Hear from hundreds of T1D clients who have shared their success stories after completing their Risely programs.
Scroll on to read about people just like you and see just how their lives and their health have improved through our coaching programs.
Before coaching, taking care of myself felt like a switch I turned on and off. I was either doing the things I needed to take care of myself (eating well, exercising, sleeping enough) and putting everything else aside, or living my life and just hoping my numbers would be okay. I didn't know how to address my T1D without obsessing about my T1D. During coaching Emily never offered me a "right" answer. We always discussed my goals and came to a plan together. I really felt like I was being empowered rather than being assigned something that felt either way out of my grasp or not a challenge at all. I felt really supported having some accountability and goal-setting from another Type 1 who has experience working with other Type 1's. I never got to think that Emily might not get it. She understands T1D better than most, and that made me feel really well taken care of. Your diabetes isn't going anywhere, and this is a real opportunity to set some goals and do some things around T1D that you're probably not going to get from your endocrinologist. Emily will help you dig in to what is holding you back, but in a way that doesn't feel like hard work. I promise you won't regret the investment.
Prior to the DCB I was so completely overwhelmed and stressed out by my diabetes. I had no idea what to eat or how to eat. I felt like I couldn’t even manage eating a salad. I was in such a negative place.
Thanks to the DCB, I know that eating for diabetes doesn’t have to be this limiting space. I am enjoying foods again and learning my patterns with them. I’ve started eating foods I thought were off-limits and I’ve become happier and more confident in my diabetes management. I’ve lost about 10 pounds since starting the DCB - without trying. I’ve been in range 85%+ of the time since getting my CGM about a month into the DCB!
The DCB has given me hands-on actionable steps to take to support my diabetes and showed me how to individualize these action steps so I learn to be in control of my diabetes.
We’re taught to look for patterns and experiment within parameters to find something that might work for us. The DCB has been the complete opposite of any interactions I’ve had with doctors who have not helped customize anything to “my” diabetes. Risely’s group coaching is what you’ve been missing for your diabetes management!
Despite having T1D for the majority of my life, when I had bad blood sugars I would get overwhelmed and start to ignore my diabetes. After going through the DCB, I feel determined. I want to continue learning about my relationship with diabetes and patterns. Now, I view my T1D as something I can explore and something I can be fascinated by - instead of getting down on myself for a bad blood sugar, I now think “okay what can I do to change this pattern or how can I prevent this blood sugar from happening again?”
Over the last 3 months of the DCB, my A1C has gone down to 6.9% (before it was mid 7%) and I know I can continue to lower it with the resources from the coaches! This program will challenge you to face your T1D fears in the most supportive way.
Before 1:1 coaching with Trista, I felt overwhelmed, like a failure. I thought I knew the medical theory behind T1D, but didn't have any idea what to practically do to get better. Over the 3 months with Trista, we discussed 20% technical T1D things, and 80% mindset, beliefs and practical life design. We went deep enough to discover underlying patterns which made me act the way I did (and by that, we were able to change them), and made me more mindful about how I'm spending my time and how things affect my blood sugar. From this work, I dropped my A1C from 7.4 to 6.5%!
The support and guidance the Family Group Coaching Program provides for T1D parents is vital. The information I am walking away with from doing this program is nothing like we received at diagnosis. We love our medical team, but the resources and knowledge we gained with Risely in addition to being with other parents going through the same thing has been nothing short of invaluable.
Before coaching, I felt overwhelmed about not keeping Lucy in range. Now, we not only have increased her time in range, but have a much better understanding of diabetes on a deeper level and know that every day is not going to be the same has helped shift our mindset to a more positive one.
I so valued Trista's unending support and her willingness to go above and beyond at making sure our questions were answered, concerns were addressed, and providing key information to help us in the management of Lucy's T1D.
I saw what Lauren's team was doing for parents of T1D's and knew they could have a huge impact for families. I was thrilled when they launched the Family program - it met and exceeded my expectations. I connected with other parents and felt so much less alone. I took my diabetes health knowledge to the next level and feel empowered that I can navigate the challenges with T1D that will undoubtedly continue to arise for my son.
I am so busy with my career and our family life that I have struggled to carve out time to do the in depth research and learning about T1D more on my own. Committing to this program helped me dedicate the time and energy to taking my diabetes health knowledge to the next level. I have done other courses and masterminds in my professional world and found tremendous value from them. I knew going into the program that I learn very well in this type of group mastermind environment and I did learn a ton of new and useful information.
The certified diabetes educator at our endo's office is wonderful but she also doesn't live with T1D. Being able to learn from adults who have lived with T1D since childhood is powerful. Trista and Lauren were always prepared, polished and professional. Each weekly call was carefully thought out, planned and curated. Then handouts, reference charts, and "assignments" paired well with the theme of the week.
From the program, Henry's A1c lowered from 7.1% to 6.7% and increased time in range from 70 to 78%. My own mental health has also greatly improved just having all these new tools, knowledge and even new mom friends who "get it.
If you are struggling to gain a more comprehensive and wholistic knowledge base of all the many factors that go into managing your child's T1D - this course will give you the tools, the knowledge, and the support you need to help your child (and you) thrive!
Coming into the DCB, I really struggled with self love: to know that I matter to me. Diabetes care was not a priority to me, and I didn't see the connection between diabetes and self care.
After the DCB, I feel like diabetes is a part of me but not everything about me. I am empowered to be in control of my diabetes - with better fine tuning of my dosages, more understanding of how and what I can do with my nutrition and also how important a morning routine is. I thank the DCB each day for helping me decide how I choose to show up for me! This sets the tone for how I manage my diabetes, pre blousing - everything!
Rather than focusing on the goals and micro numbers, I think about what I hold closer to my vision, letting that vision drive my actions towards my goals. I no longer meet high blood sugars or tough diabetes moments with anger and upset, I have started meeting them with curiosity and TLC. All together this program has allowed me to be reintroduced to myself, with respect and love. I have really learnt that that I am right where I need to be.I was on this journey alongside a group of powerful T1 women showing up to ensure they were a priority for themselves and it inspired me.
My biggest challenge prior to 1:1 coaching was a combination of little challenges that actually had a huge effect on my life. A lack of self-belief, perfectionism with my time in-range and A1C, high stress and anxiety - all those factors created my biggest challenge of managing my diabetes confidently. This made me feel hopeless at times and sad that I was stuck with having diabetes for the long-haul. I would cry, wish it would go away, anything to make me more "normal.”
1:1 coaching with Jess allowed me to be vulnerable, root out the problems that led to me being so stressed and, most importantly, do away with the habits that chipped away at my self-confidence. I feel stronger, more relaxed and happier. My self-confidence has increased tenfold over the last three months, and it makes managing my diabetes so much easier.From our first session onward, I felt like Jess understood everything I was struggling with, and she listened. Jess challenged me to root out my problems with self-confidence and I'm not sure I'd be where I am today without that challenge, and without the amazing help Jess provided me.
I have experienced a noticeable increase in my time in-range, less "rollercoaster" trend lines and more trend lines that are flat on my Dexcom CGM, and more confidence in my diabetes management, in myself and in my abilities as a human. I feel like I'm getting to the point of being the best version of myself.
I will never forget our coaching sessions because they helped become a stronger, more confident person. I'll always be grateful to Jess for helping me find that inner-peace I never knew I needed.
Before coaching with Trista, I lacked consistency with my diabetes. After two injuries left me outside my usual routine, I could see the toll it was taking on my blood sugars and insulin resistance. I was lost trying to figure out how to implement my knowledge of diabetes and the information I knew from my doctor and experience.
I signed up for 1:1 coaching with Trista hoping this may be my ticket for a last chance at taking control. Right away, I connected with Trista. She always raised different thoughts and angels at how to tackle that weeks’ challenges. I’ve gained something I never really had: consistency. I learned how to be less hard on myself for the days where diabetes doesn’t work out in my favor.
Trista worked with me to get me out of my shell and onwards with life alongside diabetes. I will always be grateful for the lasting impact of coaching that has helped me reach my full potential!
Getting diagnosed with T1D 6 months ago at 32 years old, I struggled with how to still live life the way that I’ve lived it pre-diagnosis.
From day 1 of coaching it was such a relief to find out that someone understood the full picture. I felt like I had a real champion in Jess. And she was great at recognizing what it was I was feeling and needing, even when I couldn’t find ways to verbalize it. Her coaching always felt encouraging and non-judgmental. I also appreciated that she would always come with an agenda of topics to cover but that she’d throw them out the window if I had something that I wanted to focus on that week.
1:1 coaching was truly life changing for me. Jess helped me go from crying every day and living in constant anxiety over my numbers and my eating to learning how to regain trust in my body so that now I have the freedom to spend my mental and physical energy in healthier and more enjoyable ways.
Getting diagnosed with T1D as a baby, diabetes has consumed my life growing up. I struggled with accepting and loving myself and my diabetes. This left me feeling lonely, misunderstood, and forced me to stay hidden.
After working with Trista in 1:1 coaching, I view diabetes as a part of me, but certainly not all of me. I now feel empowered to share my diabetes with my friends and I don't feel as lonely anymore because I can express a part of me that I used to hide and brush off. I have started to accept all of the different variables that affect my diabetes and how my diabetes affects everything in my life from emotions to energy. In addition to the mindset shifts, I increased my time in range to 65%!
I’ve gained clarity and understanding about how my emotions affect my blood sugar (stress & anger particularly), and worked on finding different outlets to allow myself space and time to reflect on my life and how diabetes intersects with everything.
Trista's constant support, listening, and guidance has helped me towards such a positive place. I know that because of her I have the strength and ability to continue my progress even when it gets hard.
Coming into the Family Coaching Program, I felt scared managing my daughter's type 1 diabetes. Every time Hope went low, my fears took over and controlled the way we treated it, which usually ended with us over doing the correction.
After coaching, I feel much less anxious about daily T1D management. I no longer jump and over react to her lows. Thanks to the education provided in the program, I am able to control my emotions and safely care for and manage Hope’s T1D. We learned how to optimize diabetes pump technology to work in our favor, and work to lower Hope’s A1C. Thanks to all of these tools, Hope’s blood sugar during school days is much better, and we sleep through the night with better overnight blood sugar control.
Aside from the education, the Family Program gave space to listen to other parents. This community left me feeling like we are not the only ones going through this.
Living with T1D for almost my entire life, I viewed diabetes as an ailment that I didn't really want to 'make a big deal of' and brushed off as something I could deal with and handle. A lot of people told me they had no idea I was a diabetic for a while after meeting me, which I liked because again, I viewed is as something that would make people 'feel bad for me.’When I started working with Jess, I focused on feeling empowered and confident with the tools I have to LIVE with diabetes as a part of me, in a more positive sense. Jess really worked to understand my lifestyle and empowered me to make decisions, identify trends, and understand my body.
I feel like I'm more excited to talk about T1D because I feel so much more knowledgable and in control! Beyond the mindset piece, I also lowered my A1C from 8.5 to 7.4 and made sustainable changes to my daily management — like pre bolusing! Coaching was very new for me and something I’d never done. After working with Jess, I’m proud I made the decision to do this and really commit to myself and my health!
My biggest challenge prior to 1:1 coaching was getting emotional when I was out of range. It made me feel like I had no control over my life or days.
Working 1:1 with Stacy helped me understand that all diabetics go out of range! It’s the nature of type 1 and all we can do is our best. Over the course of my coaching program, my A1C dropped from 5.9 to 5.6, and I am more confident in letting insulin work and being less intense about staying tightly in range all the time.
Stacy was so kind and patient during our sessions. She asked introspective questions, showed empathy and compassion for me in my T1D journey, and helped me with reframing so many of my negative mindsets. Coaching helped me, and continues to help me, in ways I never even imagined!
Before coaching, my A1c was okay but misleading due to all the hypos I was having. I felt like I'd never be able to do the things I'm passionate about like paint at my easel or even just normal day to day things without feeling so drained and sick from the ups and downs of my sugar levels. Working with Jess, I’m now more confident and feel capable of making good decisions. I no longer torture myself with poor beliefs around who I am as a diabetic or who I was.
