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Susan Burke March

Susan Burke March, a Cuenca expat, is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, a Certified Diabetes Educator who specializes in smart solutions for weight loss and diabetes-related weight management. She is the author of Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally — a fun and informative book intended to liberate serial dieters and make healthy living and weight control both possible and instinctual over the long term. Contact her at SusantheDietitian@gmail.com

La Caleta Cocina Ecuatoriana offers wine pairing dinners and gets rave reviews

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Every once in a while you’re lucky enough to have a dining experience unforgettable enough that you take the time to write a review on TripAdvisor.com. Recently when my husband and  … Read more

Don’t eat these! The four worst foods ever

By Susan Burke March |

I apologize in advance for the rant but today I’m just fed up. Sometimes I can’t help myself. From least worst to worst worst foods ever manufactured, here are the four manufactured foods that have  … Read more

Immerse yourself in Cuencano culture through its unique foods and recipes

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March One of the most effective and enjoyable ways to understand a culture is to experience, taste, and appreciate its foods. In Cuenca there are dozens of restaurants serving international foods…Italian, Indian,  … Read more

Nutrition news you can use

By Susan Burke March |

This week I’ll detail some recent newsworthy nutrition-and-health-related items, and provide the source links for those who’d like more information. Do you compensate for liquid calories? As reported in the September 12 edition of NutritionAction.com,  … Read more

Can good nutrition make Alzheimer’s better?

By Susan Burke March |

Like all types of dementia, Alzheimer’s is caused by brain cell death, and is classified as a neurodegenerative disease — cell death isn’t sudden, it occurs over time.  Alzheimer’s is the most common form of  … Read more

How the powerful sugar industry manipulated U.S. public health policy

By Susan Burke March |

You’d think that the United State’s public health officials would make recommendations based only on unbiased and substantiated science. But you would be wrong. As reported online in the New York Times, a researcher from the  … Read more

What’s in your medicine cabinet? Check the labels for banned ingredients

By Susan Burke March |

More than a year ago the European Union announced that the antibacterial pesticide triclosan is toxic and bioaccumulative (defined as the accumulation of a substance such as a toxic chemical, in various tissues of a  … Read more

When is a sandwich much more than just a sandwich?  When it’s from Sanduchef’s!

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Chef Paúl Abril spent a number of years working in restaurants after graduating from the University of Cuenca’s Culinary Arts program, three of them in a Japanese restaurant. But like so  … Read more

Men’s health update: The mostly good news about saw palmetto

By Susan Burke March |

This week I’m answering a question emailed to my husband on that most social of media outlets, Facebook! Dear Ken, Will you ask your wife to write a column about Saw Palmetto supplements?  Specifically, which  … Read more

The Paleo Diet: Back to the Stone Age, or just another New-Age fad?

By Susan Burke March |

There are diet trends, and diet fads galore. The Paleo Diet, although not new, frequently pops up in the headlines, usually fueled by celebrity endorsements. Advocates call it the “first-ever” diet, while others call it  … Read more

Chochos — The Super Bean!

By Susan Burke March |

What’s a “superfood”? According to the Oxford Dictionary, a superfood is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”. However, it’s obvious that this is a marketing term…who slaps the descriptor  … Read more

Best laid travel plans can sometimes go awry: Choose TerraDiversa as your guide

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Bad news for Cuenca can be good news for travelers. It was discouraging news when we heard of the recent plan to close Cuenca’s Mariscal La Mar Airport…again. As reported recently  … Read more

How ‘natural’ is Stevia? The answer might surprise you

By Susan Burke March |

The stevia plant is a perennial that does best in sunny, warm climates with lots of rain. Because consumers want the taste of sweet without calories and without artificial ingredients, commercially produced stevia sweeteners are  … Read more

Every dog has the potential to be awesome and to enrich its owner’s life too!

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March According to National Geographic, dogs have accompanied humans for more than 10,000 years, and are probably the first domesticated animal. Besides the companionship that owning a dog brings to your life,  … Read more

What makes Thai food special in Cuenca — The Thai Connection

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Although our local Ecuadorian cuisine is wholesome, it is often lacking in pizzazz. I find myself reaching for the aji even before tasting. But Thai food is quite different. How to  … Read more

Fuel for 2016 Olympians — They eat how many calories?

By Susan Burke March |

Just like a finely tuned Ferrari, Olympians need high-test fuel to perform.  And you won’t believe how much! I can’t wait to tune in to see Olympians compete, but I’ll bet most casual viewers are  … Read more

Marijuana: The herb that is saving the U.S. Medicare system millions of dollars

By Susan Burke March |

In this third of three columns about herbal supplements, I’m going to talk about a plant whose history dates back thousands of years across a number of cultures. It’s a highly misunderstood and underestimated remedy,  … Read more

An investment opportunity in Vilcabamba and the beautiful Valley of Longevity

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March If you’ve not yet visited Vilcabamba, now is the time. While Cuenca’s weather reflects the few degrees cooler temperatures during these “winter” months (June, July and August), in Vilcabamba, it’s eternal  … Read more

Plants & herbal supplements: They may be effective, but they must be respected, Part II

By Susan Burke March |

Herbals as medicine form the foundation of medical history. Developed over thousands of years, people have identified and used medicines extracted from botanicals including basic aspirin, to penicillin, to morphine and more. Approximately 80% of the  … Read more

Plant medicine: Use and misuse, Part I

By Susan Burke March |

Modern medicine is rooted in plants. Dating back thousands of years, according to Drugs.com, examples of important medicines extracted from botanicals include reserpine, morphine, penicillin, and vinca alkaloid anti-cancer drugs. According to the MedicineHunter.com, plants  … Read more