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One thing metrics help us do here at Livehealthy is get a window into what exactly everyone who reads us is into. And from this list of our top 10 stories of 2021, it seems that includes good food, work, being true to oneself, relationships – pets and otherwise – and of course, a little bit of rain. 1) Agreeing just to get along? Don’t Judging from the enduring popularity of this story by Dr...
Ann Marie McQueenDecember 26, 20219 min
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One thing metrics help us do here at Livehealthy is get a window into what exactly everyone who reads us is into. And from this list of our top 10 stories of 2021, it seems that includes good food, work, being true to oneself, relationships – pets and otherwise – and of course, a little bit of rain.

1) Agreeing just to get along? Don’t

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Judging from the enduring popularity of this story by Dr Haseeb Rohilla, a specialist psychiatrist at Priory Wellbeing Centre, Dubai, many of us are no longer down with taking the easy road. It’s been the top story consistently since we posted it in June. New Year’s resolution, anyone?

2) The 13 best coffee shops in Abu Dhabi to work from 

The best coffee shops in Abu Dhabi to work in
A cappuccino from Food Shed/courtesy Alexa Mena

This tried-and-tested list continues to be a hit several years after we first posted it, but interestingly, the Dubai version we posted a few months ago has yet to catch up. What gives UAE?

3) 12 Keto and Paleo-friendly UAE restaurants

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Smoked salmon and avocado boats/Images courtesy Mim Kleiberg

We know what you want to eat: The ketogenic diet recommends heaps of fats, moderate protein and low carbs, while the paleo diet advocates eating like our ancestors did, meaning a mix of fats and proteins, and very few carbs.

4) UAE pandemic sex patterns are a surprise

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Um yes, we went there.

5) Where to learn jiu-jitsu in the UAE

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Faisal Al Ketbi, one of the UAE’s most decorated jiu-jitsu fighters/Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Jiu-Jitsu is a self-defence martial art that dates back to the 1920s, with participants winning points through grappling and submission holds. One of its main tenets is that a smaller and weaker person can defend themselves against a bigger person through these moves and by distributing their body weight properly.

6) CBD isn’t marijuana and won’t get you ‘high’

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One of the CBD products offered on Glow Destinations

Jassim Al Nowais, founder and CEO of Glow Destination, went to UAE health officials to argue that previously banned CBD oil is not only harmless but when applied to the skin, can be beneficial for a host of medical conditions – including his own struggles with eczema.

7) Dog-friendly UAE restaurants, cafes and hotels

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Loki relaxes at LOWE

The list of where you can hang out with your dog on a day off – or even a day on – is getting longer all the time.

8) Easing muscle pain with rapid massage guns

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Image courtesy Theragun

But what do they actually do? Here’s everything you need to know about these percussive tools, and just where to find them in the UAE. 

9) Rainmaker drones coming to the UAE

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If there is one thing residents of the UAE get excited about, it’s rain – and anything that makes it happen.

10) Alkalime is designed to make you feel good

Alkalime
Photo courtesy Alexa Mena

Necessity is the mother of invention, and if you can’t find anything to eat, you start your own restaurant.

Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen is the founding editor-in-chief of Livehealthy and host of The Livehealthy Podcast. She is a veteran Canadian digital journalist who has worked in North America and the Middle East. Her past roles include features editor for The National, trends writer and columnist for the Canadian newspaper chain Sun Media, and correspondent for CBC Radio.

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