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


  • @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...

  • @ChrissyM I love your stats, Chrissy! "100% improvement on current amounts"! Way to go! I think it's a smart move to try legumes - these are so easy to cook, so economical, and tasty! Would this recipe help? https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/pesto-bean-salad/f01edee7-9f03-44be-a955-1e9d86011ff2

  • @SueAtkinson Couldn't agree more, Sue! I do wonder what others think about food access? Are there any good examples to share?

  • @BarbaraAitken Hi Barbara. How can I help you? There is no links in this step's article. It's just a short piece of information. I hope this clarifies. Tetyana

  • Hello and a very warm welcome to all new learners! Enjoy exploring new information, sharing your thoughts, and supporting each other as we continue our journey of Food and Mood! Tetyana

  • Very interesting, thanks for sharing, Ronald @ronaldfasht
    I've got to admit: my daughters would vouch that I pick my food the same way your Grandma did still! Art form it sure is!

  • @ronaldfasht Good question, Ronald. It is quite different - a lot more fresh vegetables and fruit, lot's of herbs and spices, and great deal of variety, too (and all because of availability). What about you?

  • Dear all. I would like to thank each and every one of you. Your engagement, motivation and interest has made this course a highly valuable and enjoyable experience.

    I would like to congratulate those who have finished the course! I would also like to encourage you all to continue exploring the content, the comments and all the links and studies to...

  • Hi everyone. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on learning and feedback on the course. It's great to see that many of you found it helpful, encouraging and supportive. Tetyana

  • Hello team. Regular reflection is a great practice to experience gratitude and to celebrate your achievements, however small you think these may be. Reflection is also a very useful activity to identify what is truly important to us. It is really encouraging to see that many of you used the task in this step to pause, evaluate and plan for the future. Tetyana

  • Hi all. Thank you for your honesty and openness in sharing your barriers and difficulties. It’s a good reminder that even with greatest of intentions and motivation, making changes take time, setbacks are possible and preparation is important! Tetyana

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    Hello everybody. I agree with many of you who describe positivity as a deeply personal concept. It is also not something that we, as human beings, can switch on and off, so working towards understanding and compassion is as important as positivity. What do you think? Tetyana.

  • Hi everyone. It is interesting to see the diverse and wide-ranging responses to this step. I think it is good to remember that irrespective of the state of readiness we are in (or not in), we all can do something to support our health. This might be increasing our knowledge or skills, or surrounding ourselves with like-minded people. Tetyana

  • Hello team. Thank you to everyone for sharing their thoughts on the topics we are learning. I also appreciate the support you are showing each other by participating in discussions and liking comments. So many of you highlighted the power of social learning as one of the enjoyable aspects of this course. This is great as it’s one of the benefits of social...

  • Hello everyone. Some great ideas and food combinations, thank you for sharing. If you are a bit unsure or need further inspiration, perhaps you'd like to explore the following page with several interesting and easy plant-based recipes. Enjoy!

  • Hi everyone. As we moving into more “hands on” part of our course, it is reassuring to see how thoughtful everyone is with their proposed changes. We will talk about some science behind modification of human diet-related behaviour in the next few steps when we cover how to make applicable and sustainable changes. In the meantime, I thought I’d ask you to look...

  • @JulieP Very interesting, thanks for sharing, Julie!

  • Hi everyone. Excellent comments, thank you! Hmm… Is anyone hungry?
    I thought a good challenge for us all could be highlighting the best features of traditional dietary styles close to us (by heritage, family, religion or just preferences!). I’ll start: I am of Ukrainian/Russian heritage. Traditional diet is based on minimally processed seasonal vegetables...

  • Hi everybody and welcome to our last week! 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...

  • @AmnaTauqeer Hi Amna. I am looking forward to reading your comments.

  • @ChristinePhillips Hi Christine. You are not too late at all. Take advantage of all great comments already available and enjoy!

  • Dear all. I would like to say a special welcome to all new learners who are continuing to join this course. As you can see, we are having fantastic discussions on a broad range of issues associated with diet and mental and brain health. Please feel free to continue introducing yourself and contributing to our learning together by sharing your thoughts. Tetyana

  • Welcome all!

  • @WH Thank you for the links, dear participant. I am looking forward to food systems and guidelines in which seaweed is included and represented. What do you think we, as consumers, can do to support such changes?

  • Hello team. Thank you for your comments, thoughts and ideas. 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 it! See you next week. Tetyana.

  • @SylkeGrootoonk @ChristinePhillips Hello both. Thank you for your comments. Sylke, I am sorry, I cannot see 'See Also' on this page - just downloads and these are available. If you continue to have issues, please try pink 'Support' button on the right bottom corner of the page. Thank you.

  • @MaryJones-Parker Mary, try savory oat - you will not be disappointed!!

  • Hi everyone. When it comes to food labelling, majority of countries have guidelines in place to help consumers make informative choice. Some of these are more user-friendly than others, but most do provide the list of ingredients, country of origin and other necessary information. Remaining thoughtful and judicious are also important, as many of you commenting...

  • Good day team. Some fantastic recipes on our Padlet wall! Thank you all for sharing. If you tried any of these, please feel free to provide your feedback in comments and continue to share! Tetyana.

  • Good day team. As we continuing our learning in this course, I would like to again thank everyone who is generously sharing their thoughts in comments whilst been curious, constructive and compassionate. You may like to go back and look at your comments at the beginning of the course to reflect how your ideas have changed (or not). Please continue to support...

  • @RichardSmith Interesting article, thanks for sharing Richard.

  • @INDRANIBAGCHI Indrani, this very comprehensive open-access review from the leaders in the field summarises current knowledge on the topic: https://journals.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/physrev.00018.2018

  • Hello all. Thank you again for your contribution to the course. Please continue sharing ideas and thoughts. Tetyana.

  • Hi everyone. We almost half way through the course. Reading your comments - it is apparent that we are all learning something new at almost every step. In this step, thanks to many great summaries, we were noticing continuous similarities between dietary guidelines and common characteristics of anti-inflammatory diets – definitely food for thought. Tetyana.

  • Hello team. Very useful interpretations of inflammation. It is great to see many of you are getting into discussions and supporting each other’s understanding. Please remember to save the content of articles of interest to you, so you can build your own library of resources. Tetyana

  • 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,...

  • @RandalOulton Great point, Randal :)
    It's 'dietitian' in Australia.

  • Hello everyone. Interesting discussion on fad diets.
    It sounds like sensible, balanced and long-term approach resonates with many of us. Let’s continue exploring, learning and sharing the evidence-based approaches to better our health. Thank you. Tetyana

  • Hi team. 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 likes. Tetyana.

  • @KatsiarynaChapman Hi Katsiaryna. I hope you will find the course useful. Look forward to your feedback. Tetyana

  • @duncanyoung Hi Duncan. Good to see you here!

  • Hello everyone. Thank you for your input into learning in Week 1. Now is a good time to look back and reflect on topics we have covered so far and what these mean for you. How do concepts we have been exploring fit into your understanding of mental health and diet? Have you found anything particularly interesting or, perhaps, controversial? Have you found a...

  • Hi team. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and favourite images to our Padlet wall (please see link above). Please take time to scroll through these – a truly relaxing and enjoyable activity. Thanks. Tetyana.