The food you eat can be your best medicine.

When it comes to chronic illnesses like Celiac, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the key to feeling well lies in the very food we eat. It doesn’t take a pill or a special treatment — we can get some or all of the symptoms under control by watching what we eat. And with food sensitivities like wheat, dairy or other food allergies, having a meal can seem like Russian Roulette. However, just because you have a limited diet does not mean you cannot eat well and savor the colors, flavors and textures of delicious food. It’s one of the reasons this very site exists, because we do not believe in limitations.

Life — and food — are meant to be enjoyed. Here’s what we’re savoring.

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Your family will thank you when these tacos hit the table. We left the seeds in the jalapeño for a spicy kick; omit them if you prefer a mild salsa. Recipe courtesy of the Cooking Light Gluten-Free Cookbook.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼  teaspoon ground red pepper
¾ teaspoon salt, divided
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1½ teaspoons olive oil
½ cup diced peeled mango
½ cup diced peeled avocado
½ cup chopped tomato
⅓ cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper
4 (8-inch) brown rice tortillas (such as Food for Life)

Directions

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine first 4 ingredients; stir in ½ teaspoon salt. Rub over chicken. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Cut into ¼-inch-thick slices.

While chicken cooks, combine mango and next 6 ingredients; stir in remaining ¼  teaspoon salt.

Warm tortillas; top evenly with chicken and salsa. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 tortilla, 1 chicken breast half, and ½ cup salsa).

CALORIES 392; FAT 9.3g (sat 1.2g, mono 4.2g, poly 2.3g); PROTEIN 42.4g; CARB 33.1g; FIBER 4.5g; CHOL 99mg; IRON 2.1mg; SODIUM 711mg; CALC 33mg

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Brown Rice Cranberry Salad

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This quick brown rice salad is perfect as a vegetarian main course or a light summer side dish.

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Christmas or New Year’s Brunch (Gluten-Free)

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Christmas morning can be a bit…chaotic, and New Year’s morning comes with its own special characteristics (and perhaps a little hair o’the dog). When faced with such challenges, we say brunch!

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How to be the Low-Calorie Life of the Party

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Overdosing on a season of hors d’oeuvres and tight pants? Fear not. You can make it through and keep a rein on what goes into your body. This time around, end the year on a health(ier) note by sticking to these nibbles at your next bash.

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Dairy-Free Summer Treats

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As the temperatures go up, aches and pains can flare along with the sun, so it’s important to keep cool. And yes, we can cool from outside of the body with air conditioning, but why not add a little temperature drop from the inside with a few summer favorites? We have a few dairy-free options […]

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