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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

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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

Is intravenous Vitamin C a treatment for cancer? How about coffee enemas?

By Susan Burke March |

My client “Jean” said that she’d recently seen a expat post advertising home visits to administer colon cleansing, coffee enemas, and vitamin C intravenous injections for cancer. The woman who placed the advertisement writes that  … Read more

Gluten-free: A health issue or a fad?

By Susan Burke March |

Does going “gluten-free” mean you’ll automatically lose weight, shrink your “wheat belly” or prevent Alzheimer’s disease? Or as Jimmy Kimmel demonstrated quite hilariously, are you someone who has stopped eating gluten because someone in your  … Read more

Chemicals in cosmetics: Do personal care products increase health risks?

By Susan Burke March |

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), around the world the average adult uses nine personal care products each day, with 126 unique chemical ingredients. In the U.S., women use more — about 12 personal  … Read more

Madre Tierra Eco Resort: Your stairway to heaven in Vilcabamba

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Are you sick of rain? Want some warmer weather? Looking for lush green mountains, great food, friendly people or just some TLC? Only a few driving hours south of Cuenca —  … Read more

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