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Introduction - About Me
January 9, 2015
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Thomas Grainger
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Hi guys,

My name is Thomas and I'm a health and wellness coach from Sydney, Australia. I decided to become involved in this field of work after battling anorexia and orthorexia nervosa for several years. I currently host a weekly talk show: Beyond The Body, which deals with overcoming eating disorder, other forms of mental illness and just general strategies to living a fulfilling and amazing life. I've also recently published a book: You Are Not Your Eating Disorder, which is set for official release in print and ebook version in mid February.

On a more personal level, I am avid traveller, and will be moving to Germany on March 1st for a year of intensive study...and hopefully a lot of travelling! I am very passionate about raising awareness of mental illness, especially eating disorders and body dysmorphia. I am also a filmmaker by profession and have had films screened in Germany, Austria and Sydney.

Please send me any questions, reach out wherever possible and I will eb more than happy to get straight back to you!

Cheers

Thomas

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January 10, 2015
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Hello to all that are reading this.

So, A little about me, I am a thirty something law enforcement professional.

I used to be labelled as "obese" but after changing my diet and exercise regime I can now be labelled as "normal sized".

The result of the massive weight loss, aside from confidence issues over loose skin, meant that I have the desire to always be slim, no matter what it takes, and this has meant that I have an eating disorder. Although I have no been suffering from this for a particularly long time, I recognise the fact that I need to address it head on and tackle it to prevent any future problems that can be attributed to eating disorders.

Other than my work, which sees me dealing with some pretty unique people in unique circumstances, I like to keep fit, and when I am able, I run and raise money for charity, I also like to watch movies and listen to music. I got married last year (we had the first same-sex marriage in our area!) and we are looking forward to our first wedding anniversary soon.

I look forward to reading chats and responding to people where I feel I am able to, and share my personal experiences.

For now, Take care of yourself

Steven

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January 11, 2015
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Hi Steven,

Thanks for the introduction. The desires that you have to be 'thin' are very much akin to individuals who have had a past history in being classified as 'overweight'. I'd love to be of assistance in any way possible if I can. If you don't mind me asking, what sort of ways does your eating disorder manifest. I'd love to help y get to the bottom of it and overcoming it for good!

Cheers

Thomas

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January 12, 2015
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Hi everyone,

I'm Ryan, and I am from the USA. I am very passionate about increasing awareness and treatment options/availability & effectiveness for males with eating disorders. I have had my own experience with Anorexia nervosa (AN) and saw first-hand how there is a stigma still attached to being a male with an eating disorder. I have now recovered, however, I feel a passion and need to use my own experience to help others in a similar situation. I have also volunteered with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) throughout the past couple of years.

I am currently completing a Master's degree at University College London (UCL) in Eating Disorders & Clinical Nutrition, which is the only Master's degree of its kind worldwide. I plan to get my credentials to become a registered dietitian (RD) following the 1 year masters, as I aspire to work as a RD in an eating disorder clinic environment.

I also have cerebral palsy....as I was born pre-mature. It is mild, but affects my walking and balance. I have had my share of struggles growing up due to it, but I have made it through. I feel it helped to make me even stronger as a person.
Please feel free to get in touch with me. I look forward to getting acquainted and assisting any way that I can.

Cheers,

Ryan

January 16, 2015
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Hey Ryan,

Your story is truly inspiring. I had no idea that such a Master program exists, which is fantastic. I feel that we are very much aligned with having a history of anorexia and then using this past suffering to educate ourselves in the hope of spreading the message and getting in touch with as many people as we possible can. Looking forward to learning more about your endeavours in the months to come. My Facebook is: http://www.facebook.com/tommyg28 and twitter handle is @Tommy_Grainger if you're interested in staying in touch.

Cheers

Thomas

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January 17, 2015
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Hi Everyone.

I am 28 years old and became unwell with Anorexia and OCD at the age of 10.
I have been an inpatient at the age of 13 and 21. After this I have entered remission/recovery and gotten to a better stage/health but due to unfortunate stresses and events 3 years ago I am and have been working through a relapse to get back to that better stage.

January 17, 2015
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Thomas Grainger said

Hi guys,

My name is Thomas and I'm a health and wellness coach from Sydney, Australia. I decided to become involved in this field of work after battling anorexia and orthorexia nervosa for several years. I currently host a weekly talk show: Beyond The Body, which deals with overcoming eating disorder, other forms of mental illness and just general strategies to living a fulfilling and amazing life. I've also recently published a book: You Are Not Your Eating Disorder, which is set for official release in print and ebook version in mid February.

On a more personal level, I am avid traveller, and will be moving to Germany on March 1st for a year of intensive study...and hopefully a lot of travelling! I am very passionate about raising awareness of mental illness, especially eating disorders and body dysmorphia. I am also a filmmaker by profession and have had films screened in Germany, Austria and Sydney.

Please send me any questions, reach out wherever possible and I will eb more than happy to get straight back to you!

