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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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What is the best insulin pump? Today’s guest would be the one to know. Gary Scheiner, author of Think Like a Pancreas, has tried 32 different pumps in his 39 years living with type one. Gary and I chatted about the early days of AID systems, his favorite AID system, looping, and several different pumps, including iLet, Medtronic, Mobi, and Tandem. …
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Joining me for a third time to discuss the habit of OVER treating low blood sugars, is author and journalist Ginger Vieira. We candidly discuss our relationships with low blood sugar, including what it feels like, the many different causes of it, the potential anxiety that comes with wearing a CGM, plus how to prevent over-treating and rage bolusin…
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Coach Jehan is back with Co-host Abby to answer your questions and tackle the topics that YOU want to hear more about! From adult-onset diabetes, grief, advocating for yourself at the endo, our best travel tips, finding the balance between being prepared and living spontaneously in your diet, to giving birth with type one, this episode covers a ran…
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As Coach Neil says, this is the episode he needed when he was first diagnosed. If you’ve been diagnosed with type one diabetes, type 1.5, or LADA within the past 12 months, or are a parent of a child with T1D, this is a must listen. But even if you were diagnosed years ago, you will get something out of this conversation! Coach Neil and I are sifti…
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We’re introducing a new cohost to the Reclaim Your Rise podcast! Our Coach Manager, Abby, will be taking over the show once a month to interview coaching members and Risely coaches. Today, Abby chats with Kathy about hitting her breaking point with perfection and her decision to join Risely’s Group Coaching program. If you’ve ever thought, “Who am …
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Elisabeth DiDonato is a coach on the Risely team and a dietitian with an extensive background in holistic health. In this episode, she’s sharing her personal and professional experience with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), PCOS + type one diabetes, inflammation, herbs and much more. If you’ve struggled with symptoms on (or getting off of) birth c…
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With 37 years of T1D under her belt, our guest Karen Baumgartner shares her journey and the lessons she's learned along the way. The most challenging period for her was the decade after her children's birth when she had to re-learn how to prioritize her health. As a DCB graduate, Karen provides 3 practical tips that helped her increase her time in …
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This feels like science fiction, but it’s true! The conversation you’re about to hear is about the next innovation in pump technology that is going to revolutionize management for people using insulin. I’m joined by Xeris Pharmaceuticals CEO Paul Edick and Beta Bionics CEO Sean Saint a week after they announced a collaboration to develop a bi-hormo…
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My favorite recording of the year thus far! Meet Mike Bausch, 2x best-selling Amazon author, Guinness World Record holder, and owner of nationally ranked Andolini’s Pizzeria in Tulsa, OK, who has done all of this while living with T1D for the past 20 years. It took neuropathy of the face while training for Officer Candidacy School before Mike would…
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Thyroid dysfunction is 2-3x higher within the T1D population. Today’s guest, Dr. Sandra Indacochea Sobel, a board-certified Endocrinologist, answers your listener questions, and we delve into the crucial topics of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, preventative lifestyle medicine, the role of biotin in blood work, and so much mor…
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This episode is for anyone who has been struggling to lower their A1C. Learn just how Risely’s methodology works through 3 unique case studies, plus the “golden rule” that will change how you think about reaching your A1C goal. I’ve also got 5 questions to ask yourself to apply this rule effectively + I announce details on our first workshop of the…
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Today’s guest Ginger Vieira, tells us everything we need to know about the 5 hormones affected by T1D, which impact weight loss, appetite, and insulin sensitivity. We discuss each of these hormones in detail and the positive lifestyle choices we can make to work WITH our bodies instead of against them. We also candidly discuss using Ozempic for wei…
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Meet Risely’s newest coach, Katarina Harmon! In an exercise-focused conversation, Katarina and I discuss blood sugar strategies based on workout type, what her workout week looks like, finding the root and motivation for habit change, and the diabetes support dynamic with her husband. She also begins the interview with what fellow Type 1 diabetic a…
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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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