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Nice to Meet You!

Rachel Werner


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 content for publications like The Spruce Eats, The Kitchen, Fabulous Wisconsin and The Gourmet Insider, while also juggling various roles in the fitness industry (group exercise instructor, trainer and occasional model) for almost a decade.

My life is certainly busy at times, but I genuinely adore living such a creative-fueled life. When I do have downtime, you’re most likely to find me running, reading or testing out new plant-based recipes. I became vegan in 2019 after deciding to do “Veganuary,” a month-long challenge originally started in the United Kingdom that happens in January. It’s now an annual event around the world — and one I thoroughly enjoy — since what began as a wellness experiment for me transitioned into a big dietary shift. This is an experience, I’m sure, many of you can relate to.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions, feedback and/or ideas on topics and eats you would be interested in reading more about.

Have a wonderful rest of your Wednesday,

— Rachel Werner

31 thoughts on “Nice to Meet You!

  1. Welcome to the TOPS family Rachel. I have always enjoyed Maggie’s “Wellness Wednesday” posting and look forward to receiving yours. Many times I’ve used the information for chapter programs and tried the recipies. My favorite one was the salad dressing from last year. Thanks for keeping the healthy aspect of TOPS going strong.

    1. Nice to “e-meet” you, Ron! I liked the additional information you shared with me. And do let me know if you end up having a fave recipes in 2022 later this year.

  2. Welcome to our Michigan TOPS. We look forward to hearing from you and tapping in to your wisdom and knowledge!

  3. Hey girl, welcome! Going to miss my Maggie! But also can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!!! Love TOPS and everything it stands for

    1. Hi Laura,
      I never personally got to meet Maggie. But I have heard nothing but GREAT things. Hope you find the resources and content I’ll be sharing to just as useful and interesting.

  4. Rachel I am so excited about your wellness blogs ahead. Happy you decided to join the TOPS Team. I am a Kentucky online member since 2019 and feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful caring compassionate organization. Wishing you great joy with TOPS.

  5. Hi Rachel,Welcome, Welcome, Welcome. Thank you for an awesome. Newsletter.
    Looking forward to hearing from you and learning from you. I’m excited for you

  6. Welcome, Rachel, to our Emporia, KS, chapter! Sounds like lots more TOPS news is headed our way along with the interesting monthly TOPS Talks!

    1. Belinda,
      Please tell your whole chapter I say “HELLO.” Hope to be sharing tips and meal ideas you’ll all enjoy!

  7. Welcome to the TOPS family. As a vegan for 10 years I’m always looking for 1,400 k meal plans so I’m so happy that you are open to that.

    1. Yes, Ghislaine..I now solely eat “plant-based” so if you’re looking for a particular idea or substitution suggestion, feel free to ask.

  8. Welcome Rachel! I love to cook and read recipes also. I was a vegetarian for twelve years.. Over the past year i am making more and more vegetarian meals. so i am looking forward to all you have to share with us.

  9. Welcome, Rachel! Looking forward to hearing from you on fitness!! I have just joined TOPS for the first time and am looking forward to a fit, healthy me in the near future! I am a part of the Newport, Oregon chapter.

  10. Hi Rachel! I just joined TOPS for the first time! Looking forward to hearing from you during my journey with TOPS! I’m part of the Bridgeport, MI chapter!

  11. Hi, nice to meet you. I often check out Spruce eats, and The Kitchn (if I’ve got the right site) for cooking ideas so this is really exciting that TOPS has you on board. Looking forward to what you have coming in the future.

    1. Hello Kim,
      Nice to “e-meet” you as well! And yes, I do occasionally write for TheKitchn & The Spruce Eats. If there’s any topics in particular you’re interested in, please let me know.

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