Well, its true and there is a random controlled study to back this up too! It is a small study, but the outcome is very promising. And it paves the way for larger studies in the future.
The ‘SMILES’ trial which was carried out in Australia, looked at the impact of diet improvement on a group of patients living with moderate to severe depression. Thirty-three of the patients received seven sessions with a clinical dietician. The control group, which consisted of thirty-four patients, received social support alone that equaled in length and frequency to the group seeing the dietician. They were followed up at 3 and 6 months to assess their symptoms. The final results were exciting as they indicated that the symptoms of depression in the patients who saw the dietician improved significantly, compared to the social group.
The diet was a modified Mediterranean diet. The patients were asked to eat more fruit and vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes, fish and olive oil in their diet.
Yes. I do discuss diet with my clients when they attend for wellbeing reviews and my wellbeing programmes. I gently encourage my clients to look at what they eat and to introduce small changes such as introducing more fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fish (if they are not vegetarian/vegan).
I also know from personal experience that eating this type of diet makes me feel better. I’m not saying that I’m perfect. I’ve been known to have a pie and a pint or two at the football. But I know that eating well most of the time positively affects my mood, energy and general wellbeing.
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