Italians pay careful attention to the order in which they eat their meals. Antipasto often includes cold cuts, cheeses and dried meats. The first dish is usually pasta of some sort., followed by salad with oil and vinegar, which should cleanse the palate and help in the digestion process. Many also eat fruit and finocchio (fennel), whose anis taste is also supposed to aid digestion, at the end of the meal. There are even aperitifs made solely to help people get their food down easily. In other words, much thought is given to the eating process and its aftermath. Lifestyles, and not mere diets, are determined by your relationship with food. And the Italian lifestyle appears to be the sweetest – for mind and body.