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Strong By Design Podcast

Apr 17, 2021

Eating disorders are a serious illness that are debilitating and if not treated correctly, can be fatal.  And it seems as though much of the attention with eating disorders largely falls to the female population … why is this?!


Dave Mathas was an Army Combat Vet, he was a front-line defender, he loved being a soldier and he believed he had it all together and had his life under control.  But Dave was spiraling out of control … he was anorexic and he was brilliant at hiding it from everyone around him.  In Dave’s mind, nothing was wrong with him and he DID NOT NEED HELP!


By all accounts Dave Mathas should not be here today, but he is, and his story is nothing short of amazing and one of the most inspiring I’ve ever heard.


Today Coach Tonya sits down with Dave Mathas, BioLayne coach and Author, to talk about his journey from near death to stepping back into life with not only a healthy body, but a healthy mind and a very joyful and fulfilling life.


"I knew what I was doing was not good but I couldn't control myself. It's very debilitating and that's how I felt for many years." -David Mathas


Time Stamps

0:24 – Welcoming today’s special guest on ‘Strong By Design’ podcast

1:49 – Get to know Physique and Strength Coach Dave Mathas

7:00 – Dave opens up about his struggles with mental health and severe eating disorder

11:30 – Dave on how he dealt with anxiety, OCD, depression

16:03 – Understanding the relational dimensions of the human being

23:11 – Dave shares what it's like to live and cope with anxiety and eating disorders

28:23 – Dave on building a wall between himself and the rest of the world

31:05 – Road to recovery: How he overcame his mental health issues and eating disorder

40:00 – The power of Faith

45:22 – Dave on coaching and helping others achieve their health and fitness goals

52:52 – Why taking action matters

56:15 – The stigma of male eating disorders

1:07:32 – The effects of stress on the body

1:08:57 – Where you can go to connect with Dave Mathas




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