Clients often tell me that once they start exercising, healthier eating follows with less effort. I assumed this was due to self-talk such as “I’m not going to mess up my great exercise regimen with unhealthy foods.” But a recent study in Obesity Biology and Integrated Physiology (March 2018) provided new food for thought.
Fennel has a licorice taste to it so I believed it was offered as a breath freshener. But there is more. Fennel seeds contain estragole, and anethole. These substances have antioxidant, digestive and anti-flatulent properties. A great way to end a meal.
The standard food recommendations to preventing traveler’s diarrhea are to drink bottled water, don’t use ice and eat only cooked vegetables and fruits that can be peeled. And wash hands and eating surfaces.
Forty years ago, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and few job opportunities, I realized it was time to reevaluate where my professional passion was and whether could I make a living following the dream. As a child I spent weekends working in my father’s deli, making thick roast beef sandwiches and trying my best to slice a thin sliver of lox. I also saw my father suffer most of his life with ulcers, ultimately getting half his stomach removed. It seemed the study of nutrition would combine my love of food with the tools to help people with digestive disorders.