You’ve heard of Pinterest, right? This visual, social bookmarking site is having a huge impact on the way people organise their online thoughts. There are Pinterest boards for everything from adorable animal friendships to street style fashion to inspirational quotes and dream holiday destinations.

Oh, and of course food. Did we mention food? Food is kind of a big deal on Pinterest. People use Pinterest to share recipes, plan dinner parties, plan their weekly menu, psych themselves up for a change to their diet and just generally indulge in some good ‘ole food porn. And while Pinterest may be for the masses, there are so many people on the platform that every whim, aesthetic, niche and dietary requirement is catered to.

Pinterest can be a great resource to not only help people find recipe collections and lifestyle tips that focus on a specific way of eating (such as sugar-free, vegan, coeliac or low fibre) but also build a community and culture around these ways of eating. As a social networking site Pinterest is social at its heart. You can connect with people, share things, comment and follow. You can even start or contribute to open boards which anyone can pin to.

To get you started on your obsession with Pinterest (and it will be an obsession… the site’s addictive) we thought we’d do a round up of some of the best Pinterest resources for people with IBD and coeliac disease. These are just the tip of the iceberg, once you plunge in with a search you’ll come across plenty more Pinteresting goodness to bookmark and share.

http://www.pinterest.com/katiecreate/gluten-freecrohns-food/

This board is full of delicious recipes (the zucchini lasagne is to die for!) that are gluten free and may be friendly for those with Crohn’s disease. There’s a nice mix of sweet and savoury with a hearty/comfort food leaning so you won’t feel like you’re missing out on the good stuff because of dietary restrictions.

http://www.pinterest.com/acoustic99/living-with-crohns/

This board is a great combo of funny and thought provoking. If you suffer from IBD some of the pins are sure to prompt a knowing laugh. There are also some pins with links to informative resources like the best foods to eat during a flare up.

http://www.pinterest.com/ccfa/

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America has a great selection of boards with topics from natural medicine through to awareness and inspiration boards. There’s even a board dedicated to ‘The Face of Crohn’s and Colitis’ with stories of celebrities and public figures with IBD.

But remember, Pinterest isn’t just about repinning pins from other people’s boards. Feel free to get involved and begin your own pinboards – they can be a handy tool to keep track of and share your favourite recipes. Your boards might even help or inspire fellow IBD sufferers or Ceoliacs out there in the Pinterest community. You can also use Pinterest a bit like a visual blog and upload your own photos to document your experience, making it a great tool for building community and raising awareness.

Related articles:
http://www.pinterest.com/katiecreate/gluten-freecrohns-food/

http://www.pinterest.com/acoustic99/living-with-crohns/

http://www.pinterest.com/ccfa/

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