About a year ago I decided to go full vegetarian.

This is a short summary of my experience being 100% vegetarian (but not vegan) for a full year. And to go straight into the bottom line without further ado: you're probably wondering what was the hardest part of it.

Well, the hardest part of being a vegetarian, for me, was... drum roll please...

Fielding questions, incredulity and judgement of family and friends.

Yep. You read that right. Nothing related to the eating habit itself. Getting protein wasn't hard. Feeling satisfied wasn't hard. Iron levels and B12 are doing fine, thank you. Feeling good and energized was a piece of cake. And no, I'm not missing meat. None of that was the challenge. As crazy as it seems, having to defend my decision to others and fielding their repetitive questions and often times judgemental comments was harder than any of the mechanics of being vegetarian.

More on that in a bit. Let me give you some context first.

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Here are a few things I realized through the continuous practice of meditation. Perhaps this is all wrong, but at the time of writing, this is my experience.

1. You are not your thoughts

People usually associate their thoughts and feelings with their "self", their personality, the way they "are".

However, this appears to be mostly false. 

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The obesity pandemic is all that's talked these days. Since movies like Super Size Me and Food Inc first gave the warning on the big screen, there are news articles and research after research talking about obesity. In his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan talks about the corn problem in America, where all that is sweet comes from corn and it's dangerous sweetness. A recent report from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation And Development talks more about the obesity pandemic:

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I'm feeling a bit philosophical today, so here's a bit of an unusual theme for me: speculation about my generation's longevity.

My grandfather is 93 and is in great health. My grandmother is in 90 and she too is in great health. Can my parents beat that? Can my generationbeat that? 

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So, the corn industry is seeking a new name for high-fructose corn syrup.  They want it to be called "corn sugar". They claim this change is intended to clarify confusion about whether corn syrup is a special kind of sugar. Consumers feel that corn syrup is an evil kind of sugar or that it's somehow not as natural as sugar, and the industry wants to clarify that, with hopes that demand will grow again and that producers of all kinds of stuff -- cookies, sodas, candies -- will start using corn syrup again.

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