Cheers

Thomas

Hey Thomas.
Really great to hear your progress and all the things you are doing now. i love film, Art and hope one day I maybe able to do designs and or illustrations for TV, film or books. Even if its for free to start.

Is your talk show 'beyond the body' on Youtube or the internet at all? I'd like to watch it if it is.

Well done with everything mate and thank you for your support.

Best Wishes

Billy

January 18, 2015
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Billy28 said

Hi Everyone.

I am 28 years old and became unwell with Anorexia and OCD at the age of 10.
I have been an inpatient at the age of 13 and 21. After this I have entered remission/recovery and gotten to a better stage/health but due to unfortunate stresses and events 3 years ago I am and have been working through a relapse to get back to that better stage.

Hey Billy,

I truly hope that this time around, you will move beyond your eating disorder and into a fresh and newfound you. I can sense that this has been a lifelong battle that has required you to pull deep and find the strength to recover on multiple occasions, but the number of things going on in your life have amplified this struggle, which has caused relapses in the past. I can totally relate, having had a major relapse after being seemingly okay for 4 years. I found the way I had finally overcome anorexia was through being open with others, sharing my experience so that they knew that they could sense early warning signs that I was relapsing, and also making me more committed to prove that I could do this for myself. For that, I have never been happier. If you ever need support or advice, just drop me a message. I'd be more than happy to assist. I just published a book on recovering for life: http://www.eatigndisorderbook.info, and I have a podcast about this: http://www.beyondthebodyshow.com, if you like listening to talk shows. You can download it from the itunes store for free too.

Cheers

Thomas

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January 18, 2015
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Billy28 said

Thomas Grainger said

Hi guys,

My name is Thomas and I'm a health and wellness coach from Sydney, Australia. I decided to become involved in this field of work after battling anorexia and orthorexia nervosa for several years. I currently host a weekly talk show: Beyond The Body, which deals with overcoming eating disorder, other forms of mental illness and just general strategies to living a fulfilling and amazing life. I've also recently published a book: You Are Not Your Eating Disorder, which is set for official release in print and ebook version in mid February.

On a more personal level, I am avid traveller, and will be moving to Germany on March 1st for a year of intensive study...and hopefully a lot of travelling! I am very passionate about raising awareness of mental illness, especially eating disorders and body dysmorphia. I am also a filmmaker by profession and have had films screened in Germany, Austria and Sydney.

Please send me any questions, reach out wherever possible and I will eb more than happy to get straight back to you!

Cheers

Thomas

Hey Thomas.
Really great to hear your progress and all the things you are doing now. i love film, Art and hope one day I maybe able to do designs and or illustrations for TV, film or books. Even if its for free to start.

Is your talk show 'beyond the body' on Youtube or the internet at all? I'd like to watch it if it is.

Well done with everything mate and thank you for your support.

Best Wishes

Billy

Hey Billy,

Sorry I didn't see your post so I replied to your later one. Haha. Anyway, yes, the talk show is online via:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/beyond-the-body/id934335266?mt=2
PodOMatic: http://beyondthebody.podomatic.com
MixCloud:

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January 19, 2015
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Thomas Grainger said

Billy28 said

Hi Everyone.

I am 28 years old and became unwell with Anorexia and OCD at the age of 10.
I have been an inpatient at the age of 13 and 21. After this I have entered remission/recovery and gotten to a better stage/health but due to unfortunate stresses and events 3 years ago I am and have been working through a relapse to get back to that better stage.

Hey Billy,

I truly hope that this time around, you will move beyond your eating disorder and into a fresh and newfound you. I can sense that this has been a lifelong battle that has required you to pull deep and find the strength to recover on multiple occasions, but the number of things going on in your life have amplified this struggle, which has caused relapses in the past. I can totally relate, having had a major relapse after being seemingly okay for 4 years. I found the way I had finally overcome anorexia was through being open with others, sharing my experience so that they knew that they could sense early warning signs that I was relapsing, and also making me more committed to prove that I could do this for myself. For that, I have never been happier. If you ever need support or advice, just drop me a message. I'd be more than happy to assist. I just published a book on recovering for life: http://www.eatigndisorderbook.info, and I have a podcast about this: http://www.beyondthebodyshow.com, if you like listening to talk shows. You can download it from the itunes store for free too.

Cheers

Thomas

Hi Thom. Thank you for getting back to me and sharing.
I really appreciate you offering your help.
I will check out the links you sent. I don't have an I pod but do have an MP3 player and sometimes borrow a smart phone. Will it work with one of those?

I have only recently began to be a bit more open about Anorexia/body image with more people out side family and It does feel helpful in some cases. I find it not too good if someone who doesn't know much about ED's as they can say the wrong things but I understand this too.

Same here mate. Feel free to drop me a line too :-)

January 22, 2015
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Billy28 said

Thomas Grainger said

Billy28 said

Hi Everyone.

I am 28 years old and became unwell with Anorexia and OCD at the age of 10.
I have been an inpatient at the age of 13 and 21. After this I have entered remission/recovery and gotten to a better stage/health but due to unfortunate stresses and events 3 years ago I am and have been working through a relapse to get back to that better stage.

