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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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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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We have our first ever Australian T1D guest today, Nina Gelbke. Nina developed a passion for nutrition after being diagnosed at age 9 and after struggling with an eating disorder throughout highschool. She is an accredited nutritionist and sports nutritionist (BHSc), CrossFit trainer, and competitive athlete. Her aim as a plant-based nutritionist a…
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I cannot wait for you to listen to today’s episode with special guest, Neil Greathouse! Neil is a board-certified diabetes educator, director of the Bike Beyond documentary, filmmaker, and educator who provides daily videos about T1D through his Instagram @thebetes. He has also led seven mission trips to remote cities in Peru to provide diabetes su…
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We are celebrating all of the mothers today - especially those raising children with T1D! Our guest, Janae Cox, lives in Utah with her husband Kevin, and five children under fourteen. Her oldest, Kolbie, was diagnosed with T1D in July of 2020, then celiac disease shortly after. Janae is the founder of Clean Monday Meals and also has celiac disease …
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This week I’m diving into the topic of diet and improving your relationship with food as a type one. I’ll be sharing the five foundational components of my T1D nutrition philosophy and getting a bit personal with my diet, background, and where I've been with my relationship with food. Navigating food with T1D can be overwhelming, so if you… Are con…
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Today’s episode is specifically for community members who have been newly diagnosed with type one diabetes. There's no definitive cutoff of when you are no longer “newly diagnosed,” but I will say that this episode is a must-listen if you’ve been diagnosed in the last three or so years. My co-host and guest today is Risely Health Coach Emily Peters…
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Today, we are chatting with our guest DCB graduate Amy Balch. Amy lives in Minnesota with her husband, Jake. She is a senior visual designer at a software development company and runs a food blog called The Delectable Diabetic. Amy was diagnosed with T1D eight years ago when she was 22 years old. In this episode, Amy shares a very personal story ab…
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Today’s episode with Abby Cooper our Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Coaching Specialist at Risely, is dedicated exclusively to parents and caregivers of children with T1D! At Risely, Abby helps individuals and parents of T1D kids navigate diabetes so that they can feel more confident and have more peace of mind with the nu…
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Today on the podcast we have a very special guest: entrepreneur and personal trainer Jay Maryniak! Jay is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who got sober back in 2005. Fitness was one of the things that helped save Jay and put his life in a positive direction. He was diagnosed with T1D as an adult at the age of 28 but didn’t let that stop him …
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Today we are talking about one of my favorite educational topics, the menstrual cycle and its impact on type one diabetes. Female hormonal fluctuations have a huge impact on insulin sensitivity, but most menstruators are not directly taught this about T1D. In this episode, I’ll discuss: The main differences in women and men’s hormonal makeup and th…
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I’m so excited for you to listen to today’s episode with my friend Bridget Rueter! Bridget works in healthcare as a Registered Nurse. She’s 27 years old and was diagnosed with type one at the age of six. Bridget is a graduate of Risley's Spring 2022 Decide and Conquer Group Coaching Program. This past year, she's completely shifted her mindset and …
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I am so excited for this week’s episode with Rob Howe! Rob was one of my very first online diabetes friend turned real-life friend. Fun fact: Rob’s podcast was one of the first I ever got invited to speak on and share my story about living with diabetes back in 2016. If you don’t know Rob, he was diagnosed with type one at the age of 16. He founded…
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This week, Lauren sits down with past graduate of Risley Coaching, Kaycee to share her story about how she went from a diabetic coma to a place of T1D empowerment and confidence that she never thought was possible. We talk about... How her boys saved her from a near-death experience How she includes her two sons in her treatments and educates them …
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Nutrition is an essential yet overwhelming part of navigating diabetes, whether you have it or are a caregiver of someone who has it. We meet a lot of parents who want to know: What is the best way to approach food with their T1D child? In this episode, we: Break down the most common nutrition philosophies for T1Ds Dive into the pros and cons of im…
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Today we have Sam Tullman on the show! Sam was diagnosed with T1D at age 8, is a meditation guide, and is the co-founder of Diabetes Sangha, an online community dedicated to meditation and mindfulness practices for people with Diabetes, focusing on Type one Diabetics. In this episode we discuss... How football led to meditation and how it helped hi…
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With us today is Carli 3.0! She’s confident, empowered, and trusting of her body. Carli is from Canada, was diagnosed 20 years ago when she was seven years old and is a manager at a daycare where she works with kids. I first met Carly back in August 2022 when she applied for one-on-one coaching at Risely with an 8.7 A1C after she had gotten it down…
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We're doing something a little different for today's episode! Helen completed Risely’s A1C Shift Method self-paced course and reduced her average blood sugar from 216/12.0 to 180/10.0. She recently joined the January 2023 DCB group coaching and is in the middle of her coaching journey. We discuss... How managing diabetes as a child influenced her d…
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Welcome to this week’s podcast, and happy February! In this episode, I discuss a concept I came up with for T1Ds that we can use to transform and become empowered by our diabetes. This concept is inspired by Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and has four levels. From the bottom up, these levels are… Self-prioritization and Union of Diabetes Autonomy and …
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Today, we have Christina Roth on the show! Christina is the CEO of the Diabetes Link, formally known as the College Diabetes Network. The Diabetes Link is a national nonprofit organization that specializes in helping teens and young adults navigate their diabetes. They have served an estimated 12,000 young adults nationwide with peer support, exper…
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