A Game for Healthy Eating

Late nights of giggling and idea after idea was the beginnings of a game for healthy eating. We named it:

Don’t Lose Your Marbles! 28 Day Nutritional Program/Game.

Don't Lose Your Marbles screenshot


This game came from my Mom and I (Elisa) discussing that we knew how we should be eating but it was often hard to get all of the good stuff in and reject the bad. We knew we could do better. We needed something that would keep us on track and motivated, something that would be fun and interesting. We spent many a night giggling at absurd ideas and awesome ideas on the couch about different ways we could motivate ourselves to do what we knew. Over time we narrowed all of the brainstorming down to a game where we could see progress as a jar was filled with marbles. We found cool marbles online and make those available but really the game can be played with any marble or gem or whatever you have on hand.

We made a checklist of everything we want to make sure and get into our bodies each day. We studied the stacks of books and archived articles we have read on health and nutrition, making lists of what we knew our bodies need.

In the end we had a list that we felt very good about and we started trying to eat those things. The result was a loss in pounds as we stuck to the lists and we felt great. The list includes getting some form of exercise most days, so we were feeling the result of that too. We kept on with our plan because we were committed to earning marbles, which got us prizes! You can do this with any list you want but we would like to offer your our list and the rue book we came up with. It works, is flexible and it is fun!

For 3 months mom and I discussed the game and it’s components

  • The checklists were refined and based on information from numerous books and studies on nutrition.
  • The rules were all built around the conviction that it should only be positive and rewarding and should be flexible.
  • And last but not least the program was tested and refined. 

A Motivational Nutrition and Fitness Program

This program is designed to motivate you in a fun and competitive way towards your health goals.

  • FLEXIBLE to your own needs!
  • NO RESTRICTIONS on what you can eat!
  • CHOOSE your own exercise!
  • FOCUSES on the positive!

We are excited to share our fun program with you!
Here’s how it works.

The Rules/Checklist Notebook gives you all of the rules to play and the information on each food you will be trying to incorporate into your diet. The rules are all positive and help you add in things you should be eating. It does not take anything from your diet unless you choose to. The list gives you basic ideas for things to be adding to your daily diet, things like fruits, veggies, and water.

You will be earning marbles for completing each category. If you do not finish earning a category you Lose Your Marbles! There are categories for fruits and veggies, supplements, water, other wholesome foods, and exercise.

The Foods

The foods involved are directed towards whole food nutrition. The goal is to replace the processed foods in your diet to allow your body to heal and so you will have energy and feel great. You will be deciding how much processed food you still allow in your diet. You will also decide how much meat and dairy you will be consuming. The list in this game is based on the advice from doctors such as Dr. McDougal who wrote The Starch Solution, Dr. Essylstein, Dr. John Christopher from Herbal Legacy, Dr. Fuhrman who wrote Eat to Live, Dr. Novick, and Dr. Campbell who the China Study.


1 Month Reboot

Mom and I have found that we like to use the game just every once in a while vs. all of the time, like a reboot.  After a month of playing, which is about the length of time it takes to get through one round, we are on a roll and doing great with our eating habits. We can stop playing the game for a while until we find our habits are starting to slip again. Then we get out our jars and marbles and checklist and start again. We usually play the game together and make wagers:)

Optional Wagers

I am not a gambler, but it is fun to put money on how I am going to do. This is how we do it.

Mom and I each put a dollar under our jar in the morning. If by the evening we have met our goals from the checklist and earned our marbles, we get to keep our dollar and save it for some fun prize. If we did not earn our marbles and had to ‘Lose our Marbles’, we also lose our dollar to the other person. This is motivational 🙂

You can just as easily wager against yourself. Put a dollar under your jar and only take it at the end of the day IF you earned it!

