My name is Amanda Tiffen.
I was born in Blenheim, New Zealand in October 1974 and I now I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. This book is about my journey to better health and weight-loss.
Life is busy, I work full time in retail and manufacturing with my husband Robbie, and together we have two young boys, Charlie (born 2004) and Alex (born 2006).
I have battled with weight my entire adult life, trying different diets and exercise regimes to lose weight, but the weight never stayed off.
In 2014 (as I turned 40 years old), I weighed my heaviest weight of 80.5 kg (size 16, XL) with no sign of slowing down!
I had completely given up on ever being slim again. I had tried many weight loss programs all with good results but always temporary and my weight was back on the UP again.
In September 2014 I watched a documentary researched by the amazing Julianne Taylor, hosted by Nigel Latta called “Is sugar the new fat?”. I wondered whether sugar was my problem.
I began researching how much hidden sugar was in everyday foods and I was astonished at how much there was. I eventually discovered that my weight problem was a direct link to sugar, not junk food but healthy and hidden sugars. Once I reduced my total sugar consumption (natural, sweeteners and white refined), I reduced my weight.
With changes, I have managed to lose 20kg and quite easily.
I have helped many friends and family to make the change and they have also had astonishing results, in some cases 10-17kg losses.
I am constantly being approached by people asking about my weight loss so I decided to write a book about it.
“A Life Less Sugar, with recipes by Leigh Brown” is this book.
This book is about myself and the changes I have made to achieve both better health and weight reduction.
I am not a qualified nutritionist or dietitian.
The information in this book is not intended to replace the information from a nutritionist, dietitian or registered medical professional.
After writing this book I have frequently heard success stores with others reducing their sugars and feeling great.
Now when I go clothes shopping (instead of being over looked by staff and walking out a little depressed), I am asked by shop staff to “try on” clothes that are new to their store, so they can see what the new clothes look like on and that is the most amazing feeling ever! I can now buy anything and I know it looks great and I feel great.
When photos are taken of me, I can see that camera’s really don’t lie, I look the same in the photos now as I do in the mirror.
Whoever said being slim doesn’t make you happy, was wrong. I have always been a happy person, that hasn’t changed, but I do feel now that my life is complete.
This true story is about how I reduced my sugar intake and how that reduction resulted in a positive impact in my life.
Weight loss and health improvement both became a natural occurrence that happened during the process of reducing my sugar.
DO YOU REALLY EAT “LESS SUGAR?”
Do you eat fruit? Do you eat vegetables? Do you eat yoghurt? Do you eat cereal? Do you enjoy fruit smoothies? Do “juice”? Do you mix sauces with your meat? Do you eat low fat foods?
If you eat any of these items, you eat sugar and it’s highly likely you eat more sugar than you think you do!
Ultimately you make your own decisions, that’s the beauty of this, if you learn this process and adapt it into your everyday life you will do this forever. This won’t be a passing phase; this will be your new life.
Are you ready to make the change?