This 1:1 coaching program has provided me with tangible data to work from and more confidence in the decision making process which I've come to really value. I have successfully navigated through so many of my limiting beliefs that I could now see were holding me back. Jess really knows what she's doing as a coach and can help guide you to who you would like to be and where you want to be by the end of the program. She is fully able to provide the knowledge you may feel you're lacking from diabetes management to supporting you on the emotional well being front. I look forward to continuing from here - learning more and more about my diabetes management and customizing it to a life I desire! Because now I have the tools and habits and can see that it is completely doable.
As a mom of a newly diagnosed teen, I felt Lauren and Trista did an amazing job helping us with the day to day struggles of diabetes.This coaching program helped us manage the day to day life with diabetes in such a positive way- learning how to use settings on the Omnipod better to have more challenging foods, understanding better strategies of how to manage crazy busy days.... everything in this coaching program focused on managing diabetes each day and how it might be different for each person.
James and our family now has an overall boost in confidence around navigating diabetes, school, and sports as he is entering high school! As he always says to me, these coaches are the "bomb.com!" Thank you for sharing your coaching with our family. It has been a true blessing.
Before doing 1:1 coaching with Stacy, I struggled with my relationship to food. I felt confused about what to eat and was always stressing over my next meal. After working with Stacy, I have more confidence about my relationship with food, and how it relates to anxiety. What I found most valuable, was being able to vent about my frustrations with diabetes and having Stacy help me unpack those feelings. I feel a lot more confident about my relationship with diabetes and the work I've done with Stacy’s help and empathy.Moving forward after coaching, I am able to communicate with my doctors much more effectively, and I’m not as hard on myself when things go wrong and with my relationship to myself and to diabetes.
As a newly diagnosed type one diabetic, I struggled letting go of fears. This left me feeling sad and scared prior to group coaching.
Now, my time in range has improved by 20%, and I am more accepting of my diagnosis. I feel more empowered to be curious with T1. I know that I released my fears and gained so much knowledge. I feel that I am stronger in bolusing for certain foods and more importantly I am stronger in believing in myself. I have let go of fears and now approach diabetes from a place of curiosity and the belief that I can live a long, happy and fulfilling life!
I was in pretty good shape with parts of my T1D prior to this program, but now I have all of the knowledge and understanding of how all the pieces of the pie fit together.I couldn't have spent my money on anything better because now I am in a place with my diabetes to start a family & I owe it all to the LOVE and SUPPORT of Jess!I mean come on, I went from a 7.0 A1C to 5.8! It happened with a lot of effort & work.
This program is everything you need to get on track - the coaches go above and beyond to make sure you have every resource you need to succeed. They are your biggest supporters whether you want them to be or not; which is very fulfilling. They help you understand what happens to your body and not compare to someone else. They really get to know YOU and how you live life instead of telling you that you are doing it "wrong".
I am eating better than I ever have, I finally have mental space for other things besides my diabetes, I'm no longer telling myself I can't and I am now telling myself that I CAN! I understand and appreciate my diabetes now.Thank you is an understatement of how appreciative I am for everything. NO REGRETS!
Lauren has been so incredibly helpful the past three months that I am excited to continue working with her for another three! Even after having diabetes for over 12 years, there were (and still are) so many things I didn’t know about how to manage myself the best I could be.
Lauren is full of tips and methods that all diabetics should know and she is always there to help me in between our sessions. This was a big difference for me, as my normal doctor visits are much more brief. Meeting with Lauren on a regular basis has helped hold me accountable for the changes I need to make for tighter blood sugar control and having consistent support makes it so much easier. She has helped me recognize patterns in my blood sugars based on different foods and exercise.
With her help over the past 3 months, my A1C dropped from 8.1 to 7.5 and I’m confident it will keep improving! In addition to helping me with blood sugar control, she also helped me come up with an exercise routine and easy recipes that have made it much easier to cook at home. All in all, Lauren has been so uplifting and a enjoyable to work with! I couldn’t recommend her programs enough!
I started working with Lauren during my 21st year of living with T1D. I had been stuck in a place where I felt like my diabetes management was “good enough” but not great. I felt like I had mental blocks that were affecting my ability to lower my A1C and to develop healthier habits.
During my time with her I developed a fitness routine (literally went from absolute zero exercise besides walking to doing 3-4 workouts a week), I lowered my A1C to 6.7 (the absolute lowest I’ve ever been in my 21 years of T1D), lost 9 pounds, gained a better understanding of food and the glycemic index, decreased my hypoglycemia anxiety, but most importantly—I gained confidence in myself.
I think the most magical part of the coaching relationship with Lauren is that she doesn’t “fix” or “change” you. Rather, she helped me to realize my potential and to trust myself more. And I am eternally grateful.
Before starting my journey with Lauren I was ‘managing’ my diabetes but I knew I could be living a healthier and happier life. I never neglected my diabetes but it was a constant rollercoaster of highs and lows and I just knew I had to finally get this under control. I had developed some bad habits in the 15 years of having diabetes that I just couldn’t break out of it.
I would see my endocrinologist every 3 months and he would adjust my basals and ratios, but visits were so few and far between, and I didn’t feel like he really understood me and my issues. I needed guidance and I had the numbers to prove it.. I had an A1C of almost 9.0! I tried going to a nutritionist that my endo recommended, but I didn’t find it to be beneficial. She went over the standard topics, carb counting, snacks, nutritional panels…almost insulting since I was not newly diagnosed, like ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Frustrated and feeling like I was running out of options I began researching diabetes and nutrition myself. I thought, “How can I find a well rounded diet and exercise plan that works with my diabetes?” I didn’t want to find the next diet fad, I wanted to make lifestyle changes to better myself all together, I knew that with these changes good numbers would follow. I just didn’t know where to begin and how to get there.
Thankfully I stumbled on a blog post about Lauren, the diabetic, yoga-crazed, nutrition guru, health coach, extraordinaire! As soon as I visited her website I knew she was the person that I wanted to work with. I found out that she conducts the sessions via skype and I filled out a contact form right away. She reached out to me right away and we scheduled my consultation – I was so excited to work with her. After our first session I was already seeing changes in my blood sugar numbers. Lauren doesn’t just look at numbers, she looks at the big picture and really hones in on the issues. She taught me so much about diabetes and myself in a way that is easy to understand, manageable, and totally doable. She sets small goals “homework” after each session, and she is always available between sessions for any questions big or small. I looked forward to our skype sessions every 2 weeks, she always greeted me with a big smile and positivity!I went into this experience with a simple goal of getting my A1C down to 7-8 to start. I figured I would learn more about nutrition and some exercise.
Lauren exceeded my expectations, she goes above and beyond. Now I am happy to say that I feel the BEST I have ever felt in my life, all around – physically, mentally, and emotionally. I learned so much about myself and how I can manage everything that life throws at me without sacrificing my health. My A1C went from almost 9.0 to about a 7.0 now. Lauren taught me how to set goals for myself and stick to them. I came out of this exceeding every goal we set in the beginning, a plan to continue my journey with everything she taught me, and really a friend who finally understands.Thank you a million Lauren, my “diabetic soul sister.” I hope you know you are great at what you do and you are helping so many people like me.
My 3-year old son, Ethan, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 20 months old in 2015. Our first endocrinologist provided no nutritional counseling, had low expectations for a toddler A1C and struggled to manage his insulin needs coming out of honeymoon. Enter: Lauren Bongiorno.
When we started with Lauren, Ethan’s A1C was 8.3, he had just gotten on an insulin pump, and I was at my wit’s end with roller coaster blood sugars that were NEVER in range. Lauren taught us so much about not only what worked with Ethan’s body, but even more importantly WHY. She taught us that diabetes management is bio-individual and that what works for some people does not work with others. She taught us how to keep a detailed food diary to help us identify which foods spike Ethan and how to manage his insulin on the rare occasions that we eat those foods. She helped us understand how and why exercise affects his blood sugar. She taught me how to use the data from his CGM and pump downloads to adjust his insulin-carb ratios and basal rates, and she gave me the confidence that I could do it without our endo team. She helped me manage my stress and emotions and to release my ownership over his blood sugars. She was available constantly.
Most importantly, Lauren helped me set goals that were achievable yet aggressive, all the while maintaining the emotional, physical, and psychological well-being that helped out entire family feel healthier and happier. Ethan’s last A1C was 6.7, and most importantly, we achieved that A1C with fewer lows and a higher percentage in range than ever before. We don’t feel deprived or like we are missing out on anything because of diabetes, and we owe all of that to Lauren. She continues to be an integral part of our diabetes team!
Having spent years (and I mean years) hitting wall after wall and feeling so alone in my struggle with diabetes control, I didn’t think anything would actually make my diabetes work with me instead of against me. But Lauren helped me realize the things that were holding me back, helped me change my mindset, helped me take charge.
Now I know that even on the tough days I can get back on track. I went from having 4-5 out of range numbers a day to now only 1-2 per week. My A1C is down from 7.1 to 6.5 and am no longer shooting up to 400 for over treating low blood sugars.
Thank you for being my sounding board, Lauren, and for giving me my confidence back. The other aspects of my life have improved greatly because my health is up to par again
I came to Lauren when my diabetes was spinning out of control and I felt lost. She guided me back on the right path by teaching me how to control my diabetes with everyday changes. Since working with Lauren I have successfully lowered my A1C from 10.7 to 8.4 in the 3 months we worked together! I transitioned onto an insulin pump and brought my sugar down from 16+ to 5.0-8.0 daily. I am much happier and healthier thanks to Lauren!
Since working with Lauren, I’ve been on track in achieving my fitness and wellness goals. Lauren has given me techniques that have become habit in aligning myself with more positivity despite the many stresses that come with living as a type one diabetic. Thank you Lauren for allowing me to become all I wish to be physically and mentally.
Lauren is an absolutely fabulous coach!!! I have been following Lauren’s story for a long time now and I applied for this program to work through some of my battles with stress, over-training, over-eating, over-drinking, etc. Unlike working with a counselor, Lauren’s holistic approach to lifestyle and health was EXACTLY what I needed but hadn't been able to get anywhere else.
Her program program helped me realize so many things about different areas of my life that needed adjustments, and we tackled each one together. I AM SO MUCH BETTER THAN BEFORE and can't imagine not having invested in myself for this program. Not only do her coaching methodologies work, but Lauren is such an authentically wonderful person and health coach to have in your corner. She is a true inspiration and I highly recommend working with her.
“When I think about Lauren and what she helped me accomplish, the first word that comes to mind is “Inspirational”. I first found Lauren on Instagram and I thought to myself, “who is this girl?” and “how do I become friends with her?”. Like anyone who wants to be friends I started out the search on Facebook to discover she had a website and I did exactly what you are doing now, I read the testimonials.
Not only is Lauren inspiring in all of her social media info and posts; she herself is a Type One Diabetic. She’s not a doctor or nurse who has never lived a day in the life as a real diabetic. She knows the struggle. And, she is living proof that you can do exactly what you set your mind out to do.
Lauren helped me create goals, assigned me homework in between sessions, and over our 6 month time together we nailed each and every goal I wrote down on session 1. Before starting with Lauren my A1C was 7.7 and this was just by chance and a lot of lows that brought my average down. After all the tools, nutrition tips, and bi-monthly check ins to keep me on track and hold me accountable, by the end of our sessions together was my A1C was a 6.1. I am a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason” so if you are reading this it’s for a reason.
Go ahead and connect with Lauren- you WON’T regret taking the time for you and your diabetes management.
I had the joy to work with Lauren from November 2016 to February 2017 and it was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I will be forever grateful to my husband who encouraged me to do this, saying all you have is your health. The year before I came to Lauren, I had removed so much from my daily diet (in a clear effort to be healthy) that eating was a chore and I keep increasing exercising thinking it would be the solution- with no positive results. Actually, my body was done with me. It had checked out. Despite being very active and strong, my body fat was getting even higher and A1c was rising (even with medicine on board).
I hesitantly enlisted a coach in Lauren. Her path, experience and knowledge seemed like a good fit and we were off. I am so grateful that Lauren quickly saw to the root of the problem and helped me, as someone who knew a lot about food and macros and carbs and insulin, to reframe my thinking and efforts. I am forever grateful for her strong and loving guidance, because I was not an easy sell. It is very scary to let go of ideas you have held to be true for a very long time and embrace things that seem counter to your entire foundation. But the rewards have far exceeded my expectations. Deepest thanks, sweet Lauren!
