Tuesday, March 6, 2012

the eating slowly experiment: chopsticks/small utensils method (results)

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 (mylessseriouslife@gmail.com) with your results. And, look for an introduction post for the second test method later this week!

18 comments:

  1. I LOVE using chopsticks. Maybe it's 'cause I'm Chinese or something, but there's just something special about them. I agree in that I don't really see a difference in the time I take to finish my food - I think it's more in the chewing part.

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    1. i agree. they are certainly fun to use - but didn't make me go slowly! i'll still continue to use them though - especially for noodles!

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  2. I used chopsticks for awhile a few years ago...it was a great way to slow down but then I got lazy and went back to traditional fork and spoon. Now I'm working on actually counting my bites and truly enjoying flavors. Chew until it's dissolved...lovely right? :)

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    1. haha the word dissolved freaks me out a little - but yes this is a great method too! it really is something that is difficult to work on and change once you are in the habit of eating too quickly.

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  3. I didn't actually try it out with you, but I know from my own prior habits that using a smaller fork/spoon does actually help me eat slower.
    Do you have another method up your sleeve?

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    1. you know i do! look for it thursday.

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  4. I've been trying to use chopsticks. I however suck at using them so it has helped me slow down and has helped me leave small stuff (like that last bit of rice) behind.

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    1. haha! well i guess that is an advantages to sucking at chopsticks! glad to know it has helped a bit!

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  5. Although I only tried small utensils sporadically, I did find it helped at breakfast, no lunchtime transport for me though. And I guess it's a small utensil--I used an ice tea spoon, long handle with little spoon. Yesterday when out for lunch with my sister, we had shot glass desserts (key lime pie and red velvet cake) and had ice tea spoons as our tools. Nice contrast of little glass and long handle and lets you savor the little bites. Love it with my morning yogurt.

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    1. yay. iced tea spoons totally count as mini! yogurt with a mini spoon is perfect.

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  6. Well...at least your tiny utlensils are super adorable! I do love using smaller ones though. Not to slow down my eating. I'm pretty sure they make food taste better...

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    1. haha, right? super adorable i can stand by.

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  7. I didn't try the smaller utensils trick but I did try the chopsticks one! For me it depended on what I was eating. I am pretty good with chopsticks too (haha thanks to ALL the sushi I eat!) but it did slow me down with things like rice and curries because they were harder to get a lot of food at once...I think ultimately the thing that slowed me down the most was feeling really CALM when I eat. I took deep breaths beforehand and tried to maintain a really 'serene-like' mindset while eating. It was a lot of me looking like I was trying to be a buddha lol, so I recommend trying it out on your own to start off! Hahaha

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    1. i think you are right, anna. being calm can do wonders. it is especially a hard thing to do though - at dinner when i have been rushing through a busy day. but, taking a few moments to sit and reflect and calm myself down before eating does wonders (when i can manage it). glad to hear you are making progress. let's keep working at it!

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  8. Sometimes I don't think I take a breath when I eat! I don't think that I have even used chopsticks, so I would not be very good at it. Although, it will take me a long time to eat my meal...it might be a good idea!

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    1. haha that is the though. but, i know - sometimes i am done eating before i know it. not good!

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  9. I've tried this in the past w/ small spoons and really liked it. It made ice cream last a lot longer!

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  10. I actually started using small utensils and chopsticks for the wrong reasons (an effort to eat less during anorexia) but now that I'm recovered it's turned into something really positive! I don't do it all time time, but I love using a small spoon or chopsticks when I'm eating something I really want to savor. I doesn't necessarily slow me down much, but it does seem to make me pay more attention to what I'm eating and enjoy it more. I always use a small spoon or fork for dessert so I can really savor it. Plus, it's so much fun to eat with adorable utensils!
    One thing that does help me be more mindful of what I'm eating is to mentally ask questions about the food's texture, smell, and more subtle taste while I'm eating it. It makes me enjoy things more and slow down a bit!

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