Rachel Werner
Featured, News, Wellness

Nice to Meet You!

Greetings! As the new Nutrition and Fitness Editor for TOPS, I’m really looking forward to sharing wellbeing tips and new recipes I hope you all will enjoy. I’ll 100% admit to being a foodie on — and off — the clock. I’ve been writing restaurant reviews and profiling food-based businesses for almost nine years. In addition, I still regularly create…

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a variety of vegan protein sources
News, Nutrition, Stress

Celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month and the perfect time to explore what it means to follow this type of nutrition plan. According to research from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegetarian diets are healthful and may even help prevent various conditions including ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and certain types of cancer. Different levels of vegetarian styles…

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fruit and veggies in season at the farmers market
Lifestyle, News, Nutrition, Recipes

4 Foods You Might Find at a Fall Farmers Market (And What to Do With Them)

One thing I’m very grateful for in my new city is only living a few short miles from one of the best farmers markets in the country. The Dane County Farmers Market is a Madison staple and the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. Plus, local in-season produce tends to be fresher, more nutritious and cheaper than food shipped…

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bowls of vegan protein sources
Health, News, Nutrition

4 Questions and Answers About Protein

All calories come from four places in our diets: carbohydrates, fat, protein and alcohol. In the 1990s, low-fat diets and foods were everywhere you turned and, more recently, carbs have come under fire. Protein never seems to get much negative attention and is often proudly boasted on many food labels. Some coffee and smoothie shops even offer the option of…

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shopping bag full of fresh fruit and vegetables
Health, News, Nutrition, Wellness

TOPS Focuses on Nutrition Month with 7 Food & Wellness Must-Reads

This week, I’m excited to once again have TOPS Publication Specialist Taylor Patton as my special guest blogger. National Nutrition Month® is back! Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this annual campaign keeps nutrition top of mind by helping people make healthy and informed food choices. The 2020 theme, “Eat Right, Bite by Bite,” promotes the message that…

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Health, News, Nutrition, Wellness

Do You Know the Difference Between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

As someone who has an interest in nutrition and wellness, I’m always curious about the latest research, trends and articles about these topics. There’s no shortage of healthy eating advice available from your newsfeed, from your gym buddy, from your chiropractor and so on. I tend to get a little concerned by how trusting many can be of one-size-fits-all diets…

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Wellness Wednesday Will Be Back Soon

Wellness Wednesday is on a little break and will be back on September 14. In the meantime, check out Blogs, Videos and More, Using the Power of Deferring for Your Weight-Loss Goals, Playing Nice with Cauliflower Rice or 3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Meal Plan. See you soon!