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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

El Rincón Terracota: A special place in El Centro for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March The holiday season is upon us, and this year you’re aiming to find some special gifts for some special loved ones. Gifts that show you care — that no one else  … Read more

The ‘Patch Diet’ and other stupid ways people lose weight and money

By Susan Burke March |

The “patch diet” is a painful procedure that involves the sewing of a mesh patch onto a person’s tongue to suppress appetite. Sounds like something out of a horror movie, except people willingly undergo the  … Read more

Need relief from chronic pain? Shockwave therapy may be the answer

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MEd, RDN, LDN, CDE My “routine surgery” had turned into a nightmare. For three years prior to relocating to Cuenca in September 2014, I’d been plagued by a Morton’s neuroma in  … Read more

Belly Fat Myths & Truths: Take the quiz to see if you know the facts

By Susan Burke March |

Can you banish belly fat by going on a “belly fat diet”? Can you take a supplement and “bust” your belly fat? What’s the truth and what are the myths about belly fat? Take this  … Read more

Do you need a home-base for your exploration trip to Cuenca? Apartamentos Otorongo on the banks of the Rio Tomebamba could be the answer

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MSEd, RDN, LDN, CDE It’s no wonder that the Apartamentos Otorongo’s occupancy rate averages 80 percent, where most other hotels in Cuenca average about 40 percent. Theirs is a home-away-from-home for  … Read more

Nuts for the holidays! Adding nuts to your diet can add years to your life

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Nuts are healthy additions to your diet — as long as you stay clued in to how much you’re eating. Nuts are very high in fat, with some containing as much  … Read more

Do you dread the Thanksgiving feast? Plan for flavor, not fat

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Do you approach the holiday season with a feeling of dread, instead of delight? Is it because you fear you’ll throw caution to the wind and, by the time you have  … Read more

Passionate about nature? Let Passiflora Courses be your guide in Cuenca

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March If you are a nature lover, there’s a special way to experience the unique and distinctive flora and fauna of Cuenca and Ecuador. Cuenca-based PassifloraCourses offers educational programs  to help you  … Read more

How the news media butchered the WHO report on meat

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LD/N, CDE  Author’s note:  Please join me and my colleagues at the upcoming First Latin American Congress on Lifestyle and Health (El Congreso Internacional Hábitos de Vida Saludable) to  … Read more

This is why coffee really is good to the last drop

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MSEd, RDN, LDN, CDE Author’s note:  Please join me and my colleagues at the upcoming First Latin American Congress on Lifestyle and Health (El Congreso Internacional Hábitos de Vida Saludable) to  … Read more

Ecuador Cares aims to raise the hopes and aspirations of area orphans

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March For the non-profit volunteer organization Ecuador Cares, no mission is more important than preparing the orphaned and abandoned children at Cuenca’s Hogar Miguel Leon for a fulfilling life. Ecuador Cares has  … Read more

A little pink pill for women; A little blue pill for men

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MSEd, RDN, LDN, CDE There’s a little blue pill for boys, and a pink one for girls. Both are marketed to adults suffering from sexual dysfunction, but they work in completely  … Read more

Can you be a football fan, or a fanático del fútbol, without getting fat?

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MSEd, RDN, LDN, CDE A recent Forbes.com article caught my eye—researchers found that after the defeat of their favorite football team, people eat more, and what they choose to eat makes  … Read more

Nutrition Myths Busted! Eggs are fattening; overheated olive oil turns bad

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE          MYTH #1: EGGS ARE FATTENING Whereas the old Dietary Guidelines for Americans advised restricting dietary cholesterol to 300 milligrams or less daily (just one large egg  … Read more

Cuenca Dental Group establishes first dental tourism program in Ecuador to serve patients from around the world and in Cuenca too

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March Has it been too long since you’ve visited your dentist? Do you even have a dentist? If you don’t, or if it’s been more than a year since your last checkup,  … Read more

Diet: A four-letter word that can make you fat

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March As obesity takes its toll on health globally, researchers are working on defining how we eat today compared to the eating habits of our grandparents and great grandparents. Predictably, we know we  … Read more

Vitamin B12: Do you really need that injection?

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Before starting to work with a new client, whether it is for weight loss, or to help manage a health condition such as high blood pressure or  … Read more

Busted! Alcohol myths, part 1: Alcohol turns to sugar and hangover cures

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE This week’s column is devoted to the top two myths about alcohol. In upcoming weeks I’ll cover a few others. Alcohol turns to sugar in your body  … Read more

Is your weight the best indicator of your health? Here’s a better measurement

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Weight is just a number on the scale, but for most people, it can indicate a risk for diseases associated with obesity. Most people have heard about  … Read more

Busted! Nutrition Myths, Part 3: Do you need eight glasses of water a day? Does the timing of meals matter? Does the alkaline diet work?

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan March Burke #1: Does everyone really need eight glasses of water a day? This myth has been dismissed repeatedly over the years, most recently in the New York Times where Dr. Aaron E.  … Read more