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Sometimes we need to step back and examine our eating habits. Eating healthy is a big part of living a healthy life. There are many diets out there that can be followed and one of those is the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean region is blessed with an abundance of fruits, vegetables and seafood resources that provide healthy nutrition. Enticing dishes from North Africa and Southern Europe to the Middle East tickle the palate in a healthy, hearty manner. We will look at some of the benefits of eating that way and even review some recipes to get us started if we are so inclined.

IFANCA’s 15th International Halal Food Conference is coming to Chicago from April 6 to 8, 2013. Under the theme of Halal United — An Integrated Approach, speakers from around the globe will discuss a holistic approach to joining the halal producer community. Discussions will consider the halal standard itself as well as production, marketing and logistics. Be sure to attend if you want to be part of the halal evolution.

As we head into spring and the opportunity to engage in more outdoor activities, consider adding some Mediterranean type foods in your diet and gain the long term benefits of eating healthy.


Roger M. Othman, managing editor