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Susan Bowerman, Director of Nutrition Training at Herbalife

Susan Bowerman Works to Change the Nutritional Habits of People Around the World

Susan Bowerman, Director of Nutrition Training at Herbalife, wants people to be the best they can be, in everything they do. As a Registered Dietitian and Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, she helps people achieve their best through making good food choices and supplementing nutrition with Herbalife® products. Susan recently sat down with us to talk about topics including her history with the company, her transition from consultant to Director of Nutrition Training and how Herbalife products can be part of a healthy, active lifestyle. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation.

What originally sparked your interest in nutrition?

I entered college as an English major, but my interests in science led me to switch to biology. I started to see how my interests in science, human health, cooking, gardening and just a lot of things that were food related, seemed to be carving out a path for me in the field of nutrition. At the time, I honestly didn’t even know that you could major in nutrition. Then, one of my instructors in a cell biology class started talking about nutrition and dietitians, and a light went on. The field really pulled together things I was personally interested in, and of course we all want to be able to take things we are passionate about and turn them into a career.

There are a lot of nutrition companies out there. Why did you choose to work for Herbalife?

I started working with Dr. David Heber (Chairman, Herbalife Nutrition Institute and Nutrition Advisory Board) at UCLA in 1998, and he introduced me to Herbalife in 2003. I was working at UCLA full time and I had a role as a consultant with Herbalife. At the time we were just starting to look at the product line and provide nutrition advice, as well as look at areas where nutrition education was lacking. My position evolved slowly, as year after year I got more involved. Five or six years ago I got more heavily into the nutrition education aspect through blogging and sending out nutrition tips.

What are some key ways in which you’ve helped to shape the worldwide nutrition philosophy at Herbalife?

I have to give Dr. Heber most of the credit for that, but one of the things that has been important to me has been to educate people about our philosophy and the value of combining Herbalife® products with a healthy diet. We know the products are delivering good nutrition to people, but I would never want someone to think that as long as they are using the products, everything else they do doesn’t matter, because it does. The way that you look, perform, think and function every single day is a reflection of everything that you put into your body. If you want to be the best that you can be in everything you do, the way you do it is by making good nutrition decisions. As dietitians, we are food oriented and our goal is to teach people to eat as well as possible. That’s been my major contribution to the philosophy.

What are the benefits to people who use Herbalife® products as part of a healthy, active lifestyle?

The benefit to incorporating Herbalife® products into a healthy diet is that depending on which products you are using, you have nutritional insurance – that is, you know that nutritional needs that may be lacking are now being met. It’s very hard to ensure that you are getting all of your nutritional needs met from food. It’s even harder if you’re on a calorie-controlled diet because you have to make sure you get your vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates within that limited calorie budget. As a Registered Dietitian, it’s even hard for me and I live and breathe this stuff. For me, if I start my day with Herbalife® Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix, then I know that is one serving of high-calcium dairy food that I just got because I make my shake with milk. I probably wouldn’t get that serving at any other time of the day because I don’t use milk as a beverage. I also get a serving of fruit and protein, and I know I’m already off to a pretty good start nutritionally. Having Herbalife® products makes meeting daily nutritional needs easier. It doesn’t mean that what you eat the rest of the day doesn’t count. It means that these products are helping to fill in the gaps. Plus, Herbalife® products allow us to tailor how much protein people get based on body size and that’s great. It’s been a very important message for us to educate people on the importance of protein.

What are some nutrition mistakes that you commonly see people making?

Looking for the quick fix is the biggest one. People see other people and celebrities who are losing weight very quickly and they think they can do it, too. They jump on the latest fad diet thinking that will work and not realizing how hard it is to tailor a fad diet to their needs. You have low carb, high protein and all of these other different diets – if one of them really worked for everybody, the whole process would stop. It is a reflection of how much people are really experiencing dissatisfaction with the way that they look or feel. Maybe through the process of trial and error, people eventually figure out what works for them. The research studies tell us that pretty much any type of diet works. As long as you cut calories in some way, you’re probably going to lose weight. The idea that people can find their own way and figure out what is best for them is probably the best way.

