Q: I am a 58 year old woman who has been tracking calories and exercise since I got a smartphone. For the past 3 months I've been eating an average of 1200 calories a day and burning anywhere from 900 to 3,000 calories a day. I haven't lost a pound...in fact I've gained 7 pounds!
Q: I need some online inspiration for "burning calories"! I don't need Fitocracy or a goal-making program — I want a website that will help me geek out on fitness the way The Kitchn makes me geek out on food. Any suggestions?
Q: I'm currently on a restrictive diet for Crohn's where I need to eat low-fiber foods, no raw veggies, and nothing that would be considered 'gassy' (which I've been told includes onions and garlic). I'm having trouble coming up with meal ideas that are still healthy.
Q: I'm looking to cook Christmas dinner for my parents for the first time this year. They're very traditional in what they like to eat and my mother is also gluten-free. Can you recommend some traditional but interesting gluten-free recipes for sides and appetizers?
It can be confusing and intimidating when you or a loved one starts a restricted diet of any kind. How do you go about preparing meals that fit within the restrictions, but are still satisfying and tasty? This year we tackled many questions about special diets, including the best gluten-free travel meals, diabetes-friendly desserts, good vegan meals that don't rely on meat substitutes, and 20 more, with tons of helpful advice from our readers.
Q: My roommate recently used my aluminum baking sheet and instead of cleaning it with soap, he let oven cleaner sit on it for about an hour to break down the grease. Now the finish on my pan is dull and splotchy and I'm not sure if it's safe to use anymore. Did he ruin my baking sheet?
Q: My husband was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, so all of this year's Christmas cookies need to be sugar-free. I've never baked with sugar substitutes like Splenda or stevia before, and I am dubious of their claims that they can be used one-for-one as a sugar substitute.
Q: We're having Thanksgiving with relatives, one of whom cannot have any fats due to a severe bout with pancreatitis. I want to make sure she can enjoy some homemade foods. Do you have any suggestions for sides that include substitutes for all butters and oils?
Q: I'm a college student and my roommate and I love to cook, but we don't have a lot of time and we are both gluten-intolerant. We are on the hunt for delicious and relatively healthy one-dish meals that are either naturally gluten-free, or can be modified to be.