Tetyana Rocks

Tetyana  Rocks

Doctor Tetyana Rocks is Research Fellow and Head of Translation and Education at the Food & Mood Centre, Deakin University. Tetyana is Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about public health.

Location Deakin University, Geelong, Australia


  • @AnnieGriffin @BarbaraK-S Great discussion on banana ice cream. I simply could not stay away from it :).
    Re: adding honey to a frozen banana - it very much depends on how sweet the banana in question is (produce growing in different parts of the world do have different properties, for example) and personal preferences. Some might enjoy a bit of a grated...

  • @NickCorliss I really like your "staples for the week" idea, Nick! I wonder what other learners think about this?

  • @NickCorliss Thanks for your feedback Nick and good luck with your study! Sounds very interesting. Tetyana

  • @MackenzieSinclair Hi Mackenzie! Great to have you here. I hope you'll enjoy the course and am looking forward to reading your thoughts and ideas. Tetyana

  • @IanF Hi Ian. Could you please contact Support via pink support button at the bottom right of your screen? Hopefully, your access could be sorted out. Thanks

  • @CourtneyPoole Thanks for your great example, Courtney! And the recipe!

  • Welcome to the course, @IanF I hope you'll find it useful and enjoyable.

  • @JoS Thanks for your feedback, Jo! Good luck with your journey and all the best.

  • @NickCorliss Interesting post, thanks for sharing your experience with the guidelines and your thoughts on food cultural identity.

  • @AnnaClaradaRocha Hi Anna! Welcome to the course. Thank you for your comment, but could you please post in English so everyone can read and understand? Thank you in advance :)

  • @MargaretSt.Leger Great words, Margaret.
    Here is an interesting article which discusses kindness to self

  • @AoifeMurphy Eating disorders are complex and challenging conditions that do have a high impact on eating behaviours. Butterfly Foundation https://butterfly.org.au/ provides information and ideas for support.

  • @SusanR @NealBaker I am equally intrigued by seaweed, Susan. Would love to know more!

  • @SylvianeB Hello Sylviane and welcome to the course! Could you please post in English so everyone can read and understand your post? Thank you in advance :)

  • @NealBaker Absolutely, Neal!

  • @HarryNichol Interesting, thanks for sharing Harry!

  • @LeahMcFaul Hi Leah. Unfortunately, this is something I can't help you with. Please try contacting FutureLearn admin support with this enquiry.

  • @HarryNichol Interesting combination of ingredients to try, thanks for the idea Harry!

  • Hi @messaoudasadibouafia our specialised course will be open to all health professionals to enrol. Please follow me on socials for any updates.

  • @RinGreen Great approach, Rin!

  • @ShehanWijesingha It is good to know that for many countries around the world food labelling is regulated by government.

  • @FarzanaNayani Great comment, Farzana! And thank you for communicating in English - you've done it perfectly.

    I would like to encourage other learners to continue to comment in English and not to worry about their mistakes much. We are all here to learn together and for many of us (including yours truly) English is not our first language.

  • @ShehanWijesingha Hi Leonardo. I hope you'll find information we provide useful in your work! We are planning another online course that will be specifically targeting health professionals, so watch this space for any updates. Tetyana

  • Hi everybody! As we venturing into our last week of this 3-week course, I would like to congratulate everyone who is still with us on this knowledge journey. I thought it could be a good idea for learners who have progressed ahead in this course to go back to and read comments from those who are just starting (I noticed some of you are doing this). By doing so...

  • @VaniFifita Thank you for your active participation, Vani. Great to see you are enjoying the course!

  • Hello team. Thank you for your comments, thoughts and ideas. Great to see your anticipation for the next week.

    As we continuing to discuss diet, nutrition and mental health, I encourage you to share your favourite recipes, tips, tricks and other interesting information. Learning together is enjoyable and valuable opportunity, so let's make the most out of...

  • @RebeccaC This is not interactive, but does have a good explanation https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/how-to-read-food-labels

  • @RebeccaC Apologise about this, Rebecca. I'll try to find a working link ASAP.

  • @InekeFioole I am happy you have found the article useful. I hope it will be of help to other learners. Please feel free to share your understanding of the topic with everyone.

  • Good day team. In this step we have discussed probiotics and prebiotics, and I wonder if I could encourage you again to share your favourite simple recipes that include probiotic and prebiotic foods?
    I can start:
    1) kefir and fruit smoothie (1cup kefir + 1/2 banana +1/2cup fruit of your choice blended together);
    2) green salad with yoghurt (1cup shredded...

  • @InekeFioole Hi Ineke. This free article unpacks anything and everything to do with the gut-brain axis https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/physrev.00018.2018

  • Hello, team. There have been some thought-provoking conversations. Certainly, the links between our physical and mental health are extensive. Several pathways and mechanisms work together in fascinating and intricate ways. Also, we need to remember all the potential determinants of health that we continue to unravel in this course, some of which are internal,...

  • Hi team. Great to see a lot of anticipation at the beginning of the Week 2. Week 1 clearly demonstrated the power of social learning. Thank you all, your comments are enriching this course and providing us all with opportunities to truly explore the complexity of mental health. Please continue to share your thoughts and support each other with comments and...

