...is not that common! You know the phrase, but it is so true. I wrote my blog yesterday on how to survive a Mexican restaurant, just simple tips to eat as healthy as possible at a Mexican restaurant. And I ran in to someone later in the day who asked me what I wrote my blog on today, and I told them How to survive a Mexican Restaurant. Their reply was "what's wrong with Mexican food?" I stared at them for a little bit in silence thinking they were pulling my leg. I said "it's unhealthy..." They replied with "...but it's my favorite food".
If only all of our favorite foods were the healthiest right? That would make life a whole lot easier. Unfortunately your body doesn't care what your favorite foods are, it only cares which ones are good for you. But Mexican food is extremely popular, especially in Texas. Now where are heart disease rates? 1 in 3 will die from heart disease. Where are cancer rates? 1 in 4 will die from cancer. How many of us are overweight? At least 2/3's. So we can say disease, in this country, is popular too. Disease is very common, it has affected us all, or will later. But disease should never be mistaken as normal. Normal and common are two very different things. Sometimes people get them confused. Just because it is common to have high blood pressure or high cholesterol in your 40's still doesn't make it normal.
One of my favorite quotes is from Mark Twain, "If you find yourself on the side of majority, it is time to stop and reflect." So if you find yourself doing all of the same things that your friends or family are doing, what makes you confident that you aren't going to be one of those common people with disease?
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