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New Website is LIVE!

3 Oct

Today is the day I have been waiting for and working towards for a while and thrilled I get to share it with you now…

I have redesigned and branded my WordPress website/blog for a softer, clean and classic look. Basically I wanted it to be easier for YOU to navigate around…

I know I have my hands in a lot so I wanted it to be clear of what exactly I have going on, what I’m doing and what is yet to come.

I have had to make moves in my career and personal life lately and could not be more excited and proud to be able to continue doing what I love and it is because of all of you and your support! Seriously…

My primary focus will be providing my Business and LinkedIn Coaching and training other small business owners and Entrepreneurs my brand new 15 Steps To Success program!

Practical Perfectionists, Landed In Luxury and Giddy Cosmetics will continue to grow and expand and I will have the patience to do that. I hope! lol

I’ll be posting a lot more delicious recipes under the KK Cafe page as well as painting the occasional face and blogging right here on LinkedIn as The Happy Workaholic

I am excited to continue my journey of what I am most passionate about which is helping and working with others and overall being a happy, healthy, positive and productive woman on a mission.

Please take your time, have a look around, sign up to receive my weekly newsletter (they will go out on Wednesday), follow me on my social media pages and of course let me know what you think! 

Thank you again for all of your support. I could not have done this without you! 





The M-Asian Salad

8 Oct

What is a M-Asian Salad you ask? A M-Asian Salad is the best of both food worlds. Mexican and Asian. It is one of the healthiest salads you can make and there are a few different ways to create. Read below for my 6 simple steps!

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1: Go to your local supermarket and collect the following ingredients.


Brussel Sprouts


Shredded Carrots

Broccoli Slaw

Bean Sprouts

Garbanzo Beans

Olive Oil

Red and/or Black Pepper

Sesame Seeds

KRAFT Asian Toasted Sesame ANYTHING Dressing

NEWMAN’s OWN Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing

2: Get out your cutting board, knives and graters.

3: Start cutting up kale as fine as you prefer for your salad. The brussel sprouts and radishes can be cut up as well but I prefer to shred them using a grater.

4: Add the remaining ingredients (minus your olive oil, salad dressings and garbanzo beans) into a large bowl. Start shredding your ingredients using two knives in a criss cross fashion. Slowly add some olive oil (not too much) to help wilt the kale a little bit.

5: Once you get to a preferable texture add strained garbanzo beans and both salad dressings. If you like a smoother Seaweed Salad like texture continue to shred the salad a little longer.

6: Garnish with some sesame seeds on top and voila!

There you have it. The easiest and healthiest salad. Hope you like it because it truly is Ah M’Asian!!!

Roasted Vegetable & Butternut Squash Soup

4 Feb

I love soup! Who doesn’t? The only downfall is that most of them have so much sodium. Even the low-sodium soups have too much for this girl to handle! I love salt but salt does not love me!

I have recently been creating some healthy soups with ingredients that I am able to have that are on my Thyroid Diet list.

Last night I made a Roasted Vegetable and Butternut Squash Soup. I must say that it was my best one yet! Want my healthy recipe? Please read below.


Here is the list of ingredients that you will need…

1 box of Low Sodium Organic Butternut Squash Soup from Trader Joe’s

Organic Black Rice

Frozen Cilantro Cubes







Red Pepper


Sesame Seeds



Dried Cranberries

Dried Cherries



Cook rice and then set aside.

Saute all the vegetables in some Olive Oil and add 2 frozen Cilantro Cubes. Cook until slightly brown.

Pour Butternut Squash Soup into large pot and put on simmer. Slowly add in all the vegetables and rice.

Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.

Slowly stir in all spices and dried fruit.

Keep on simmer for another 15 minutes while stirring occasionally.

Find a pretty bowl and serve!

That’s it! It cannot get any easier than this.