  • Welcome to the course Patti! Great to have you here. @PatriciaMcCandless

  • Hello everyone and welcome to the course! I am your Lead Educator and I am very much looking forward to learning together. A little bit about me: I am a researcher at the Food & Mood Centre, an educator, a dietitian and a passionate advocate for veggies!

    In this course, we will discuss a variety of topics on diet, nutrition and mental and brain health. I...

  • @KimberleyTick Hi Kimberly and welcome to the course! I am looking forward to reading your comments :)

  • @HelmutLeitner Hi Helmut. The course is on foundations of diet and mental health, so we discuss positive and negative aspects of various diets. I hope this helps. Thanks.

  • @HazraKhan Hi Hazra. This is a 3-week course, so this is our last step. I hope you enjoyed your experience!

  • @FayeS Insightful comment, Faye. Let's continue to learn and share our knowledge!

  • @AmandaTrute Hi Amanda and welcome to the course! It's great to have you here. I appreciate your passion for the topic and am looking forward to reading your comments. Let me know how I can support your learning and enjoy!

  • @SallieHepburn Good approach, Sallie! Below are couple of links that might help you. First is around water consumption and second is a few easy legume-based recipes. Legumes might take a bit to start 'loving' but ones you in, you will be legumes fan I am sure! Good luck and please keep sharing :)...

  • @FlorenceAgbo I am looking forward to reading your comments, Florence.

  • @LonnieStarling
    Hi Lonnie, in Australia, you could go to Dietitians Australia to search for an accredited practicing dietitian near you


    Similar services might be available in other countries.

  • @MelissaP Good point, Melissa! It could be challenging, but a bit of planning each week would help! And save time and money. One thing to keep in mind: we all have better days (weeks, months) when it comes to planning and organising our meals (and lives). So it is absolutely ok not to be 100% prepared all the time :).

    Another strategy that could help with...

  • @AndiDickmeyer Good question, Andi! In practice it means consuming several serves of foods from each food group each day: 5 or more serves of vegetables; 2 or more serves of fruit (if you eat seasonally, it will bring additional variety); several serves of various grains; plus protein-containing foods of your choice, and oils/fats (for example from olive oil...

  • @RuthBlackhirst I like your intention, Ruth! Welcome to the course, I hope it will provide a great stepping stone for you.

  • @GB Thank you! You are correct :)

  • @AnastasiaKulish Welcome, Anastasia. I am looking forward to reading your comments. Tetyana

  • Great questions, Kimberly. I've mentioned this article in the previous step. It has a lot of information on the topic: https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/physrev.00018.2018

  • Interesting discussion here. One aspect to keep in mind, is that our gut microbiome adjust and co-evolves with us, so temporary changes might not have lasting impact. But definitely interesting area to follow up in further research.

  • @JillianCavan It's a great attitude to have, Jillian! We definitely wouldn't want people to start stressing too much about their food intake, but some might find assessment tools are helpful, particularly when trying to map out changes.

  • @NicolasDosSantos @JessieG Great discussion here, Jessie and Nicolas. Jessie, I do agree that most of us live at a very fast pace, so popularity of fast food is very justifiable. I also like Nicolas's points that having knowledge and skills around food certainly helps! We will continue unpacking these concepts in the future steps of the course and I am looking...

  • @BarbaraK-S Great point here, Barbara!

  • @AndraStefanescu Excellent idea, Andra! I hope you'll make pleasant discoveries with your potluck activities.

  • @JillianCavan Great thought here, Jillian. Yes, I'd agree that the novelty might be appealing in this case. I wonder what others think?

  • @AndraStefanescu Fantastic to hear, thanks for the feedback Andra.

  • @NormaAlmond Thanks for your input, Norma. I think we all have a lot to contribute. I am looking forward to your future comments.

  • @SheroukHassan Hi Sherouk! Welcome to the course. I am looking forward to reading your comments.

  • @CarolineM Great reflection, thanks for sharing Caroline.

  • @SueAtkinson I like your dream, Sue. Local food-related initiatives that are run by locals for locals does sound like a good way to improve food access. Good local farmers markets are also fantastic, but I noticed so many of these are becoming more trendy than affordable. I wonder if others in Australia or overseas might know about local food initiatives and...

  • @NinaW Interesting point, Nina. Sometimes, giving off positivity (even when you don't have much) could work too! "Fake it till you make it" or "Just keep swimming" kind of thing. What do others think? Can we fake positivity?

  • @BarbaraK-S @MaxineSummerhayes Interesting discussion here. Research tells us that most health professional have very limited knowledge on nutrition (apart from dietitians and nutritionists, of course) as nutrition education is usually a very small part of their training.

  • @JanCartwright Good points, Jan. We will continue unpacking different factors that might influence our diet and our mental health throughout the course.

  • It's great to meet you too, Andrea @AndreaJ

  • @JanCartwright Hi Jan. Great to have you here! I hope you will find the information helpful and am looking forward to reading your comments.

  • @DeirdreMacintyre @BarbaraK-S @LindsayC @AshleeRutherford @CharlotteTummillo I hope to read your thoughts about my post above. Thanks.

  • @LindsayC Thank you for your input, Lindsay. You are absolutely correct. The aim of ModiMed diet was not to make anyone change weight, but to support people's mental health. I think when we focus on body size as the only marker of someone's health (mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, cognitive ... should I continue?), we are at a great risk of segregating...