In all of my years of counseling patients, I admire people when they are finally ready to make some changes and want to improve and take care of themselves. But sometimes what happens is they want things to happen too quickly and they try to tackle too many things at one time. This is when we have to step back and say these habits that you’re trying to undo have been with you for a really long time. You can’t undo them in a week or two. That’s when we try to get people to really focus on their behavior and let the weight take care of itself.

The other thing is people often underestimate how much they eat and overestimate how much they exercise. And then they don’t understand why they’re not losing weight. That’s really where Herbalife educational pieces come in. It’s also where the Herbalife philosophy of personalization comes in. Personalization is more than simply how many calories and how much protein you need. It involves making your diet and exercise work for your lifestyle, your finances, work schedule and how much you’re really willing to do to get the results you want. Our Members coach customers and help them find a solution that works for them.

If you could give people just one nutrition tip what would it be?

This is something I tell people all of the time – always have a fruit or a vegetable every time you eat. If you do that, it goes a long way towards meeting your fruit and vegetable needs. It’s not as hard as you think. It means putting fruit in your shake, having a piece of fruit for a snack or grabbing some vegetables, like baby carrots, that you can snack on. If you just make that a rule, it can vastly improve your diet.


Egg White Omelet with Spinach, Onion, Tomatoes

Lots of protein, vitamins, antioxidants and less than 150 calories.

(serves 1) 


  • Nonstick pan spray
  • 4 egg whites, beaten with a fork
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 teaspoon minced onion
  • 2 fresh mushrooms, diced
  • 2 tablespoon diced fresh red tomato
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped herbs or 1/4 teaspoon dried herbs of choice


Spray the omelet pan with nonstick pan spray. Heat the pan over medium high heat. Add the spinach leaves, onion, mushrooms and tomato, and saute until vegetables soften, about 2 minutes. Remove the vegetables from to pan to a small plate and set aside.

Wipe out the omelet pan with paper towel, return to the heat, and add the olive oil, swirling to coat the pan with the oil. Pour in the egg whites, and lift the edges of the omelet as they set, allowing the uncooked egg to run underneath. When omelet is just set, flip it over to briefly cook the other side. Top with the sauteed vegetables and herbs and fold in half to serve.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:

  • Calories: 135
  • Protein: 17 grams
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Carbohydrate: 7 gramseggwhite-omelet

Abs are made, 1st May

Young Mum uses Herbalife throughout her pregnancy…. read her story here!

Love this Kristi, thx for sharing.


I get a lot of questions about using Herbalife while pregnant and nursing. I can’t speak for anyone else, but here is MY story….. My opinion is: THE MORE HERBALIFE while preggo and breastfeeding, THE BETTER. why you might ask? Because, when you are pregnant and nursing, you need MORE nutrition, not LESS. Honest to God I can’t think of much better stuff you can put into your mouth EVER than the Herbalife products. They are so jam packed full of scientifically backed nutrition that they make you feel and look Super Human. If you are pregnant and arguing with your Herbalife Coach as to why you can’t or shouldn’t take the products, just stop it and tell me for a minute what in the heck you ARE actually putting in your mouth right now. Most pregnant women are eating toast, or cereal, or junk food, or pickles and ice cream…

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Beauty of Herbalife Programs for Weight Loss

Dr. Louis Ignarro, Nobel Laureate, emphasizes using the Mediterranean Diet, fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, with flavorful herbs and spices; eating fish and seafood at least a couple of times a week; enjoying poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt in moderation; and save sweets and red meat for special occasions. Top it off with a glass of red wine (if you like), plus supplements (that’s my biz). Make your day easier with Protein Weight Loss Shakes, a healthy meal in less than 2 minutes Remember to stay physically activeHappy with What You See in Your Mirror? Naked?, and you’re set.

