Exploring Emotional Eating

An Online Course To Help With Emotional & Binge Eating

Understanding the link between psychology and nutrition is so important when it comes to making positive food choices and developing a long-lasting healthy relationship with food. This is particularly true when it comes to binge and emotional eating.

So I am delighted to have teamed up with Trainee Health Psychologist Joe O’Brien to develop this online course. We decided to create this course as we are both passionate about bridging the gap between nutrition and psychology in a reliable and helpful way, and we both have a keen interest in supporting those who are struggling with binge and emotional eating. 

Course Content:

This course is divided into 6 sections which take you through: 

  1. Exploring your relationship with food: This section explores how our past and current experiences may have shaped our relationship with food. 
  2. Nutritional wellbeing: This section outlines the foundations of eating well, including tapping into your internal hunger and fullness cues.
  3. Emotional wellbeing: Stress and emotions have a massive impact on our eating. This section explains how to meet our psychological needs without always using food.
  4. Taking care of your brain: A number of factors impact our brain health, so this section will run though the main areas to be aware of with a focus on nutrition for a healthy brain.
  5. Embracing flexibility: This section covers the importance of a flexible relationship with food and how to challenge unhelpful ‘thinking traps’ which can crop up. 
  6. Maintaining long-term changes: Making long-term changes isn’t easy, so this section covers psychological factors and practical nutritional tips that make long term change possible. 

Who Is This Course For? 

The Exploring Emotional Eating Online Course is for you if you*: 

  • Struggle with binge eating
  • Use food as the only way to deal with your emotions 
  • Want to learn about the connection between your mood, emotions and eating
  • Struggle to make long-term changes with your diet
  • Want to have a healthier relationship with food
  • Have gone through lots of short-term diets 
  • Feel like food has a negative hold over your life

*Note: This course is not suitable for those suffering with a clinical eating disorder, as this requires individual clinical care. 

Health professionals are very welcome to sign-up to this course, however it is designed for the general public rather than as a CPD course.

What Will I Get From This Course?

The course contains 6 x 60-75 minute group sessions run each week, delivered live on Zoom by myself (Maeve Hanan, Registered Dietitian) and Joe O’Brien (Trainee Health Psychologist). That’s more than 6 hours of content and discussions to help you understand emotional eating, your relationship with food, and the link between psychology and nutrition.

In case you miss a session, a recording of each session will be available for course participants to rewatch after the live session has taken place. Participants will have access to the course platform and content for 3 months overall.

You also will get a module mini ebook each week, with activities and a summary of the content from each session.

The aim of this course is to give you an understanding of:

  1. Binge & emotional eating
  2. Your current relationship with food
  3. How mood impacts eating 
  4. How eating impacts mood
  5. How to manage emotions in healthy ways
  6. How to take care of your brain health
  7. Food and self-care
  8. Flexible eating approaches
  9. How to identify and challenge unhelpful ‘thinking traps’ 
  10. How to create convenient, tasty and balanced meals and snacks
  11. How to make positive food choices in a safe, healthy and sustainable way
  12. Maintaining long-term changes

When Does the Course Start?

This course is next running for 6 weeks starting on Thursday the 16th September 2021 at 6:30pm. Sessions will be delivered live on Zoom and participants will have access to the course platform and content for 3 months (until the 9th of December 2021).

Will it Be Recorded?

Yes! If you can’t make it live or if you want to re-watch the session, you will have the opportunity to watch the session recordings on the online course platform

What is the Cost?

The Early Bird price for this course is £245 (~€285). This works out at only £41 (~€48) per week. This deal will be available until midnight (BST) on the 2nd of August 2021. After this, the course will be going to the full price of £295 (~€343) from the 3rd of August until the 15th of September 2021.

With the early bird price, you get more than 6 hours with us for only £245! To put this in context, the cost of a session with a Dietitian or a Mental Health Professional in the UK usually costs between £75 – £150 per hour. 

So for the early bird price, you have access to both health professionals at a rate of £33-40 per hour. Value!

Make sure to book early as we may need to close registration if there is a high demand.

Who Can I Contact if I Have More Questions About This?

Don’t hesitate to email Maeve Hanan (maeve@dieteticallyspeaking.com) or Joe O’Brien (joe@headfirst.ie) if you have any more questions about this course.

About Us: 

Image of Maeve Hanan Dietitian, with a garden in the background

Maeve Hanan is a UK & Irish Registered Dietitian and the Director of Dietetically Speaking Ltd. She specialises in Disordered Eating and supporting clients on their journey to an improved relationship with food and their body. She works from a compassionate, client-centred and evidence-based perspective. Maeve has a range of experience working with clients in a hospital setting, a community setting and in private practice. She also works as a nutrition consultant, has written nutrition articles for numerous reputable publications and shares evidence-based nutrition messages on social media. 

