I actually just read this article about the Benefits of Eating Slow. The author explains that people who eat slow have more of a chance to enjoy food instead of just inhaling it. You may feel full sooner, and you are also able to be more social. Well imagine that!
My husband and I inhale our food. He eats twice as fast as I do, and I know that makes me speed up my eating while with him. I've been paying attention to this habit for about a year now and I've noticed that when I sit down to eat, I face my food and as soon as I fill my mouth with a bite I'm not thinking about what's in my mouth, I chew it 4 or 5 times while reloading my fork, and swallow just in time for another bite. Ugh. I sound like such a lady.
Since this whole banding process is about changing our lives. I know this is one of the first habits we have to break. You see, with a band, if you don't chew your food to a pulp things can get stuck. Worst case scenario, the food could even come back up. Now THAT'S disgusting.
Change isn't isn't easy, but why not do everything we can to help ourselves? Which brings us to today's tip. Instead of using our beautiful oversized silverware, we started using tiny cocktail silverware. When we start to eat more solid food, we'll us small bowls and sandwich plates as well. Even if we load these babies up, we'll be putting a fraction of the food we used to put in our mouths!
We found these at Bed Bath and Beyond, but you can find them just about any where. So far they have helped a bunch.
Here's an example of what they look like next to regular silverware:
I made MS 2 little ounces of Potato Leak Soup last night and he was just savoring it with his little spoon!
These aren't the exact forks we bought, but they are even cheaper. Don't forget your 20% off coupon too! http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=16384003