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It seems unusual to be constantly rotating in different colors in our eating habits. But it is ironic that different seasons offer different colors of foods[1]. Of course, other factors come into play here as well (like transactions with wheat farmers and dairy farmers for different food options). But not only are colors important, but foods that are highly acidic are important for cleansing, while fats and oils are necessary for a slow, stable form of energy. Fat has gotten a bad rap in many nutritionally-conscious circles, but it is really the user, not the fat at fault here, just as the finger on the trigger of a gun is at fault rather than the gun itself [2].

 pH Extremes

I have found my body naturally craving many foods that are at opposing pH levels. Foods like coffee are very high in free radicals, and very acidic. But foods like peanut butter, and other high fat content food tend to absorb highly acidic foods. I have noticed, inversely, that too much high fat content tends to need to be cleansed, and thus some citric acid, or vinegar is a good contrast. I rely on vinegar so much that I don't really concern myself with fat intake, keeping in mind I listen to my body when it says it is full. The body actually gets a lot of nutrients from different foods, but contrasting Ph levels help to cancel each other out, leaving the stomach more at peace, and this affects performance on several other levels, I have found.

Nutritional Fitness Off-set

Of course, every person is different, and following someone elses regiment is not always going Pulling the HalyardCredit: By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Brown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commonsto lead to success. It is important to find and stick to a system that works best for you. But as good as nutrition is, calories being burned is essential, and an active lifestyle is the contrast to eating a lot of food, healthy or not. Of course, this doesn't mean that explicitly assigned aerobic or anaerobic training is required, but activity where the heart rate picks up to a good level for a good period of time is important. Sweating releases toxins that are really a reset switch just like a cap or two of vinegar is. High amounts of sodium comes out in sweat, and so those with high blood pressure could look to exercise to manage their sodium levels. But with more activity comes the body's need for more fuel.

 Natural Indicators

The tradition of three meals a day is a tried-and-true staple in society – but that doesn't make it the solution to every person. Especially athletes. Many athletes eat smaller meals more often, allowing constant energy to be used, rather than letting fat build up for later, or letting carbs convert to fat due to non-immediate use. Eating smaller meals a day reduces the chore of making large extravagant meals, and it allows the body to take in the nutritional needs it has when it calls for it. It's like the body has a built-in indicator dashboard alerting the person when a nutrient is deficit, too much of this is present, or more of that needs to be present. The body follows habitual patterns though, and a nurtured habit of excessive fats or sugars can lead to a habit of an ongoing craving for more. So looking for foods that are good that are low in sugars, sodium, and bad fats will balance out the occasional inputs of natural sugars and salts that really make dishes really satisfying. And sometimes fats need to be added to dishes to be filling enough.

Logically, it's like adding on a time line. If you have too much of one thing, taking in something that is the opposite will balance it out. Instead of going for the Pepto Bismal, maybe some vinegar is the solution to the nutritional equation.