The course includes:

  • An exclusive printable recipe booklet containing over 70 delicious plant-based recipes
  • Weekly tailored meal plans and handy shopping lists
  • Practical course and videos notes with Dave and Steve and Dr Alan Desmond, our happy heart plant-based doctor
  • Weekly live Q&As
  • All course content can be done at your own time and pace
  • Access to a supportive private online community
  • Support from a dedicated customer care team

Ruth Delahunty

My relationship to food is completely different. I have always loved cooking for others but now I love cooking for me too.

Jessica Kane

My entire life has changed for the better. I feel awake and alive, and HAPPY!

"Twin chefs, David and Stephen Flynn, have developed a delicious, oil-free plant-based eating programme. For those who transition to this lifestyle it will be the end of heart disease, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, stroke and a host of other common chronic killing diseases. It is a revolution with equal blessings for all faiths. "

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.
Doctor, author & as seen in 'Forks over Knives' on Netflix


Dr Alan Desmond

Dr Alan Desmond is Board Certified in both Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine. He actively promotes a wholefood plant-based diet, particularly for patients with chronic digestive disorders.

The Happy Pear

Plant-based chefs with over 20 million views on their recipes on YouTube channel, international bestselling cookbook authors of 3 cookbooks, with restaurants, shops and a hugely popular range of vegan products on sale in stores across Ireland.

What the course covers

    • Intro to the course

    • the Happy Heart 10 commandments

    • tips and tricks - eating out and travelling

    • tips and tricks - how to cook grains

    • Happy Heart support

    • important note for happy heart participants on medication

    • live Q&A recordings 

    • Happy heart toolkit

    • overview of the toolkit
      - food journal
      - kitchen staples
      - meal planning
      - downloadable recipe booklets

  • Happy heart toolkit

    • kitchen staples
    • meal planning
    • downloadable recipe booklets



    • Breakfast recipes
    • lunch recipes
    • dinner recipes
    • dessert recipes
    • breads and spread recipes
    • salad dressings
    • snack suggestions
    • bonus oil free recipes
    • meal planning and shopping list



    Basicsoverview of the toolkit

    food journal
    • health spotlight - whole food plant based diet
    • buying produce
    • reading labels
    • alternative to dairy
    • why no oil
    • knife skills
    • recommended supplements
    • super hero spotlight - Nathan Pritikin
  • Nutrition

    • health spotlight - inflammation
    • whole fats vs refined fats
    • caloric density
    • protein - how much do we really need?
    • carbohydrates
    • fibre
    • calcium
    • iron
    • Super hero spotlight - Dr. Michael Greger
    • Super hero spotlight - Dr Dean Ornish
  • The Modern Diet

    • Health spotlight - cardiovascular disease
    • do we really need to eat animals
    • eggs?
    • The problem with salt
    • why are we hooked on sugar?
    • are you caught in the pleasure trap
    • fish?
    • flaxseeds
    • the paleo problem
    • Super hero spotlight - Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
  • Life after the course

    • health spotlight - longevity
    • life after the course
    • food for a good mood
    • exercise is key
    • establishing an exercise routine
    • plant based diet for athletes
    • exercise for a healthy brain
    • sleep and stress
    • community - our swim rise story
    • super hero spotlight - Dr. Neil Barnard
    • Final comments from Dr Desmond

"Unbelievably tasty veggie food for lunch today at The Happy Pear 😍👌🏽 Buddha bowl and vegetarian lasagne 🔥♥️ Thanks for having me stay over guys. I’ve loved the food, the calmness of the countryside, the wonderful community you’ve created and the dip in the sea this morning ♥️🙌🏽 See you again soon "

Joe Wicks
The Body Coach

Frequently Asked Questions

You have access for 12 months.

You will be able to find almost all the ingredients on this course in your local supermarket or health food shop.

Please make sure you check your course user settings to check that you have agreed to receive emails from us! Once these boxes are ticked you will be added to our mailing list.

Yes, this it is fine. Our courses are self-led, once they begin, so you can access the course content at any point in time. This means that you can do it when it suits you. 

The cooking, depending on what meal plan you choose and how many you are cooking for, can take anything from 3 hours for the whole week, or an hour or so every day. The course notes can be accessed at whatever time suits you and it is a self-led course, so you do not need to follow along live.

Yes, all the course content is online, so it can be accessed from anywhere in the world at any time you like!

Yes, your course can be accessed on both a mobile phone and laptop/ computer.

Yes, you can still do our courses. You will not be able to take part in the live Q&As and ask questions live but the Q&A recordings are uploaded to the site after they are finished, so you won’t miss anything!

We would recommend if you want the full experience, that you make a Facebook account just for the course. As this gives you an opportunity to interact with others on the course which we find can help you keep on track.

If you don’t have a Facebook account and don’t want to create one, simply email in your questions and we will answer them during the live Q&A.

Caffeine is great for sharpening your focus and helping you with certain daily tasks that might need your sustained concentration. So, moderate caffeine intake is absolutely fine.

We recommend you limit your caffeine intake on our courses to either 1-2 cups of coffee per day OR 2-3 cups of breakfast or green tea per day, changing all other teas to herbal tea or warm water. Use your favourite non-dairy milk as needed.

We generally advise anyone going to the effort of doing our courses, tries to eliminate alcohol but it's not the be all and end all. If alcohol makes you eat more veg then the odd glass of Rioja is fine by us!

Just be mindful of the foods you’re craving the day after alcohol intake. Keep them wholefood and plant-based, and you’ll be grand. 

Gluten containing foods present on the Happy Heart course can be replaced with gluten-free options or omitted completely.

Multiple professional organisations, including the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the British Dietetic Association, agree that a plant-based diet is safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Eating a healthy diet during your pregnancy and during your infant’s early life is crucial. It is important that all mums and mums-to-be are meeting all their nutritional needs.

The Vegan Society has produced a wonderful online resource on pregnancy and breastfeeding, which you can access for free by clicking here.

Like everybody aiming for optimal health, those eating a plant-based diet do need to ensure that they are getting a few key nutrients and may even need to take some supplements

To ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your healthy diet, we do recommend that you supplemental vitamin B12 and vitamin D.You may choose to purchase individual supplements, but in our opinion, the easiest way to achieve this by far is by taking a supplement called “VEG-1”. VEG-1 is a single daily pill which contains the recommended doses of vitamin b12, vitamin D, iodine and other important nutrients. It is available with global delivery from

While we cannot guarantee that our Happy Heart course will help you to lose weight, many people report this as a side-effect of having taken part.

This course does not include portion sizing, calorie counts or macro counts, it focuses on eating a balanced and varied wholefood plant-based diet.

If you are taking the Happy Heart course specifically to help with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight, or with Type 2 diabetes, you are on the right track. The evidence from decades of research indicates that you are likely to see some significant positive effects during the next four weeks. If you are on medication for one of these conditions, or any long-term medication, we’d really like you to work with your own doctor during and after the Happy Heart Course.

If you have any long-term health conditions or any specific health concerns, we advise you to speak with your own healthcare professional before signing up to any of our courses.

You are entitled to a full refund within one week of your payment, in accordance with Distance Selling regulations, provided that the course has not already started.
We cannot refund fees in respect of cancellation after this time but we can facilitate a transfer to the course at a different date. We cannot offer partial refunds to students who do not finish a course. In the event that you are unable to complete the course within the intended time period, please contact [email protected] discuss and extension.

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