Mood and food – The connection

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17th May 2024, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Counsellors and trainees
Cost - £95 (Student £75)

'This was absolutely money well spent, both professionally and personally educational, helpful, inspiring and so, so interesting!'

Learn about the exciting new revelations concerning the gut microbiome and its role in the prevention of anxiety and depression.

About this event

With more and more research acknowledging the links between mood and behavioural disorders, it's important for anyone working with those affected by these conditions to be as informed as possible.

The NHS recognises that depression is caused by changes in levels of chemicals in the brain. One such chemical is serotonin - 90% of which is produced in the gut! This underlines that a healthy digestive system is important for mental well-being.

Join leading holistic nutritionist Alison Cowell at this informative workshop to learn how food can affect mood, behaviour, anxiety, stress, sleep and hormonal balance. Alison will also reveal exciting new revelations concerning the gut microbiome and its role in the prevention of anxiety and depression.

In addition, there will be a discussion about our relationship with food and how it can trigger guilt and shame, leading to anxiety and stress. Alison will also share information on the Gut-Brain axis and the importance of the microbiome.

There will be plenty of opportunities to share experiences and explore solutions.


  • To raise awareness of how nutrition plays an important role in the prevention or management of mood disorders.
  • Highlight common medications that can trigger low moods.
  • Provide knowledge regarding signs and signals that may indicate nutritional deficiencies, allowing delegates to have a more in-depth understanding of their client’s overall well-being.

This event will be beneficial to anyone with an interest in the impact food has on our mood and mental wellbeing. From parents worried about children’s behaviour (including ADHD) to those caring for parents with dementia, this workshop reveals some fascinating facts and many useful tips to take away.


Alison Cowell is a health coach, holistic nutritionist, author and speaker. After serving 30 years with the UK government where her roles included policy and strategy, Alison emigrated to New Zealand where she founded Healthy Eating Ltd, a hugely successful nutrition consultation business, with over 10,000 happy clients as living examples. She also created and led the Hawke’s Bay Health Collaborative, and designed and presented an award-winning radio show.

Alison’s vast knowledge and experience, together with her ability to make even the most complex of topics understandable has led her to become a respected international speaker.

From many large organisations including Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs in the UK, to the Napier Port, Pan Pac and NZ Police in New Zealand, Alison can engage with diverse audiences due to her interesting and entertaining delivery.

Having overcome a severely debilitating health condition herself, Alison is passionate about educating and inspiring people to take control of their health by providing knowledge and choices.

With qualifications in conventional and holistic nutrition as well as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), she can identify and address the underlying causes of health issues rather than merely treating the immediate symptoms.

Now back in the UK to be with her elderly parents, she continues to spread her knowledge through:

  • community and work-based health awareness presentations
  • mentoring
  • fundraising events
  • publishing books on a variety of health topics
  • blogging

Alison’s message: Knowledge – Choice - Consequence

Cost - £95 (student £75)

Methods of payment

  • Online. Please note that there is a non-refundable extra admin charge made by the booking platform.
  • Bank transfer, Cheque or Invoice by emailing

Handouts and CPD certificates are included in the price.
Please note that a delegate space is not guaranteed until payment is received.

Minimum numbers: 12 - Please note that the workshop is subject to cancellation or re-scheduling if the minimum number required to make them viable is not reached. In this situation, the following options will apply:

  • Receive a full refund.
  • Hold the space until a new date has been offered.
  • Move the booking to another workshop.
  • Receive a credit note to use at a future date.

What others have said:

'An insightful experience that will stay with me forever. Provides a valuable insight into how nutrition is the bridge between the body and the mind.'

'Alison's passion for the subject makes this a thoroughly enjoyable learning experience.

'If you are interested in learning more about food and mood and how it affects your clients this is the workshop for you. Don't miss it when it runs again its excellent.'

'This workshop has enriched my knowledge and given me another avenue to explore with my clients.

'Absolutely worthwhile for everyone - important personal implications as well as for our clients. The is an undeniable link between food and health - both physical and mental, so I feel we have a responsibility to educate ourselves as well as point our clients in the right direction.

I personally view this as crucial CPD -it's definitely part of the jigsaw of us helping people to manage emotionally and look after their mental health and wellbeing. Alison is a superb communicator - passionate, knowledgable and caring.'


' This is the best CPD I have done so far this year .'

'A thoroughly prepared presentation from a lady passionate about her expertise & very generous with her knowledge. Really enjoyed learning from her. '

'Thought-provoking and enlightening training from a personal and professional perspective. I've already started making lifestyle changes and only attended yesterday! Can't wait to apply this learning to my practice.'

'Great training event which brings to mind the importance of food on mood.'

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