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Good-Bye 2021: Nutritious Life’s Look Back at the Good, the Bad and the Healthy of the Past Year

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We did it! We all survived a full year of pandemic life (give yourself a big hug right now). Hopefully, it wasn’t all survival tactics and you were able to practice some self-care, reunite with people you love, and have energy left over to work on living your most Nutritious Life.

As we count our blessings for all we’ve seen and conquered in 2021, the team here at NL is extremely grateful for our community of readers, partners, advocates and students. We couldn’t do this amazing job without all of you. (Group hug!)

Before we get too gushy with all the love, we want to step back and take a look at the year in review.

From alpha to delta to omicron, we looked COVID in the face (masks and all) and carried on bravely. From Capitol insurrections to magical poet laureates, climate disasters to vaccinating more than half the humans on Earth, we saw some of the bad and some of the beautiful in America and beyond.

On the health and wellness front, more than half of Americans (57%) resolved to prioritize their well-being in 2021 in response to the pandemic–and many of us did. This included elite Olympic athletes and international tennis stars, who told us that, “it was OK to not be OK.” For some of us non-elite athletes, it meant simpler things like returning to gyms, bringing the outdoors into our homes, or trying no-touch spa services. While for others, it meant welcoming virtual fitness, virtual work meetings (and virtually everything virtual!) into our lives.

At Nutritious Life, the topics and stories that rose to the top for the year were all about healthy eating, improving digestion, finding ways to detox and to boost immunity with small but meaningful tweaks to our lifestyles.

As we look forward to a new year and new dreams and goals for 2022, we share our most-read posts of 2021.

Nutritious Life’s Most Popular Posts of 2021

1. Sugar Cravings: 4 Reasons They Happen and How to Curb Them
Cravings happen. But why do we crave sugar so much? Nutritious Life founder Keri Glassman, our guru and resident registered dietitian, breaks it down for you in this simple-to-understand post that shows you the path to a life with less sugar and more body-, brain- and spirit-fueling nutrients.

2. How Many Calories Are in an Acai Bowl?

Acai bowl
Who thought acai bowls were so last decade? Not so. This ever-popular feature shows the abiding love we all have for these violet-skinned berries grown in the Amazon in all their creamy, dreamy goodness.

3. Are Steel Cut Oats Healthier Than Rolled Oats?
Our quest for all things healthy also never ends. Figuring out which food edges out another for nutritional value seems to be a love affair that never grows old.

4. 21 Anti-Bloat Foods to Eat When You’re Feeling Puffy
Apparently, there’s a lot of bloating going on among readers. Not to mention burping, farting, gas and heartburn. Finding ways to ease our digestion woes is as eternal as, well, digestion woes.

5. 8 Infrared Sauna Tips to Maximize the Benefits of Your Session

infrared sauna tips
Infrared saunas have been around for a hot minute. But as far as biohacking our health goes, they’re as popular as ever. Find out exactly why all your health-savvy BFFs are skipping happy hour for an infrared sauna sesh.

6. Easy Chicken Salad Recipe
Of all the recipes we share on Nutritious Life, the age-old standby of chicken salad reigns supreme. We hear ya. Our hearts are right there with you!

7. The 5 Best (Low Sugar!) Kombucha Brands
Fermentation is an ever-popular topic with our health-savvy readers. This year, we even spoke with Sandor Katz, dubbed the Johnny Appleseed of fermentation and a self-proclaimed fermentation revivalist. But our love for fermented foods is only surpassed by our devotion to kombucha–at least these low-sugar versions.

8. Give Bloat the Boot! These 9 Teas Will Help Relieve Bloating

Teas on blue
Did we mention how much of an issue bloating is for so many? Welp, it bears repeating.

9. Is Hard Seltzer Healthier Than Beer and Wine?
Even the most ardent health nuts have to indulge a little from time to time. But when we do, we want to make sure that we’re doing it in the healthiest way possible. If we’re going to booze, it helps to be informed so we can minimize the negative effects of this conscious indulgence.

10. 7 Small Lifestyle Changes With Big Health Benefits
Living healthy can take some effort. Are we right? So, who couldn’t use some quick and dirty tips for maximizing our efforts when it comes to living our most Nutritious Lives. We sure can.

It’s been a thrill to share this year with you. Wishing you so much joy, wellness and clarity as we move into 2022. Happy new year from all of us at Nutritious Life to all of you! Let’s do it again next year.

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