Reclaim Your Rise: Type 1 Diabetes with Lauren Bongiorno

Reclaim Your Rise: Type 1 Diabetes with Lauren Bongiorno

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, our career, our families, and, most importantly, ourselves. Each week she will bring you lessons from her own personal diabetes experience, strategies that are key to understanding your body’s patterns, and guests who will speak to everything from advances in technology to all things hormones, exercise, relationships, and mindset. All of this so that over time, you TOO can reclaim your rise.


May 30, 2023 29 mins

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 combination of things that caused such high blood sugars. 

Whether intentional or unintent...

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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 and fitness coach is to educate, support and empower her clients with food. ...

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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 supplies and education to the people there. 

He wasn’t always so active in the diabetes ...

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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 and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

In this episode, we discuss...

  • How a traumatic low...
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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 confused by the extreme ways of eating being pushed within the community
  • Want...
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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 Peterson! Emily was diagnosed with T1D two and a half years ago and lives in the Dalla...

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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 about how after going to the doctor for a UTI, she was misdiagnosed as a type two diabet...

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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 numbers, food, hormones, and all of the factors that often feel very overwhelming.

Abby ...

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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 from continuing to challenge himself and help other people.

Jay is the founder of JTM ...

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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 the impact that has on diabetes management. 
  • The system I created for myself that ha...
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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 relationship with diabetes from a place of isolation and frustration to com...

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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 his podcast Diabetics Doing Things in 2015 and now has over 1.8 million downloads in ...

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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 on diabetes
  • How hitting rock bottom made it clear that she could no longer go on mana...
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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 implementing those philosophies with T1D kids
  • Discuss five tips that parents can use ...
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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 him when it felt like his life was falling apart
  • Practicing meditation as a tool for m...
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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 already on her own from a 12.0 in 2019.

We dive into each phase of Carli’s journey wit...

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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 decisions as an adult
  • Going from ignoring her diabetes in her early 20&apos...
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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… 

  1. Self-prioritization and Union of Diabetes
  2. Autonomy and Trusting Yourself 
  3. Regulating Emotions
  4. Consistency, Repetition, and Adaptabilit...
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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, expert resources, scholarships, and more!

Christina has been living with type one diabetes ...

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In this week’s episode, we have Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Diana Mesa on the pod! 

Diana has a passion for practicing from a non-diet approach to address the impact of insulin resistance, gut health, and stress on her patients’ health and blood sugars. She helps her clients connect with their intuition and apply mindfulness to their relationship with food and body while enjoying the foo...

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