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.

Episodes

April 16, 2024 46 mins

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 experiences, information overload, and the power of sharing failures. Plus, we give you tangi...

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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 your research, to the time her CGM went out in an African jungle and she had to ge...

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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.


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  • (03:47) Meet Coach Jehan
  • (06:01) How to smartly handle burnout in community 
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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 3 challenges so you can get clear on why that might be so you can STOP coming back t...

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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 define her. We also chat about training her beloved diabetic alert dog Louie, why and...

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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. We discuss consciousness, purpose, identity, the role of disharmony, and breathwork....

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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 mental health challenge, to food journaling, and finally holding her sweet baby in her arm...

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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), Erin Akers. Erin shares the heart-wrenching story of how she flatlined and was res...

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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 more. She paints a vision of how our joy can coexist with suffering and that the goal...

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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 supporting patients in making changes to their T1D health, and more. He also highligh...

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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 all played out.  


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  • (02:46) The Story: How I Accidentally Gave Myse...
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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 eating, intermittent fasting, juicing with T1D and so much more! 


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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 cycles affect blood sugar or how blood sugar affects mental health. Plus, we talk ab...

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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, especially parents of kids with T1D, to practice modeling open communication and vulnerabilit...

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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-limiting beliefs and societal pressure. Throughout the conversation, Brooklyn emphasizes t...

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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 episodes and to your beautiful year ahead - get out your journal and let’s do this! 

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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. Plus, I share five of my best T1D tips to not just survive, but THRIVE during this ...

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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. Many of us don’t want diabetes to run our lives, and Tricia admitted that she came ...

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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 tangible areas in your life to focus on insulin timing and amount. Grab a notepad or...

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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 and advocates to get everyone with diabetes on a rescue glucagon like Gvoke. That sta...

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