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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

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

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