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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

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

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