Mood & Food Online Course

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

So I am delighted to have teamed up with Trainee Health Psychologist Joe O’Brien to develop Mood & Food. 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. 

This course will teach you about:

  • How our mood impacts eating 
  • How eating impacts our mood
  • How to make positive food choices in a safe, healthy and sustainable way

Course Content:

This course is divided into 5 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. Emotional wellbeing & nutrition: Stress and emotions have a massive impact on our eating. This section explains how to meet our psychological needs without always using food.
  3. What needs to change? This section explores how we can identify the areas that need to change, both nutritionally and psychological.
  4. Embracing flexibility: This section covers the importance of a flexible relationship with food and how to challenge unhelpful ‘thinking traps’ which can crop up. 
  5. 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 Mood & Food online course is for you if you*: 

  • 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
  • Use food as the only way to deal with your emotions 
  • 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 will contain 5 x 90 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 7.5 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 for a week after the live session has taken place. 

You also will get a module worksheet 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. Your current relationship with food
  2. How mood impacts eating 
  3. How eating impacts mood
  4. How to manage emotions in healthy ways
  5. Food and self-care
  6. Flexible eating approaches
  7. How to identify and challenge unhelpful ‘thinking traps’ 
  8. How to create convenient, tasty and balanced meals and snacks
  9. How to make positive food choices in a safe, healthy and sustainable way
  10. Maintaining long-term nutrition changes

When Does the Course Start?

Times and dates for the next launch of this course are yet to be announced. Sessions will be delivered live on Zoom.

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 for 1 week after the live session

What is the Cost?

The course launch Early Bird price is £150 (€166). This works out at only £30 (€33) per week. This will be available from 6 pm on Sunday the 6th of December until 6pm on Sunday the 13th of December. After this, the course will be going to it’s full price of £190.

With the early bird price, you get 7.5 hours with us for only £150! To put this in context, the cost of a session with a Dietitian or a Mental Health Professional in the UK usually costs between £50 – £150 per hour. 

So for the early bird price, you have access to both health professionals at a rate of £20 per hour. Value!

There are only 20 places available to make sure everyone on the course has the opportunity to ask questions and to interact with us effectively, so make sure to book early!

Please note: the cost of the course may change as we continue to develop it

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 (joeobrien@mentalhealth.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 Registered Dietitian and the Director of Dietetically Speaking Ltd. She has a range of experience working with clients in a hospital setting, a community setting and in private practice. Maeve also works as a nutrition lecturer, provides services for brands and companies, has written nutrition articles for numerous reputable publications and shares evidence-based nutrition messages on social media. She is passionate about promoting an enjoyable and sustainable way of eating that supports long-term health; including a healthy relationship with food. 

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 Food & Mood Course

Reviews of The Mood & Food Online 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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