It has been said that there are those who eat to live and those who live to eat. But Phat Shui acknowledges and embraces people in the third category: those who live to eat but don’t metabolize.
Phat Shui for Turkey Day
balancing the nutrient-filled and free space on your Thankgiving plate for optimum mental consumption
- Lower left: Health. This portion of your plate is dedicated to the idea that even on a holiday you are aware of health. Steamed green beans inform the rest of the dish that you are a healthy choice maker. I find keeping the green beans on the plate for as long as possible as a visible reminder of this choice is a perfectly acceptable alternative to eating them.
- Lower-middle: Work. If there happens to be a traditional dish provided by a friend, relative or loved one that was not only a labor of love for them to make but for you to eat, place a dollop of said concoction in this area like a trophy or prize to honor their efforts. And if any sort of run-off or juice bleeds into other areas, due to the tilt of the Earth’s axis, it will most likely hit the green beans. If you are not doing well at your work, suck it up and shovel in a few bites for good measure.
- Lower-right: Tradition. This is the food that traditionally is high on your list of no-nos. In the world of the anti-carb this mostly comes in the form of the Spud. Mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, and yes Kristen, even Pataki Potatoes. Placed in this area they now represent Tradition. A staple, a go-to to get the taste of the trophy dish next to them out of your mouth. Go ahead, pile them on, the rest of the year they live in shame. Let them have their day of honor.
- Middle-left: Family and Sharing. Harness this area for better relationships. If you place like two, three, or more things that are easily sharable here- like crescent rolls, or cornbread- the lending energy feeds the spirit of the day. If you end up eating all of them, hey not your fault, no one took you up on your generosity. And what are you going to do, put them back?
- Center: Self. All other squares influence concepts in your life. And your well-being. This area is you. Clearly, this is where the turkey goes. The turkey is stuffed, you will be stuffed with turkey. Cycle of life. Can’t fight it.
- Middle-right: Child. Child also means “creativity” as well. This is where you place the food you primarily intend to play with. My personal choice is olives. Olives have holes in them that perfectly cap over your finger tops. To me, and perhaps Kirk Cameron, putting them on all my digits and waggling my fingers proves the existence of God.
- Upper-left: Wealth. If your finances are going down the tubes, look to this area of your plate. Place the mostly costly dish on that table here. Fancy cheeses, or other delicacies. Especially if you were not the one to provide this topshelf goody. Give yourself a second helping. Tell the world you deserve riches and you will receive them. Or at least, get your money’s worth to compensate for whatever you did pay into this celebratory feast.
- Upper-center: Fame. How do you want to be remembered? This area is for the food that looks so pretty that you don’t even want to eat it. brightness and presentation is important here. A good garnish or radish rose, something to detract that you wolfed down the rest of your plate. Or to keep the abandoned green beans and barely touched trophy dish from being overly apparent.
- Upper-right: Relationships/Marriage. If you are in one of those lovey-dovey relationships where you eat off each others plate, this area is best for placing such ‘Oh I’ll just try a little of yours’ items. For the rest of us, put the wishbone here.
When you look up from your plate, I hope it is there that you find what truly makes you thankful.