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Lauren Bongiorno is a Nationally Board Certified Health Coach and the founder and CEO of Risely Health. Featured on the TODAY show and other media outlets, Risely helps people and families impacted by Type 1 Diabetes take ownership over their health so they can transform their life with more freedom and confidence. Lauren has lived with type 1 diabetes since she was 7 years old and has experienced firsthand that when health transforms, so does everything else - our relationships, our time, o ...
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We’re back for a second episode with the one and only Neil Greathouse! In this episode, we discuss various topics, including his experience directing a film with Nick Jonas, releasing his book, Type 1 Diabetes: One Day At a Time, and becoming a coach at Risely. Neil and I talk about his approach to social media education, validating shared experien…
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As today’s guest says “I don't need to be told what to do, I need to be empowered to make my own choices.” Danica Collins is a scientist, Board-Certified Health and Well-Being Coach, and public speaker with 18 years lived experience with T1D. The throughline of the conversation is self efficacy, advocating for yourself, and education. From doing yo…
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We got over 100 questions and I chose a few to chat about with Coach Jehan in today’s Q & A episode. Topics we cover range from burnout, to how to relearn diabetes, the honeymoon phase, the effects of alcohol and diabetes, choosing a pump, and more. Coach Jehan wraps us up with a roll call for our DCB Cohort starting in April. Time Stamps: (03:47) …
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This is a quick, pep-talk episode to get real with yourself and achieve your goals by looking at the Law of Accumulation. Self reflection is key in getting closer towards your goals, and in this week’s episode, I want you to think of one health related diabetes goal you always make but seem to struggle with yet you don’t know WHY. I’m breaking down…
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From the get-go, today’s guest was not going to let type one diabetes stop her from moving forward with life. DCB graduate Sara Lerner and I sat down for a refreshing conversation about how she came to radically accept her diagnosis very early on. She shares practical advice along with the values that helped her do so and why she DOES let diabetes …
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Today’s guest, Eddie Stern, is the founder of The Breathing App For Diabetes, the first app that helps people with diabetes lower their stress levels. With 35 years of experience in the yoga space, Eddie and I go deep in this conversation about a side of diabetes management that Western medicine is not suited to address: holistic stress management.…
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For today’s guest, Risely group coaching graduate KC Gurbuz, getting diagnosed with undiagnosed infertility was another major life challenge to navigate with T1D. On today’s episode, KC walks through her experience with the IVF process and how she managed her diabetes through it. We go into all of it: from what her numbers looked like, to the menta…
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The Jocelyn Diabetes Center suggests that 30% of diabetic women between the ages of 15 and 30 manipulate or omit their insulin in order to lose weight. For Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I want to talk about the lesser known yet devastating eating disorder. Today’s incredible guest is the founder and executive director of Diabulimia. Helpline (DBH…
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There’s no doubt that our blood sugars affect our mood and cognitive function, and in this week’s episode, I’m joined by Brea Di Dato, a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner in Oregon, for a conversation that is chalk full of wisdom. Our conversation includes her story of being diagnosed at age 38, her experience with neuropathy, anxiety, and …
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He’s an endocrinologist who has met the Dalai Lama three times! In this episode, I get to talk with Dr. Allen Sussman about why he sees endocrinology as a holistic field, the root of burnout in medicine, and how he thinks the healthcare system can be changed. He shares stories of meeting with the Dalai Lama, what he has seen work and not work when …
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23 years with T1D and I have never done this before! I’m telling you all about my recent experience of accidentally giving myself 10x the units of insulin I needed for breakfast. After sharing this story on Instagram in real time and getting tons of feedback from folks saying, “This happened to me too,” I knew I needed to share more about how it al…
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On today’s episode, I’m joined by Risely’s new coach and dietitian Elisabeth DiDonato. After being a vegan for years and battling her own health issues, Elisabeth learned a lot about gut health, finding the right foods for your body, and the importance of holistic health. We cover so many of your FAQ’s in this episode from probiotics, intuitive eat…
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Today you get to meet one of the new Risely Coaches Lindsey Payne. She tells the story of her intense childhood diagnosis and her journey of becoming a coach after so much personal struggle and frustration with her T1D. Lindsey shares the education gaps that made her feel like she was just never going to figure out her diabetes - like how menstrual…
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Today’s guest never expected that after her daughter’s cancer recovery, that she would later be diagnosed with T1D as a teenager. Dr. Maureen Peterson, a pediatrician and life coach, surely thought lighting couldn’t strike twice, but what they thought was a UTI turned out to be so much more. Maureen shares her wild story and encourages us, especial…
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Home birth as a mom with T1D? This may not be the “norm” but today’s guest is here to change that and empower YOU. A mom of four, Brooklyn Powell shares her journey from hospital births to a home birth, highlighting the importance of advocating for your birth preferences and creating a peaceful birth experience, while busting through any self-limit…
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We’re celebrating New Years with our 100th episode on how YOU can start off in the right direction! In 2024, don’t just be a product of time passing. You have agency over your outcomes by setting yourself up for success. In this episode, I share with you a three part framework to do just that, and I also tell you my word of the year. Here’s to 100 …
