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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

Before you fall for the claims of a heavily hyped detox or cleansing diet, STOP… It’s time to clean up your act the right way

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Last January, when this article first appeared, I reported that when I typed the words “detox diet” into my web browser search box I was astounded to  … Read more

Do things really go better with Coke? New sales pitch doesn’t tell the truth

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE As evidence accumulates that sugary beverages are linked to obesity, soda consumption is headed down. In a a new Gallup poll, 60% of Americans say they are  … Read more

Is your thyroid keeping you fat? Myths and facts about thyroid health

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CD A low-functioning thyroid is often blamed for weight gain and/or the inability to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Take this quiz to see how much you  … Read more

Do you love chocolate? You can buy the best in the world right here in Cuenca!

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE I love my work! I get to research and write about my passion – how food and health are intimately and deliciously entwined – how what you  … Read more

Can you juice yourself to thinness? The answer might surprise you

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CD We’ve all see the magazine ad. It shows a gorgeous babe holding a glass of juice, a tape measure conspicuously draped around her impossibly tiny waist. The  … Read more

CrossFit Cuenca: ‘People walk in the door and ask, where are all the machines? Our answer is: WE are the machines’

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE CrossFit: What it is, and what it is not? Unless you’re totally out of the loop, you’ve heard of CrossFit training – after all, some of the  … Read more

Healthy fried food? It depends on preparation and moderation

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Counting calories? One of the simplest ways to cut calories and lose weight is to tweak your daily diet and make it lower in fat. After all,  … Read more

Gluten: A look at the facts and fallacies and how gluten works in our diets

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Can gluten be responsible for your being overweight, bad skin, bad sleep or bad sex? You might think so if you’re a reader of certain websites or  … Read more

Why shouldn’t fitness be fun? Aerobic dance might be the answer for you

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Why should fitness be a chore? Something you “have to do”, rather than something you enjoy doing? Do you get bored running on a treadmill? Don’t want  … Read more

Complement your diet with condiments, but home-made are usually the best

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Did you know that the condiments we blithely slather on our foods can either help you or hurt you? Most people don’t figure in condiments when assessing  … Read more

Dietary Supplements: Using them could be hazardous to your health

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Caveat Emptor. Just this past year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest reported that the NewYork State Attorney General commissioned an independent panel to test  … Read more

Don’t be embarrassed, be empowered! How to overcome erectile dysfunction

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE It’s one of those conditions that no one wants to talk about – but it’s not normal. Sexual dysfunction, in both men and in women, can be  … Read more

Coconut Oil: Does it have magical powers or is it just too good to be true

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Recent news reports have touted coconut oil as having a bunch of “surprising” health benefits. It seems that some “experts” are claiming that it can boost immunity,  … Read more

Weight loss at 8,000 feet: It still takes dedication and resolve

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE A few years ago, I joined a group of women gathered poolside at my sister’s house. They were discussing their diets du jour. Julie said, “I’m on  … Read more

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: There’s a new dietary approach for managing it

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of those mysterious conditions that can’t be defined by just one symptom. It’s called a “syndrome” because it’s a cluster of  … Read more

Butter and burgers: Can they really be part of a healthy diet?

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Is saturated fat good for you? Or, as usual, is the media picking up on one crumb of a fact and promoting inaccuracy and confusion? As reported  … Read more

The raw deal: Should you cook your food or eat it raw?

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE I recently spied a certain raven-haired celebrity looking uncomfortably bony on the cover of a magazine. Turns out she’s been following a raw foods diet. I wonder  … Read more

Electronic cigarettes: Health strategy or smoke screen?

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, LDN, RDN, CDE According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco is the only legal drug that kills many of its users exactly as intended by manufacturers. The WHO estimates  … Read more

Forget the diet! Here’s how to make the food you like healthier

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RD, LDN, CDE “Diet” doesn’t have to mean “deprivation”. Some people approach weight loss with trepidation and dread. “Going on a diet” has come to mean sacrificing taste and pleasure,  … Read more

So why is yoga so good for you? It integrates body, mind and spirit

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RD, LDN, CDE You’ll find me walking every morning on the Rio Tomebamba. I try and make my 50 minutes aerobic and use my walking sticks to “pump it up.”  … Read more