The Psychology of Nutrition Behaviour Change with Dr. Joe O'Brien


In this podcast we are discussing fascinating world of health behavior change and nutrition identity. Explore the intricacies of behaviour modification and empower yourself with the knowledge and tools to make lasting changes in your life.

Discover the deep connection between how you perceive yourself and your food choices. Learn why your identity can influence your eating habits and how this self-awareness can either fuel or hinder your journey towards better health.

Our guest, Joe O'Brien, a distinguished expert in health psychology and nutrition, skillfully guides you through the complexities of behaviour change. Benefit from Joe's profound understanding of human psychology as he shares real-world examples and strategies for effective and sustainable transformation.

About The Guests

Joe O'Brien is a trainee Health Psychologist who works with Spectrum Mental Health and is the founder of the Headfirst which has been influential in making health psychology accessible and understandable for anyone. Joe holds a doctorate in Health Psychology from LJMU, with a specialism in the psychology of behaviour change. Joe has an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Bath and also has a BSc Psychology from DCU.

This Episode Is A Must Listen For:

  • Dieticians, nutritionists, health coaches, and psychologists can gain insights into behaviour change strategies and understand the psychological aspects of eating habits.
  • Those seeking to make positive changes to their eating habits, manage weight, or improve their relationship with food can learn practical tips and understand the importance of self-identity in the process.
  • People interested in improving their overall well-being, physical performance, and mental health can discover the psychological factors influencing dietary choices.
  • Students in nutrition, psychology, or related fields can explore how behaviour change theories apply to eating habits and gain exposure to relevant research.

Key takeaways:

  • People link their identity to specific diets, making it challenging to change. Coaches can help clients realise changes themselves rather than imposing.
  •  It’s important to understand the reasons behind eating habits for effective behaviour change.
  •  Collaborative decision-making with coaches and professionals empowers clients, leading to sustainable changes.
  •  Discussing challenges without guilt or shame needs a non-judgmental environment.
  •  Behaviour change takes time; ongoing support is vital for success.

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Whether you're seeking to shed unhealthy habits, improve your eating patterns, or gain a deeper understanding of your nutrition identity, this podcast is made for you. Join the ever-growing community of individuals striving for positive change in their lives.