My results have been far beyond anything I could have expected, especially in such a short time. Prior to working with her, I felt like for 2 decades I have been at battle with my body and trying to break it into submission, to doing what I wanted it to. Ugh! How did I not see it? But since working with her, I have a much more balanced diet, love eating again, and my body has responded in amazing ways. In 3 months, I am off all medicine to improve insulin sensitivity, my A1c has dropped half a point (back to normal ranges), my post prandials have come into a normal range, my lipids dropped more than 60 pts (and they were only borderline high), I dropped 4% body fat and 4 pounds. In less than 3 months, and over the holidays to boot!! This is amazing considering I am eating 2x as much and exercising less.
As the months on my own continue to pass, my results continue to unfurl. I am amazed daily by seeing my strong and happy self emerge. I feel like sometimes you need outside eyes to help you see what you are too close to seeing, and Lauren was the perfect person for me. I cannot say thank you enough to her, for what she has giving me.“sometimes the answer we most seek lies amidst our clenched fist…”
It’s hard to sum up the massive impact that Lauren has had on my life, diabetes is such a 24/7 condition that even a small improvement can have a huge effect on day to day life! When I first got in touch with Lauren I was in a pretty desperate place, I had been living with type 1 for 13 years but had completely ignored it for most of that time. When I finally decided it was time to take control and get healthy I found myself in a mess, a terrible a1c, rollercoaster blood sugar readings and whatever I tried (and I really was trying!) to fix it just didn’t seem to work.
Lauren was fantastic though, completely open and never judgmental about my management in the past. She showed me how far I had already come and really motivated me by setting achievable goals for the future. When we first spoke I set a goal of getting my a1c under 8.0% from a 8.7% and honestly just didn’t think it was possible, but after just a few months it was 7.3% and I’ve honestly never been prouder!
Lauren works in a number of ways, making both physical and mental changes. She helped me set goals and checking in with her every 2 weeks was a brilliant way of not only keeping me focused but also showing me how well I had done. It wasn’t all easy but Lauren has an infectious positivity and each time we chatted she provided the perspective I needed to relax (a little!), reset my mind keep moving forward, she is an incredibly motivating person and managed to help me motivate myself.
Physically I have improved my insulin sensitivity (1:10 to 1:15 insulin to carb ratios and background cut from 20 units twice daily to now 12 at night and 14 in the morning) reduced my A1c and evened out my highs and lows, I’ve gone from having regular blood sugars over 20mmoll/ 360 fairly regularly to now being really alarmed to see anything over 14mmol/250. But for me the greater change has been with my mindset, when Lauren and I first spoke I felt I had no control over my diabetes but I knew I didn’t want to let it rule me. I’ve always been sporty and had a fun social life filled with eating out with friends, parties and other potential ‘challenges’ for managing blood sugar, instead of limiting any of this Lauren has shown me how to keep doing all these things but to recognise and manage the effects. I have finally learned to let go of the numbers I can’t change and learn from the ones I can, that’s the biggest change for me, diabetes is finally not the biggest stress in my life – I’ve gone from totally ignoring it to 24/7 stressing about it and I’ve finally found a happy medium.
I have a check up at my doctor next week (including an A1c test) and for the first time ever I’m excited to see my progress instead of being scared to go and I have Lauren to thank!
I’ve spent a lot of time and money on various health and wellness products, coaches, and programs, so I was hesitant at first to invest in a coaching package with Lauren; however, something about her energy during our 15 minute consultation really spoke to me, and I am so glad I decided to go for it!
It was incredible to connect with someone who understood and could relate to the challenges of being a Type 1 diabetic, but our work ended up going so far beyond blood sugars and carb counting. During our three months of working together, Lauren helped me reframe some of my deepest fears that have been holding me back. She supported me as I started to question my oldest beliefs and pushed me to see my life in a new light.
Lauren got to know ME and my personal struggles and, therefore, was able to customize her coaching to exactly what I needed to start making shifts in my wellness journey as well as my life. As much as I miss talking to Lauren every other week, I am grateful that she prepared me with the tools to be my own coach as I move forward and continue to navigate the highs and lows of Type 1 diabetes and life.
Diagnosed a type 1 at the age of 36 was tough. My father was a type 1 and I was well aware of the dangers. Frustrated, tired, and most recently receiving an 8.0 A1C and now 40 years old, I knew I needed to make a change. I reached out to Lauren's team via the website and heard back quickly to apply. We set a date for a consultation, I enrolled, and we had our first call.
Finally someone (Lauren is a type 1 herself) who could relate to everything I was going through and help at the same time. On our first call we set my goals and I immediately started with the assignments she gave me. I knew I made the right call. Just by listening to her, and her desire to help, I knew we were in this together.
Over the course of 3 months she helped me identify patterns in my blood sugars, and took notice of how certain foods affected my blood sugars. Healthy meal plans were established as well as exercise goals. I now see things differently and I can identify patterns myself, and make changes on the fly. I have a better understanding of my disease and I am more comfortable with it. Lauren always replied to my emails in between calls and always gave me encouragement to go after my goals. So after 3 months my A1C went down to 7.3 and my lipid panels all improved! I'm on a roll and can see myself easily trending in the right direction because of the work I put in in this program.
As someone who was living with type one for 15 years, I thought I had it pretty much figured out. Little did I know though, Lauren would become one of the most valuable resources and ultimately, friend, I ever came across in making huge changes in my life.
Not only did Lauren help me to reach my goal of lowering my A1C from a 7.1 to a 6.5, I increased my insulin sensitivity(carb ratio went from 1:13 to 1:18), lost 8 pounds, started work outs that actually got me results, felt less stressed out around food choices, was eating more carbs and using less insulin, and she helped me to conquer my underlying anxiety issues as well. Lauren’s helped me see and understand my diabetes more clearly than I ever had before and decrease my emotional attachment to the numbers. I understand now how to more strategically adjust my pump settings and I’ve seen a huge difference just in that alone!
Lauren has also been a bit of a life coach and encouraged me to pursue my passions head first. She was a leading force in helping me make some of the biggest and most important decisions in my personal life, and helped me transition from my old job to now owning my own business. Lauren has helped me better understand my mind-body connection and I’ve been able to transform tremendously since we’ve begun working together! It’s been over a year working with Lauren and I’m grateful for every bit!”
I was diagnosed as T1D in August 2016, after being misdiagnosed as TD2 for two years. Actually, some might say LADA, others Type 1.5. Bottom line, I was told I would need to take daily insulin injections, finger pricks, be careful when I drive, exercise, sleep, eat, work–you name it, life was going to be ‘different’.
Part of my early journey was to find a way to stay positive, stay focused, and take control of T1D rather than the other way around. I knew that exercise would be a key to my success. I was first introduced to Lauren after reading a blog post she wrote on Beyond Type 1 detailing the best ways to incorporate and manage exercise as a T1D. I also loved that Lauren was a Yogi-as I had incorporated Yoga into my life when I was first diagnosed.
I called Lauren and she explained how we could work together–and it was just what I was looking for–a personal T1D coach focused on my heath, my education, my support –teaching me how to take control, rather than being controlled by this disease. I signed up for a 3-month package and ‘met’ with Lauren (thru FaceTime) every two weeks. The first session was focused on me–with my sharing of my T1D experience, and Lauren probing me about setting new goals for myself. It took some conversation–but we established new A1C targets (under 6. 0), new fitness goals (resistance, cardio, Yoga,) travel goals and new lifestyle goals.
Working with Lauren was a great experience. At each session we reviewed my goals, and focused on my what I needed to understand better; from accurate carb counting to issues with taking my insulin. We experimented, logged, implemented and discussed everything we were trying. Lauren encouraged me to try new things–and I found new ways to achieve better BG control. Lauren excelled at analyzing my numbers and activities– and helped me understand the meaning behind the numbers. Each session ended with a ‘homework assignment’ which we reviewed together two weeks later. Her years of managing her own T1D, her education, her athleticism and persistence making for a great combination as my T1D coach.
Most important for me was knowing I was working with someone who had my back. When I had a problem that came up unexpectedly–which of course happens–she would help me figure things out. Over three months, I found myself researching more on my own, having a better understanding of how things were working, and analyzing my own results. Together–we achieved all the goals that I established including my success in reducing my A1C to 5.9, maintaining a consistent fitness program, and feeling more confident and in control of my life.
To sum it up, Lauren is professional who is dedicated to helping others achieve their goals. She is a positive, energetic and inspirational person and brings all to every session. Her knowledge, her athleticism and attitude all combine to make her a perfect coach. She understands first hand what it means to be T1D, and as many in the TD1 community is anxious to share her experiences and education to support others.”
Having Lauren as my diabetic health coach is definitely the best decision I could have made after my diagnosis. The first time I talked to her my A1C was 7.8 and after signing up for her program it went down to a 6.5.
I used to feel guilty about eating and gaining weight and was scared of carbs and insulin. It wasn’t my best moment. I’m a person that loves to socialize and be in restaurants with friends and family so overall I just wasn’t happy. I think one of the most incredible parts of this program is that Lauren doesn’t just look at diabetes. She deals with all the aspects in your life to help you find balance and as a result your diabetes is positively impacted.
This program made me a much more healthier person, starting with exercise that I learned to love like cycling and yoga. I started to be mindful of what I ate without the guilt and enjoyed some not so healthy food in occasions but controlled my numbers when I did. I also learned that it is very important to educate yourself about diabetes so I read some books Lauren recommended without obsessing with them.
The best of all is that I started getting close to my true self, reading books/saying affirmations that gave me tranquility and peace of mind. The program taught me to be grateful of what I have and what I can achieve. At the end what I learned the most is that diabetes doesn't define me, It is just a part of me now, not controlling my life anymore. Im forever thankful for Lauren and would truly recommend her coaching to anyone struggling with the way they manage their diabetes.
I am so happy and thankful that I made the decision to work with Lauren. Through all my years as a diabetic, I have never experienced so much understanding of why my blood sugars were doing what they were. I started with a 7.3 A1C and within 3 months it was down to a 6.5. I wake up with great numbers, have less highs and lows, and I’m less stressed which helps me make better food decisions. I reached all my goals I set with Lauren and even lost the weight I’d been trying to lose. Overall I feel less pressure and stress in my life and have much more self confidence as a healthy and strong diabetic!
I always had a dismissive attitude through living with diabetes for 22 years. I thought, ‘perhaps if i ignore it, i don’t really have it’. I was desperate to be normal and I went through my teens and early 20’s with high A1C’s and made excuses why I couldn’t pay attention to it. Every time I had a very high A1C result, the doctors would say, ‘you need to start paying close attention to your numbers’, and I would say ‘okay, can you help me?’. We’d talk for a few minutes but ultimately I’d get the “see you in 3-6 months”.
I eventually knew that I had to get on the straight and narrow path but I knew I needed help from someone who cared and understood what I was going through. That’s when I found Lauren, my personal knightress in shining armor. I worked with Lauren for 12 months and by the end my A1C was the lowest it’s ever been in the past 20 years.
Lauren has taught me so much, and many tiny things that have made a huge difference that no one has ever told me. How this basic information has been left out from my medical caregivers, I don’t know. I finally feel like I have the drive and the tools to go about my life, taking control of my diabetes and feeling better. From the bottom of my heart, Lauren, thank you, for everything.”
I hired Lauren to work with my 13 year old daughter, Charli, who was experiencing difficulty in managing blood sugars due to rapid growth, hormones and the onset of t1d burnout.
Charlize’s a1c had steadily risen over a year and a half to 11.7! Even though Charli has strong support from her family and endocrinology team, she most positively responded to Laurens’ advice and assistance because Lauren was able to come from experience and personal understanding of what it is like to be a t1d teen! Lauren got Charli to understand the danger of her situation and to care about taking control and responsibility in managing her t1d to not only be healthier, but to feel better overall each and every day. Lauren worked with Charli to find realistic solutions and tools to help her better manage her blood sugar at school, when out with friends and on vacations with the family. Within a few months Charli’s a1c dropped to 6.9, and continues to range between 6.9-7.9, all while still managing those teenage hormones and growth!
Teen years are tough on the mother-daughter relationship, and adding the extra frustration of t1d further strains this dynamic! I am so grateful to Lauren for her positive “big sister” mentorship. My biggest tool is now “what would Lauren want you to do?” and letting that guide Charli to the right choice.
