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Food and Mood: What’s the Connection?   

Learn about how food affects one's mood, the types of nutrients that can improve mental health, types of eating disorders, and how to incorporate mindful eating as a way of supporting positive mental health.


"You are what you eat!" How often have most of us heard this phrase? While it may be a common saying, it remains a very true one for many good reasons. Food has the ability to affect our bodies and minds in profound ways. It can influence how we feel, think, sleep, and function every day. By choosing healthy, nutrient-dense, calorie-appropriate, organic foods and drinking adequate amounts of water, we provide ourselves with optimal opportunities to experience positive physical and mental health.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe how food affects one's mood, the types of nutrients that can improve or enhance mental health, types of eating disorders, and how to incorporate mindful eating as a way of supporting positive mental health.

(2 contact hours)

Expiration Date (Next date of course revision): 06/01/2025

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships: The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interest or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Non-endorsement of Products: Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Accreditation:

American Nurses Credentialing Center

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions or Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any commercial product(s).

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for continuing education in all states.

American Board of Managed Care Nursing

The American Board of Managed Care Nursing recognizes all of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions' ANCC accredited courses for continuing education credit for Certified Managed Care Nurses (CMCNs).

National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors

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National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators

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Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


This course helps learners understand how food affects one's mood, explores the types of nutrients that can improve or enhance mental health, examines types of eating disorders, and discusses how to incorporate mindful eating as a way of supporting positive mental health.


  1. Introduction
  2. Neurotransmitters
  3. Food and the Brain
  4. Nutritional Psychiatry—The New Frontier in Mental Health?
  5. The Standard American Diet
  6. Inflammation and Mood
  7. Vitamins, Herbs, and Mood
  8. Food Addiction
  9. Diet and Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  10. Sleep and Food
  11. Food and Love
  12. Food Cravings
  13. Eating Disorders
  14. Probiotics and Mood
  15. Water and Mood
  16. Mindful Eating for Better Mental Health
  17. Food and Mood Journal
  18. Summary

What you will learn

  • Describe the link between food, brain function, and mood
  • Identify the role of inflammation in physical and mental health
  • Discuss the relationship between vitamins, herbs, and mood
  • Explain food addictions, food cravings, the role of diet in premenstrual syndrome, and how food affects sleep
  • Describe the relationship between food and love
  • Explain the major eating disorders—anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder
  • Explain the relationship between adequate water intake and mood
  • Identify elements of mindful eating that enhance mental health

How you will benefit

  • Increase skills/knowledge related to nutrition, mental health, eating disorders, and mindful eating practices
  • Provide increased career opportunities for healthcare providers who work in mental health and nutrition/dietary settings
  • Provide continuing education in nutrition, eating disorders, mindful eating, and the relationship between nutrients and mental health
  • Increase career opportunities in the holistic or integrative health care arena

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  • Food and Mood: What’s the Connection? 
  • Fee: $44.00 
    Dates: 4/1/2024 - 6/30/2024
    Times: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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