The Happy Diet
Eat for a Good Mood
- Tap into the tapas (small-plate) trend. At restaurants, skip the supersize portions. Choose two appetizers instead of one big main course, or order small plates or tapas. "This gives you a chance to sample lots of different flavors without eating too much of any one thing," says Bonci.
- Sit at the table. Stop eating on the run! "Meals should not be another thing to check off your to-do list," Bowerman says. Even if you're just having a snack, sit down with a plate, utensils, and a napkin. Making a ritual out of eating will give your brain time to register the food, so you'll feel like you enjoyed a good meal.
- Try new foods. Eating a varied diet means you'll be more likely to get the wide range of nutrients your body needs -- and you'll be more excited about your meals. "Think outside the box. Have a mango instead of the same old apple. Roast your vegetables instead of steaming them," suggests Bonci.
- Shop smarter. Being able to touch and choose fresh produce gives people pleasure. Go to farmers' markets whenever possible, and buy foods that are in season.
- Make your meals good-looking and good-tasting. Think like a chef: Choose foods of different colors and textures. "If a meal feels special, you'll enjoy it more," says Bonci.
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