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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

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

Another ‘diet’ whose time has run out

By Susan Burke March |

My client said, “What do you think of the 8-Hour Diet? I’ve heard it really works”. Everyone, it seems, has the “secret” to weight loss. Celebrities, doctors, celebrity doctors, sports stars. Or just two guys  … Read more

Craving fresh, healthy seafood? You can find it at Capitán & Co. in El Centro

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Isn’t it great that one of the healthiest foods to eat is also so delicious? Fish are packed full of nutrients and are an excellent source of protein and vitamin D.  … Read more

Is there a cure for diabetes?

By Susan Burke March |

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are two very different conditions manifested by high blood glucose or blood sugar. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, in which the body attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in  … Read more

Your health begins with your feet, which is especially true for Cuenca’s expat walkers

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March We take our feet for granted. They’re always secondary when we’re considering what to wear. We buy shoes to go with the suit or dress, instead of the other way around.  … Read more

Are you prone to canker sores? Top tips for prevention and treatment

By Susan Burke March |

Ouch! Not again! Canker sores are such a painful bother — bad ones can interfere with your ability to eat, and even compromise your health. Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to deal  … Read more

Do you need dental work? Meet Dr. ‘No Pain’ at Find Health In Ecuador Dental Clinic

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March There are a number of reasons why medical and dental tourism in Ecuador is popular, with the primary two being that it’s less costly than in North America, and that you  … Read more

In honor of Father’s Day: Nutrition to keep men healthy

By Susan Burke March |

Women are as old as they feel and men are old when they lose their feelings. — Mae West While in general, dietary guidelines encompass all adults, there’s a divergence when it comes to the  … Read more

Subway Otorongo: Fresh food, convenience, taste, and choice

By Susan Burke March |

Who says that “fast food” has to be “bad food”?  You’ll get it fast at Subway, the most popular fast food chain in the world, but their motto “Eat Fresh” describes it best.  Since the  … Read more

Update on salt: What’s your sodium IQ?

By Susan Burke March |

Salt is an acquired taste. You may love it now, but you weren’t born that way. Consider a baby’s reaction if you put salt on her tongue … that poor kid will screw up her  … Read more

Bustin’ nutrition myths: Microwaves, diabetes, and granola

By Susan Burke March |

According to Dictionary.com, an “urban legend” is a modern story of obscure origin and with little or no supporting evidence that spreads spontaneously in varying forms and often has elements of humor, moralizing, or horror.  … Read more

Grilling and good health: Six hot tips for healthy barbecue

By Susan Burke March |

Our friends from Quebec City, a town not known for its long, leisurely summers, don’t ever put away their gas grill. Come rain, sun, snow, or ice (there’s a LOT of ice in Quebec City!) they’re  … Read more

Is cheese the cause of your headaches?

By Susan Burke March |

Cheese. Why do we love it so much? Is it the creamy texture? Is it because it can be so damn tasty? Cheese can be sharp, or sweet, or funky, or nutty. Do you prefer  … Read more

Nicotine addiction: Why warning labels are less effective than regulation

By Susan Burke March |

Everyone knows that tobacco kills. Hey, cigarette packs display those horribly graphic warning labels right up front on the package. You know, the ones that show the family member in the coffin, or the man  … Read more

Biggest Loser or the biggest lie? Maintaining a healthy weight is the biggest challenge

By Susan Burke March |

A recent report on the inability of ‘Biggest Loser’ contestants to maintain their lower weights would make it seem that no matter what you do, you cannot lose weight and keep it off, permanently. A  … Read more

Can food package labeling change human buying and eating behavior?

By Susan Burke March |

If you’re a concerned consumer, you’re a label reader. Your strategy for choosing healthy packaged foods starts by reading the Nutrition Facts label. Food labeling has its roots in 13th Century England, where the king  … Read more