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Do you worry about staying balanced during the holiday season with T1D? The holidays can be stressful enough as it is, but then add in regulating your blood sugar and we have a whole other worry. In this episode, I identify three “archetypes” of people with diabetes and how they approach the holidays based on my personal and professional experience…
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It wasn’t until today’s guest thought about becoming a mom that her mindset around diabetes started to shift. I sat down with DCB graduate Tricia Culligan to discuss her experience from eating whatever she wanted and not giving too much energy to her diabetes, to becoming paralyzed by fear at the thought of preparing her body for pregnancy with T1D…
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In our culture, we’re often concerned with the why and what of things, but not as much the when. But if you’re like me, you know how precious time is and you want to make sure you’re optimizing your days to live your best life with T1D. So in this episode, I’m giving you 5 specific life areas to think about the “when” of insulin.These are five very…
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Ever heard someone say you only need glucagon when you’re passed out? In my sit down with Xeris CEO Paul Edick, we discussed the misperceptions and myths surrounding glucagon as a rescue prescription. From the lack of education within the healthcare community to the patients’ misinformation themselves, this is a call to action for patient advocacy …
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This might be one of the most impactful episodes I’ve ever recorded. In 2022, I received a coaching application from Dr. Jamie Felton that stopped me in my tracks. As an endocrinologist with T1D, she felt a unique pressure to have her diabetes figured out, but the truth is, she was really struggling both physically and mentally. If you’ve ever felt…
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You won’t hear this hot tip from doctors. I tried this hack a couple of years ago in an airplane bathroom, and I couldn’t believe how effective it was at lowering my blood sugar. And when I shared it on Instagram, it took off, much to my surprise! This is why I’m dedicating a short and sweet episode all about it, especially for the holiday season. …
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Your endocrinologist won’t share these tips with you. I wanted to make a bite sized episode all about my unexpected tips to set yourself up T1D success. These steps go beyond the basics and are the blueprint for how we approach diabetes in a more holistic way at Risely. Yes - one outcome is more stable blood sugar levels, but it’s more than that. L…
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If you have T1D and love running or staying active, this episode is for you. I sat down with Risely graduate Katie Parsons for an honest discussion on her diagnosis in her early twenties with T1D and her journey since then. We talk about her struggles with mental health, her fear after diagnosis, and how committing to mindset shifts, education, and…
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My guest today was welcomed into her thirties by being told she had T1D. Join me for a fun conversation with Risely graduate, Haley Diamond as she shares her diagnosis, her three step approach to getting help, finding support and knowledge in unexpected places, and how she boldly shared her diabetes in the corporate space. You’ll even catch Haley a…
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It’s the thing no one really wants to think about, but what happens to your temperature sensitive insulin in a disaster emergency? Sure, the zombie apocalypse seems less likely, but a hurricane or earthquake? Or even simply traveling? Those are very real. I admit, I hadn’t much thought about this, but after talking to Dan & Lisa Katzki about the Fr…
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It’s the thing I wish I didn’t have in common with my dad, but he’s back on the show after his T1D diagnosis this year after a T2D misdiagnosis. Join me and my dad, Peter Bongiorno, for a candid conversation about his confusing road to a correct diagnosis, the wild moment I had a suspicion that he was Type 1, his outlook on the disease, letting go …
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Meet my mom, Michele! My mom and I sat down for the first time to honestly discuss my diagnosis and her experience as my mother. From the moment she first learned of the diagnosis, to my first sleepover and letting go of control, she opens up about her perspective and approach. This one’s a mother-daughter tear jerker and you don’t want to miss it.…
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Trista Johnson returns to the pod! Trista is a nationally board-certified health coach on the Risely team. She was diagnosed at the age of four, and her work as an educator and learning specialist naturally led her into the role of head coach in our family group coaching program. In this episode, Trista recaps her experience going without a CGM for…
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I cannot wait for you to listen to today’s episode with Risely Coaching Graduate Jesse Hoyt! Jesse was misdiagnosed with type two diabetes eleven years ago at the age of 26. He has always led a busy life traveling and hiking throughout North America, South America, and Europe. Jesse’s wife introduced him to Risely after a particularly high blood su…
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Today on the show, we have Decide and Conquer Group Coaching Program alum Nicole Trone. When I first met Nicole, she had extreme low blood sugar anxiety and could not build trust with her body's patterns. She has had one of the biggest mindset transformations I've ever seen from a Risley coaching program. In this episode, Nicole shares her chaotic …
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Welcome back to the podcast! Today we have a fun storytime episode about the 10k that I ran two days ago as a non-runner. Let’s just say it was a very eventful day, and there's a lot to debrief on! Whether or not you have type one diabetes, this is a great episode to listen to if you're prepping for a race, trying to get into running or simply just…
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In today’s episode, we're having an open conversation about body image and weight loss goals for people living with type one diabetes. I do want to give a trigger warning that I do talk about dieting and body recomposition. So please skip this if you are not in a good place to explore these topics. Time Stamps: (15:00) What body neutrality is and w…
