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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds TETYANA ROCKS: Hello and welcome to week three. This week, we will be putting the spotlight on groundbreaking research in food and mood, also known as the SMILES Trial. We’ll closely examine the modified Mediterranean diet used in the SMILES Trial that led to improvement in major depression symptoms. We will then explore how to make practical changes to diet that are meaningful to your own situation. This builds on knowledge covered last week and also supports making sustainable changes for the future. Please continue to comment and share your thoughts in the steps, your experience with concept or topic, whether it’s professional or personal, offers rich discussion points.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds And as this week’s focus is on how to apply the principles and strategies to your own situation, the conversation will be interesting and supportive. I hope you’ll enjoy your final week.

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Welcome back to Week 3 of Food and Mood.

In Week 1, we covered the foundation concepts of food and mood.

We then built on this knowledge in Week 2 by exploring some important mechanisms of action between the foods we eat and mental and brain health.

This week, we’ll explore the SMILES trial, which used the ModiMed diet to effect noticeable improvements in mental health.

We’ll also unpack how to make changes to the diet that are realistic and practical using evidence-based approaches.

Your task

As we’ve experienced in this course, reflection, discussion and sharing ideas are key principles of online learning.

In the comments, share what you are looking forward to learning and why in this final week.

As we continue learning this week, let’s maintain the three Cs of social learning in the comments we share with our peers:

  • Curious (ask questions, seek clarification, be open to others’ differences)
  • Constructive (build on other learners’ ideas, arguments or experiences)
  • Compassionate (be kind and respectful towards others).


Individuals and pathologies vary greatly. None of the opinions discussed as part of this course are designed, nor intended to be an offer to treat, prescribe or give dietary or nutrition advice to individuals with health conditions, physical or mental. The research, opinions and content presented throughout the course should in no circumstance be solely relied upon by any learner. If a learner is suffering from a particular health condition being discussed during the course, they should always seek medical advice from a qualified practitioner.

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