Source: Herbalife Nutrition
Vipada Sae-Lao earned a degree in pharmacy in Thailand with an emphasis on nutrition and dietary supplements. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Nutrition. Based in Thailand, Vipada joined Herbalife Nutrition more than five years ago as a member of our Dietitian Advisory Board (DAB) to educate and train our distributors about nutrition.
I love nutrition education and believe in the power that nutrition education has to improve people’s lives. When you understand the role nutrition plays in your overall health, you make informed decisions on what to consume and what you should avoid.
What is the best part of your job?
Everyday I am inspired by our distributors who are truly passionate about helping their customers. They attend my trainings and are active participants in their education so they can answer questions and provide their customers with a personalized approach to good nutrition. I also enjoy the opportunity to work with our sponsored athletes and teams to help them understand how our products can help support their training so they can compete at the highest levels.
Vipada (center) with Herbalife Nutrition-sponsored badminton team in Thailand.
What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’ when it comes to food?
Everyone has his or her ‘guilty pleasure’ —even nutritionists! On special occasions with my family and friends I like to share pizza with my family and friends. But, I will say the majority of my meals should beare healthy, balanced and nutrient dense for optimum health in the long run.
If you had just one piece of nutrition advice to give to someone, what would it be?
Be careful not to give into every craving. If you feel hungry, choose nutrient dense foods, not the empty calories. For example, fruits and vegetables, which have vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, provide very few calories. The average fruit serving has only 70 calories and the average vegetable serving has only 50 calories per serving, but they are among the most expensive foods per calorie.
What are some of the latest nutrition trends in your country?
In Thailand, healthy Japanese food is the top restaurant choice for families. Salad shops have also become popular as a convenient on-the-go option for those people with busy schedules.
If you weren’t a dietitian, what would you be?
My dream is to be a mushroom farmer owner. I love most mushrooms and also have a small mushroom garden in my house.
Do you have a favorite Thai recipe?
My favorite healthy dish is Green Papaya Salad –and it’s easy to prepare!
For 2 servings:
6 medium dried shrimp
1 pound green papaya
2 chili peppers
2 clove garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
Juice from ¾ fresh lime
5 Cherry Tomatoes
2 tablespoons toasted peanuts (optional)
In a small bowl, cover the dried shrimp with hot water. Let stand for 5 minutes, then drain. Chop each shrimp into 3-4 pieces.
Cut the papaya in half crosswise, and peel the skin. Scrape out the seeds. Cut the flesh into very think julienne strips and set aside.
With a mortar and pestle, or in a food processor, combine the chili peppers and garlic into a paste. Add sugar, shrimp andgreen beans and process until smooth. Add fish sauce, lime juice and tomatoes, and continue processing into a paste. Scrape this mixture into a large bowl. Add prepared papaya and peanuts. Toss well and serve.