In that email she told me that she literally tried everything, and she spend tons of money and time on different diet approaches and products, but still had no luck with losing weight.
Emails like that make me very inspired and I just want to do all I can to help people with their weight loss. Our mind is a very powerful tool, if you can see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand. Make small goals at a time, instead of saying you need to loose 100 lbs, try to loose the first 10 instead.
This is one of the most important things you can do for your self, staying positive even when it’s the hardest thing to do. I made this small video because I want to start communicating not only in writing but through videos as well. This site is jam packed full of interactive diagrams, simulations, and videos for life, earth and physical science. I was speaking at a conference last week as I often do, about living a happier, healthier life. Most people at the conference identified that one reason why we don’t get enough iodine in our diet’s is because our soil here in New Zealand is lacking in iodine, but when I asked what iodine did or what they might need to eat  to get more (other than add more iodised salt to their food) – blank faces! So, tune in – this is relevant to you, your friends and your family, oh and I promise not to get too geeky on you – let’s keep this practical! Iodine is a mineral which is vital for growth and development – you can’t do without it, your body cannot make it by itself, so you have to get it in your food.
The amount of iodine in your fruit, veggies and grains very much reflects the soil in which it is grown and as you may know, here in New Zealand our soil doesn’t have much in it at all – so our fruit and veg as well as  other crops grown here don’t have much iodine in them either. Now given that in New Zealand the entire adult population are considered to be mildly iodine deficient, we have work to do!
Back in 1924, iodine was added to salt because of the issues arising in New Zealand with iodine deficiency – given that back then, people made a lot more food themselves and were using iodised salt when they did so, it really made a difference. Well, first of all, where you can, limit the amount of heavily processed foods and when you make food yourself, where you are using salt – use iodised.
The trend towards using ‘fancy’ salts which aren’t iodised has been yet another thing which has impacted on our intake of iodine.

The other way to increase your iodine intake is by including other foods in your diet which have plenty (without having to up your salt) – this is by far the best option! If you think you might be very low on iodine, come and see one of my team at Mission Nutrition and we can help make sure you are getting all the nutrition you need and address the other vital vitamins and minerals at the same time.
If you are looking for more ideas to keep yourself fit and well, grab a copy of my book Lose Weight For Life today! SIGN UP to our NEWSLETTER for news, tips, tricks and products to help you look great and feel good. If you do slip up make sure you get back up on the horse straight away, otherwise you will ruin all your hard work.
Every day when you wake up, do a little meditation where you imagine how you want to look once you loose all the weight.
Smaller goals are much easier to achieve, and they will help you to keep a positive attitude.
The more positive you are and the more at ease you are the more good things you will attract into your life. Many families move several times a year with their herds between fixed seasonal  settlements. As part of my presentation I decided to touch on some of the ‘little things’ which have a BIG impact – these begin with some of the vitamins and minerals us Kiwi’s often aren’t getting enough of – B vitamins, vitamin D, selenium, iodine, calcium and iron being just a few examples. It is essential for normal brain development, and so it is particularly important for the unborn baby as well as young kids to make sure they get enough.
It is also found it eggs, milk (but far less than there used to be due to a change in processing), sea meal custard (which has seaweed in it), bread (as iodised salt is used) and of course – iodised salt itself.
The same goes for the iodine content of meat, fish, chicken and milk – it all depends on whether the animal feed used has iodine in it or not. Bread is really the only food which has iodised salt added to it, and if you don’t eat much bread – you won’t be getting the benefit from that either.
This is not to say you need to start throwing salt on all your food, we eat far too much salt as a nation anyway. You can tear up a sheet of it and add to a salad, put some into a soup or you can use them like wraps – put some salad, hummus or avocado and some protein like chicken, salmon or tuna for example – then wrap and eat.

You will more than likely end up failing and will probably resort to snacking on something sweet to make you feel better. This way when you are having an off day you will be able to see just how far you’ve come along.
Smaller goals keep us more focused and focus is exactly what we need when we are trying to reach for the sky. All I am saying, is look to reduce the amount of foods that you buy which have added salt, see what you can make yourself and where you use salt (and less is better) use iodised. More raw veggies and fruits, more water, good protein source ( chicken, eggs, beef, turkey or whey isolate ), less processed foods and artificial sugars and staying active as much as possible – this is a very basic formula.
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Start looking on the back of your food labels, we are looking to have less than 2300mg sodium per day – you will be HORRIFIED when you see the levels in some of the food you eat. Check yourself now and then though, as those portion sizes on your plate may just begin to creep back up. But, instead of spiraling even further, that last straw made me realize, that I’ve wasted SO much time, believing that being different would make me happy, when the key all along was learning to be happy with what I already am. Iodine deficiency can affect hearing, intelligence and mental capability (hence why women now need to take an iodine supplement during pregnancy).
Even if you only lost 1 or 2 lbs, be grateful for that, and it will be much easier to loose more. Iodine deficiency can also result in goitre (which is a swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck) and that is definitely not good. This amazing little mineral is also vital to help you make thyroid hormones which control your metabolic rate, which in turn can affect your weight.

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