9 Mood Boosters for Your Diet

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Take Comfort

3. Drink warm beverages.

So many diets focus on cold salads and extra fruits and vegetables -- after a while you're just craving some comfort food. So sooth your stomach and soul with a comforting cup of herbal tea, hot cider, or low-fat hot chocolate. Grieger says warm beverages can act as appetite suppressants. So curl up on your couch and sip your way to serenity.

4. Create a pretty presentation.

Sometimes the worst part about dieting is the repetition of meals. Here's an idea to make each meal special: Serve your meals on beautiful dishes. Instead of eating fat-free yogurt out of the container, spoon it into a parfait glass and top it with colorful berries. Or get out your best china for your morning bowl of oatmeal. After all, treating your body right is the biggest special occasion of all.

5. Smile when you eat.

Research shows that the physical act of smiling can actually make you feel happier. We know you're wishing that handful of carrots were M&Ms. But forget about it. You should be smiling smugly with the knowledge that you're putting healthy fuel in your body that will ultimately lead to a happier, and probably skinnier, you.

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