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Mindful Eating for Happiness One Day Course

July 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm


Nourish Mindful Eating Food DiaryAll of us want to be happy, but as we rush through life it is easy to become confused by the overwhelming amount of contradictory information published about food and health. As a result, we can lose confidence in our ability to recognise what truly nourishes our bodies and minds, and develop an uneasy relationship with ourselves and with our hunger.

Mindful Eating provides a way to pause, re-centre ourselves, and carefully consider advice that we hear. We can then experiment in order to decide for ourselves which foods and eating patterns support us, lift our mood, and make us feel strong and positive.

What are the aims of this course and what will it explore?  

Mindful EatingThis one day course explores how Mindful Eating can be used to identify the unique food and eating patterns that will support you most effectively, and how simple mindfulness techniques can be used to help you enjoy more moments of happiness in each day. We look in detail at how a wide variety of foods can be used to provide the strong physical foundations for happiness; for example which foods are known to provide the biochemical building blocks for serotonin, your ‘happy’ neurotransmitter. By the end of the course you will have:


  • A deeper and more systematic understanding of how foods, eating patterns and mindfulness techniques can be used to support your personal happiness.
  • An increased awareness of current related research and knowledge, and greater confidence in interpreting this information into practical nutritional and lifestyle strategies to support positive mental health.
  • Practical guidelines and a variety of tools to support positive shifts in thoughts and behaviour, plus a greater awareness of where to access additional knowledge, research and tools.
  • A greater ability to help yourself and others discover a flexible yet balanced relationship with foods and eating patterns.
  • The chance to significantly interact with a highly experienced speaker/practitioner and to gain answers and further ideas pertinent to your specific work or personal circumstances.
  • The chance to network and to make useful contacts.

Mindful Eating and DrinkingWho is this course for? 

This course is suitable for:

  • Members of the public wanting to learn practical mindfulness strategies for supporting themselves and those around them, using food as a strong foundation for happiness
  • All healthcare professionals interested in deepening their knowledge of how to use mindfulness and mindful eating strategies to support clients with low mood or depression
  • Nutritional therapists, nutritionists and dieticians wishing to learn more about mindfulness and mindful eating as a tool for positive change

What level is this course?

The course assumes no previous knowledge of how food and eating patterns can be used to support positive mental health, nor do you need any previous experience of mindfulness or mindful eating. No pre-course reading material is required, but there will be many resources for future reading included in the course itself.

Course style

The course will include short sessions of slide presentations to establish key concepts, practical ideas and their scientific underpinnings, followed by group work and discussions to consolidate learning and encourage mindful approaches to nutritional change. This course focuses on turning knowledge into practice and contains a number of practical exercises, some of which will be undertaken during the day and others that can be undertaken at your leisure. The day will finish with an opportunity to prioritise the exercises that you feel are of most relevance to you, and there will be plenty of time to discuss ideas raised during the presentations. You will be provided with essential information, practical tips and take home resources to help quickly implement learning from the course into your life or work.

A smartphone, tablet or laptop is required for full participation in all the online exercises, but the day is mainly structured around paper based tools that will be provided on the day.

Soul Nutrition Happiness Calendar Gratitude DiaryCourse content and session timings

Session 1

  • Giving ourselves an instant lift of positivity by using the Soul Nutrition Happiness Calendar to reflect on the happy moments that we already experience
  • Basics of brain structure and how neurotransmitters are made
  • Physical building blocks of Happiness: the importance of amino acids
  • Complete and incomplete protein: are you getting enough for your needs?

Session 2

  • Physical building blocks of Happiness: the role of fats and oils
  • Physical building blocks of Happiness: complex carbs made easy
  • How to combine the major food groups to bring positive balance to our days

Session 3

  • Discovering easy paths to happiness: using Mindfulness as a guide
  • The key principles of Mindfulness
  • Basic breathing and walking meditations to help us feel calm, happy and secure

Session 4

  • Mindful Eating: how to gain more pleasure and happiness from your food
  • Using Mindfulness to explore the most supportive foods and eating patterns for you
  • Bringing it all together: identifying key shifts, experiments or strategies discussed in today’s course that you feel are easily achievable and likely to bring you greatest benefit



Katie Sheen FdSc, DipION, CNHC, PGCE, MA.Ed (Founder of Soul Nutrition and Astro Brain Tumour Fund)

Mindfulness & Mindful Eating teacher Katie has taught in various academic settings including the MSc Nutritional Therapy at the University of Worcester and CPD events for Lamberts Healthcare. She runs mindfulness workshops, courses and events for corporate clients and the general public, including at the Michelin starred Lucknam Park Hotel and Cookery School. She has been using mindfulness in her own life for over 16 years, and studies in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who was proposed for a Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King in 1967.

The award winning interactive website Soul Nutrition ( brings together well-being tools that Katie developed for her MA Education. It enables people to develop a mindful approach to health and happiness, as well as providing tools for positive change. Astro Brain Tumour Fund supports research into the potential use of the ketogenic diet as an adjunct therapy for brain tumours, and is currently contributing to the development of the first clinical trials in the UK.

How to book this event

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July 5
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