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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

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?

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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

Bustin’ Nutrition Myths, Part 2: Microwaves, corn syrup, and aluminum

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Some myths contain specks of truth, some are urban legends. Understanding that old beliefs die hard, here are three myths as well as some facts backed up  … Read more

What’s the scoop on salt? We need some but most of us eat too much

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LD/N, CDE Salt is an acquired taste. You may love it now, but you weren’t born that way. Just consider what happens if you put salt on a baby’s  … Read more

Bone up on Vitamin D: Are you getting enough sunshine?

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LD/N, CDE You want to stay healthy so you eat a balanced diet, get plenty of rest, and aim to get at least 10,000 steps for healthy weight maintenance.  … Read more

Crackin’ the egg myth: There’s no problem eating more of them

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By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE          Let’s separate myth from truth concerning eggs. Whereas the old Dietary Guidelines for Americans advised restricting dietary cholesterol to 300 mg. or less daily, (a large  … Read more

Busted! The top nutrition myths of 2015: Part 1

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Are you trying to eat right but get confused by all the nutrition claims and wonder if they are true or not? You’re not alone, since the  … Read more

Diabetes isn’t a death sentence: An early diagnosis can save your life

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE What you don’t know can kill you and that’s why it’s so important to keep track of your health. After walking around for months complaining that his  … Read more

Acid stomach? Heartburn? When symptoms could mean something else

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE You are what you eat, but sometimes no matter how well you eat, you may experience heartburn. To know how to prevent and reduce the effects of  … Read more

The bacteria that will keep you healthy

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Author’s note: As a registered dietitian, my goal is communicate current scientific and informational advice and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  … Read more

Thinking vegan? The pros and cons, and the tale of two celebrities

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Former President Bill Clinton and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson have each shared the title of “bad boy” at one time or another. However, both of them  … Read more

Here’s the low-down on the Paleo Diet: Do you really want to eat like a caveman?

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE You’ve probably heard about the Paleo Diet, but do you know how it’s supposed to work? Some folks are calling it the “first-ever” diet, while others call  … Read more

Fashion or fitness: Can what you wear really make you lose weight?

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE You’ve been seeing them on wrists everywhere: colorful (or black) bands of plastic, sometimes metal, some of them with digital displays. Digital fitness trackers are all the  … Read more

Gluten: love it or leave it alone? A look at the facts behind the debate

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Gluten, a natural protein found in wheat and other grains, is on track to remain the subject of hot debate as consumers perceive gluten-free as a healthier  … Read more

How obesity impacts your health and what you can do about it

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 their risk for diseases associated with obesity. If you’re a muscular person,  … Read more

Can you detox your way to better health? Clean up your act the right way without falling for hyped detox products and ‘cleansing’ diets

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE When I typed the words “detox diets” into my web browser I was astounded to see more than six million “hits” for all types of programs and  … Read more

Top 10 foods to get your new year off to a healthy start

By Susan Burke March |

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE I always say that there’s no single food that will cure you … or kill you. Of course, regular consumption of whole grains, colorful fruits and vegetables,  … Read more