Another three weeks have elapsed during which time I have been using the 'fork down method', the second technique in the eating slowly experiment.
Results. Placing down your eating utensil between bites turns out to be a great way to force a slower eating experience. Although at first I felt a bit awkward and unnatural using this method, eventually I came to appreciate the between-bite pause as a moment to really enjoy the food and flavors that I was consuming.
I'm going to give it to you straight - I wasn't always perfect at this method. Sometimes I forgot and sometimes I went a few bites before placing my fork down. There were a few times when I was so ravenous at meal time that I put my fork down for a microsecond between bites - I'm pretty sure this doesn't count. But, overall, this method was easy to do and successful at creating a slower eating experience.
Not only did this method force me to eat more slowly, it also made eating enjoyable. There is something really powerful and enlightening about experiencing a meal slowly and really focusing on what you putting in your body.
Based on my readers' feedback, those that already make habit of pausing between bites raved about this technique for its ability to slow you down and really allow you to savor each bite. They were right. Personally, I really want to work at making this technique second nature in my daily life. Savor the flavor, folks. Savor the flavor.
Did any of you try this method along with me or is this something you do already? If so, please comment on this post and/or e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your feedback. Look for an introduction post for eating slowly method three next week!