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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

What’s the scoop on milk alternatives?

By Susan Burke March |

Last week my column covered dairy myths and facts. Nutritionally, milk is a “combination food” — that is, it contains the three major nutrients necessary for good health — protein, fat, and carbohydrate. Milk is  … Read more

Myths and facts about milk: Lactose intolerance, allergies, calcium, raw or pasteurized, and more

By Susan Burke March |

Author’s note: This is the first of a two-part series about milk and milk alternatives. Historians estimate that humans (most likely in a region between the central Balkans and central Europe) started consuming non-human milk  … Read more

Cuenca’s new Vegetable Bar Café aims to keep expats and Cuencanos healthy

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Cuenca may seem like a city of almuerzos serving pollo, cerdo, y arroz, arroz, arroz, (chicken, pork, and rice, rice, rice!) so the opening of the charming Vegetable Bar on Paseo  … Read more

The science of sweet: The varieties of sugar and the growing number of substitutes

By Susan Burke March |

The fascinating thing about science is that it does not produce “the one answer”… ever. Science produces an answer, based on current knowledge and the ever-changing limits of investigation. The more we know the more  … Read more

Track your way to weight loss: Digital fitness trackers provide the data and inspiration

By Susan Burke March |

It seems as if everyone is wearing a wristband! You’ve probably seen them — colorful or black bands of plastic, sometimes metal, some of them with digital displays. Digital fitness trackers are all the rage  … Read more

More about eggs and the vast variety offered in Ecuador’s mercados

By Susan Burke March |

As I reported last week, the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines have dropped the 1960s-era blanket advisory to limit dietary cholesterol to 300 mg per day or less. The new guidelines reflect current science that shows  … Read more

Cuenca Car Share: Your key to the open road

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Ecuador’s roads are much improved from just a few years ago. Given the manageable size of the country, the low price of gasoline, and the ease of navigating on well-paved roads,  … Read more

Are eggs healthy or harmful? Cracking open the latest nutrition advice

By Susan Burke March |

Whereas the previous Dietary Guidelines for Americans advised restricting dietary cholesterol to 300 milligrams or less daily (just one large egg has about 186 mg. of cholesterol), the newly adopted 2015 Guidelines say that, “dietary cholesterol is  … Read more

How important is your pet In your life? Make sure you take care of their health

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March As AnimalPlanet.com reports, there are a number of proven health benefits associated with pet ownership, including physical, mental and emotional improvements, from enhancing social skills to decreasing a person’s risk for  … Read more

Acid Stomach? Heartburn? When symptoms may be a symptom of something else

By Susan Burke March |

You are what you eat, but sometimes no matter how well you eat, you may experience heartburn. A Billion-dollar treatment According to the Wall Street Journal online, nearly half of the U.S. population has symptoms  … Read more

Fight the high altitude, equatorial sun and pollution with a facial — and put your best face forward at the same time

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Ahhhhh, a facial. Finally! I’d been putting off my quarterly facial because my favorite “facialista” had to return to the States, leaving many of her regular clients feeling … well, at  … Read more

Vaccines: The myths, facts, and foolishness

By Susan Burke March |

A recent appeal for information in a favorite expat e-Newsletter got my attention. An unsuspecting reader posted a simple query: “Do we need proof of current yellow fever and typhoid vaccinations to enter Ecuador from  … Read more

Does living at high altitude, such as in Cuenca, really lower your risk for lung cancer?

By Susan Burke March |

A regular reader recently called my attention to a story reported in the New York Times: people who live at higher altitude seem less likely to get lung cancer. Immediately, I thought: correlation does not  … Read more

The elephant In the bedroom — impotence

By Susan Burke March |

It’s one of those conditions that no one wants to talk about — but one study shows that 50% of all men between 50 and 70 years of age have erectile dysfunction (ED), and by  … Read more

Can’t lose weight? Maybe it’s your medication!

By Susan Burke March |

Insulin and drugs for type 2 diabetes: In my recent article about diabetes for CuencaHighLife.com, I wrote about how lifestyle is so critical in living successfully with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. With  … Read more

The healthy truth about coconut oil — Good or bad, no one can deny it’s tasty!

By Susan Burke March |

Recent news reports have touted coconut oil as having a bunch of “surprising” health benefits. Some “experts” are making outsized-claims that coconut oil is the elixir of health, touting this oil as the one ingredient  … Read more

Phyiscal therapy in Cuenca: Integrative treatment and prevention that works

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Physical Therapy (PT) as we know it today, dates back to ancient times. Physicians like Hippocrates and later Galen are believed to have been the first practitioners of physical therapy, advocating massage, manual therapy techniques and hydrotherapy to treat people  … Read more

Are you confused about Diabetes? Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 Diabetes? Double Diabetes?

By Susan Burke March |

As a diabetes educator, I work hard to stay current with the latest research on diabetes treatments and findings. You may be familiar with the main two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2:  … Read more

Out with the old, in with the new? Top food & nutrition trends for 2016

By Susan Burke March |

According to the dictionary, a trend is “a general direction in which something is developing or changing”. At the end of 2014, PR Newswire reported on a survey of 500 registered dietitian’s predictions for food  … Read more

Everything you need to know about cholesterol: Truths and Myths y mucho mas

By Susan Burke March |

Science is ever-changing, and as noted in The Atlantic, “sometimes information we have is plain disproved by science, sometimes it is filled out so that we understand how it works better…” Heart disease is the  … Read more