Monday, August 19, 2013

The Cookie Monster Syndrome

I've always thought Cookie Monster was cute and hilarious. As a child, I found it funny that he always seemed so clueless and crazy. Seeing him absolutely lose it every time he saw a cookie was the funniest thing ever! However, as I got older, I remember having a change of perspective. It dawned on me that Cookie Monster really has an impulse control problem and a lack of self-control. If Cookie Monster were a real person, he would probably weigh hundreds of pounds at the rate he eats. He's a big glutton!

Now before some of you get your feathers ruffled and say I'm bashing Sesame Street, just hold on! That's not what this post is about (even though I do feel that Sesame Street has become more and more liberal over the years and isn't the same show I grew up with). Rather, it's just about drawing attention to the fact that sometimes, we don't really think about how much we eat or the fact that we eat whenever we feel like it. So many times, we just see food and eat it without thinking about if we SHOULD be eating it (or if we're even remotely hungry). We need to be a LOT more self-controlled if we expect to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Apparently, even Cookie Monster realizes this. In the video below, he parodies Icona Pop's "I love it". Cookie Monster says, "Me Want It (But Me Wait)". That's the same approach we need to have; to not eat ravenously all the time and to wait until we're hungry. Also, we need to say "no" to those impulses that we need to change. Cutting out certain foods (or at least limiting them and having some moderation) is a really good idea. If Cookie Monster can do it, so can you....well, at least until the end of his song he can! Ok,'s still pretty hilarious. I still laughed lol!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Remember, self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. It's not something that we can do by ourselves. If we are to be disciplined, we need to rely on God to help supply that self-control. Feast on His Word, pray, and concentrate on filling yourself up with good things (including healthy things like Shakeology which DOES suppress the appetite and helps with craving control)! Here's to hoping that we all can learn to control our inner monsters and conquer the Cookie Monster syndrome; and not just with food, but with any addiction! Be infused! God bless you!

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