Eating with Chopsticks

Are you an expert at eating with chopsticks? If not, how long will it take you to eat your food? Try it out!

A wood plate with chopsticks on top of it with Chinese food

How hard would it be for you to eat all your meals with chopsticks? Are you up for the experiment? Find yourself a pair of chopsticks and get ready to eat more mindfully.

From simply picking up a pair of chopsticks you can improve your health. It’s as easy as that! With chopsticks, you are unable to pile on the food that you could with a fork. This also means that you can’t shovel food down your mouth with a chopstick like you would be able to with a fork.

Another key advantage of using chopsticks is that it allows you to be mindful while you are eating. By being mindful, you are aware of your surroundings and paying attention to how you are picking up your food and how much. Due to the nature of the chopstick, you are forced to take smaller bites. How much rice can you pick up with chopsticks as opposed to with a fork?

With these smaller bites and slower eating, you’re more likely to eat less food. This allows your brain to process the food and be more aware of your hunger cues especially since it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full.

In the US, the meals that you eat with your hands and utensils are on average 11 minutes long, BUT there are breakfasts and lunches which last as fast as 2 minutes! Eating that fast is NOT being mindful.

Even though eating with chopsticks is not the easiest maneuver, a little time and practice will allow you to eat your food more mindfully as you’ve slowed down the speed of how fast you put food on your utensils.

Chopsticks impact your eating behaviors by…

1. Improving your health

2. Slowing down your eating

3. Improving your brain & body coordination

4. Reducing food sizes

5. Having a quieter Eating Experience

Did you know

That the fork was actually one of the last utensils to be invented. This is because it resembled many of the functions of our hands.

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