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The idea of eating with mindful awareness on Thanksgiving Day may seem like a bit of an oxymoron. In fact, the word holiday is more synonymous with such things as indulgence and overconsumption than anything else. In fact, it’s been said that the average caloric intake on Thanksgiving Day runs about 4,500 calories per adult. That’s a whole lot of turkey with all the trimmings, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie with ice cream! Perhaps you have tried to eat moderately. Any well-intentioned plan to eat moderately and healthfully during the holiday season can be hijacked by events, persons, or food cravings that seem out of your control. If so, you may have unknowingly encountered “food static” — which I define as any food-related message that triggers unbalanced and compulsive eating, negative feelings, overwhelming emotions, and stress. Fortunately, I have three tips for eating moderately during the holidays using one-minute mindfulness, and I’d like to share them with you. One-minute mindfulness means that in any given sixty seconds you have the power to change your direction by turning on your full awareness.
I’m lazy. I admit it. I always was, even as a kid. I’ve never been a “morning person.” It was one thing that kept me from being successful in life (among many other things).
I decided the day I turned 30 to do an experiment that really appealed to my lazy side: I decided to dream the biggest dreams I could imagine, and go for them, and yet still be as lazy as I wanted to be. My doubts and fears said it was impossible, but I got around them by saying “Give me one or two years to try this, purely as an experiment. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll be no worse off than I am right now” — broke, without a job, scrounging for $65 rent every month.
Several months ago, Georgia Hughes, our editorial director, brought in a manuscript by Michael Michalko called Creative Thinkering and passed it around. My first thought was that the title was a little odd. The subtitle grabbed me from the beginning: Putting Your Imagination to Work.
Then I started to read the manuscript, and the first sentences of the Introduction had me totally hooked:
Why are some people creative and others not?