Mood & Food Online Course

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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

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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?

Sessions will be delivered live on Zoom starting at 7pm and finishing at 8:30pm every Monday starting on the 11th of January and finishing on the 8th of February.

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 Early Bird cost 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!

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Don’t hesitate to email Maeve Hanan ( or Joe O’Brien ( if you have any more questions about this course.

We will be letting those on our VIP mailing list know once the course price has been finalised and you are able to sign-up to the course. You can sign-up to this mailing list at the bottom of this page.

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.

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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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