11 May

I have been following a Low Thyroid Diet for a little over a month now and it has completely changed the way I feel AND look. It was very difficult in the beginning getting used to only being able to eat what was on “the list”. Slowly, but surely it’s getting easier each day. I say “LIST” because I have one everywhere. I am sooo OCD when it comes to lists. I have one in my desk at my office, one in my carry-on (aka purse), one in my planner, one on my fridge and possibly 5 other places! lol

If you have a low thyroid or Hashimoto’s Disease I highly recommend you follow this Low Thyroid Diet. Try it out for a week and let me know how you feel!

I’ll be posting some new recipes straight from the KK Cafe using the ingredients below so check back soon.

Category Foods to Eat Notes
VEGETABLES AlfalfaArtichokes



Bell Peppers









Sea Vegetables





Avocado and potatoes are great source of tyrosine – hypothyroidism has been linked to low levels of this amino acid.Artichokes double up as a powerful liver detoxifier.

Sea vegatables are rich in iodine too – you can try kelp, kombu, wakame, arame and dulse.

BEANS Azuki BeansBlack Beans

Lima Beans

Mung Beans

Navy Beans

Pinto Beans

Red Kidney Beans

Split Peas

Beans are a rich in Iodine. They are also a good source of fiber, which is helpful as many people with hypothyroidism also suffer from constipation.
HERBS Black PepperChilies









Some of these herbs are brilliant for warming you up and raising your metabolism – try black pepper, chilies, garlic, ginger, cinnamon and tumeric.Cilantro will help detox metals out of your system, especially mercury, a proven toxin for the thyroid gland.
FRUITS ApplesApricots













Cranberries are a great source of iodine. A half a cup contains 400mcg of iodine. I recommend buying fresh or frozen cranberries and adding them to smoothies. Supermarket cranberry juice usually either contains a lot of sugar or unhealthy sweeteners.Prunes and dates are useful but only in small quantities.
GRAINS AmaranthQuinoa


Brown Rice

Wild Rice

Although buckwheat is technically a fruit, buckwheat products are very nutritious.You can find all these products in various flours, pastas, cereals and crackers.
OILS Coconut OilOlive Oil

Raw Butter

Coconut oil has a naturally stimulating effect on the thyroid gland.
NUTS Brazil NutsMacadamia Nuts


Coconut Meat

Brazil nuts are very high in selenium, which is needed to convert the thyroid hormone T4 to T3. Be sure to only eat 1 or 2 though, any more is too much! Only a little selenium is necessary for the thyroid to function properly.
FISH SardinesRed salmon Sadly the global fish supply is poisoned with PCBS and mercury, substances that poison your thyroid and the rest of your body, so it is recommended to cut down your seafood consumption. Limit your fish dishes to a maximum of one serving a week.Try taking an Omega-3 supplement – deficiencies of this fatty acid have been linked to lower thyroid hormone levels.




Without adequate protein the thyroid can’t function properly, even if you are taking suitable thyroid medication.Be sure you get organic free range eggs.

Chicken and turkey contain tyrosine, an important amino acid that combines with iodine to make the thyroid gland function properly.

Commercial meat is packed with antibiotics which are disruptive to the thyroid gland – all meat consumed should be organic if possible.

Processed meats, like lunch meat, bacon and spam, are loaded with dextrose, nitrates, sulphates and sugars.

Smoked or vacuum packed meats are also best avoided.


24 Apr

About a month ago I came across a Low Thyroid Diet (thanks to my bff) and decided I would give it a try. When I first started to read the long list of  foods I could no longer have I was shocked when almost all my favorites were on there. Radishes, Broccoli, Corn. All the veggies I would always crave. Weird! I know. Well, I’ve given them up I am telling you I feel like a completely different person. It’s so hard to explain but I don’t feel as bloated and I feel like I have more energy. If I do decide to cheat and have something on the “no no list” I feel sick and sluggish for the rest of the day. It’s amazing how diet can really change a person’s health and lifestyle. If you have a low thyroid or Hashimoto’s Disease try avoiding the list below for a week and let me know how you feel after.

