Below are some books, blogs, and other resources I have found helpful. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion. By Christopher K. Germer.

The Mindful Way through Anxiety. By Susan M. Orsillo and Lizabeth Roemer.

How to Be Better at Stress. By Tara Parker-Pope. A great resource from the New York Times.

Clinical Trials

U.S. National Library of Medicine’s database of clinical trials.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Clinical Trials Community.

TrialSpark’s Trial Finder: Find clinical trials for IBD in New York City and Washington, DC.


I believe diet is a very personal issue, and that there is no one right diet for individuals with IBD (see this post for more of my views on the subject). But since it is frequently one of the first things I get asked about, here are some resources that I have tried or that others have found helpful.

Crohn's and Colitis Diet Guide: Includes 175 Recipes. By Dr. A. Hillary Steinhart and and Julie Cepo (both with Mount Sinai Hospital).

Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and corresponding book Breaking the Vicious Cycle.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

GI Monitor app: Helpful for keeping track of symptoms.

My Crohn’s and Colitis Team: Social network for people with colitis and Crohn’s.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation: Great resources and support groups for those suffering from these diseases. See also my Guide to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Resources for more information on what you can find there.

Crohn' This is a website run by AbbVie, Inc., the manufacturer of Humira. They provide resources and educational material. They also award a $15,000 scholarship to 45 people each year with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other autoimmune diseases.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. By Susan Cain.

The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World. By Marti Olsen Laney.

Quiet Revolution Blog


Full Catastrophe Living. By Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Wherever You Go, There You Are. By Jon Kabat-Zinn.

If you are interested in mindfulness meditation, I highly recommend the Buddhify app. It has many different meditations for a variety of situations (feeling stressed, dealing with pain, traveling), as well as general meditations. I have tried several different meditation apps and this one is by far my favorite.

Lately I have been using the Headspace app. A subscription costs $12.95 per month, which is steep for an app, but it keeps me meditating regularly. You can try it for free before committing to a subscription. There are packs that range from 10 to 30 days on everything from anxiety to pain to sleep, plus "singles" on things like fear of flying, plus "mini" and "SOS" meditations for busy schedules and sudden meltdowns.

Not sure how to get started? Check out my post A Guide to Beginning Mindfulness Meditation.