Having type one diabetes for 17 years is tiring. Each day is a rollercoaster with ups and downs and only for a few seconds do you feel like you’re in control. However, it wasn’t until I met Lauren that I realized I could genuinely feel in control more often than not.
After attending a JDRF Young Leadership Committee meeting and hearing Lauren speak, I knew immediately that I needed to start working with her and I couldn’t be more thrilled that I made the decision to do so.
In the seventeen years I’ve had type one diabetes my A1C hadn’t been below 7. This had always been something that I’d strive for but never actually put in the work to do. I felt like it wasn’t possible and that it was normal to go through those ups and downs without ever being in true control of my numbers. After working with Lauren, this all changed – and for the better.
Lauren gave me better insight into foods that would help stabilize my blood sugar without feeling limited or going on a diet. Substituting these foods helped me feel in control and led me to feeling more positive about my numbers.
After seeing that I could eat breakfast without my blood sugar creeping up but rather staying in a straight line, I felt motivated to continue making changes to my lifestyle in order to bring down my A1C. Lauren also helped me prepare for workouts without my blood sugar always having to go low while on the spin bike and look for patterns in my blood sugars on a daily basis. I soon realized that I didn’t need to wait every three months until I saw my doctor to make changes that lasted a few days, but rather take control myself and make these changes for the better.
After working with Lauren, my A1C went from a 7.4 to a 6.6!!!!!! I have never felt more confident and positive about my diabetes than I do now thanks to Lauren who was my biggest cheerleader the entire way!!
In addition to bringing my A1C down, Lauren helped me focus on my health holistically. With someone who struggles with anxiety, she encouraged me to welcome meditation into my life. Although at first it was a bit uncomfortable, something I wasn’t used to taking the time to pause and sit with my thoughts, I now embrace meditation and have built the practice into my weekly schedule. Carving out time to work out and meditate has made me feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally – something Lauren truly encouraged me to do.
I cannot thank Lauren enough for helping me not only reach my goals but surpass them and alter my lifestyle to be the best ME I can be!!!!! Thank you Lauren!!!!!!
I started seeing Lauren when I had a 12.5 A1c and my main goal was to bring it down to a healthier level. Through sessions with Lauren, I ended up accomplishing that goal (bringing it down to a 8.1 and then a 7.4 three months after that) along with so many others.
I have always been private about my Type 1 diabetes, and although I still am, Lauren helped me become so much more confident about confiding in others and becoming a little bit more vulnerable while also remaining strong and independent. Lauren was able to share her own personal experiences and it was so helpful to know that someone so confident once shared the same worries as me.
Lauren not only helped me mentally, but also physically. I came to Lauren with a diet and workout regimen I wanted to work on. Lauren helped get me out of my reliance on sugar cravings and helped me get into better exercise habits. My favorite aspect of Lauren’s coaching was the accountability. She would have me to message her when I was at the gym, or write down my meals to keep track of my sugar intake. I could send her a picture of my meal at a restaurant and she would help me figure out how many carbs I should bolus for. I would recommend Lauren to anyone who needs support in their personal Type 1 journey. Having a support system doesn’t make someone any less independent or capable. It only helps in overcoming obstacles that we sometimes struggle to face alone.
I participated in Lauren’s 3 month program and it truly helped me take control of my diabetes and my life. First, Lauren is a friendly, warm and welcoming person. From our first appointment, I knew I could talk to her about any problem. Second, Lauren was always accommodating with working with my busy schedule and always answered emails promptly.
In the 3 months that Lauren and I worked together, I not only lowered my basal insulin amount by 6 units but also discovered new workout techniques and dove into the world of meditation which has been helping with self control and anxiety. Furthermore, my blood sugars have never been more stable thanks to Lauren’s Diabetic Health Journal which makes food and insulin logging fun, easy and creative.
Lauren also introduced me to the idea that a healthy life is not about elimination but knowing how to eat the right foods and when to eat them. She made realize that carbs are “okay”!! This was a whole new idea to me. I used to be afraid of carbs due to my huge sweet tooth but with Lauren’s techniques, I am able to feel comfortable with them and I learned better self control.
With Lauren’s guidance and care, I feel more confident, strong and also with more willpower to keep going instead of always giving up. Weight loss and control doesn’t happen overnight and I’m realizing that more and more but Lauren helped me understand that and also provided me with the techniques to keep going.
Working with Lauren was one of the best investments I could have made for my health, happiness, family and overall wellness. As a Type 1 diabetic I have struggled with blood sugar control, motivation, mood swings, self-sabotage, anxiety, and much more. I was about to become a dad and I knew I wanted my daughter to have me around for a long time. Lauren’s approach is extremely refreshing because she believes in a well-balanced life, unlike many nutritionists I have spoken to in the past. She was more than a coach, she was also a friend and supported me the entire way. During my 3 month program I was able to lower my A1C from 8.1 to 6.9, I dramatically lowered my constant anxiety, finally started working out again, and started developing more self-discipline. I would highly recommend Lauren to anyone who expects more from themselves but needs a little help to get started, thanks Lauren and the entire team!!!!
In the time that we worked together, Lauren was more than a coach. She was an accountability partner, a cheerleader in successes, a sounding board for frustration, and a shining example of what a beautiful life as a Type I diabetic can look like. Her sessions don’t come with a set program or plan, instead, Lauren helps you understand what patterns are taking place in your life and how they are affecting your diabetes and your overall health.
This process was a series of many small, manageable steps that added up to very big change! I’ve been Type 1 for almost 30 years, and working with Lauren turned out to be a long-overdue reboot for my health. My a1c dropped 1.5 points in 3 months- from a 8.5 to a 7.2- and I have a stronger sense of how to manage my diabetes and my general wellness, no matter what curve-balls life throws my way.
If you are even considering signing up with Lauren, do it, you won’t regret it.I have had Diabetes for 24 years. It’s all I’ve ever known, which I usually say is the blessing and curse of it. Up until working with Lauren, I definitely was not caring for myself properly. Obviously, as a kid, I just wanted to be normal- same with high school, and college. But as I got older, I realized just how serious the implications of not properly managing my diabetes could be, and I doubled down on my efforts to get it under control. However, I saw little success with these efforts. I tried and tried, and it seemed like my numbers were always all over the place, always unexpected, and things just weren’t getting better. I’ve seen a number of endocrinologists, and none of them have ever been that helpful. Their advice usually starts and ends with a slight changing of basals.I was tired, frustrated, and fed up. I had an 8.0 A1C and no idea what to do about it. I came home from a doctor’s appointment after getting the A1C news and immediately started googling “how to lower your A1C.” A bunch of articles came up, but one, which featured a young, energetic, athletic young woman discussing her experiences with gaining control of her diabetes, stood out.
Enter: Lauren Bongiorno.
I signed up with Lauren for 6 months, and immediately there were improvements. Not only were the improvements encouraging, but Lauren provided insight, encouragement, and education along the way. I wasn’t just bettering my sugars and tightening my control, I was learning the WHY behind it- why certain foods were better than others in terms of diabetes management, why my sugars were going high at certain times, why past things I’d tried hadn’t worked, etc. I was gaining a holistic AND personalized understanding of Diabetes that I never had before. I’ve always been someone who works out and eats healthy, but Lauren took that to a whole new level. I gained strength, confidence, and a repertoire of easy, healthy recipes that fit with my lifestyle. The efforts were finally working.
With Lauren, I gained control- lowering my A1C from 8.0 to a 6.7, and then ultimately a 6.0 in about 6 months. But it was not just control of my diabetes that I gained. With Lauren’s guidance, I gained physical and mental strength. I gained confidence. I gained empathy and kindness towards myself, and tools I can use in order to manage my anxiety and negative self-talk. It sounds so corny, but Lauren literally changed my life. If you are even considering signing up with Lauren, do it, you won’t regret it. Lauren, I can’t thank you enough!!
I have been type 1 diabetic for 18 years. I am 28 so it has been something I have lived with more most of my life. I have always had relatively “good” control in the eyes of doctors, but I knew I could do better. I found it hard to get my a1c under 7.0, where is hovered for many years. Upon starting my journey with Lauren, I found the most helpful tool to be the diabetic health journal, which allowed me to track blood sugar patterns and insulin needs in a way I never had done before.
I have been low carb for years, and developed a fear of pre-blousing and giving what I consider “ a lot “ of insulin. With the help and knowledge of Lauren, I can successfully pre - bolus with confidence, which has made a HUGE difference in my day to day blood sugar control.
Lauren really helped me structure my own weekly exercise regime, showing me the benefits of weights and resistance training. This keeps my blood sugars in range for days.
Lastly, One of my goals was to lower my a1c to 6.5. After the 3 month program, I had my a1c tested and it was 6.3! I will be continuing my journey with Lauren for another 3 months, and I look forward to it.
When I was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes on November 9, 2009, I never expected that over the next seven years, I’d become so consumed by it; by the numbers, by obsessive thoughts, by anxiety around food and exercise and by dicing with diabulimia.On the outside, I’ve always kept a smile on my face. I always wanted to people to think that diabetes didn’t bother me and I was stronger than my chronic illness, but on the inside I was quietly crumbling, frustrated with myself and a bit lost.
I’ve worked with endocrinologists, GPs, clinical psychologists, diabetes nurses, nutritionists, and naturopaths. They’ve all prescribed various courses of treatment but offered little support and understanding of the underlying issues that have been preventing me from succeeding.
I went to Lauren with an A1C of 8.5% and after my first consultation with her, I knew this programme was going to be different. She has this energy that is just magnetic, she isn’t judgmental about management in the past – she motivates, educates and inspires.
It’s hard to put into words how refreshing it is to talk to someone who has diabetes and understands what you’re going through.
Within the first few weeks of working with Lauren, I was already seeing more steady blood sugar numbers and when I was seeing numbers outside of the optimal range, I was learning more about why that was happening and deconstructing the mindset I had of associating insulin and good diabetes management with weight gain.
In 6 months my A1C was down to a 7.4% and in 6 months, my A1C was down to a 6.4%!But this program was so much more than just about the numbers. Through fortnightly Skype sessions, and the email support in between, Lauren helped me to understand that there are so many factors connected to diabetes control – exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress, career, joy, relationships and the home environment – and she helped me to address a number of underlying issues and bridge the gap between knowledge and action.
She introduced me to new ideas, pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me to find balance and control coming from an empowered mindset, rather than a restrictive, fearful one. Lauren was always positive and excited by my accomplishments, which helped me be more excited and driven. I looked forward to each fortnightly Skype session and went away from them overwhelmed with positivity and determination.I wrapped up three months with Lauren having exceeded every goal we set and with a clear vision to continue.
I’m feeling less like a victim of diabetes, and more like the victor; in control of my life and more fulfilled, healthy, and happy than I ever have since being diagnosed with diabetes. Lauren – I can’t thank you enough!”
I thought I was doing everything I could possible do to manage my life with Type 1 Diabetes. It took a long time for me to realize that the consistent high blood sugars and late night binge eating to correct lows didn’t have to be normal. After having to switch endocrinologists 3 times a year and still not making progress, I’m so happy I found Lauren.
Lauren helped me learn more about myself, more than i could have ever imagined and in such a quick period of time. Over the span of 3 months, I have lowered my A1C from 7.5 to 6.5, I have cut my insulin intake down by almost 50% ( used to take around 65 units per day and now i take 36 units per day), I am waking up between 100-110, and I am feeling better in my skin than I have in a long time. Before Lauren I wasn’t testing as much because I was afraid of the number most likely being out of range, but now I get excited to test. I’m no longer binge eating and feel so much more in control because of all that Lauren has taught me. Before i met Lauren, I was exercising almost 7 times a week but still gaining weight. I have now lost over 10 pounds just by learning and understanding how to properly fuel my body and establishing new exercise routines that are designed specifically for me.
Lauren’s positive energy made her easy to confide in and I found her to be just as much as a friend as the best health coach ever.
I have had Type 1 Diabetes for the last 20 years of my life. It's so great to see all of the increasing technology and medical devices to help with the disease but even with all of these tools, I got to a point where I realized that I needed someone to help me with a more personalized coaching experience. I wanted to understand why certain patterns were happening to me and how to have the best blood sugars/ create habits that could provide me with a long, happy, and healthy life.
