It can be overwhelming at first to re-learn how to eat and enjoy life while following a special diet. The good news is that there are many helpful resources online to teach you more about living with special dietary needs.

This list is only a start; there are literally hundreds of informative websites, blogs, online communities, reference books, cookbooks and support groups to help you and your family stay healthy and happy. The Internet offers endless opportunities to learn and connect with others who are dealing with the very same issues and questions as you are.

Check back here often as we will continue to update this list with new and helpful resources, articles and more!

Helpful Websites

Allergic Living Magazine  
Anaphylaxis Canada
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
Be Free For Me
Best Allergy Sites
Eat, Learn, Live
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)
Go Dairy Free
Kids with Food Allergies (KFA)
Living Without Magazine

Support Group Listings

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)
Kids with Food Allergies     
(searchable database)
Mocha Allergies  

Online Stores

Navan Foods    
Nutfree Wear
Peanut Free Planet

For Teens

Why Risk It


"You Must Be Nuts", Kyle Dine
Music CD all about food allergies
Arthur: Binky Goes Nuts

Other Resources

Onespot Allergy -
Allergy-friendly and Safety products for the entire family.
Beyond a Peanut -
Food allergy awareness products including training flashcards, safety check stickers and more.
Jeeto -
Allergy awareness collection includes t-shirts, patches and stickers.
Allergy Apparel -
Hip clothing for kids with food allergies.

Children's Books

Allie the Allergic Elephant, Nicole Smith and Maggie Nichols
Ethan Can’t Eat Eggs, Nadine O’Reilly
No Nuts for Nutty, Stacey Fisher
Nutty Scurries to School, Stacey Fisher
Peter Can’t Eat Peanuts, Nadine O’Reilly
The Bugabees: Friends with Food Allergies, Amy Recob

Reference Books

Caring for Your Child with Severe Food Allergies, Lisa Cipriano Collins
Dealing with Food Allergies, Janice Vickerstaff Joneja PhD RD
Food Allergies for Dummies, Robert A. Wood MD and Joe Kraynak
One of the Gang: Nurturing the Souls of Children with Food Allergies, Gina Clowes
The Parent’s Guide to Food Allergies, Marianne S. Barber, Maryanne Bartoszek Scott, Elinor Greenberg, and Hugh A. Sampson
Understanding and Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies, Scott Sicherer MD
Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies, Sloane Miller


Kid-Friendly Food Allergy Cookbook, Leslie Hammond
Enjoy Life’s Cookies for Everyone, Leslie Hammond and Betsy Laakso
The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook, Cybele Pascal
Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-free Living, Alisa Marie Fleming

Disease Information & Resources

American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA)  
Canadian Celiac Association (CCA)
Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF)
Celiac Sprue Association (CSA)
Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO)
Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)
Mayo Clinic
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA)
Beth Israel Deaconess Celiac Disease Center
Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
or 773-702-7593 (info line)
University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research
Warren Celiac Center, UC San Diego

Helpful Websites
Celiac Travel
Delight Gluten Free Magazine
Gluten Free Girl
Gluten Free Living Magazine
Living Without Magazine
Sure Foods Living
Celiac Central
Triumph Dining Gluten Free Guides

Support Group Listings

Canadian Celiac Association
Celiac Disease Foundation    
(searchable database)
Celiac Sprue Association
Gluten Intolerance Group

Online Stores

Navan Foods  

Reference Books

Cecilia’s Marketplace Grocery Shopping Guides, (
Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic, Peter Green MD and Rory Jones
Essential Gluten Free Dining Guide, Triumph Dining
Essential Gluten Free Grocery Guide, Triumph Dining
Gluten Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, Shelley Case RD (
Gluten Free Nutrition Guide, Tricia Thompson RD
Gluten Free Nutrition Guide, Tricia Thompson RD
Living Gluten Free for Dummies, Danna Korn
Triumph Dining Gluten Free Guides
Wheat-free, Worry-free: Raising Happy, Healthy Gluten-free Kids, Danna Korn


1,000 Gluten Free Recipes, Carol Fenster
Gluten Free Baking Classics, Annalise Roberts
Gluten-Free Baking with the Culinary Institute of America, Richard J. Coppedge Jr. and George Chookazian
Gluten Free Quick & Easy, Carol Fenster

Helpful Websites

Autism Research Institute
Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks Canada
Autism Society of America (ASA)
Autism Society of Canada
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
The GFCF Diet
Generation Rescue

Reference Books

Eating for Autism, Elizabeth Strickland, MS, RD, LD
Special Diets for Special Kids: Understanding and Implementing Special Diets to Aid in the Treatment of Autism and Related Developmental Disorders,
Lisa Lewis Ph.D.
One of the Gang: Nurturing the Souls of Children with Food Allergies, Gina Clowes
Special Diets for Special Kids Two, Lisa Lewis Ph.D.


The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook, Pamela Compart and Dana Laake


Support groups can be a great way to connect with other special dieters who are dealing with many of the same challenges, frustrations and questions that you are. There are hundreds of groups throughout the US and Canada helping people deal with Celiac Disease, food allergies, autism, and other health concerns. There are even groups specifically for moms, parents, kids and teens. Find support groups in your area by checking online or start your own. If online support groups are more appealing, check out

Working with a registered dietitian (RD) or health care professional that assists in special dietary needs can be very helpful. They can teach you about what foods you can and cannot eat, help with menu planning, recommend products and answer specific diet questions for you. Ask your allergist or physician for a referral.