Welcome to A Pinch of Health Australia!
Welcome to our low carb community forums, with an extensive collection of mouth watering low carb recipes, diet information, tools and resources on various low carb diets such as Atkins, Bodytrim, LCHF (low carb, high fat) and Paleo. Whilst we are based in Australia, we also welcome people from other countries whom share our interests.
We like to share and learn from each others experiences and hopefully lose some weight, improve our fitness and health in the process. We offer support, accountability and motivation through the constant interaction on our forums and private members' diary section.
My name is Sherrie and my goal is to focus around low carbohydrate diets, weight-loss and health with an emphasis on real foods rather then products - as the dependance on products, is usually what gets us into trouble in the first place!
This forum is independent, free and not reliant on selling/pushing a product or a diet plan, but rather a personal hobby of mine after the support I received here during my own journey in 2002 and the fact I am a bit jaded with the weight loss industry. I am not here to sell you something or plaster this website with advertising. Consider this a neutral ground, where you can get unbiased advice and support. We have members' following various low carb diets providing an assortment of information and feedback based on their experiences during their journey.
In the left menu (tap on the square in the top left if using a mobile or tablet) you will find we have an extensive low carb article / resource section as well as some handy weight loss tools to help you with your life style change.
You will find a low carb diet section with reviews of some popular low carb diets. I am happy to add honest reviews from other members also. If you're still deciding on which diet to follow, you may find them useful: low carb diet pages
In our forums you will find our low carb recipe section is quite extensive due to members sharing their recipes for so many years, you will find hundreds if not thousands of good recipes that use normal ingredients and Australian measurements. You will find these recipes don't rely on packet mixes or expensive hard to get ingredients and can often be made from typical low carb foods in your home where you have control over all ingredients and flavours. Please feel free to contribute to our recipe section, we love recipes. :)
Make sure to visit and introduce yourself on our support forums as you will find our forums are a good place to meet people with similar goals and find many good quality threads with an abundance of low carb information and experiences such as our Getting Started thread.
If you're interested in the science behind some of the benefits of low-carbohydrate diets, then feel free to have a read of our research pages which will be updated extensively soon. You will find in the left hand menu under low carb research, I have sorted the various areas of research into categories, so that you can go straight to the topic that interests you. I hope you find it helpful.
You may also find our carbohydrate count pages useful, which are sourced from Australian nutritional information making them much more accurate and less confusing. You will find it linked in our top navigation bar below our logo as well as in the menu to the left, again I have sorted these into separate pages such as vegetables, fruit, dairy and nuts. In time, I will add more to this.
I would really like to emphasise that this forum does not encourage very low-calorie dieting and going to extremes to lose weight. I ask everyone to please not encourage it on our forums because it can be addictive and lead to eating disorders. If you're interested in some of the downsides to dieting, then you may be interested in our very low-calorie dieting research page which is also linked in our left menu.
Due to this, it is important to try to keep above your BMR (basal metabolic rate) when dieting, you can read about BMR in our low carb lifestyle section as well as use our calculators to help you plan your calories. We also have a page on weight-loss tools that may help you along your journey amongst various other articles - from the benefits of saturated fats, to articles for beginners and interesting low carb videos to watch. Just look in our low carb section in the left hand menu along side this page.
We hope you enjoy your stay and if you like our low carb diet articles, recipes and forum, please share with others and spread the love to help our community grow!