I've used chopstick and small utensils for three weeks now in an attempt to slow down my eating for the eating slowly experiment. Keep reading for my final results and please see this method introduction post for the initial rules of implementation.
Results. Here's the thing. I rock at using chopsticks. And, after three weeks of using chopsticks as a method of slowing down my eating (alongside the use of mini-utensils), I am even more of a chopsticks superstar. While this may make me a first place contender in any chopstick competition, it hasn't really helped slow down my eating. Likewise, although I can say with confidence that I prefer eating with these miniature utensils more than their adult-sized counterparts, I don't think they have helped me slow down my eating pace at all.
For me, the chopsticks/small utensils method was relatively unsuccessful at slowing down my eating pace. I also found this method fairly difficult to implement on a regular basis for two primary reasons. First, I found it difficult to remember to pack my chopsticks or small utensils on days I ate lunch at work. Second, I have only so many pairs of chopsticks and sets of mini-utensils. On a busy day, if my supply was dirty or hard to find, I found myself reaching for my normal eating equipment. I'm sorry, but there are only so many times I am willing to re-wash the same spoon in one day.
After hearing from some of my readers, the general consensus is that most enjoy using smaller utensils for daily eating. I agree. I hate going to a restaurant and being forced to use a spoon the size of my head. But, in terms of slowing down eating, I'm afraid this method (on its own, at least) isn't the solution for me.
Did any of you try this method along with me? If so, please comment and/or e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your results. And, look for an introduction post for the second test method later this week!