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FAQ: Welcome to the Special Diets Board on Chowhound

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Welcome to the Special Diets board. Use this board to discuss recipes, products, and general topics that relate to gluten-free, lactose-free, nut-free, allergy-specific, and strict low-carb diets like paleo. Also use this board for discussion of how to eat well with other food allergies and eating restrictions [note that we have a separate Vegetarian & Vegan board (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/89), as well as a Kosher board (http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/28)].

For posts that are region specific ("Where can I buy gluten-free pizza dough in Boston?"), please continue to use the appropriate regional board. But for questions or topics that are relevant to a wider audience, you can start the discussion here.

There will often be natural overlap between this board and some of the topical boards, in particular, the Home Cooking (recipes and cookbooks), Chains (menu options at national chains), and General Chowhounding Topics (food products) boards. In general, posts that would be appropriate both here or on another board will remain where they are started, though with the original poster's permission, we may move some that are likely to get better answers on another board.

If you want responses from two different boards, please try to keep the discussion in one thread. Start the thread on the board you think is the best fit. Then, on the other board, start a thread, but instead of having a separate conversation there, link back to your first thread (just paste the address from the address bar into your post, it will become a link automatically) and ask people to post there.

This board is a place for special diets-focused discussion, but it's not a place to discuss the origin or value of these diets ("Why do so many people have peanut allergies these days?"; "Is the paleo diet unhealthy?") Discussion should remain on topic: informative, helpful tips for people who are following these diets.

If you're new to the site, you should also check out our etiquette guidelines at: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/367605

There's a Site Talk thread about this board, if you have any questions about what posts are appropriate here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844507