When I eat too fast, I eat too much. I knew that, but until now I haven’t been able to help it. Now Juan Ramirez has come to my help. In March I wrote here about "Eating Too Fast" and some of the strategies I use. After that article, Juan wrote me about his invention to help us slow down at the table. When we eat slowly, we can avoid overeating and therefore can control our diabetes better. But some of us eat fast because we like our meals to be hot rather than lukewarm. I know that’s my excuse. Now, however, the great food cool off is no longer inevitable. I know this because I bought one of the "HotSmart Gourmet Plates" that Juan Ramirez invented and wrote me about. "I am pre-diabetic myself and I am convinced that eating slowly works to avoid overeating, preventing obesity and type 2 diabetes," Juan emailed me. "My heat-retentive plates keep food warm, need only one minute preheating, and stay hot for more than 30 minutes. The rim stays always cool for safe easy handling with your bare hands." This message grabbed my attention. I had to have one, but when Juan wrote me, he had one little problem. He was sold out of them at that time. Recently he wrote to tell me that he was caught up with demand, and Amazon.com now has them in stock. "All you have to do is type HotSmart in the main page for all departments." Or you can go to Amazon’s direct link for HotSmart Gourmet Plates. Two of Juan’s websites explain the HotSmart plate in more detail. They are HotSmart Gourmet Plates and Lose Weight By Eating Slowly. As soon as I got Juan’s message that Amazon had his plates back in stock I ordered one. Amazon sells them for $18.85 each. Since then I have made a point of using my HotSmart plate for every hot meal that I eat now. It really works for keeping my food hot and keeping me from gobbling it down. My guess is that like me you may have the secret little vice of eating too fast. If you do, eating off a HotSmart plate can help. While it won’t force you to slow down, it will take away any excuse you made to yourself to bolt your food down the hatch.
David Mendosa is a journalist who learned in 1994 that he has type 2 diabetes, which he now writes about exclusively. He has written thousands of diabetes articles, two books about it, created one of the first diabetes websites, and publishes the monthly newsletter, “Diabetes Update.” His very low-carbohydrate diet, current A1C level of 5.3, and BMI of 19.8 keep his diabetes in remission without any drugs. He can be found on Twitter @davidmendosa and on Facebook at David Mendosa.