The universe showed Lauren to me online for a reason and I am SO glad I signed up for her program. Throughout the program she guided and helped me in ways that no one else has ever been able to do. There was a lot of education, but sometimes it was to just listen to the questions I had or to vent about a roller-coaster of a blood sugar day. Either way, she was there with an open heart, an educated mind, and empathetic clarity because she knows first hand what it is like to live with Diabetes.
With Lauren as my 1:1 coach I lowered my A1C from a 6.6 to a 5.7!! I have never been in the 5's before working with Lauren. She has an energy and vibe that is so contagious and is a ray of sunshine who truly cares about each one of her clients!
I came to Lauren in a serious diabetes management rut. I felt trapped in a place where I knew what I was looking to do, but felt I lacked the tools and resources to get their on my own. Being diagnosed later on in life, I have never been confident nor comfortable talking about my diabetes with my friends or co-workers. This led to increased anxiety in all areas of my life. Going into meetings or going out to a lunch with a client, I always felt anxious that my blood sugars would go low, so I would compensate by letting my blood sugars run higher. I got in the habit of applying this tactic alongside eating an extremely low carb diet to avoid having to take more insulin. I noticed that this type of diet was not conducive to my body. I love working out, and restricting my carbohydrates was taking a serious toll on my energy levels and performance in the gym. That being said, my dream for myself was to gain the confidence to speak more freely about my condition to others, and more importantly, eat more carbs to properly fuel my body -- enter Lauren.
In my 3 months of working with Lauren, beyond all of the tangible progress I've made in my blood sugar levels, the most important takeaway I have is the toolkit she's provided me with. Now, I feel more confident than ever going into a situation with curiosity instead of fear. This has allowed me to experiment and not get down on myself when things don't go my way. Now, I don't feel helpless and unsure how to navigate certain situations. Also, most importantly, I have more than doubled my daily carbohydrate intake, which has worked wonders on my energy levels.
Lauren's holistic approach to diabetes management is a tactic I will continue to utilize in my day-to-day life. I cannot begin to verbalize how much she has helped me on my continuous journey with type 1. I am more inspired than ever to continue to refine the areas we have worked on, and I am forever grateful for her helping me find that part of myself I was unsure how to recover on my own.
In 3 months Lauren brought breath back into my life. I have been T1D since I was 11, diagnosed as "brittle". I carried that with me through the years. Chasing perfection. The perfect weight, the perfect blood sugar, the perfect mindset. All this did was breakdown my mind and body further. I had gotten to the point that I dreaded the morning. I was angry at my body and jealous of those that appeared to live so effortlessly.
I connected with Lauren and she spoke my language. She stated hurts that I had but had never even recognized. She was a light on the other end of my computer with a heart and understanding for feelings that I couldn't even put into words.I thought I would work with her to lose weight and gain tighter blood sugar control. Instead, she brought my heart and mind through some pretty ugly, but important stuff. By our last session I shared with her, "I now wake up in the morning and don't want to die..it's the furthest thing from my mind.
One thing she helped with was better sleep, and with better rest, my numbers really started balancing out and I desired more movement. If you're lost in yourself, confused by your next steps, if you don't know how to connect your mind and body, Lauren knows how to coach you to bring everything back together-mind,body, and soul!
Thank you for saving my life Lauren.
Before I started the program, I was at my ends rope. I felt like I had tried everything and I felt hopeless. I struggled with depression, anxiety, diabulimia, DKA, blood sugar rollercoasters, and food binges from carb restricting. I needed someone to hold me accountable for my actions, but had been in my shoes, so there was understanding versus judgement—and that’s where Lauren came in. She taught me to want to be better instead of having to because it’s what my doctor told me. She showed me a different perspective to taking control and empowered me to push myself more because she believed in me.
With Lauren I started with 18% in range and ended up with 70%. I also lowered my A1C from 12.3 to 7.0! One of my biggest takeaways was learning how to detect different patterns and understanding how to intercept the bad behavior. My blood sugars used to average around the 200’s - 400’s, but after the 6-month program, I’m proud to say that my blood sugars are typically always in the 100 range! I started off being afraid of insulin to embracing it, and don’t get me started on how much happier I am!!! For years, I felt like I was in a mental prison, constantly going back and forth with what I should and shouldn’t be doing and beating myself up for it endlessly. Now, I’ve learned to let things go and just try to do better tomorrow cause it’s not the end of the world, just the end of a day. Honestly, I barely binge anymore and I’m just more pleasant to be around. My authentic self is finally crawling out of the cave she’s been hiding in for years.
If you are thinking about reaching out to Lauren for help, do it. Don’t wait, just do it. I had been following Lauren on instagram for months and always wanted to reach out, but kept stopping myself every time. One day, I just gave in and took the risk and I’m SO GLAD I did!!! I promise you, she can help you change your life the way she changed mine. She taught me things that no endocrinologist, no dietician, no nutritionist, no psychologist or primary doctor was ever able to teach me. My biggest win would have to be my overall happiness and peace of mind. Thank you, Lauren for bringing me back to life. I am forever grateful.
Since being diagnosed in 2014 before college, I struggled with self-discipline when it came to managing my diabetes. I was frustrated, tired, and annoyed. If I’m being honest, I wanted to act as if I wasn’t even diabetic. Overtime I grew close to my endocrinologist, began to learn from him and trust his advice, and finally started to care about my health. In early September of 2018, my doctor passed away and I felt lost. I immediately reached out to Lauren and we began the three-month program shortly after.
In college I lost any structure I had had in my diet or workout plan, I had little self- confidence, and struggled to manage my stress. Instantly I (and my family) knew Lauren would help me piece it all together. My favorite thing about working with Lauren is it wasn’t “just diabetes,” it was every element of my life. I had never considered how my sleep, relationships with others, feelings toward food, or self-acceptance could impact my health, mental clarity, happiness, and productivity.
Originally, I was set up to do the three- month program, but after seeing how much our meetings were helping, I knew I wanted to switch to the six- month program. When I began working with Lauren my A1C was a 9.5. Five months in to the program, I lowered my A1C to a 6.5! I am more confident, patient, and interested in learning more about how my body works. In creating specific, attainable goals I learned what it was like to appreciate and understand my body. The tools Lauren gave me are tools I will use every day moving forward. I mean it when I say I don’t know where I would be without Lauren!
I have been living with T1D for 20 years. Before working with Lauren, I almost daily experienced wide blood sugar fluctuations that significantly impacted both my physical and mental well-being. I felt tired all the time and struggled to keep my blood sugar in a reasonable range. I was ashamed of having diabetes and would hide it even from my friends, feeling embarrassed to give myself shots in front of them. Life for me was about prioritizing my work and education, even if that was at the expense of my health. Ultimately, it became very obvious that as much as I tried, I could not have better control over my diabetes without the professional support and direction from someone who also has diabetes.
I was not aware of it, but I lacked a tremendous amount of information about T1D. Lauren's programs and support are highly effective. She provided me with insights and the tools I needed to get my blood sugar under control. Starting out, I was at a 7.8 A1C – something I knew I needed to get down if I wanted to begin thinking about having a family. I also was on a keto diet and did not allow myself to eat foods I very much enjoyed. Lauren helped me to gradually reintroduce carbs into my diet, which to my surprise, has been great for my blood sugar and I have not gained any weight.
My blood sugar is 80% in-range with a one-month average of 132. I have become significantly less insulin resistant and need to give myself fewer shots over the course of the day. My A1C was down to 6.5 now at the end of the 3 months and after 1 month of finishing the program, it is down to a 6.2. I like to have an active life-style, but my blood sugar would fluctuate significantly when I worked out. Now, I am able to maintain a steady blood sugar level while working out and being active. Moreover, starting the 12 week climb program has made me even more insulin sensitive. With the introduction of a few natural supplements, I am also able to sleep better and deeper at night.
Working with Lauren has been the best investment I have ever made in myself. It is clear there is no need to feel alone in your battle to conquer diabetes. Lauren is so kind, non-judgmental, supportive, always available, and a real team mate. I now feel so much better on a daily basis, have a sense of control over my life, broke free from so many restrictive eating patterns, and ultimately, I am performing more effectively and concentrating deeper on my work and PhD than I was before the program. I could not be happier with where I am today, and that is all thanks to Lauren.
At the start of the bootcamp, I was going on 8 years with Type 1, all of which I had spent with an A1C of more or less 8.0%. I was feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and stuck in a rut. I have always been able to recognize that sleep, hormones, nutrition and exercise were affecting my blood sugar numbers, but I could never figure out exactly how and create strategy for managing it all. I was doing everything I had been taught when I was first diagnosed at 16, but I knew something was missing.
Once I started working with Lauren, it was eye-opening. In my 8 years of having diabetes, I had never tried new strategies of management. Even little things like increasing my basal rate after a high-fat meal and observing how my period affected my numbers have made a HUGE difference. Lauren reminded me that even the fact that I'm making changes at all is a huge step forward. After a session with Lauren during the bootcamp, I would feel empowered and excited to try new strategies and create new goals. I truly felt that I could achieve what I set my mind to and have success. This is COMPLETELY different than how I used to feel after an appointment with my endocrinologist -- defeated and alone.
The bootcamp has given me confidence that I can continue to be proactive in the future about my management and make my own changes to my insulin levels, exercise routines, diet, etc. I've learned to view highs and lows as feedback to learn from instead of personal failures, and that has been huge for my self-confidence, both physically and emotionally. After working with Lauren, I no longer feel controlled by my diabetes -- I now feel like I have control of it!
I cannot thank Lauren and this team enough! I've been raving about my work with her and sharing what i've learned with EVERYONE on my medical team!
Prior to coaching with Lauren there was so many missing links that I now have. Words just don’t do her coaching and guidance justice.I managed to bring my A1C from an 11 to an 8 in six months... And Lauren knows how huge that is based on our sessions. I actually upped my carb intake and kept applying what Lauren worked with me on.I just truly feel lucky and cannot express the gratitude that I have, especially that she never stopped believing me.
Before speaking with Lauren and deciding to start the program I had been following her for months, but was finding myself on an extreme yoyo when it came to my life with t1d. I felt as though I had to be very restrictive in order to get the blood sugar numbers I was looking for. However, by being restrictive I would send myself into a cycle of then wanting something "sweet" or high in carbs, but would just binge on them for a few weeks before deciding it was time to restrict myself again. This was becoming a very stressful & demanding life that was sucking the life out of me.
Once speaking with Lauren and deciding that this just would be the program to help me overcome some of these issues I decided it was time to jump in and get started. I quickly learned that restricting myself to the point that I was not "enjoying" certain things in my life was not how I had to live. Instead I can eat that doughnut in the moment that I want to, but simply now I sit down and truly "enjoy" it. I don't guilt myself afterwards for eating it and know that I can do other things to offset it. Such as going for a walk or cleaning my house etc. The tools that I received from this program are going to affect my life for many years to come and I am so thankful that I had this opportunity.
The D+C bootcamp really helped me gain a lot of knowledge about my diabetes and helped me feel secure with it. Before I joined I thought that diabetes controlled me and now I can say that I have the tools and strategies to control it.There are days were diabetes is difficult, I'm not going to lie, but the tools that I have learned from this program help me put my reality in check and realize that one high blood sugar once in a while isn't going to affect my health in the long run. I've also gained a love for exercise by the end of the bootcamp, I am more motivated to work out and I have been seeing improvements in my strength in weight. Since I joined I've lost 5 pounds.The biggest factor for me was lowering my A1C and average blood sugar. I started the program with an A1C of 9.9 and now it's near 6.7 which is crazy! Thank you for all of your help I really appreciate it.
"10/10 would recommend this group coaching program to anyone who is considering how to find an approach in lowering your a1c and taking control of your diabetes so it doesn't control you!I came into this program with one goal: to lower my a1c to feel great leading up to my wedding and pregnancy and I came out with a thousand more goals achieved than I thought.
I gained so much knowledge from the program including stabilizing my blood sugars throughout the day, finding control in my sugars after eating different types of food, understanding how different ingredients in food nutrition can affect my body and blood sugars, how stress, hormones and exercise affect my body and the relationship it has on my sugars, increasing insulin sensitivity towards a better control of sugars throughout the day especially when I’m at work.
