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It’s Time We Valued Motherhood in the Workplace

May 6, 2016 in Published & Press Working Mothers Workplace Wellness

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post. As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m reminded of a day not long ago when I watched Anne-Marie Slaughter lean off the edge of a stage. She was demonstrating what would happen if she “leaned in” too far. It was meant to drive home the point she makes in her …Read More

This Mother’s Day, let’s talk about women and work

May 5, 2016 in Wellness for Lawyers Working Mothers Workplace Wellness

It’s been a while since I connected with the Curated Wellness community, and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to share what’s been keeping me so busy. The heart of CW is holistic wellness for everyone, no matter how ambitious you are or how lousy the wellness quotient of your …Read More

Rachel Schipper joins Practising Law Institute Faculty

June 5, 2015 in Wellness for Lawyers Workplace Wellness

The Practising Law Institute (PLI) is a leader in continuing professional education for lawyers, with more than 1500 corporate clients. Its faculty is comprised of over 4000 leaders in a range of fields that offer high quality, innovative programs for its members.  Tuesday, June 9 will be the first program that Rachel Schipper does for PLI, and is …Read More

How to look like you can cook (well) if you don’t know how, don’t want to, or don’t have time (or all three)

June 3, 2015 in Healthy Eating Inspiration Physical Health Published & Press

This post also appears in the Huffington Post. Last week a client came over for dinner with her family. She is a law firm partner, a graduate student, a mother and totally clueless in the kitchen. This post is for her and for those of you who also want some kitchen literacy, if only to …Read More

Last call for YogaBe + CPD – this week!

December 1, 2014 in Wellness for Lawyers Workplace Wellness

For the lawyers in your life!  There are still spaces left for the YogaBe + CPD workshop for Ontario lawyers happening this Wednesday, 11am-1:30pm, at YogaBe‘s decadent new studio on the PATH.  Come enjoy an all-levels yoga practice with studio Founder Laura Baron, a delicious lunch from Kupfert & Kim’s new food stand, and get the Skinny …Read More

Let it be easy.

November 26, 2014 in Healthy Eating Inspiration Physical Health Special Offers Wellness for Lawyers

Around this time of year, there is a race to that December 31 finish line. Projects to complete, targets to meet, people to see, cards to write, presents to get, holidays to organize, summer clothes to put away, winter clothes to find…the list goes on. It’s only November and already my to-do list and wine …Read More

Relax! Announcing a collaboration with YogaBe

November 18, 2014 in Inspiration Physical Health Special Offers Wellness for Lawyers Workplace Wellness

One of the best perks of the work I do at Curated Wellness is getting to co-create with inspired entrepreneurs.  The passion that goes into birthing a new venture brings us some of the most enriching experiences and products – and YogaBe, Toronto’s first yoga studio on the PATH, is one such creation.  Its founder, Laura …Read More

The key ingredient missing from your resolutions (hello Spring)

April 25, 2014 in Inspiration

There’s a plague that comes as a part of new years resolutions, and I want to bring it to your attention. What we are resolving to do, through one act or desire or another, is to be better versions of ourselves — to expand into our potential. This is itself a magnificent aspiration: to dream, …Read More

Gluten-free dairy-free breakfast-of-the-gods in a rush

January 16, 2014 in Healthy Eating

I’ve noticed a lot of food-related New Year’s resolutions take a hit lately, as we trudge along into winter and things like toast and tea look much better than the early morning workout and cleanse we had envisioned just a couple of short weeks ago.  Fear not!  These quinoa-based muffins have become a staple in …Read More

The Bay Street Healthy Eats Cheat Sheet (deals included)

December 2, 2013 in Healthy Eating

Vendors featured here are offering a holiday special to customers who show a screenshot of this article on their smartphone at the time of purchase, for a limited time.  Scroll through for details, and enjoy! One of the most common concerns I hear about is how to eat well when you’re busy. Rushing out the …Read More

The truth about the holidays – and a limited offer

November 13, 2013 in Special Offers

The “holidays”… …are my favorite time of year because of my immunity to unlimited amounts of dessert and alcohol (tested annually at holiday parties) …are a multitasking disaster during which my “work-life balance” is at its annual low …remind me of what I don’t have in my life, which leads to watching many reruns of …Read More

Let’s go back to school (and feel alright)

November 4, 2013 in Wellness for Lawyers

Happy Monday! Check out my latest work for the Canadian Bar Association’s National Magazine, where I discuss how law schools are adressing physical and mental wellbeing – and challenge the profession to follow suit. You can find the original article here. If you know of an organization or employer who is doing something effective or …Read More

Who’s happy at work?

