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What do you eat, besides chocolate, when you are feeling sad? What's a good way to cheer up without bulking up?

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  1. I usually like comfort foods, like meatloaf and mashed potatoes. And NOTHING beats the smell of a roasting chicken as a mood elevator. :-)

    1. Mashed potatoes or homemade mac and cheese usually instantly cheer me up. Or quality coffee ice cream.

      Doesn't seem like any of that prevents me from bulking up though...it certainly manages to put a smile on my face though! :)

      1. It may sound strange, but fresh berries always perk me up. There's something about the sweet/tart taste that puts me in a good mood.

        Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries all do it for me.

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        1. re: QueenB

          Something really spicy with a slow heat, Thai food for instance. Since the pain of the heat releases endorphins your mood immediately lifts -- works for me!

          1. re: QueenB

            That reminds me of a time a couple years ago when I was chopping onions with tears streaming down my face (I'm really sensitive to onion vapors). My son, then maybe 3 or 4 years old, asked, "why are you crying?" I told him, "onions make me cry." He replied, "strawberries will make you happy!"

            As for the original question, for me it's soup. Very comforting. Or ditto the suggestion below about sushi with a friend.

          2. A long, slow meal at a sushi bar with a good friend. Its hard not to get lost in all of the textures and tastes and sights.

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            1. re: ccbweb

              Right after I've had a good, garlicky Italian dinner at our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant, all is right with the world.

            2. For me it is either frozen yogurt or hot chocolate depending upon the time of year.