Headshot of Joe O'Brien (Trainee Health Psychologist) with a white background

Joe O’Brien is currently completing his Stage 2 Doctoral Training in Health Psychology. His areas of interest are in behaviour change, specifically the psychological factors that promote positive behaviour change. He works for Spectrum Mental Health delivering 1-1 therapy for people who want to change their eating habits. Joe also delivers training to health professionals who want to improve their knowledge and understanding of psychology in practice. He runs the instagram page @headfirst0 and is the host of The Head First Podcast.

Click here to sign up to the Exploring Emotional Eating Online Course

Reviews of This Course:

You can read further reviews of this course & Dietetically Speaking on TrustPilot.


The course has changed my life. I know I have a long way to go but my relationship with food and the way I eat has changed. I am already happier and more relaxed about my diet and know that when I feel like binging then it is probably because my emotional needs are not being met.

Anonymous course participant (February 2021)

This was a fascinating course that really made me challenge my behaviour patterns and question the underpinning reasons for my over eating. Both hosts were very engaging and chaired in a way that made it feel like a whole group experience. Hearing your own experiences in the words of others is really comforting. Especially in the current pandemic, a feeling of companionship has been very much appreciated.

Robyn (February 2021)

As always, the quality of Maeve’s service is outstanding. In this programme, Joe and Maeve offers lots of insightful advice to better understand why we eat in a certain way and how to transform our approach to food, in a compassionate, constructive and informed way.

Clem (February 2021)

Very good introduction into the psychology of eating; will make you want to learn more. Give you the starting tools to gain more perspective into your own relationship with food. Delivered in a very professional relatable safe manner. Would definitely recommend.

Anonymous course participant (February 2021)

This was a brilliant course. Funny, you’d think in order to take part you need to feel like you have an issue with food. But this course is relevant for all accepting walks in life 🙂 It has helped me identify the emotions I’d cover away – lonely, not feeling good enough, stress… While it has also made me aware of the fact that I hadn’t been feeding my actual needs at all. Thank you both – a wonderful way to start the year 🙂

Anonymous course participant (February 2021)

A compassionate deep dive into the why’s behind your eating. A fresh perspective with kindness and understanding. Recommend to anyone who is ready to have a close look at their own eating behaviours.

Anonymous course participant (February 2021)

Brilliant course. Helps make clear why so many of us engage in emotional eating and what we can do to help ourselves overcome this.

Anonymous course participant (February 2021)

This course has been a really helpful as it wasn’t putting labels on food as such. Food is there to fuel the body and bodies come in all shapes and sizes. It has given me a great deal of tools to help me on my journey of getting back to basics and to fall in love again with my whole self 🙂

Anonymous course participant (February 2021)

This course is refreshing. I joined it because I felt like I was starting to suffer from diet fatigue. I have been dieting on and off for most of my years, I am now 40. I have a very skewed relationship with food and how I am suppose to look. This course explains why a person suffers with emotional eating. The course also promotes a balanced approach to eating all food groups with the understanding that food is there to provide your body with nutrients. I have tried Keto and suffered badly with it, I have tried all sorts of diets that involve cutting out certain food groups and eating low calories. Did you know that a toddler is built to operate on 1200 calories! That is why I struggled with sticking to a low calorie diet as a grown woman. I learnt that and many other tools which have helped to encourage me to eat to be balanced, and healthy. I am enjoying pastas, pizza, potato in moderation and I am now cooking with a mindset of what nutrients does my body need, instead of, feeling guilty.

Anonymous course participant (February 2021)

Great value, nice, approachable manner. The course has helped me reflect on my issues and needs and provided me with reassurance in the form of tools and lenses to consider issues as they arise.

Anonymous course participant (February 2021)

Comprehensive, now have an increase in confidence to make better food and health choices. Joe gave great thought-provoking insight on how to think in a more flexible way and how to tune into our emotional needs and respond more appropriately to these. Maeve gave great advice on healthy eating, especially ensuring that we are adding the right nutrients and feeling good about this.

Anonymous course participant (February 2021)

Testimonials

Maeve has been consulting on The Food Medic Educational Hub for 12 months now and has been a huge asset to the team. Her ability to translate some very nuanced topics in nutrition into easy-to-follow, informative articles and infographics is really admirable.

Dr Hazel Wallace

Founder of The Food Medic

Maeve is incredibly talented at sharing scientific information in an easy to understand way. The content she shares with us is always really interesting, clear, and of very high quality. She’s one of our favourite writers to work with!

Aisling Moran

Senior UX Writer at Thriva Health

Maeve has written extensively for NHD magazine over the last few years, producing a wealth of dietetic and nutritional articles. Always evidence based and factual, Maeve creates material that is relevant and very readable. She provides high quality work with a professional and friendly approach. Maeve is a beacon of high quality knowledge and work within the nutrition writing community; and someone NHD magazine is proud to work with.

Emma Coates

Editor of Network Health Digest

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