We set a low Price

We want to make this game highly available to anyone wanting to try it. We used to print them and send them out, but we found that this added to the price and we didn’t want it to cost too much. These days almost everyone has a printer or a place they can get copies, so we have taken advantage of that and now just offer a PDF version of the checklist and rules at the low price of $9. You get the information instantly and get to start right away! 🙂



Want to try it out?   Go HERE!

Please comment below if you have any questions or anything else to say.

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Author: Elisa

Mom, Wife, Whole Foods nut, Gardener, and Music Lover

14 thoughts on “A Game for Healthy Eating”

  1. Hi Elisa,
    I love what you’ve shared here. Very creative! And I love how you and your Mom made a list of “what you wanted to get into your bodies” as opposed to focusing on the other way around. That’s a more positive way to look at it.
    With anything, the more fun you can have, the better. And to have a partner to keep you accountable? That’s great, too!
    Keep up the great work.

    1. Thanks for the positive comment Kevin! Yes, it has been more fun trying to get the good stuff in rather than always focusing on the bad. It helps with the motivation and is way happier:)

      The program definitely does work best with a partner to keep you going and to bounce things off of each other. I am thinking the comments here on this post can probably be a good place to share for those who don’t have a partner.

  2. What a fun creative way to stay healthy! I really like the visual of the marbles in a jar and also how your mother and you played with it a fair amount of time before putting the course out there! Your price point is awesome! Very cool! Thank you for this!

    1. It was a fun time putting it together. We started it a few years ago and have used it once in a while to get back on track. The game and all of the stuff on my Etsy site is half off with the coupon -marble, so the price is even better!. It ends January2nd. Check it out if you are at all interested in better health! ://www.etsy.com/shop/InTheGardenOfEatin

  3. You Game for Healthy Eating is brilliant! I was so pleased to see that you based it on my favorite health authorities.

    About 5 years ago, I gave all of the adults in my immediate family copies of Campbell’s “The China Study.” Very few read it, unfortunately, but my brother made lifestyle changes.

    My girlfriend was diagnosed with type II diabetes about six months ago. I had introduced her to Dr. McDougall and I have all of his books. Using Dr. McDougall’s books as guidance, she lost nearly 30 pounds (and counting) and reversed her diabetes.

    I have no doubt your Healthy Eating Game is spot on and will benefit everyone who plays it.

    1. Thank you so much for your rave review! 🙂 When truth is found, it is amazing how many other people will come into your life who have also learned that truth and benefited from it.

      It’s hard in the instance of some of your family not reading it. When the time is right hopefully they will be drawn to it. The sad thing is that usually sickness is the precursor for change 🙁

      Happy Healthy!

  4. My only problem with dieting and working out is staying motivated. I haven’t figured out a way to stay motivated to keep my body clean of bad food (mainly chocolate!) but I think I’ll give the marbles game a try since it seems to give you something to aim and work for. Great idea Elisa! Best of luck to you and your mom and keep those cool ideas coming, don’t stop. 😉

    1. It IS hard to stay motivated, isn’t it? I have especially struggled through this Christmas season with all the goodies the neighbors bring us. Don’t Lose Your Marbles does help to stay motivated and keep your priorities in place. Thanks for the comment and the encouragement!

  5. What a cracking good idea, with busy lives it is so easy to get knocked off our plan, but this will certainly help maintain motivation, I also like the fact that you have provided the goal planners as pdf files, I am sure your readers will benefit from acquiring these items from you.

    With a tweek here and there do you think that this system could be used as motivation in other areas of our lives?

    Wishing you every success,

    1. I think using marbles or other tokens has been around for a long time and in a myriad of different ways. It is very motivating to work towards a goal and see your efforts stacking up in a jar. I have used the method for all sorts of areas in my life including motivating my kids to keep the house clean! 🙂 The PDF that I have written though, is specific to getting good nutrition and taking care of our bodies. That is a great question. Thank you!

  6. I love this idea! What a fun way to stay motivated to be healthy! I also love that you and your daughter did it together, so cool! I will definitely be trying this out. Thanks for sharing!

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