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Do you eat with your hands?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 21, 2011 at 11:12 PM

I love eating just with my clean hands, I get the feeling that food tastes better when I do it! (I know, it may have no explanation, but I feel that way). Anyway this is one of those little things that even my own family and friends reject, based on, I think, prejudice (the cups even if more greased this way, would be cleaned anyway...). Any experience or idea about how to convince them?

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on September 30, 2011
at 09:05 PM

I think it depends on who you are eating with, not just that you are eating with others. It seems so silly a thing to make a fuss over, though. Like you though, I hope my spouse won't mind! XD

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on March 22, 2011
at 08:09 PM

sticks for killing, sticks for cooking, sticks for eating; how versatile

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on March 22, 2011
at 02:26 PM

Chopsticks in recorded history date back quite some time: http://chineseculture.about.com/library/weekly/aa_chopsticks02a.htm, but I'm sure humans have used sticks to aid in preparing food forever, at least in a skewer capacity. Primates use twigs to eat termites off of, so it stands to reason, especially when we started cooking meat.

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on March 22, 2011
at 02:25 PM

Chopsticks in recorded history date back quite some time: http://chineseculture.about.com/library/weekly/aa_chopsticks02a.htm, but I'm sure humans have used sticks to aid in preparing food forever, at least in a skewer capacity. Primates use twigs to eat termites off of, so it stands to reason.

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

(3524)

on March 22, 2011
at 02:22 PM

I am really not gifted with chopsticks, so if I use any implement it has to be a fork, even at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant...

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on March 22, 2011
at 01:50 PM

We may have lost the sense of touch when eating when our hands are concerned, but not the sense of touch we get from our mouth. That's why texture of food is commonly talked about about foodies.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on March 22, 2011
at 01:39 PM

I don't know that they are paleo, but chopsticks seem more hygienic to me than forks -- fewer places for germs to get stuck. I wonder when chopsticks first appeared -- they don't require metal, so could be quite early.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

(1049)

on March 22, 2011
at 01:35 PM

This is wonderful. Of course: kids are always wanting to use their fingers. It never occurred to me that maybe it is even healthier...by involving the senses. I'll have to buy more napkins now.

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on March 22, 2011
at 10:59 AM

and vestigial....

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on March 22, 2011
at 09:18 AM

also with the advent of knives and forks, there is less work for our teeth (mouth and other organs) to do, and some of them become redundant

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on March 22, 2011
at 09:01 AM

since when are chopsticks Paleo?

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

(3524)

on March 22, 2011
at 03:19 AM

that is a simple rule, but I have tried to eat this way with friends and family too, and most of them find it unusual...I would not do it at work, of course...

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

(3524)

on March 22, 2011
at 03:08 AM

that is interesting how the feeling of temperature, texture influences your taste. I had never thought it before...

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on March 21, 2011
at 11:53 PM

RE: soup. If cool enough, I often pull chunks out with my fingers and then sip the broth from the bowl. More often than not I use chopsticks to aid me with that, though. I hate spoons for soup--I always make a way bigger mess when I use them.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on March 21, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Bah, you're just not trying hard enough. Real Paleos drink their soup out of leaky colanders whilst crossfitting.

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on March 21, 2011
at 11:32 PM

I find soup difficult

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A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

on March 22, 2011
at 12:32 AM

There is an ancient Sanskrit writing - which says that to get the maximum pleasure out of any activity, including eating, human beings should involve the maximum number of 'senses'. meaning we should involve all senses if possible, i.e. touch, taste, smell, vision and sound.

With the advent of eating 'tools' like forks and knives we have completely lost the 'touch' sensation with our food. we still involve vision (see our food), taste and smell of course and perhaps the sizzling sound of the grill sometimes.

In my personal experience, I always enjoy a meal more if I use my fingers, especially if the food makes me lick them :) ..

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on March 22, 2011
at 10:59 AM

and vestigial....

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on March 22, 2011
at 09:18 AM

also with the advent of knives and forks, there is less work for our teeth (mouth and other organs) to do, and some of them become redundant

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

(1049)

on March 22, 2011
at 01:35 PM

This is wonderful. Of course: kids are always wanting to use their fingers. It never occurred to me that maybe it is even healthier...by involving the senses. I'll have to buy more napkins now.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on March 22, 2011
at 01:50 PM

We may have lost the sense of touch when eating when our hands are concerned, but not the sense of touch we get from our mouth. That's why texture of food is commonly talked about about foodies.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on March 21, 2011
at 11:37 PM

I think there may be in fact some explanation, and that is the fact that eating with your hands provides your body with temperature and texture cues for what is coming in, and it can prepare accordingly.