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Today on the show, we have a special Q&A with Risely Coach and T1D of 17 years, Brooke Cassoff! Brooke is a national board-certified health coach and avid international traveler, runner, and educator. We’re answering five juicy listener questions on the topic of lowering your A1C! Time Stamps: (17:57) How do you compensate for rebound highs when yo…
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If you're a parent of a child with diabetes, especially if they're recently diagnosed, you are going to get a lot out of this episode! Erin Hayden-Baldauf has a Ph.D. in Literacy Education and is a busy mom to four children. Her youngest was diagnosed with type one 10 years ago at just 15 months old. After her son's diagnosis, Erin merged her passi…
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We have a great guest on the show today, Lacey Weisbaum. Lacey is an ex-pat, an English teacher, and a mom to three boys under 10. Her son Ethan was diagnosed with T1D before his second birthday. Her family was one of the earliest families that I coached back in 2016, so they'll always have a super special place in my heart. One year ago, Lacey and…
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Our guest for today’s episode, Olly Rowland, has such an exciting and unique story to share! When Olly was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 17, his doctors discouraged him from pursuing his dream job of being a stuntman and told him he should stick to working in an office. Instead of heeding this advice, Olly set out to prove them wrong. Not only h…
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I cannot wait for you to listen to today’s episode with special guest, Justin Eastzer! Justin was diagnosed with T1D in May 2021, and with the help of the diabetes community on TikTok, was inspired to document his journey. His goal was to educate and help others feel less alone as he learned how to manage his diabetes. He has continued to share his…
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Welcome back to the podcast! Today’s episode will be a little different because we’re NOT discussing how to lower your A1C or increase your time in range. Those are all important things and are covered in many episodes of Reclaim Your Rise, BUT today we’re focusing on mindset and self-compassion, specifically for perfectionists. The truth is, your …
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Welcome back to the podcast! Today's guest is Sally Gibney, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes four and a half years ago. Sally is a senior project manager at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, where she provides leadership in developing and executing program strategies for catalyzing innovative practice change in pediatr…
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It's undeniably harder for us all, including myself, to manage our blood sugars when we are traveling, going out to eat, or any other spontaneous events that come up. Afterall, diabetes thrives in a routine. BUT that doesn’t mean that we can’t feel good about our blood sugars while living with freedom and flexibility to enjoy life’s out of routine …
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I am so excited about today's episode for two reasons! First, we have a special guest on the pod, Content Creator Extraordinaire Soph Mosca. The second reason is that this is the official kickoff episode for the Reclaim Your Rise Podcast on YouTube. So that means that you can not only listen, but you can also watch HERE. Soph was diagnosed with T1D…
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Welcome back to the pod! Today you all get “peak state” Lauren, I have been in 100% time and range the last two days so I’m in the ideal headspace to share with you my strategies for staying in range before, during, and after exercise. I’m sharing advice from years of my own personal experience transitioning from going high or low during exercise t…
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Welcome back everyone! In today’s episode, I sit down with Adia Corley to discuss the topic of Adult Diagnosis. She was diagnosed with T1D in November 2020 at the age of 46. We talk about... How her diagnosis unfolded How she overcame her fear of giving insulin How a stranger at Whole Foods set her off on the path to reclaiming her life How she was…
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Today we have a special solo episode in honor of my 30th birthday, which I’m celebrating on July 8th! So today’s episode has two sections… In the first part, I answer questions that you all submitted on Instagram about diabetes resentment, exercise and its impact on blood sugars, navigating a new diagnosis, and getting pregnant as a T1D. In the sec…
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Today on the pod, we have a Risely coaching alum, Cory Fowler in the house! Cory is 27 years old, lives in New Jersey with his fiance Michelle, and was diagnosed with type one diabetes 10 years ago right before college at the age of 17. Back in March of this year, I shared part of Cory’s diabetes story on social media and was not expecting it to be…
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Dr. Elana Dumont is here with us on the podcast today to discuss navigating ADHD and T1D. This is Elana’s second time on the show (she was on episode 4!) and we’re super excited to welcome her back. Elana is a NY State licensed clinical psychologist specializing in working with children, teens, and adults with mood and anxiety disorders. She was di…
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I am so excited for our guest today who is a graduate of Risley's coaching program for parents of kids with TID diabetes, Erin Erenberg. Erin is a mother of three children, attorney, founder, and CEO of Totum Women - a community-powered platform supporting working mothers. She is also the executive director and president of the Chamber of Mothers, …
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We have a remarkable guest on the show today, Nikki Abara. I first met Nikki in January 2021 when she came to Risley for coaching after living with type one for 42 years. She is a pediatric ER nurse, wife, and mother. After dedicating her life to caring for others, she finally realized that she needed support in prioritizing her own health, so she …
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Welcome to this week’s podcast! Today I’m getting vulnerable with you again and sharing one of the worst high blood sugar days that I've had in a while. In this story-time style episode, I will debrief you on exactly what happened and how Trista, one of the wonderful coaches at Risely, helped me realize that it wasn’t just ONE issue but a combinati…
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