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Food & Mood Centre Resources from Deakin University

I was lucky enough last night to be a part of the local Mental Health Practitioners Network and the topic was Food & Mood. I was presenting information on the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University and I thought that the information on the research and resources is worth sharing here!

A few years ago I was in a very new, very stressful job and I experienced significant gut issues….I was so grateful to have the support of a naturopath/nutritionist on what to eat, how to lower my stress, and how to improve my mood!


The research is very conclusive about the impact of food on mood and of the impact of mood on food!!! A circular feedback loop! Feel bad, eat unhealthy, then eat unhealthy and feel bad, rinse and repeat. Yet it is sooooo complex and difficult to change our food habits, partly due to the intricate and complex mind-gut relationship, once it is out of balance it is difficult to get it back into balance, without some professional help.

Here is a summary of the research:

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So if we know that our diet affects our mood, what are some simple steps to improve our diet to improve our mood – this information handout has some good tips but I would highly recommend seeing a nutritionist or dietitian to improve your diet and tailor it to your needs.

Food & Mood two page resource here:

Three Week Course on Food & Mood (free) here:

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