The Kirby Diet

You’re probably a little confused by the title of this post. I mean, “The Kirby Diet”? Kirby’s a round, pink blob! Surely that’s the opposite of a character you’d want to emulate, right?

Well, that’s not quite what I mean, so bear with me for a second. This isn’t a “diet” per se, but more of a mindset. In a previous post about the 80/20 diet, I outlined some pretty simple rules for maintaining healthy eating habits. The Kirby Diet is similar, and there’s one simple rule: you are what you eat.

HnK_CookIf you’ve ever played any games in the Kirby series, think of it like this – you don’t just inhale any enemy that walks your way, right? You target the ones whose power you actually want.

Approach your food the same way. Do your research. Decide what you’re comfortable with eating and, more importantly, what you’re NOT comfortable with.

You don’t have to be heavily involved in the fitness world to see all of the dieting trends that spring up on a constant basis; from Atkins to Paleo, we’re constantly hearing about the next dieting craze. Although most of these diets do have quite a bit of merit to them, those of us less experienced in monitoring our intake may want to start somewhere that doesn’t require breaking out the calculator before every meal.

This is where nutrition information comes in. When buying food, look at the ingredients and nutrition info on the back, and think to yourself “Do I want to take on the attributes of this food?” If you see a bunch of chemicals and compounds you don’t recognize and can’t even pronounce, do you really want those foods in your body? Next time you’re shopping for food or going out to eat, opt for the items with the shortest ingredient list, and the most recognizable ones. Skip sodas if at all possible (believe me, you don’t want their power), and stick to water instead.

I’m well aware that this isn’t exactly a “diet”, but I always enjoy ways to put a gaming spin on health and fitness. What tricks do you use to keep yourself in check when it comes to your diet?

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