Here is the list of foods you should avoid…

Category Foods to Avoid Notes
VEGETABLES African Cassava (used in tapioca)


Bamboo Shoots


Brussel Sprouts

Cabbage (including Kimchi and Sauerkraut)





Leafy Greens (Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Spinach)



Sweet Potatoes




Although these vegetables are goitrogenic, they contain important fiber, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, and they are too nutritious to completely avoid.

Try to eat them in moderation only.

Eat them cooked if possible – the cooking process deactivates most of the goitrogenic compounds.

NUTS Almonds


Flax Seed

Hemp Seed


Pine Nuts

Pumpkin Seed


Roasting and cooking reduces the thyroid inhibiting compounds.




Graham Flour



Matzo Meal





These grains all contain gluten. New evidence has shown a link between thyroid autoimmune disease and gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Your body recognizes gluten as a foreign invader, sending antibodies to attack, subsequently attacking your thyroid gland as well.

Since gluten can cause a reaction for up to 6 months from ingestion, it is important to eliminate gluten completely from your diet to halt the attack on your thyroid.

99 percent of people who are gluten intolerant don’t know they have this condition so if you have thyroid issues it is worth getting screened for gluten intolerance, although you can test negative have in fact you have some sensitivity. A good option would be to eliminate gluten for a month and see how you feel. Gluten in widely used in processed foods.

Other items may contain gluten – cereals, pasta, bread, processed baked goods, soup mixes, salad dressings and condiments. Even toothpaste and lipstick!

Goitrogenic compounds are activated in millet when it’s cooked.

Oats are fine as long as they are labelled gluten-free. They are often cross contaminated with other gluten containing grains.

FRUIT Grapes

Grape juice






In California fluoride based pesticides are used on grape crops – fluoride is a goitrogen
BEANS Garbanzo Beans

All Soy Products





Soy Milk

Soy Bean Oil

Soy Flour

Soy contains isoflavones, it’s effects are goitrogenic and unfortunately it blocks iodine absorption.

People with thyroid issues should seriously reduce or eliminate the amount of soy in their diet, as it’s a major endocrine disruptor.

JUNK FOOD Processed Foods

Deep Fried Foods

Foods Containing Sugar

This group of “so called food” causes inflammation in the body and inhibits the thyroid hormone conversion of T4 to T3.

Reconstituted Juices

Citrus Flavored Sodas

Sodas and reconstituted juices are often manufactured using fluoridated water – fluoride is a goitrogen.

avoid Mountain Dew, Fresca, Gatorade and other citrus-flavored sodas and soft drinks – they contain bromine, a goitrogenic toxin.

Bromine and fluoride are two important culprits responsible for such a rapid increase in thyroid disease world wide.

TEA Black Tea

Green Tea

Black tea and green tea leaves absorb a substantial amount of fluoride from the soil and air.

Fluoride is a very harmful toxin, interfering with fluoride absorption.

SEAFOOD Farm Raised Salmon




King Mackerel

Farm raised salmon is really a grey color so it has to be dyed with chemicals to appeal to consumers. Studies have shown farmed salmon (like most farmed fish) contains alarming amounts of PCBs, mercury and other carcinogenic agents. Additionally, these fish are crowded with diseased water containing their own waste, chemicals and antibiotics.

Shark, swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel should never be eaten as the concentration of mercury is too high, poisoning your thyroid gland. Limit your intake of tuna to once a week – unfortunately there is no such thing as “a safe amount of mercury”.




Milk Powder



Eliminate dairy for a few months and see if you feel better.

Many people with thyroid disease have an allergy or sensitivity to dairy, and they do see an improvement in their symptoms.

If you think you are intolerant to dairy products, then either avoid them or consume them in limited amounts.

Commercial dairy products contain antibiotics and growth hormones, so its much better to go organic.