Food, Mood & Mental Health


What you eat for breakfast and lunch can affect your mood and productivity all day! Learn about the effect of food choices on our general mood and mental health to enable you to make the best choices for yourself and others.

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Food, mood and mental health can affect what we eat, how much we eat, and when we eat. They can all be linked to our mood at the time of eating. Just as the food we have chosen can affect the way we feel and our mood.  It can be a vicious circle! Here, we will look at how to change what we eat to feel better about ourselves and banish feelings of sluggishness, low energy and low mood.

Food, mood & mental health – What will I learn?

Over the course you will learn about the link between food and mood and why we don’t always eat healthily. We’ll look at how food affects mood in practical terms as well as in scientific terms. We’ll explore the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) and how the ENS acts as a ‘second brain’ (yes, really!), as well as introduce you to your microbiome.

It’s all about understanding a whole-body approach and how diet can positively affect mood. How our neurotransmitters work and influence our decisions and general ways to get the most out of food.

In the second module, we take a closer look at what makes for a healthy brain. You’ll find out what nutrients are required to maximise brain health and where to get them. In this module we look at foods that trick the brain into overeating and damage the brain.. We finish off with the importance of water and what counts towards the water intake.

The third module is more of a theory session. Starting by examining food labels. Examine what they saying and how they might influence our choices when we understand what they mean. In the second lesson – it’s all about cravings, the reasons for cravings and how to combat them!

Module four is about good food sources and choices and the importance of planning what eat and when. When you plan, you can include informed choices that will help lift your mood, aid against depression, or select the best foods for alertness and energy. We also take a peek at mindful eating.

…and finally

The final module wraps everything up with maintaining a healthy body and mind. Starting with weight management, we look at exactly what the Body Mass Index is and why it is important. We delve into the dangers of crash dieting and why they fail with a focus on the Atkins Diet and ketosis. Then discuss how to maintain weight loss through positive esteem, and of course, a note to exercise! The very last part of this amazing journey into food, mood and mental health will see us look at the kinds of supplements you can use to support your mood, where to get professional help if you need it, and a return to the importance of mindfulness.

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Course Aim


This course is perfect if you want to learn more about how food choices really can affect your mood. It is well known that alcohol and different drugs can affect mental health both in the short and long term, by learning about and understanding how to make better food choices and the effects on mood, we can ensure that we make better, informed choices to become a better version of ourselves, both physically and emotionally.



The course will provide you with the required knowledge to understand how different foods can affect your body, having an impact on your hormones and how your brain reacts once you have eaten, like for example; feeling happy, content, sad, bloated etc. We will also discover the influence of the life force of food and how over time the types of foods we are consuming are changing to be more convenient and not always as nutritious


Upon completion of this course, you could use the information you have gained to make better choices for yourself and family members, positively supporting mental health. You could also use this knowledge to benefit others and increase your skills if working with all types of people, young and old, within a Health & Social Care setting. Or you could complete further courses and qualifications to potentially open new doors all linked in some way to Food and Mood for example as a Nutritionist or Dietitian.


Other courses that complement this subject include; Awareness of Mental Health & Well-being and there are others that can help with your mood, like Mastering Mindfulness and Stress Management.

Course Syllabus & Content

Module 1: The Link between Food and Mood

  • 1. Why we don’t always eat healthily
  • 2. The Gut, Second Brain and Microbiome
  • 3. Neurotransmitters and general ways to get the most out of food

Module 2: The Healthy Brain

  • 1. Nutrients and Brain Maintenance
  • 2. Food for Thought – Foods that Trick the Brain
  • 3. Water and the brain

Module 3: What in my Food Affects my Mood?

  • 1. Understanding food labels
  • 2. Cravings and the Importance of Regular Eating

Module 4: Good Food Sources and Choices

  • 1. Planning What to Eat and When
  • 2. Food Choices for Mood

Module 5: Maintaining a Healthy Body and Mind

  • 1. Maintaining a Healthy Weight
  • 2. Maintaining a healthy mind

Additional Info

Duration for this course:
You can take up to 1 year

Number of lessons:
12 lessons within 5 modules

Study Hours:
Approximately 20 - 30 hours dependant on the level of detail you include in the activities and the time spent on the exercises

Study Method:
Online platform with videos, challenges, quizzes and activities

How is it assessed?
By the successful completion of multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each lesson

Tides Online Certificate of Achievement

Entry Requirements:
There are no formal requirements for entry, however, all materials and assessment are in English, therefore a good command of English is essential.


Q: How do I access the materials?
Once you have selected your dream course you can enrol online. You can either pay in full, or if you have PayPal Credit, you will have the option to use PayPal Credit for the purchase if the course is over £99. As soon as the payment is received, you will have access to the course materials online where you can take as long as you want, or need, to work through the course and the activities.

Q: How long will I have access to the materials for?
You will have access to the course materials for 12 months, however if you need longer, just contact us to arrange to extend your access.

Q: Can I do more than one course at a time?
Yes, however you will need to set up a separate enrolment plan for each course.

Q: How are the courses structured?
Lessons are grouped into modules. Each lesson within a module has links to external sites for additional information and there are tutor challenges and activities. The tutor challenges are designed to add value to the course, and you do not need to submit any work to complete the course, and the activities form part of your self-development and self-discovery. We also recommend keeping a journal to make notes and record your thoughts and progress.

Q: Do I get a certificate?
Yes! At the end of each lesson there is a set of multiple-choice questions, you need to pass at 80% before moving on to the next lesson. Once you have completed all the modules. you will be able to download and save, or print, your very own Tides Online Certificate of Achievement for your records, or to show someone else that you have completed the course.

Q: Can I get hard copies of the course materials?
We can provide the materials as an e-book for you to print off and refer to, or provide the materials in printed form, however, you will still need to do the quizzes online in order to gain your certificate. Please contact us at for pricing information.

Q: What skills do I need to join this course?
An open mind and a willingness to learn and develop yourself is all you need to benefit from our courses and start your journey to becoming the best you can be. Please note that all materials are in English.

Q: What is included in the cost of my enrolment plan?
Access to the online digital materials for the course you have chosen. Our materials are designed and developed in house by subject specialists and we supply everything you need to complete the course, including links and references to free resources to study in more detail if you want to. You will also be able to visit our blogs and articles for inspiration and motivational tips any time you want.

Q: Is there an additional or required reading list?
All the materials we supply will provide you with all the information that you need to complete your chosen course or journey, but you are directed to further sites and videos that are free to access if you want to gain a deeper understanding of your chosen topic. We will always recommend additional reading, however that is to enhance and support an advanced understanding of the subject, but that suggested reading is not a requirement - the study materials will provide all the information you need to complete the course.

Q: Do I have to take an exam?
No, successful completion of this course will be as a result of passing the end of lesson quizzes at a minimum of 80% as you progress through the course.

Q: Can I do the course if I live outside the UK?
Yes! This is an online course, so can be studied from anywhere, just remember that everything is in English.

Q: Can I speak with someone if I get stuck or want a tutorial?
Yes, you can contact us via email with any queries or to request a call for help with anything. We also offer one to one virtual coaching and mentoring sessions either by phone or Skype/Zoom. These can be booked in 15, 20- and 30-minute time slots. Contact us for pricing information.

Q: What shall I do if I still have questions?
Contact us at to book a call and we'll run through everything with you.


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