Which brings me to my next tip. I've read plenty about how trying new experiences can improve your mood. I'm pretty certain that doing something creative can make us happier too, but I haven't found any real research on it, though I'll continue to look.
I the world of "Try Something New" for those of us who have to watch everything we eat for gluten, I thought it'd be fun to create a "Make a new food" challenge for myself. I tend to eat the same things for breakfast and lunch every day. I can shake things up a bit, especially since it's still Sunday as I write this, and can plan my meals. So, here are some things I think I'll make for for dinner with enough extra to supply my lunches this week:
Enchilada Casserole. I love enchiladas, and casseroles seem to pack for lunch easier. Haven't had that in a long time! I'm trying to resume being a vegan (I've read and heard too much lately that makes it hard for me not to be), so I'll see if I can make one I like that doesn't have animal products. So, not only is it something I don't eat often, I'll need to find or make up a new recipe.
Veggie Chili. It's getting cold. Nothing says "stay warm!" like a nice bowl of chili.
Roasted Garbanzos. Not an entree, but a nice side dish to go along side a salad, I think.
Sephardic Roasted Eggs. Like a hard boiled egg, but not at all. Another great lunch side dish. (Check it out here on the super-secret bonuses page. If you're still reading, you deserve it!)
Gosh, now I'm really hungry. Better get cooking!