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EXERCISE XIV.A

A REALITY JOURNAL: FOOD, WEIGHT, THOUGHTS, AND FEELINGS

When you are caught in the web of anorexia or bulimia, it is very easy to distort the reality of what and how much you have eaten, your actual body weight, and reasonable thoughts about food and body image. This journal form is designed to help you stay in touch with reality and not to exaggerate, promote denial, negatively forecast the future, or distort your thinking. 1.

Keep a daily record of what foods you eat and the quantity. After each occasion of eating, write your thoughts about the food and yourself. Also, record your feelings connected to the food and yourself. Finally, in the last column, record the common, secret, dysfunctional coping behaviors you engaged in (such as overexercising, forced vomiting, food hoarding, laxative use, lying about eating). On a weekly basis record your weight. WEEKLY REALITY JOURNAL Starting Weight: _____ Food Consumed

Thoughts

Feelings

Secret Behavior

DAY 1 Breakfast:

Lunch:

Dinner:

Snacks:

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