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Food and Mood: Nutrition Tips for Better Emotional and Mental Health

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Kathleen Zamperini, LPC, CIMHP
1 Hour 31 Minutes
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Dec 15, 2022
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Nutrition is a valuable yet often missing piece of improving emotional and mental health. The average person dealing with low mood or anxiety isn’t aware of how food choices play a role in their well-being and indeed, the field of nutrition is still learning about this important area. In this recorded session, you’ll get the latest information and a concise, easy-to-understand path to supporting emotional health through simple nutrition changes. Take home effective strategies to decrease anxiety and depression and to work with clients on changing their thoughts and behaviours about food so that they achieve small goals to create lasting change.


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



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Kathleen D. Zamperini, LPC, CIMHP, has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a master’s degree in education with secondary guidance certification. Kathleen received a degree in holistic nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and is a certified integrative mental health professional. She has a passion for helping clients understand the role of nutrition in mental health. Kathleen has 30 years of counseling experience working with persons dealing with depression and anxiety and was the director of counseling for a large social service agency in Pittsburgh, PA.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kathleen Zamperini is a published author and receives royalties. Kathleen Zamperini receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kathleen Zamperini has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Assess nutritional factors that contribute to mental health conditions.
  2. Utilize two cognitive behavioral skills to help clients change their thoughts and improve their nutrition-related behaviours.
  3. Determine scope of practice issues for mental health providers discussing nutrition with clients.


  • How Food Affects Mood
    • Keys to assessing nutritional factors that contribute to mental health conditions
    • The 5 substances that affect mood
    • Top 7 practical interventions to utilize with clients to improve mood
    • How to digest research on the relationship between nutrition and mental health
  • Foundations of Healthy Eating
    • Mental health benefits of B vitamins
    • Magnesium deficiency and its problems
    • The role of antioxidants and essential fatty acids in emotional health
    • Prebiotics and probiotics for gut balance
  • The Fork as a Tool to Improve Anxiety and Depression
    • Connection between stimulants, anxiety and sleep
    • How to talk with your clients about caffeine
    • Nutritional imbalances that contribute to depression
    • Overexposure to sugar and processed food
  • Your DNA is not Your Destiny
    • Common reasons clients have trouble moving forward
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy skills to assist clients in making healthy choices
  • Clinical Considerations
    • When to refer a client for more specialized care
    • Scope of practice issues for mental health providers
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Other Mental Health Professions


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