This program and the friends I’ve gained have provided the support and built confidence in my t1d management that I never have had before. My average blood glucose before the program was 160 and that included some highs in the 200-300s. My cgm clocks me in at an average 110 blood glucose, it’s a rare sighting to see my blood sugar in the 200s and that’s due to the knowledge I learned in how to effectively manage t1d! My a1c has dropped down to a 5.9 and it feels so easy!Lauren is an incredible coach with a tremendous amount of knowledge for t1d and whole body health! Her coaching has been life changing for me. "
I reached out to Lauren after a particular rough stretch of several months feeling progressively more challenged by my diabetes management. I was feeling hopeless, depressed, and weak because I couldn’t find a way to implement strategies or gain momentum and see progress.
From the moment I had my first call with Lauren, I felt hopeful I had found something that would help me. When I met the other boot campers during our first DCB call, I realized one of the biggest gaps in my management of diabetes was community and support.
By the end of the program I lowered my A1C from 7.5 to 6.8! Having a Lauren as our coach and a group of strong women to hold me accountable to my goals was a game changer. I went from being a victim to being a warrior, and feel empowered to take on whatever diabetes throws my way. I cannot thank Lauren enough for creating this space that changed my life."
After living with T1D for 18 years, I still felt lost and frustrated. I honestly didn’t even know for the longest time that Lauren's diabetic health coaching existed or I would have reached out sooner!On our consultation call I was hesitant to join and tried to convince myself I could figure this out on my own. I'm soo happy Lauren pushed me when I pushed back. With Lauren's coaching I lowered my A1C from 6.8 to 5.3 and my endo was floored with my results!I have an extensive healthcare background and no textbook or endo was able to give me what Lauren did. She has given me confidence, tools to improve my life and my numbers, and the support that had been lacking for so long.
I just wish I would have found her sooner!❤️"
Before I started the program I felt a little bit lost in terms of my diabetes management and the relationship I had with myself. I followed Lauren on Instagram for quite some time and always felt inspired by the way she spoke so candidly about her highs and lows, not only with diabetes but with her life as well. I wanted to get to a point where I would feel comfortable walking around with a continuous glucose monitor or inject insulin and not get sad or uncomfortable when people ask about it.
I also felt like I could never stick to working out because I wasn’t seeing results. When I started the program I was hesitant to implement change because I was worried about if it had a negative affect on my blood sugar and not to be in control. Even though I was disappointed with my blood sugar, I was scared to not be in control.
I can say with confidence that Lauren has a great understanding and feel of what affects women and their diabetes and her guidance has made me more confident in my ability to manage my disease. I am now on my 5th week of her workout program and haven’t missed a day. Instead of over-bolusing for carbs, I have a better relationship with understanding the trends that they will make my blood sugar rise and fall. I no longer eat to satisfy my emotions. I have a better relationship with my body, myself, my friends, and my loved ones.
For anyone who is hesitant about joining this program. I completely understand. But to you I say do it. The best investment is one in yourself and your health and Lauren has helped me live a better life, for her I’m extremely grateful.
When I reached out to Lauren, I was 10 months post-diagnosis. At that point, I felt so defeated by so many aspects of diabetes. I had lost my ability to confidently enjoy working out, limited myself to very little carbs, and had growing diabetes anxiety and stress. During my very first call with Lauren, I felt so much positivity and support. I truly felt understood. I cannot overemphasize how impactful the Decide and conquer bootcamp has been in my life. This was easily the best investment I’ve made.
Lauren’s program gave me tools that no doctor or educator had been able to. Within the first eight weeks, I was able to lower my a1c from 6.6 to 6.1. I’m now successfully eating foods I hadn’t attempted in a year. I’m exercising 3-4x a week and staying in range! Having all of these new tools in my diabetes arsenal has given me back an aspect of my life- the ability to be really present. I can now enjoy quality time with loved ones without constantly worrying about my blood sugars. Lauren’s coaching has given me the confidence to continue to grow in my relationship with myself and diabetes. I’m so incredibly grateful that I found this program when I did. It is honestly life changing.
Please, Please, Please, Please; if you are thinking about joining Lauren to better your lifestyle, don't hesitate to reach out to her. Her and her team are super helpful and down to earth. They help expand your T1D toolkit and support you along your journey to see results at your own pace.
Lauren meets you where you are at and helps figure out what path you need to take to see results. If I could be in her bootcamps for a year, I TOTALLY would! PLEASE take that step to overcome your barriers that are holding you back. Lauren's holistic approach is comprehensive and makes you think outside of the standard box. I loved the aspect she and her team brought to our bootcamp group.
After months of following Lauren on social media, I finally decided to reach out myself. I had been seeing her success stories with other T1D's and figured that it was now my time to make a change.
Lauren and I had our consultation call and she really listened to what I was wanting as a T1D (i've lived with this chronic disease for 20+ years).
I am FOREVER thankful that she took this path to help & coach others. She really helped me improve my relationship with diabetes and have a plan for when life gets off track. Her personal experience and research with many years of coaching clients is really shown within her group coaching.
From this group I have gained self-confidence and increased my self-love for myself and body. I loved the support and connections that were made from the other T1D ladies. We all felt the support and wins/challenges that each other faced. This group of ladies helped to keep my focused and determined to better myself on this new journey. The group also provided additional resources of what they personally found to work in their life and shared with all of us (recipes, coffee creamers, funny T1D memes, and so much more!).
Lauren balances out the groups to have some veterans (myself) and newbies from all across the USA. It was neat to connect and experience everyone's journey together. We were all at different stages, but we all knew we wanted change for ourselves. This support helped me to dig deep and pushed myself to overcome past barriers to make new changes. I am thankful to have gained other T1D's in my inner circle. I want to let my ladies from my cohort know that I am thankful for their support and presence in this group.
D+C Bootcamp has helped my approach diabetes in a new way. I feel equipped and confident in my management. Prioritizing myself, taking time for reflection, realizing what serves me and having patience have helped me so much during this time. The dynamic of group calls, daily online chatter and one-on-one calls made me feel supported.
The holistic approach has been key to my overall management of myself and my diabetes. I lowered my A1C from an 8 to a 6.7, have better time in range and steadier blood sugars have made me feel more energized and excited of my potential control as I continue to hone in on more aspects with the tools I've gained.I had never clicked with a diabetes educator at any of the clinics I've experienced over the last 20 years and so fortunate to find common ground and outlook on lifestyle and diabetes with Lauren and Jess and this group! Grateful for the turning point in my diabetes.
I reached out to Lauren about a year into a journey of reclaiming control over my health with t1d, which I have had for more than 20 years. I was at a point where I thought I knew everything there was to know about diabetes, and thought that the only way to lower my a1c and loose weight would be to change my life to revolve around t1d.
During our very first consultation call, I almost broke down into tears describing how I felt my potential in life was limited by this disease. I was tired of waking up to extreme highs or lows after seemingly doing everything right. I was eating almost no carbs, exercising everyday, and I still couldn’t get the numbers I wanted— on my meter and on the scale.
This program flipped my entire perspective of how to approach life with diabetes. From the coaching calls and resources, to the community and support, there was a depth of knowledge about diabetes and health in general that I could have never anticipated.
Instead of simply giving me the tools to balance my sugars, this program changed the way I think about food and diabetes, which in turn changed my behaviors. I became less addicted to my cgm and more mindful about the way I was dosing insulin and giving corrections. Instead of spending more time worrying about my numbers, I learned how to learn from dips and spikes so that I could make adjustments.
This lead to less time thinking about diabetes, and more time living my life. These behavior changes I know will stay with me long after the 3 months is over.
The results from this program were indisputable— I lost weight, my a1c dropped, and my time in target increased. But I’m more proud of the results that can’t be measured. My relationship with food and insulin has totally transformed—I no longer binge or restrict food and I correct highs and lows mindfully which has eliminated rebounds. I no longer fear highs or lows, and instead use them as an opportunity to learn and adjust. And most importantly, I found confidence in myself and my relationship with this disease.
When I found Lauren I felt so lost with my diabetes management. I had been struggling for years with an A1c above 8 and recently after hitting my 24 year anniversary I heard the word complication from my eye doctor. I took to unhealthy habits to escape the pain I felt in not being able to take proper care of myself.
I saw every blood sugar as a grade, I was scared to eat carbs, I had a severe fear of hypoglycemia, I and would be 300 daily. I thought this was how I was supposed to live my life, and I masked my pain behind a smiling face appearing all was fine, yet I did not know how to ask for help. As a nurse, I am used to taking care of others before myself and I felt helpless in my inability to care for myself.
Reaching out to Lauren was the best gift I have ever given myself; I only wish I had found her earlier! The work she is doing is truly changing lives. She met me where I was and from my first conversation believed in me 100%- and taught me to believe in myself! I learned to put down the hammer and pick up the magnify glass at my blood sugars logs- approaching my numbers with curiosity and no judgement. I stopped covering the meter and anticipating a number starting with 3. I learned be more mindful when I am low and to correct blood sugars over 100. As a former collegiate athlete, I was accustomed to frequent hyperglycemia during competition- Lauren helped me learn to exercise at lower blood sugars.
Some of the biggest lessons I learned from Lauren had nothing to do with changing insulin dosages or reviewing blood sugars. I learned to release guilt that my type of pump therapy was not serving me anymore and to be open to letting a new sensor and pump into my management. Lauren helped me show up for myself- to put my health and self first.
Throughout my program, I lowered my A1c to the lowest it has been in over a decade (7.0 down from 8.6), but more than that I am radiating with pride, self love, and empowerment that I know will help me be the best version of myself for years to come. I am beyond thankful to Lauren and this team. If you are on the fence about this program— you will not regret enrolling ! It is more than ok to ask for help, and it IS possible to feel better.
For me personally, diabetes has always been a big financial strain on my life, so the thought of paying "extra" for a service was tough for me to consider. But, I'm frustrated that I did not invest earlier in my life, because working with Lauren has probably been the best investment I have ever made. You cannot put a price on it. I have control back and I have my health back, and know that I can be healthy and manage my diabetes as a mom- and that is the biggest and best gift!
Although I pushed my diabetes care aside for almost my whole life with T1D - convincing myself I had a handle on it and refusing to let it define me- I feel like a totally different person now! The weight has been lifted. And it is because of the work I did with Lauren.
For 27 years my A1C was on average a 8.5-10. I was struggling with fear of lows, transitioning to a pump, lowering my a1c and was happily coasting in 200s all day.I had felt judged and dismissed by care providers my whole life around my diabetes, and avoided reaching out for any help or being honest about my struggles.
It was so important and meaningful to me to have a fellow diabetic helping me on this journey. In my wildest dreams, I thought I could get myself to 6.5/7 A1C by the end of 6 months working together. But I got to 5.5 in just a few months of working with her. I am able to make informed decisions around my management- I feel like I know what I am doing and I know how my body works- for the first time ever! I give myself far more grace than ever before, and do not stress half as much as I used to about highs or lows.
About 3 months into our work I got pregnant, and would have freaked out (even though it was planned) around my diabetes care, but you were always there to support me and give me the confidence I needed. The least stressful thing about my pregnancy has been my diabetes care- I manage it with ease and make changes with ease! My A1C has remained 5.3-5.5 the entire time while being 80% in range. I eat carbs with ease, with little spikes and dips. I truly feel like I have made lifelong changes.
I only wish I had met Lauren sooner- having someone like her earlier would have been so valuable!
In the 15 years I have had diabetes I have never had A1Cs below 8-9% Every day I would have at least a few hours of levels in the 200-300s and would think it was totally normal. When I went to bed, I would have a snack for any blood sugar below 100 out of fear of a low at night. I now know that these levels are nothing to be afraid of but are normal and healthy and I do not let higher blood sugars linger. This is such a mindset shift and something no Endocrinologist, book, or diabetes camp has taught me before! I am so proud that I have made this change and am now working to treat my body well and not ignoring the high numbers as if they were not a part of me or as if they did not impact my mental and physical wellbeing. The Decide and Conquer Bootcamp is a holistic program. It is personal, in-depth, and actually tailored to the individual. It is not just "recipes" from a lecture on T1D from 20 years ago! I feel more confident to talk about diabetes and to take on daily diabetes decisions. I do not see diabetes as the enemy anymore. Thank you Lauren and Jess!
