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  1. Yes the Sunflower is great! I love that place. We also have ZPizza now (www.zpizza.com, tons of locations) Awesome pizza with soy cheese, wheat crust, and a veggie meat option. There is also a cool little place called Clare and Dons Beach Shack in Falls Church. (www.clareanddons.com) Tofu "crab"cakes, Coconut tofu and blackened tofu are a few items on the menu. I like them because you can go veg without going ethnic which is a nice change when you're eating out. It's a little hole in the wall and I can't say the food is spectacular but I would definitely go back. I will support any restaurant that makes an honest effort to provide some good options for us veg folks.
  2. I think it's wonderful that you've decided to take action to improve your family's health. When I became a vegetarian, I lost weight very quickly however over the years I gained it back and then some and it was due to my diet. Even though I no longer ate meat, I switched to starches and a lot more cheese than I used to eat. However, over this past year, I've started eating as many organic fruits and vegetables as I can get my hands on. I dramatically decreased my sugar (and when I do have sugar, it's unbleached organic) and replaced it with agave necter, organic maple syrup and stevia. I have also strictly banned high fructose from my diet. It was when I did this that I saw big changes regarding my body fat, particularly in my stomach. Finding these foods are sometimes challenging depending on where you live and you'll find that high fructose is in EVERYTHING! So the easiest way around that is to stay away from processed foods as much as possible. It seems like a lot of work at first, but soon it will become second nature and you and your sons will look and feel great! As far as exercise, I think doing laps with them is a great idea. I would start slow, even if it's just walking, so it will be an enjoyable experience. If it feels too much like work, they will lose interest very quickly. (at least that's how my kids are) The more ways you can keep your kids active and away from the tv the better. And of course, as offense74 said.. read! You can never have too much information regarding the health of your family. Best of luck to you!
  3. Ok, dare I say it.. I'm on an Amy Winehouse kick right now. Not big on the rehab song but I do love her other ones, especially Wake up alone. She has a nice old school vibe which I like. I also listen to Enya during those rare moments when I'm home alone.
  4. I've been watching UFC for a couple of months now and I'm HOOKED! I haven't gotten to the point yet where I remember the names of the fighters off the top of my head (never have been good with names) but I love it. I'm also glad to see I'm not the only female that's into it!
  5. Great ink! Incredible job on the coverup! You're lucky to find someone so talented in your area. I'm looking for someone good in VA right now.
  6. That's awesome! You've got mad skills!
  7. Ok, so today is day 2 of becoming vegan. Whoohoo! No problems really other than the fact that the rest of my household consists of 2 vegetarians and an omnivore. (although we do not allow meat in the home) Is anyone else the only vegan in their home? If so, do you have any tips? Thanks!
  8. Marla is adorable! Seeing such a happy child just makes my heart melt.
  9. Same here. I'm NEVER on my computer at home. In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs. But at the office, I'm chained to it, and right now our office is DEAD. So there's nothing to do but surf the web. On the plus side, it did cause me to find your awesome community! I used to work at AOL though and when I was there, I was completely hooked!
  10. I don't drink milk, only soymilk. Can you recommend a good brand of vegan cheese? Now that you've described eggs to me like that, I don't think I can ever look at them the same again! That along with David's video of the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary has given me enough feul to take that final leap! Thanks, I needed that!
  11. Sadly, I am still vegetarian and have not yet made that full leap to vegan. I became a vegetarian almost 5 years ago and I can say that I've never knowingly cheated. My husband got me started on vegetarianism however he had a very poor diet so I do have to say that I have focused more on the health aspect of it rather than the A/R. That's shameful to admit because I do feel very strongly about A/R but I do eat the occasional organic free range egg or organic cheese and yogurt. These three things have been very hard for me to break away from. If anyone can recommend good replacements for these items I would greatly appreciate it!
  12. Thanks for the warm welcome! I used to have a group of friends that I would train with but now I'm going solo, therefore motivation is a big issue. The training log idea will help a great deal, thanks Flanders! Hi Potter! I'm in Haymarket. Are you in Richmond?
  13. I'm so glad I found you! I stopped lifting 10 years ago and I miss it terribly. I just became a vegetarian 5 years ago (still eat organic eggs, cheese and yogurt) and kind of had the idea in the back of my head that being muscular as a vegetarian would be next to impossible. What an inspiration you all are! I'm sure I will be milking your brains for all the knowledge on body building nutrition I can get. If that's ok with you of course. Mich
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