Surprising New Thinking on Healthy Foods


An article written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager of Cleveland Clinc Wellness Institute, filters some of the confusion on old thinking, by updating foods that are healthy.  Rumors about food somehow persist even though numerous studies have been done that clearly tell us some of those foods labelled bad for us, have been proven to be be good for us, so good, in fact, they may be the very foods that help you reduce stress, prevent heart disease, and even prevent certain cancers. Would you like to see some of your favorite foods taken off the NO list and bring it back on the YES list?
Chocolate, was put on the NO list for lots of us, turns out you can put it back on the YES list because a Dark Chocolate containing 70% or more of cocoa has flavenoids, the very same that are in green tea, red wine and berries.  Proven studies show an ounce of dark chocolate daily reduced risk of heart disease and an ounce & half enjoyed daily may help reduce emotional stress. I’m going for the 1.5 ounce, because I used to say “i was addicted and anything I needed to eat if it had chocolate on it, consider it gone.” 
Eggs, my old doctor & many others told us that eggs were on the NO list becuase they raise cholesterol and put us at risk for heart disease.  Well, the new studies show that eggs have antioxidants, protein & other great nutrients.  A study in 2011 found that eating eggs regularly may reduce the risk of cancer & cardiovascular diseases because of high antioxidants. Also, several other studies that they may reduce blood pressure.  New research from Yale University that eggs can be included in your heart-healthy diet without negative effects on cholesterol, weight or endothelial function.
Nuts were on the NO NO list because they were fattening, well put them back on your YES list because they have been proven to have protein & healthy fats to may help you lose weight, in moderation, of course.  And because of the healthy fats may reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks, according to recent studies.
Soy, the old stories told us that we would have increased risk of certain cancers, when in fact you can add them to your YES list because numerous research studies have shown that isofavones & protein in whole soy sources clearly demonstrate the reduction of cancers of the breast, colon and prostate, plus improvement in heart health.
Potatoes got sent to the NO list because they were fattening, I always suspected it was more what people lathered on the potato. (my latest healthy thing is cottage cheese or salsa on my potato)  Good news is that you can change the color of potato you eat to purple and lower blood pressure of hypertensive, obese people, according to a 2012 study.  Bonus is they are high in fiber & no fat.
Coffee was blamed for stopping your growth and harming bone density, well good news is you can put it on the YES list because recent reaearch has shown that coffee lowers risk of developing diabetes, cancers of the mouth, endometrium, prostate and skin.  Coffee consumption has even been associated with a decreased risk of dementia & Alzheimer’s.

Could This Be the Reason Food Allergies, Autism & Other Health Issues Are Skyrocketing?

Skyrocketing rates of Autism & so many food allergies should awaken us.  “This generation of children should be called Generation RX, because of the amount of doctor visits & allergy prescriptions being written for them” says Robyn O’Brien. (see her bio below)  Since the inroduction of GMOs in the 80’s to now, statistics show a rapid rise. Monsanto & other biotech corporations have developed GMOs for our food supplies.  Biotech companies are telling us that GMOs are safe, but no tests are required to show the safety of GMO foods.  Independent research studies are prevented because the process of GMOs, itself is patented, to protect the companies & their shareholders.
A bill called “The Monsanto Protection Act” by opponents, the budget rider shields biotech behemoths like Monsanto, Cargill and others from the threat of lawsuits and bars federal courts from intervening to force an end to the sale of a GMO (genetically-modified organism) even if the genetically-engineered product causes damaging health effects. So who is protecting us?  


Labeling would help you decide the safe foods for your family.  Whole Foods, Sprouts & Target are introducing lines of food that do Not contain GMOs. The food industry is fighting the labelling, saying it is too costly to label but many of them are already labelling in 64 countries, just Not the USA!    