I had only heard the words "non-compliant" or "out of control" from my doctors for essentially all 19 years I have had Type 1 Diabetes. I often rescheduled my appointments, avoided looking at my CGM data, did not dose insulin correctly out of guilt, or skipped testing my blood sugars altogether as I felt powerless, frustrated, and deflated.
During the summer of 2019, I decided it was time for a real change since my husband and I want to grow our family, and focusing on my diabetes became more than just about me alone. At the time, it felt impossible. That summer, I saw Lauren speak during a Connected in Motion Slipstream and responded to her holistic health approach and perspective on life. I did start seeing positive results for the minor tweaks I was making, but I started reverting back to old habits. I was so nervous I would never get the results I needed, I actually messaged Lauren a couple months later in my endo's office asking for help.
With Lauren's coaching, my A1C dropped from 7.4 to 6.2 - but it's so much more than that. It feels like everything I thought was helping me before was actually making it more difficult, and I have a completely transformed view of my health and being. What I gained most is a feeling of peace. Life throws so many curveballs, especially these days, and knowing I now have the strategies and the mindset to navigate those twists and turns is priceless. I also did not realize how much my negative relationship with diabetes was impacting other parts of my life until I went through this experience, and I'm walking away with a new sense of purpose.
Lauren gives you specific, targeted strategies based on your needs. She holds you accountable, but in a safe, open space. She challenges you to dig deeper to discover new parts of yourself. I can't thank her enough, and wish I found her sooner.
Before I joined the program I felt constantly stressed, overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start to fix things. With the help of this program and the amazing Lauren and Jess I have so much more clarity and the confidence to recognize my patterns and tweak accordingly. The amount this has reduced my stress and anxiety is absolutely mind blowing. I am no longer afraid to give ‘big’ amounts of insulin. I know I can manage my diabetes. I’ve got all the tools and tricks now to make changes whenever I need to.
This program is completely different from anything else - it puts the power back in our hands. I loved the accountability with the community experience, loved the group calls, and how responsive Lauren and Jess were throughout. Everything was awesome. It was also so great to have the community help me through the stress of having to postpone my wedding due to COVID-19. There were times when I would think I wasn’t making any progress, but everyone kept assuring me that forward was a pace. When you look back, you will realize how far you’ve come! I now feel more at peace, more confident, and calmer!I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this program is truly life changing. I only wish I had found it sooner!
I remember looking at Lauren's instagram page for over a year before joining the program. Back then I was so fearful of my diabetes, I felt like I had never really gotten the tools to manage it properly and was constantly having highs and lows until I decided being chronically high was 'easier' than rollercoaster numbers. Of course, that also had a negative aspect on my everyday life, I was stressed, never felt completely rested, scared of going low as I accepted being high.When I finally decided to invest in this program, I knew I had made the right decision.
Because of COVID-19, this journey has been more complicated than expected (never though it would be easy!) but I have no regrets with joining this program. I have never ever had any kind of support like this before, I learned so SO much, this program can't compare to anything else out there.The DCB helped me understand multiple aspects of diabetes which I never knew before. I am feeling more confident in pre-bolusing, correcting with higher units, and even going to bed under 150!! For someone who at diagnosis was handed pens and told to "simply inject herself before food" finally understanding and not being scared to prioritize my health has been life changing.
THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE TEAM. I know that I have all the tools I need to reach my goals. If you are on the fence, THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER!
When I started the DCB, I felt guilty and ashamed of how I was taking care of myself especially with regard to my diabetes. Having had diabetes for over 20 years, I felt that I had the knowledge but wasn't able to get results. I felt defeated and stuck. I had seen all of the positive testimonials of those doing Lauren's course and thought about joining for over a year. I followed her and invested in some of her resources and had the chance to meet her in person a couple of times. I knew she was putting her all into her work and came at it from a very holistic approach which really spoke to me.
Over the years I saw firsthand how having diabetes affects so many aspects of our lives and so this approach seemed so key. Joining the program was SO helpful! I now have the tools, confidence, knowledge, and healthy perspective to take charge of my diabetes management and I can use these things for the rest of my life! I feel so much more empowered now...a feeling I have been chasing for so long. I am so excited that this bootcamp will continue to benefit me even after it's over.
I view diabetes as something I can tackle and rein in, while before I felt like I couldn't control it. I would try, but it would end up not working in the long term. Now I know I have the tools, knowledge, and ability to take hold of a challenge or change to my management. I can't wait to see how my A1C and time in range and just overall health will continue to improve with the tools I've gained.
When I first started this program, I was feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by my diabetes. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes about 11 months prior, had received minimal education, and only knew a few people with Type 1.
I decided to join the Decide + Conquer Bootcamp because I knew I needed a holistic approach. I understood that just looking at the carbs/insulin was not enough to give me the satisfaction I was craving. I am so grateful for this coaching program because it has given me a better understanding of how to shift from a mindset of judgment, shame, and guilt to one of curiosity, empowerment, and confidence.
Through this process I have been able to identify simple things to change and mental/self-talk areas to change daily. This has allowed me to increase my confidence managing my blood sugar, decrease my stress when schedules and routines are changing, and enjoy life without feeling burdened by diabetes.
I used to feel very frustrated by diabetes, like things would be different day to day and I had a lot of trouble identifying the patterns. Now I feel like even when things aren't the way I want them to be, I know how to change/adapt in order to manage and bring my numbers back into range. It is a lot less stressful now and I feel like less of a burden to my husband and family.
I am very grateful for this program and know that it is a big step forward towards improving my health and well-being. I definitely have the tools to continue on this path and journey! Thank you Jess and Lauren!!
I reached out to join the Decide and Conquer Bootcamp because I knew my diabetes was running me instead of the other way around. I was pleasantly surprised with the content and knowledge that I received! As a result, my A1C lowered from an 8.8 to a 7.2 and I have new habits in place.
After the bootcamp, I switched over to the T-slim Insulin Pump and was still able to utilize the tools of the DCB! My time in range over a 30 day period is now 82%. I can’t even begin to tell you how great and confident I feel! My boyfriend shared how different I’ve become since the bootcamp and receiving my insulin pump.
I will forever be thankful for this program. I look back on my life a year ago and as bad as this sounds, there were days I would go without checking my blood sugar. I was in denial and just put it to the side, never taking control and falling victim to diabetes. The DCB made me feel capable to take back control. It’s so great to look down at my Dexcom and see steady lines the majority of the time.
What Lauren and Jess are doing is life changing work. I can't thank them enough for chasing after their calling in life and sharing it with the rest of us. I am so grateful. If you're hesitant to take the jump, I encourage you to do it. I learned so much from this program!
I started working with Lauren 19 years after my diagnosis - at a point in life where I had to decide to either drastically turn my health around or resign to the fact that I was gonna run into complications after too many years of high A1c’s and low in range %. I had spent a good decade giving myself excuses for not taking good care of myself. I had prioritized an international career and a busy social life way above health.
When I decided that I had to change things I was in a pretty bad shape, physically and mentally, constantly feeling guilty and stressed about not making the right priorities and not having “the character” to pull myself together. I started to try on my own for a while but soon realized I needed professional help. I found Lauren through IG and after a few months of following her I gathered enough courage to reach out and ask for help with my diabetes for the very first time in almost two decades.
Lauren took me on with a fantastic understanding of my particular needs, patience with my fragile state and a gentle but structured and decisive steering and guiding towards letting me finding my tools to drive a lasting change. She provided factual knowledge, empirical insights from her vast client base, her own experiences and loads of empathetic reflections - which all allowed me to build my own approach - not to copy hers.Today I’ve lowered my A1c from 7.4% to 6.3% and increased my in range % with more than 20%. I’ve upgraded my tech support and shifted from 20 years of MDI to pump. I’ve tried three different CGMs and experimented with looping.
I’ve even started to write and talk openly about my experience living with diabetes, for the very first time I have really good friends with T1D - and I’ve allowed my family to take part of my challenges and progresses - I’m not doing it alone anymore. I have more work to do - it’s a lifelong journey - but thanks to Lauren’s coaching I now have my set of tools to manage my particular circumstances of moving and traveling around the world for a highly intense job - and I’m confident enough to ask for the help that I need from people who can support me on that journey.
For a very long time I lived with the truth that T1D will shorten my life expectancy - but I truly feel so good now that I firmly believe that taking control of my T1D and continuing to progress on that - will rather give me more good years of life than the opposite. A few years back I could never have imagined I’d feel this way. Lauren is a massive part of getting me to this point and I’ll be forever grateful to her support.
When I started this program I thought I was doing everything I could be doing to manage my diabetes. Yet, I felt daily stress, anxiety, and frustration that was starting to get unmanageable. I was afraid to eat carbs knowing that I could go low or high from them, leading me to restricting what I was eating in order to try to gain better control. I would go into workouts with high blood sugars and leave feeling sluggish and having to battle crazy blood sugars for the rest of the day.
When I found this program I realized that there was an opportunity for me to enhance my knowledge and finally find the answers I have been looking for to improve my diabetes.
The first week I started to set goals for the program that I have always dreamed of. Being able to eat carbs, work out, and live my life while having steady blood sugars and reduced stress was what I aspired for. As the weeks went on, I stepped outside of my comfort zone and saw that going into a workout at a normal number, pre-bolusing, eating carbs, were all attainable and before I knew it I was accomplishing everything I wanted to and more than what I hoped to accomplish.
My new normal is daily blood sugars from 80-120, improved moods, less stress, and more strength and positivity. I have found patterns in my blood sugar and am ready for whatever my diabetes throws at me
.Lauren and Jess have given me a complete holistic approach and have addressed every aspect of my life and diabetes. This bootcamp has helped me with my mindset, shown me how to increase insulin sensitivity, stay stable during my workout, and so much more. It is not only about fixing what isn't working, but about celebrating every win and each improvement you make whether big or small.
I see having diabetes as just another part of myself and an opportunity for growth and improvement. If I am going to love myself then I am going to nurture my diabetes and do my best to take control over it. I am not mad and agitated with my diabetes, but I am working with it and at ease knowing that I am improving and understanding my body much more.
If you are facing the stress, anxiety, and confusion that I faced for years before joining this program then please, please, PLEASE join and you will not regret it. Reflecting back on where I wanted to be before this bootcamp, I feel like I have gotten exactly what I needed to get from it.
Before starting the Decide + Conquer boot camp, I was feeling defeated and frustrated. I doubted my ability to care for myself and to manage my T1D. I had low energy, depressed mood, and little motivation. Diabetes was winning.
I reached out to Lauren because I felt like she was super relatable and I loved her holistic coaching approach. I felt like she could be the one to really help me, and I was right! Joining the DCB was the best decision I’ve made in a very long time. This experience has changed my life!
The DCB program helped me to easily re-prioritize and reintegrate aspects of management back into my life. It has helped me to refresh my knowledge about my T1D and gave me the tools to overcome any roadblocks or challenges that I may encounter. The result is that I’m able to show up for myself daily, take care of myself to the best of my ability, and best of all, my A1C dropped from 7.5 to 6.9!
Now, whenever a challenge pops up, I know that I have the correct mindset, tools and knowledge to conquer that problem and come out stronger and better for it on the other side. And if I don’t have the answers, I have a new community of kick ass T1D women to help me! I’ve never felt connected or understood by any healthcare professional in the way that the DCB made me feel. This program is super personalized and the sense of community is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
The DCB completely altered my mindset surrounding my T1D. I am no longer frustrated and defeated, I’m curious and empowered. I feel like I can do everything I want in life now, without diabetes being a huge roadblock. I couldn’t be happier. Lauren, Jess, and the DCB team have helped me to completely change my mindset surrounding my T1D. They’ve given me invaluable tools to use to manage my T1D and have helped me get my confidence back. Instead of feeling defeated on a daily basis, I’m now empowered and motivated. I put in the work in this program, and the results are amazing. I am feeling better than I have in a long time. Diabetes no longer controls me. I can’t thank the team enough!
