Goood Tuesday morning!
First, I have to draw attention to the new artwork decorating the blog! My mom did the drawing and my friend Sean turned it into a banner. I’m rather excited about it, mainly because there’s still a green apple, but also because my cartoon hair looks big and full of secrets.
OK. Onto the business of the day!
So, after a weekend spent as a sushi roll, I started thinking about all the creative things you can do with chopsticks, besides just putting them in your hair.
One thing I actually don’t do very often with chopsticks is eat with them. Why? Because I am horrifically clumsy when it comes to eating with chopsticks. I’ve had many people try to help me, but I just don’t have the fine motor skills necessary. If I’m too ashamed to ask for a fork, it takes me a while to eat, as I poke and prod my food, dropping wasabi and sashimi, and often just starting completely over along the way.
However, I realized, I could use that to my advantage.
The next time you get sushi, swipe extra chopsticks, and then use them to eat other non-Asian foods. Eating slowly is a way to be more mindful of what you are eating, to appreciate your food, and to stop when you are full. If you use your fork as a shovel, simply switching tools might help a lot. Even if you’re pretty good with chopsticks (because really, my clumsiness is just embarrassing and totally not the norm), it’s definitely more difficult to eat with them than it is with a fork.
If it takes your brain 20 minutes to register that you’re full, and you tend to eat way past the point of feeling full, this might be a good way to make yourself to slow down. If you’re devoted, you can buy chopsticks for very cheap, but really, I prefer the five-finger discount in this case. I call it “Recession Silverware;” it goes so well with my fine, purloined Starbucks napkins.