What Motivates You To Find Balance With Food?

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Hey! How are you today? I sent this out as an email a while ago, and got some great feedback so I thought I’d share it here as well!

Today, I’m asking you to get out something to write with and get comfy for this quick activity! I promise you’ll feel refreshed if you do it!

If you’ve been a part of the Eat Work Play Balanced community for some time, you probably have taken time to write out and visualize your ideal relationship with/to food. You’re pretty clear on where you’re going and what you’re working towards….

But there’s another component we haven’t discussed that’s SUPER important!


  • Why are you working on eating intuitively by listening to your body (or whatever your ideal goal with food is)??
  • What are the REASONS that are motivating you to work on this?
  • What’s so powerful to you that you’ll stick with it even when it gets tough or you feel like going back to a strict diet?

Here’s your activity (should take less than 10 minutes, so do it!!!!):

  1. Get out pen/paper.


2. Re-write (assuming you have written this before) your ideal relationship with food. Some prompts to get you going:

  • What types of foods do you eat?
  • How do you feel when you’re done eating?
  • Do you eat in a mindful way free of distractions?
  • Is your mind at ease when it comes to food?
  • Can you go to parties without stressing about the food?
  • Do you eat when you’re hungry and stop when satisfied?
  • Do you enjoy foods you love in moderation?
  • Are you healthy & fit?

3. List 20 reasons WHY you are working on what you wrote for number 2 above.
Example- Let’s say you’re working on eating all foods you love in moderation free of bingeing while quieting the food noise in your head. Your WHY’s might be: 

  • Being present with my kids
  • Being able to go on adventures with my significant other
  • Having room in my mind to be creative
  • So I can deal with my emotions in a positive way
  • To be a more productive employee
  • Being able to be SPONTANEOUS
  • So I can have MORE FUN
  • So my body isn’t in survival mode
  • So I feel confident & glowing in my skin
  • So I set a good example for my kids
  • And I’m sure there are LOTS more!

4. Then narrow down your top 3 motivators and circle them! These are the things that are going to PUSH you forward, and help you stay determined when you feel like quitting or going back on a diet. REMIND yourself of these 3 things often (maybe put them up somewhere you’ll look at frequently). This will help you “stay the course” on your journey to finding balance with food.

5. Take a deep breath. Acknowledge yourself for following through with this activity and gaining clarity on your motivators.

Let me know by commenting below; did you complete this? What are your top 3 motivators? 

My top 3

Mine are always:
  • Being engaged & present with my boyfriend, friends, and family
  • Space in my mind for important, valuable, creative thoughts
  • Feeling confident & healthy in my body

Have a great day & as always, I hope this was SUPER beneficial for YOU!


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About Eat Work Play Balanced

Abby is a certified health coach who knows how difficult it can be to get out of the diet cycle and mindset. On the Eat Work Play Balanced blog you'll find tips, strategies, and info that can help you transform your relationship with food to find balance! *Disclaimer-I am not a doctor, and do not treat or diagnose women with eating disorders.