People are Food Illiterate.  Recent film documentaries are helping. People need visuals. Many non-fiction books & many magazines are now exposing hidden knowledge of what is going into our food supply,  In a recent nutrition class, I watched one of those documentaries and was “blown away” with seeing just the tip of the iceberg in “Food, Inc.”. It is important for you to research for your family’s safety.  A few years ago, we attended a seminar in Orlando, Florida

The State of Washington will be the first state to hopefully lead other states to follow.  If the measure passes, “Washington would be the first state to pass a mandatory GMO food-labeling law with no strings attached” quotes the Bellingham Washington News.
I’m from a generation who lived on peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, today P & J has the potential to kill a child in minutes.  What happened? Parents need to know foreign protein is being produced, so new, so novel and because of patents cannot truly be researched by independent studies.
We, the consumers have the power to Change the marketplace!  Will we continue to casually glance through a book or magazine that is attempting to give us a real picture of what is happening to our food supply or will we just accept the “spinmaster’s” words and continue to poison our children?
Many farmers who are currently using GMO/Monsanto seed are so afraid of the crops they are growing, they do not allow their children to use them.  Many farmers are fighting for survival, but to convert a farm takes 3 years to get the farms back to clear ground of chemicals & GMO crops. It could mean a fight for their survival.
Consumers do not understand because there have been no studies, the jury is still out and with labeling.
we would be able to choose, What if….we could reverse the rising rates of food allergies?  We, the consumers have the power to Change the marketplace!
So much to process, that something we felt was safe, like corn is being grown as genetically altered to produce it’s own pesticide,  Roundup will kill weeds but will not affect the GMO plant, because it has altered genes producing its’ own pesticide.  70% of a child’s immune system is in their digestion system.  How do these chemicals effect their sensitivities. Their body is rejecting those foods in our supply, “Are they allergic to food or what has been done to it?”   We need all hands on deck to help with this movement, Stop Buying as consumers, look for products that do not contained GMO”, Robyn O’Brien.

Robyn O’Brien – Fighting Food Allergies

Robyn-O'BrienRobyn O’Brien was a financial and food industry analyst whose life was turned upside down by her daughters’ sudden allergy-induced illness. Robyn’s love of her kids led her to take an honest look at our food system. What she discovered changed her life forever. She went on to found AllergyKids, and to become one of the most formidable forces in the food movement today.

With her wildly popular TED talks, books, magazine columns, and her online advocacy, Robyn has become what the New York Times called “food’s Erin Brockovich“. What she’s uncovered about food allergies – and GMOs – will rock your world!

Robyn O’Brien – Fighting Food Allergies
Robyn-O’BrienRobyn O’Brien was a financial and food industry analyst whose life was turned upside down by her daughters’ sudden allergy-induced illness. Robyn’s love of her kids led her to take an honest look at our food system. What she discovered changed her life forever. She went on to found AllergyKids, and to become one of the most formidable forces in the food movement today.

With her wildly popular TED talks, books, magazine columns, and her online advocacy, Robyn has become what the New York Times called “food’s Erin Brockovich“. What she’s uncovered about food allergies – and GMOs – will rock your world!

Spin Masters For Monsanto Are Lying to You

Vandana Shiva, Ph.D. – Food Security In A Global Community

Vandana ShivaDr. Vandana Shiva is founder of Navdanya (“nine seeds”), a movement of thousands of Indian farmers promoting biodiversity and use of native seeds. Vandana is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, often called “The Alternative Nobel Prize”, and the director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology.

She is author of many bestselling books, including Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply. Forbes named Vandana “one of the 7 most influential feminists in the world,” and Time selected her as an “environmental hero.” Vandana will inform you of the real global impact of GMOs and inspire you to consider the deeper implications of seed patenting and ownership.

I just listened to Dr. Shiva and she says that the chemicals & poisons used in the GMOs, like Golden Rice, are causing disease and cancers.

Biodiversity is important and you will benefit by growing “native seeds” in your own garden.  You do not need a huge amount of land, you can grow in containers, pots, whiskey barrels or learn to grow “up”.

