Reclaim your Rise Podcast

120. Diabetes and Business Unsliced with Pizza Man Mike Bausch

May 21, 2024

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 take his diabetes symptoms seriously. Today, we’re discussing his story, what he attributes all his success to, asking for help, alcohol, the dopamine boost from junk food, and, of course, we talk pizza!

Time Stamps:  

  • (05:22) Lauren’s burning question: does water really make the pizza?
  • (07:11) Mike’s childhood 
  • (08:28) Mike’s diagnosis story and peeing out the window
  • (10:05) Training for Officer Candidacy School while ignoring diabetes symptoms 
  • (16:00) You can do anything you set your mind to
  • (18:30) How pizza came into his life 
  • (20:13) What does he attribute his success to? 
  • (20:56) “Don’t be a wallflower, do the worm”
  • (21:54) His struggles to manage diabetes and his weight 
  • (24:46) Slowing down and hiring a coach for the first time
  • (30:20) “I don’t feel Lauren, I do”
  • (32:48) Men and talking about their feelings 
  • (36:04) How he intentionally manages his diabetes now
  • (41:03) Alcohol + blood sugars
  • (43:07) The slippery slope of “You can do whatever you want”
  • (45:00) Mike’s favorite protein hack
  • (46:22) Knowing what you value
  • (47:40) The dopamine shift 
  • (50:02) Pushing himself as an entrepreneur 

What to do now:

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Disclaimer: Nothing you hear on the Reclaim your Rise podcast should be a substitute for personalized professional medical advice. Please always consult your physician or other medical professional before making any changes to your diet, insulin dosages, or healthcare plan. 

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