot different. I didn't feel like I was really giving anything up when I gave up meat, but I am going vegan more for health reasons...and I do feel like I am giving something up with no longer having cheese! I love to cook though, so this is just opening another adventure for me. Just some culminating tidbits, I'm 24, I got my BS in Chemistry and am currently in grad school to be a Science teacher, and I am in NY now, but will be moving to Baltimore when my husband is done with his military commitment (in May). Oh, and we lived in Hawaii previous to his deployment, which was pretty cool. I suppose that's about it, I look forward to getting to know people on here
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