Hey, i just joined this forum and saw this post, which is great because I live in the des moines area. A few restaurant choices: New World Cafe, its downtown on, I think walnut? They have a Facebook page as well as a website. My wife and I absolutely love this place. Their food is absolutely amazing! Another restaurant you could try is called Fresh. They are small but also good food. They are located over by Valley West Mall. As far as grocery shopping, there is: Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Hy-Vee has a health food market section with plenty of choices. There largest location is probably now at the new location in ankeny. Let me know if you need any other help. O and i do know there is a local veg group that meets once a week at a restaurant to talk about all things healthy eating!