A lot of the food posts on my instagram show chopsticks as my only utensils. I’ve gotten a few questions about why I eat with chopsticks so often, and it’s not just because I’m Asian!
Although I’ve been using chopsticks pretty much all my life and consider myself rather adept with them, using them causes me to eat more slowly! And health experts have discovered that eating more slowly is better for the body overall. So next time you’re hungry, pick up a pair of chopsticks rather than a fork! Your body will thank you!
Here are some of the benefits of eating slower:
- Stopping when we are full. According to scientific research, it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to register that our body is full. This means that if you eat too fast, you might eat past the point of fullness, yet not really even know! Ever had that feeling after eating to fast of feeing “gross” or bloated? Chances are that by the time your brain caught up with your body’s feeling of fullness, it was too late, and you already over ate. By eating slower, you can still consume your favorite foods, but not overdo it!
- Better digestion. Eating more slowly allows you to more thoroughly chew your food, which in turn helps your body to fully digest it.
- Overall enjoyment and satisfaction. As in anything, if we take the time to enjoy it, we will be happier! Food is one of the wonderful and amazing things in life, and like a beautiful sunset or first dance, there is something calming about being able to fully enjoy the meals that we consume! I’ve found that slowing down during meals and taking time to enjoy them have helped me to not only be more mindful of what I put in my body, but to also appreciate all of the tastes and flavors!
Bon Appétit! I hope this post will inspire you to eat a little slower, enjoy your next meal, and maybe even try out a pair of chopsticks!