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Thailand: Vipada Sae-Lao

Thailand: Vipada Sae-Lao

Vipada Sae-Lao has a degree in Pharmacy with an emphasis on Nutrition and Dietary Supplements. She is our DAB in Thailand.

 

How long have you been working with Herbalife?

I have been working here since 2012.

 

What is your role with the Company?

As the DAB nutrition in Thailand, I’m responsible for nutrition training.  I also work for Herbalife as a manager in Licensing, Regulatory and Product Compliance.

 

Why did you choose nutrition as a career?

I love nutrition education and believe in the power that nutrition education has to change people’s lives.

 

What is the best part of your job?

The role that I play to inspire people to change their eating habits

 

Everyone, even nutritionists, has a ‘guilty pleasure’ when it comes to food.  What’s yours?

This is something common to all people, even if they are nutritionists!   I allow myself a few guilty pleasures on special occasions with my family and friends. I like to share the biggest size pizza with the whole family and friends!!  But, the majority of meals should be healthy, balanced and nutrient dense for optimum health in 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.

 

What are some of the latest diet and nutrition trends in your country?

Healthy Japanese food is the top restaurant choice for families. Salad shops have also become popular among office workers.   However, big desserts, like honey cubes toast with ice cream, is the hottest treat for teenagers. Here is a photo of it:

 

If you weren’t a Dietitian/Nutritionist, what would you be?

My dream is to be a mushroom farm owner. I love most mushrooms and also have a small mushroom garden in my house.

 

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I hate to take a bath in the morning! Like a cat J

 

Please provide your personal favorite Formula 1 shake recipe.

I’m the chocolate lover so I usually take F1 chocolate and mix with F1 vanilla. I add ½ cup (120ml) of lowfat milk, ½ cup water and 2-3 Tablespoons of PPP.  And, I never forget to take 2 servings of fresh fruit like ripe papaya, fresh guava, banana or apple together with my shake.

 

 

Can you please provide a recipe that could be part of a healthy meal that represents your country/region? 

 

One of the most popular Thai dishes is Green Papaya Salad     (Makes 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 and green 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.

 

 

Photo: Vipada with Herbalife-Sponsored Badminton Team in Thailand (September, 2017)