Steven of Easy Diet Labels kindly sent me some of his stickers to review a couple of weeks ago, and I have been enjoying slapping the stickers on food products all over my kitchen ever since.
A bag of frozen tofu got the “Great choice” sticker. A carton of free-range eggs got the “You made a smart choice” sticker. Laughing Cow Light Cheese was marked as “Lean protein”, and I stuck a label on my spray canister of olive oil that says “Choose me”. I found myself wanting to put stickers on everything from bananas to oatmeal to a bottle of champagne. I managed to restrain myself from putting them on some things, but I am happy to say that much of the food in my kitchen is now covered in cheery stickers.
So what exactly is the point behind Easy Diet Labels? Well, although we all know which foods we should be eating more of (veggies) and which we should be eating less of (candy), sometimes it’s not quite that simple. There are many different factors to take into consideration. Perhaps you have recently been diagnosed with high cholesterol, or perhaps there is someone in your family who eats junk food which you do not want to be eating. Easy Diet Labels are a way to quickly see which foods you should avoid and which you can happily enjoy.
One of the things I like best about these stickers is that they serve as that last barrier between me and the food. If I’m reaching for a snack mindlessly, regardless if the snack is something homemade (and believe me, there are very few processed items in my kitchen) the sticker reminds me that I should have “Just a few – 1 or 2 – eat in moderation”. Portion control, even for the healthy “real” food, is one of my biggest obstacles; even when I measure myself out a portion, I am liable to have a second or a third.
I have found that although I might know that I should only have 1 or 2 of an item, when a label tells me that right before I open the bag, I am actually more likely to meekly abide by the sticker’s suggestion. I don’t tend to keep unhealthy foods in my home because I am the only one living there, but I can see how these stickers would be perfect for those who live with people who have vastly different diets from their own.
These stickers come in a large variety, all of which Steven was generous enough to send to me. There are stickers that say “hi fiber”, “not on my diet”, “antioxidants”, “low calorie”, “medium carb”, and “heart healthy”, among others. They are brightly coloured in splashy fonts and are a fun way to stay informed. If you are looking to help your family to learn how to make better choices, using these labels would be a perfect first step. When the boyfriend saw that I had labelled the Sticks & Twigs with the “just 1 0r 2” sticker, he asked me why I had used that sticker because he thought they were a healthy snack. He read the nutrition label and ingredient list for more information after seeing the sticker and understood after doing so that although the snack has plenty of healthy ingredients, it isn’t exactly a low-fat or necessarily a low-calorie choice.
Finally, I also love these stickers because you get to decide how a food ought to be labelled. I have lots of issues with the current state of food labelling and food marketing, so it is wonderfully liberating to slap stickers on food that say what you think the food should be advertised with.
Have you tried Easy Diet Labels? What do you try to do to educate yourself and your family about making healthier choices?
Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge and was not compensated in any way for the review, nor was I under contract to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this blog post are entirely my own.