We've created two new topical boards on Chowhound: 'Vegetarian & Vegan' and 'Special Diets'. Vegetarian and Vegan is pretty self-explanatory. Special diets will cover gluten-free, lactose-free, nut-free, allergy-specific, and strict low-carb diets like paleo.
Our goal is to create a place for people who are trying to blend their passion for great food with their eating restrictions to swap tips and help each other eat better. We've seen the demand for information on these topics grow over the years and we think it's the right time to give them their own space.
There will often be natural overlap between these boards 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. Because of the overlap, our general policy will be to leave things where we find them, rather than moving things to the new boards. Where we see threads that would fit particularly well on the new boards, though, we may ask the original poster if they'd like to have them moved over. We're not planning a mass move of older threads.
These aren't meant to be general weight-loss boards, nor to offer medical advice, but rather, to help people who are working within specific, known restrictions to find the products, menu items and recipes that fit their requirements.
Check out the Welcome threads for the new boards:
Vegetarian & Vegan http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844506
Special Diets http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844496
If you have questions about the new boards, please go ahead and ask them here.