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

(3524)

on March 22, 2011
at 03:08 AM

that is interesting how the feeling of temperature, texture influences your taste. I had never thought it before...

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(19479)

on September 30, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Does pizza count???

do-you-eat-with-your-hands?

Psych!

In all seriousness, eating food with ones hands does seem to be much more enjoyable.

BUT! Would that increase "food reward"? Does eating with ones hands positively correlate with weigh gain?

OR! Does eating "con manos" promote satiety via greater awareness and sensory engagement?

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22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

(5773)

on October 01, 2011
at 12:47 AM

Any chance I get I eat with my hands! I absolutely love it and I have no explanation why.

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B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

(3159)

on March 22, 2011
at 01:15 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw9oX-kZ_9k

All kidding aside ... when I'm eating alone, yep. When I am eating with others, no. I think it would make them a bit uncomfortable and I'd rather not. While it is contenting eating a lamb chop using my hands it is not necessary for me to enjoy it. Hopefully my future spouse won't mind a carnivore. XD

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

(3524)

on March 22, 2011
at 03:19 AM

that is a simple rule, but I have tried to eat this way with friends and family too, and most of them find it unusual...I would not do it at work, of course...

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on September 30, 2011
at 09:05 PM

I think it depends on who you are eating with, not just that you are eating with others. It seems so silly a thing to make a fuss over, though. Like you though, I hope my spouse won't mind! XD

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95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on March 21, 2011
at 11:51 PM

I eat most things with my hands. I basically can't eat steak with a fork and knife and instead tear off bite size pieces with my fingers. Same with most other meat. For that reason, I wait for things to cool to room temperature. My big exceptions are soft things like yogurt, or liquidy things like sauerkraut, although I've been known to use my fingers for both of those things, too. I do use utensils where culturally mandated though, such as a work lunch. No ideas on convincing the family--it totally drives mine crazy.

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Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on September 30, 2011
at 09:01 PM

First off, love this question.

My family has always prepared a lot of our own food. For us, food was an experience, a way of building community and engaging in the joys of life. My mama always told me that "food and family are all about joy" -- joy of the senses included. So while I don't eat with my hands all the time, it is something I do a great deal of the time.

In fact, the two exceptions I can think of are when I indulge in some Greek yoghurt (which likely requires a spoon), or when eating a salad, for which I use a fork or chopsticks. Upon reflection, I'm going to try eating both with my hands, if for nothing else than a bit of fun.

Also, I think the kind of utensil plays a role. I prefer chopsticks over anything, because it feels more 'in tune' to me. I can imagine a caveman using sticks to pick up a piece of hot food, but that's just me.

Final thought -- I've certainly been called out for using my hands to eat. I think culture and context play a role. More than once I've just said to the person that I'm not causing any harm, my hands are clean, and frankly it is more natural. Back to my first point, the joy of eating should play a role.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on March 22, 2011
at 12:22 AM

I only eat meat with bones with my hands since I gave up bread.

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Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on March 21, 2011
at 11:18 PM

I suggest that you cook them a mouth-watering bone marrow stew like Osso Bucco, and then sit back in smug satisfaction as they struggle to politely extract the delicious marrow with their knives and forks. ;)

Edit: interesting order of questions on the main page at the moment; "how to get more food in" is followed by this. Serendipity?

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686b2338444d42546ab0f719d1ef3b35

on June 03, 2014
at 10:09 PM

I just did this and it felt amazing! I'm certainly doing this in the future. My vegetable pieces and my chopped meat fit my hand just fine. From now on I'm also obviously keeping a better mouth and hands hygiene because of dirt and grease.

It'll be tough for my family to watch, but I'll try to be less gross, although grease is innevitable.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on October 01, 2011
at 12:43 AM

Even when I don't have a fork, I got my pocket knife. Whittle chopsticks, if needed. So, the answer is no. The Chinese style suits me, the Hindu sickens me. Just don't ask if I wipe my butt the paleo way.

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34d0dfe6cb1a477bd2b5f984c2af29a9

on September 30, 2011
at 09:12 PM

You use every other sense...why not touch?

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84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on March 22, 2011
at 10:24 AM

Anchovies always.

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9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on March 22, 2011
at 10:00 AM

the increase in protein in my diet means that I have much tougher fingernails that I can't cut without scissors. I have let them grow into claws and use them to scrape the meat away from the bones, also the long thumbnails help to open up prawns for example. I don't eat with my hands all the time - depends what I am eating and with who.

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