Hey Billy,

I truly hope that this time around, you will move beyond your eating disorder and into a fresh and newfound you. I can sense that this has been a lifelong battle that has required you to pull deep and find the strength to recover on multiple occasions, but the number of things going on in your life have amplified this struggle, which has caused relapses in the past. I can totally relate, having had a major relapse after being seemingly okay for 4 years. I found the way I had finally overcome anorexia was through being open with others, sharing my experience so that they knew that they could sense early warning signs that I was relapsing, and also making me more committed to prove that I could do this for myself. For that, I have never been happier. If you ever need support or advice, just drop me a message. I'd be more than happy to assist. I just published a book on recovering for life: http://www.eatigndisorderbook.info, and I have a podcast about this: http://www.beyondthebodyshow.com, if you like listening to talk shows. You can download it from the itunes store for free too.

Cheers

Thomas

Hi Thom. Thank you for getting back to me and sharing.
I really appreciate you offering your help.
I will check out the links you sent. I don't have an I pod but do have an MP3 player and sometimes borrow a smart phone. Will it work with one of those?

I have only recently began to be a bit more open about Anorexia/body image with more people out side family and It does feel helpful in some cases. I find it not too good if someone who doesn't know much about ED's as they can say the wrong things but I understand this too.

Same here mate. Feel free to drop me a line too :-)

Hey Billy,

Completely agree with it feeling right to share your experience with some people and not with others. This is something I discuss in my book about knowing who you can talk to and trust. It's not always the person you are closest to who ends up being the easiest to speak to or most supportive. I think it comes down to the individual, their own understanding and empathy towards the issue. Normally your gut reaction or intuition will guide you. I find that sometimes the best way to find out, when you are unsure, is to bring the topic up as a general conversation point, without personalising it to begin with. Judging on the individual's perceptions and opinions, you will know 9 times out of 10 whether continuing the conversation with your personal story is worthwhile.

Hope this helps

Thomas

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January 23, 2015
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Yes I've tried this way in the past and it is a helpful way to test the water.

Thanks man

January 28, 2015
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Billy28 said

Yes I've tried this way in the past and it is a helpful way to test the water.

Thanks man

Great to here. I find experimenting a bit to see what works best for you is always the best route.

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February 12, 2015
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hi everyone, my names Ed. I'm 36 and I've had a whole range of different eating disorders since I was a child. Currently finding I keep switching between different behaviours every few weeks and feeling utterly chaotic. Am trying to figure out what to do.

February 14, 2015
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Hi Ed

Thank you for your post and taking that step to speak.
Do you currently have any Eating Disorder professional support or people around you that have a good understanding of Eating disorders that you could talk with? Some times talking to someone you trust who has a different perspectives on things can help guild us through our illnesses eyes.

February 16, 2015
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Hi Billy,

Ive had professional help off and on since I was a teenager, and got a lot from it sometimes. I have bee in contact with the local services which were good but I found them very triggering unfortunately and was in a quandry for a while, deciding whether to keep going. In the end I decided to stop and switch to other methods that I could use on my own, and then that wasn't really working so I approached mgedt.

February 18, 2015
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Hi Ed,

I am sorry to hear that you found your local services triggering, has this been communicated with them? I would imagine if you found it triggering, there would likely be others who have as well. Obtaining feedback could possibly help the services to re-examine their techniques and hopefully become less triggering. Perhaps someone could anonymously send feedback to the services.

I am glad to hear that you have approached mgedt. May I ask how you are finding it? Is there anything that has been particularly helpful? Please let me know of any ways in which you feel you could benefit best from mgedt. And of course, please reach out at anytime if you have questions, comments, or need assistance.

Ryan

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Hi everyone. My name is Tom, and I've been struggling with bulimia for about 6 years now. I am 27 years old and work in finance. I have had issues with my weight and appearance since I was a child. Children (and adults) can be cruel if one is overweight. I played a lot of sport when I was younger so remained relatively fit, despite the horrific amounts of food I used to eat (horrific now that I've learned about nutrition). As I got older and came to University however, I developed a lot of back pain, which gradually led to my being unable to play sports. It turned out that the back pain caused by an inherited connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I gradually gained weight and along with a variety of other things became depressed at University. I went to see a councilor there, who recommended I start exercising regularly. I lost a lot of weight but after about 6 months, during my exams, I started stress eating, and came up with the brilliant idea of throwing it back up. The rest is history. For about a year I would purge at least once a day, sometimes more. Since then, I've brought it more under control, with it happening perhaps only once every two weeks. I am still obsessed with exercise and health though and am frequently upset if I overeat. I still regularly binge, even if I don't always throw up afterwards. I am then just depressed and can't concentrate. I have been through a CBT course but didn't really get anywhere. I am getting more and more desperate. I spend a lot on gym equipment, supplements, and workout frequently (I have a home gym), but find that the more I focus on it, the more the stress of overeating weighs on me.

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