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What is the ModiMed diet?

The ModiMedDiet focusses on positive change. To investigate its effects, a SMILES trial was conducted in Australia.
The Modimed Diet The Details
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The ModiMedDiet focusses on positive change. To investigate its effects further, a SMILES trial was conducted, within which each individual received  sessions with a dietitian.


In Australia, Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APDs) are qualified professionals with extensive knowledge of health and nutrition and specific training to help people be able to change their dietary behaviours.

Participants were also able to discuss aspects such as:

  • Food-specific skills and knowledge
  • Time-management
  • Food label reading
  • Recipe modification
  • Long-term dietary goals.

Simple meals and snacks combinations

The ModiMed diet used simple principles of combining foods to create meals and snacks. For example, the meal ideas used foods from three main food groups.

Simple meal and snack idea
Table. Example of Convenient Meal Ideas given to participants to support compliance with the ModiMedDiet (see Supplementary material for a full table and further information). © Deakin university

The ModiMedDiet did not have a weight loss or gain focus and participants were expected to eat according to their appetite.

Nutritious snacks were encouraged, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and nuts. Other ideas included plant- or yoghurt-based dips; dairy foods; wholemeal and wholegrain crisp breads; home-made muffins and muesli slices.

Extras, such as ice creams, custards, chocolate, chips or cakes, were limited. Naturally sweet foods, such as honey and fruit, or salty nutritious foods, such as olives and cheese were recommended, while suggestions for olive oil use at each meal was given.

One thing to note: the ModiMedDiet was designed for people who consume all food groups, including foods of animal origin. When it comes to vegetarian or vegan eating, current research is unclear in relation to its impact on mental health. If you choose to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, you might like to consult an accredited practitioner for support.

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