October 28, 2013 in Workplace Wellness

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Globe & Mail columist and r/ally founder Leah Eichler about happiness at work. Who feels “well” when they’re chronically unhappy? If wellbeing is a measure of feeling – physical and emotional – then it takes more than a hearty dose of kale to improve it in a …Read More

Curated Wellness featured in Toronto Is Awesome

September 4, 2013 in Published & Press

What an honour! Here’s an excerpt: “We are not strangers to the idea of balance and yet it is so difficult to achieve it. Even Rachel herself was once living in one extreme or the other. Which is exactly why she understands her clients. I totally believe in Rachel’s philosophies; I often forget that wellness …Read More

How to regain your adrenaline edge

in Published & Press

This post originally appeared on August 20 in the Huffington Post. One of my instructors at nutrition school, Dr. Mark Hyman, said something that really resonated. He said that most people don’t know how bad they feel until they start feeling good. Now the idea of working in wellness obviously isn’t to put everyone into …Read More

The fear behind the fear of slowing down

July 31, 2013 in Published & Press

This post originally appeared July 31 in the Canadian Bar Association online magazine, which you can find here.  You’ll be seeing more of me there as the new wellness blogger!  It’s no secret that the care lawyers show for their clients and colleagues (and perhaps also family and friends) pales in comparison to their self-care.  The …Read More

Find what you’re storing in your low back (#4).

March 23, 2013 in Inspiration

“Lose your mind and come to your senses.” – Fritz Perls Dr. John Sarno’s book, Healing Back Pain, is an excellent account of and explanation for the instant dissipation of chronic pain through emotional release.  Dr. Sarno, a professor of clinical rehabilitation medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, describes Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) as medical …Read More

Project back relief #3: Let food be thy medicine.

March 22, 2013 in Physical Health

There are powerful anti-inflammatories on the market, and I hope you never have to take any of them.  You may be able to decrease inflammation by changing your diet. Now you’ll notice if you look at just about any diet around (with the exception of Atkins), that they all suggest eating more fruits and vegetables, …Read More

…and the runner up is (back relief practice #2)

March 20, 2013 in Physical Health

#2 Sit on an exercise ball at your desk.  Wait! Before you succumb to the picture in your mind of your colleagues laughing hysterically as they walk by your office (or cubicle), consider this.  I was that woman at a large financial institution in New York City.  My colleagues had come to expect this type of health voodoo thing …Read More

Looking for relief from low back pain or muscle pain?

March 19, 2013 in Physical Health

Unpleasant as it may be, back pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something isn’t working.  Figuring out what that something is, though, is a lot easier said than done.  No one likes to hear this about physical sensation or illness, but the idea that you can tune into your body and …Read More

Three hot tips to look phenomenal (and know it)

March 5, 2013 in Inspiration

Hello wellness warrior. If you missed my guest post on the Glossy pages, here it is for your enjoyment! I’d love to know how these tips work for you. More to come…. Have a beautiful day!

Why are you waiting for your wake up call?

in Inspiration

What would it take for you to take care of yourself?  I really want to know. In Japan, Karoshi is a term coined to reference instant death attributed to overwork.  It’s frequently associated with stroke or cardiac arrest, but not always.  Workers as young as their twenties have become just that – workers and not …Read More

How to thrive in alignment with the planets (and how to love)

February 28, 2013 in Inspiration

am no expert on planetary activity, and am luke warm about astrology at best (I’m a Capricorn, if you’re wondering).  When one of my favorite yoga teachers in New York decided to theme several of his classes “planet yoga”, I was ready to bail.  Isn’t this just a little too weird?  But you know, great …Read More

What you seek is seeking you. Go first.

February 13, 2013 in Inspiration

“What you seek is seeking you.” ― Rumi I’ll be the first to say that Valentine’s Day is yet another attempt to monetize something that is supposed to be free.  But you know what – I’m right in there with Hallmark and Godiva cheering to make this day full of love – because we need …Read More

Why is my smoothie brown? (How to eat breakfast)

February 4, 2013 in Healthy Eating

The smoothie fad has taken off, and with good reason.  Drinking a smoothie custom-made for what your body needs is an easy way to get a hearty dose of vitamins, nutrients – and ultimately energy – that will help you feel great.  Eating whole foods, and mostly plants (a la Michael Pollan) feels good and is …Read More

Your well-oiled machine (how to cleanse without doing a “cleanse”, and why to bother)

January 30, 2013 in Healthy Eating

There’s a lot of hype about cleansing, and for good reason. It’s sparked real optimism about our ability to heal ourselves with something as nourishing as real food.  It’s fed the notion that “wellness” has become trendy and full of quackery.  It’s also ignited fierce debates about eating disorders disguised as healthy or “detoxifying” practices.  …Read More

Cold and Flu 911

January 22, 2013 in Physical Health

So many people have asked me about this subject this season!  Home remedies to the rescue. The good news is that getting sick a couple of times a year means that your immune system is working.  Hallelujah!  You just don’t want to be sick for more than a couple of days – it’s a drag. …Read More

What am I doing here??

January 15, 2013 in Inspiration

A wise friend once told me that mind and body don’t always agree, but body is always right.  I intuitively knew that to be true – kind of like a baby won’t eat food that’s gone off, without contemplating why.  Babies are genius in that they don’t contemplate.  I kept looking for explanations anyway.  I …Read More