Celebrate World Diabetes Day at Parque de La Madre Saturday November 12

    Living with diabetes. Those three words may not mean much to you. Or maybe you know someone with diabetes, in which case they mean so much. Diabetes is not one disease, but all have a common symptom, high blood sugar. Most people will be familiar with the most common types:juvenile diabetes, now know as type […]

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    Truths and myths about raw foods; When is it healthier cooked?

    By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE I’ve 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 if she’s taking care to obtain all of the vital nutrients that are necessary for good health? Committed “rawists” know […]

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    The truth about dietary supplements: Do they sound too good to be true?

    By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has in the last decade filed more than 120 cases challenging health claims made for supplements, claims promising weight loss, cancer cure and reducing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. When Dr. Oz promoted Green Coffee Bean Extract as a “miracle” weight loss supplement, […]

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    Invest in your future health by remembering that you are what you eat

    By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Do you take your body for granted? I do. I wake up each morning blissfully unconcerned about the thousands of chemical reactions that take place within my body, chemical reactions which allow me breathe, walk, think, digest, absorb, and so on. If I do think about it, […]

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    I’m bananas for all bananas … but especially the red ones!

    Bananas are some of the world’s most convenient health food.  They come in their own little snug jacket, protected from the elements, ready-to-eat whenever you are.  When they’re just ripe, they’re firm and mellow, but let them age a bit and they turn sweet and silky.  Full of vitamins and minerals, bananas fit into any […]

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    La Caleta Cocina Ecuatoriana offers wine pairing dinners and gets rave reviews

    By Susan Burke March Every once in a while you’re lucky enough to have a dining experience unforgettable enough that you take the time to write a review on TripAdvisor.com. Recently when my husband and I visited La Caleta, it was on the recommendation of friends. Word of mouth is always the best recommendation. Check […]

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    Don’t eat these! The four worst foods ever

    I apologize in advance for the rant but today I’m just fed up. Sometimes I can’t help myself. From least worst to worst worst foods ever manufactured, here are the four manufactured foods that have no place in a healthy diet. #4: Ramen noodles. Recently, while listening to NPR’s Morning Edition, I had the extreme […]

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    Immerse yourself in Cuencano culture through its unique foods and recipes

    By Susan Burke March One of the most effective and enjoyable ways to understand a culture is to experience, taste, and appreciate its foods. In Cuenca there are dozens of restaurants serving international foods…Italian, Indian, Japanese, Thai…even Austrian food can be found, and deliciously.  But, Ecuadorian cuisine has its own flavors and ingredients, and for […]

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    Nutrition news you can use

    This week I’ll detail some recent newsworthy nutrition-and-health-related items, and provide the source links for those who’d like more information. Do you compensate for liquid calories? As reported in the September 12 edition of NutritionAction.com, your body may not register the calories in drinks as well as it does the calories in foods. In one […]

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