Inflammed brains, inflammed guts are symptoms of GMO foods, doctors are learning & many are recommending we avoid GMO foods.  Diagnosis of ADHD, autism and several other current diseases are being traced to GMO use and other poisons that are being used by Monsanto.  Organic vegetables, your own backyard garden or local Farmers Markets is the way to your better health.

John & Ocean Robbins are a great inspiration to those of us who are fighting for safe foods for our kids’ future.  Take a look, our government is not protecting us. They are sleeping with the enemy.

Is Your Health in Jeopardy?

Obesity is defined as a BMI ( a ratio of weight to height) of 30 or higher.
For many years, it was believed that heart disease was a result of the strain put on the heart by a severely overweight body, but that was simplistic. Heart specialists also thought that type 2 diabetes & high blood pressure were the mechanisms that damaged the heart. We are now discovering that the state of being obese, in and of itself, can lead to cardiovascular dysfunction and heart failure.

New England Journal of Medicine published a study in 2002 that showed that excess body weight increased the risk of heart failure, without even considering diabetes or hypertension as risk factors. Obesity can cause thickening of wall of the heart’s left venticle– a condition called left venticle hypertrophy — that can cause heart failure. We also know that excess abdominal fat signals the liver to produce high levels of the “bad” cholesterol that can block arteries and provoke heart attack causing blood clots.

A 2004 study found that the hearts of severely obese people had a reduced ability to pump blood and refill with blood between heartbeats. They also found a smaller but significant dysfunction in the mildly obese subjects, the likely cause: inflammation caused by metabolic changes.

Obesity causes prolonged inflammation of heart tissue
Inflammation of blood vessel walls boosts heart failure risk, Other results of this study revealed that obese people are more likely to have a higher level of immune system proteins such as interleukin 6, C-reactive protein and fibrinogen. At normal levels, these proteins are beneficial aspects of the immune system that cause inflammation to help wound healing; But at chronically high levels, they can cause serious damage to the cardiovascular system. In fact, doubling interleuken 6 levels alone increased heart failure risk by 84%.

“The biological effects of obesity on the heart is profound” says Dr. Jao Lima, professor of medicine and radiology at the John Hopkins School of Medicine. “Even if obese people feel otherwise healthy, there are measurable and early chemical signs of damage to their hearts, beyond the well-known implications for diabetes and high blood pressure.”

The Metabolic Syndrome
Typically diagnosed when a patient has low “good” cholesterol, high “bad: cholesterol, high tryglycerides, high blood pressure and insulin resistance. Obesity can trigger every one of these conditions. The Metabolic Syndrome is the “perfect storm” of cardiovascular dysfunction risk because it can attack the heart and blood vessels from so many directions: coating arterial walls with sticky plaques, increasing inflammation that damages blood vessels, damaging the cardiovascular system by raising blood pressure and causing abnormalties in the heart.

Insulin Resistance,
The greatest long term concern with obesity. “Insulin resistance is probably one of the big mechanisms that causes people to get diabetes. We’ve learned now that people who have too many fat cells…those cells are releasing a lot of chemicals that make the body resistant to insulin. it makes the body pump out more and more insulin to take the blood sugar out of the muscle. Eventually, the pancreas burns out and people get diabetes.”, says cardiologist, Dr. Joseph Johns.

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Creamy protein rich Chicken Soup for between meal snacks
15 grams of protein & only 80 calories

100 calories snack pack of soy nuts
Salty, tasty, crunchy for on the go snacks

Lets keep things simple. What does the ideal balanced meal look like for weight control?

Half of the plate with vegetables and / or salad.
Quarter of the plate protein (poultry, fish, meat, etc.)
Quarter of the plate carbohydrates (brown rice,lentils, beans, potatoes)

With carboydrates the ideal is fibre rich whole grains and legumes which help you feel full and satiated.

So two shakes, one or two snacks and a main meal, eating every 3-4 hours. Small meals.
proper portions