Before I started the bootcamp, I had a very volatile relationship with my diabetes and most of my days felt like a battle. I was afraid of exercising, afraid of lows, and while I knew some of the foods I was eating would always make my blood sugars go high, I couldn't figure out how to cover them properly. I was incredibly hard on myself but couldn't make the changes I needed. I was on a roller coaster. Now, it doesn't feel like such a battle. There will always be frustrations and harder days, but I have the tools to better handle those days and not blame myself when they happen. Everything is much more manageable.
I don't dread making food decisions or looking at my Dexcom anymore. I had such a fear around exercising before it was paralyzing- but now I exercise regularly. I understand how different types of exercise effect my body and I exercise with more confidence. I am not so afraid of low blood sugars and I know how to cover different foods successfully.
In the DCB I received the support of other women. I learned that so many diabetics struggle with the same things and talking with them was incredibly cathartic. It has also helped me feel more empowered because I know I'm not alone.There was an almost constant stream of communication that made me feel connected to everyone. There was only positivity and encouragement, never any judgments.We were pushed to dig deeper and understand our previous habits and patterns, but in the best way. Any and all wins were celebrated, no matter how small. Now, I have the confidence to make changes by myself and notice my patterns.
If you are considering doing the DCB you have to! Let yourself be supported and coached and don't be afraid to share anything with Lauren, Jess, or the group.The tools and wisdom they have to offer are vast, so ask questions and reach out for help when you need it. You will feel nothing but support and encouragement while learning tools that will change your life.
Before starting the Decide + Conquer Bootcamp, I was feeling defeated and frustrated. I doubted my ability to care for myself and to manage my T1D. I had low energy, depressed mood, and little motivation. Diabetes was winning.
I reached out because I felt like Lauren was super relatable and I loved her holistic coaching approach. I felt like she could be the one to really help me, and I was right. Joining the DCB was the best decision I’ve made in a very long time. This experience has changed my life!
There isn't a one size fits all in the way in which to manage this disease. The DCB teaches how to investigate, glean information pertinent to our bodies and minds, and come up with action plans that will support us as individuals.I am no longer frustrated and defeated, I’m curious and empowered. I have more energy, I am less grumpy and more motivated! I feel like I can do everything I want in life now without diabetes being a huge roadblock.
Lauren and Jess worked so hard to think of every challenge and perspective related to T1D when developing the curriculum for the DCB. Between the teaching, real-life application and support, they have it all covered.
They have helped me to completely change my mindset surrounding my T1D. They’ve given me invaluable tools to use to manage my T1D and have helped me get my confidence back.Instead of feeling defeated on a daily basis, I’m now empowered and motivated. I put in the work in this program, and the results are amazing. I’ve decreased my A1C from 7.5 to 6.9, and am feeling better than I have in as long as I can remember. Diabetes no longer controls me. I can’t thank the team enough!
In January of 2020 I had my most recent endocrinologist appointment and came out of it feeling very discouraged. My A1c had creeped up by another 0.2 to 7.5, my highest since leaving college 4 years ago. I felt defeated and my endocrinologist didn't really give me any words of encouragement, rather focused on making some slight changes to my basals and sending me on my way.
I remember driving home in the car crying as I felt lost. Right as I was pulling into my drive way - Lauren called me and asked if I wanted to be a part of the program. I had filled out an application a while ago, but I had completely forgot I had done this - but this was a sign! I immediately said yes and I couldn't be more proud of the growth and accomplishments I have achieved since then.
My numbers have gotten back into range and my diabetes management has significantly improved. There is still continued room for improvement, but Lauren and Jess helped to shift my mindset and really see my diabetes management as a journey. I really feel empowered to make the changes that I need and to rely on my own gut. I do know my body better than anyone!
Doing this program could not have come at a better point in my life and I am so grateful for everything I learned. This program has the capability to make such an impact, and hence why I have recommended it to everyone I talk to. This has not only made an impact on my personal life, but it will also impact my professional life as these are the types of conversations and skills I hope to develop in my future patients (I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and am hoping to specialize in endocrinology)! I feel more confident and invested in my diabetes management! My mom even said she noticed a huge change in my interest in my diabetes again and that it was the best money that could have ever been spent for my diabetes.
I would 110% recommend this program to anyone and everyone - even if you think you know everything about diabetes - you don't, and that's okay! Lauren and Jess will help challenge you to become the best version of yourself and feel confident as a woman, an individual, and as a diabetic.
Before starting the program, I was incredibly frustrated with myself and my diabetes. After living with it for 20 years, I was burned out and feeling defeated, overwhelmed, and totally "over it." At that point, I didn't really understand what was causing my highs and lows, and instead felt like I was just along for the ride while my diabetes was at the wheel, driving recklessly.I was still somewhat skeptical when I reached out to join the program, but I did it as a last-ditch effort to try and improve my relationship with my diabetes, and I'm SO GLAD I DID.
Not only have I gained so much understanding behind my blood sugars and my patterns and improved my overall time in range by 10-15%, more importantly I feel SO MUCH BETTER about living with this disease. I learned to practice compassion and grace towards myself, and stop being so critical about my numbers, food choices, etc. I have a better mood and I am able to communicate my needs to my husband more. It's amazing to be in this mental space - I've totally changed my relationship with myself.I view diabetes as a complexity that I have the tools to manage, rather than a frustration that is unpredictable and overwhelming. I'm in a totally different place psychologically and now feel empowered and inspired to live my best life as a T1D - that is truly priceless.
This was my first experience with a program like this and it is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than anything I'd ever experienced from doctors. It's truly hands-on, provides coaching, and gives you a community of people facing the same challenges that you are.If you’re thinking about joining the DCB, DO ITTTT!! It's such a great experience that will empower you to step into the driver's seat of your diabetes and learn how to identify and reflect on your patterns and make the changes you need to. It will also give you a set of truly helpful tools that you will take with you, long after the bootcamp ends.
Having been a diabetic almost my entire life (28 years!), I felt like I needed a reset. I was diagnosed so young, and had never had any formal training, nor did I have a smooth transition from my pediatric clinic to my adult clinic.
From the first call of the DCB, I felt a sense of community - a group of like-minded, yet vastly different women, going through a lot of similar experiences. I was able to reach out at any given moment to get other people's input, without having to explain the back story. I was also given the tools to feel more in control and self-sufficient. I got answers to some “whys?” I didn't even know I needed. Lauren & Jess checked in often, provided awesome resources, and the community I'm now a part of is the ultimate tool! They consistently pushed me to try harder, do better, and forgive myself.
I now know I am the CEO of my diabetes - it requires my time, attention to detail, and commitment for me to be successful. I trust myself to make changes and advocate for myself/trust my gut. I have learned you can do everything right (carb count, basal rates, bolus rates) and still have a tough day, but that doesn't mean you're a failure or a bad diabetic! I'm so much kinder to myself on "bad" days - life happens, and I'm allowed to be human, it doesn't mean that I'm not taking care of myself in the grand scheme of things.
This program is different because it focused on ME, versus a set formula. We all have different experiences and circumstances, and diabetes management is not a one-size-fits-all. The Decide + Conquer Bootcamp gives you the resources to apply in the best way that works for you, and the community to support you through it all. I make better food & exercise choices, and prioritize these things as part of my diabetes management. I'm also a total foodie, and now manage complex meals and nights out with friends much better than before, because I know how to bolus! And how to anticipate my blood sugars, without the fear of going low.
If you're even THINKING about starting this journey, you're ready. Go into this ready to dig deep - to confront what's held you back and then work through that. It's the most rewarding experience to feel like you're actually changing patterns. But also go into this with open arms and no expectations - your journey may not go how you anticipate, but that doesn't mean you aren't growing and learning, you may just need to take some smaller steps than you thought, before you can start leaping forward. You have no idea how much this will change your life, in ways you didn't expect. It's not just better numbers, it's a complete overhaul, at your pace.
This program is exactly what I needed and what I have been looking for... for years. It's a holistic approach that involves all parts of life, from stress / anxiety management to nutrition, sleep, exercise, hormones and so on. When I first started I had a huge fear of lows and I didn't dare try new foods or exercise. After 3 months in this bootcamp I am much less anxious, I feel better in my skin and I really improved my blood sugar levels.
I have seen a lot of specialists and doctors for my diabetes and none of them were in my opinion as effective as Lauren and Jess in explaining how the body truly reacts in response to hormones, stress, sleep, exercises, and foods. On top of that, none of these experts truly gave me tools to manage these factors. Their advice was simply to "test out things" but never how. This always made me feel alone and as if there weren't any patterns with T1D. This changed for me in the Bootcamp. Lauren and Jess are highly qualified as coaches, the calls are extremely detailed, and the community is very supportive! This program has really changed my life! Much more than I could have ever hoped and imagined.
Before the Decide and Conquer Bootcamp, I struggled with managing my diabetes. I was estimating every aspect of my diabetes, from my basal to bolus to which foods to eat. I wasn't listening to my body and my mindset wasn't were it needed to be.
Since the program, I adjusted my range from 80-260 to 70-160 and my time in range is at 80%! My average glucose for the past 30 days is 118 mg/dL! I used to wake up in the 160-180's, and now I wake up in the 70-90's!
My relationship with food has dramatically changed, I eat foods that fuel my mind and body, and keep my glucose levels within range. I am confident in food choices and taking the right amount of insulin to cover the nutritional aspects. My mindset towards exercising has improved; I used to workout to lose weight, now I move my body to improve my mental and overall health. I am more confident and kinder to myself. I have gained a sense of community and have connected with people that are just like me. One of my favorite aspects was connecting with Francesca in the bootcamp. We went to a Pilates class together and it is so nice to be able to talk to someone who can relate! I feel like there's hope and an easier way to manage diabetes.
This program changed my life and my perspective on diabetes. I cannot thank Lauren, Jess, Amanda, and the team enough! Fully commit, be open minded, and try new things! Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. The tools and resources Lauren and Jess provided are essential to transforming your mindset and taking control of your diabetes!
I reached out to Lauren and her team because I was in a rut. I felt like I could not get a handle on my diabetes management. I didn’t feel like I had the right tools to take control of my diabetes. I was tired of stressing and obsessing over my diabetes and then burning out and not caring at all. Diabetes was taking a toll on me physically and mentally. I was desperate for change.The Decide + Conquer Bootcamp provided me with the toolkit I felt like I was lacking. For the first time I felt like I was tailoring my diabetes needs to me. By tailoring my needs, I was able to get through the old habits and initial road blocks that were originally holding me back. My new toolkit changed my mindset from a victim of diabetes to having the confidence to make changes and try new things in order to take control. I went from constant roller coaster numbers to seeing a straight line for the majority of my day.
Other programs skim the surface or just don’t talk at all about the topics we discussed during the bootcamp, and the knowledge we gained was imperative to gaining control. The focus on self and mindset gets to the root of what is holding you back, and provides the freedom to grow. I am having more open and honest conversations with my family and friends regarding my diabetes. I no longer feel shame around talking with others about it. I think that if I was given all this information yet NOT worked on overall mindset shifts it wouldn’t have been as effective. The DCB encompassed this. Building confidence and intuitiveness truly shaped my experience. I have become more empowered. This has helped me in my job and personal relationships. I am proud of my commitment and consistency. I feel I am notorious for looking for quick fixes and giving up easily. I am proud of myself for staying committed and doing the work. It has paid off in not only my physical health, but mentally too.
The DCB gave me a community to lean on and learn from, as well. Diabetes can feel isolating, so having people who understand what you are going through was so helpful. It was empowering to be a part of a group of women that held each other accountable and championed one another. The bootcamp gave me a better understanding of myself to make necessary changes to manage my diabetes. It is not just diabetes work, but it is also soul work. What you put in is what you get out, and you are worth the effort!
I was diagnosed with T1D in July, 2019 at the age of 31 and the resources that were provided to me left a lot to be desired. I felt like I was left to figure out diabetes on my own. I'm a very busy sales manager with two girls under 5 and I was really guessing on how to treat my diabetes. I had a 7.0 A1C, eating a mostly keto-based diet and if my blood sugars were going high- they were staying there for the entire day. I felt like I didn't understand why my body was reacting the way that it was and I just needed more education on the disease. I felt so out of control.
I started 1:1 coaching in May of 2020 and really dedicated myself to education and coming from a place of "curiosity" versus negative self-talk. Through coaching I made some pretty significant life shifts. Mostly, though...I feel in control. I'm very grateful for my time in the program.
I have lived with T1D for 25 years now. I’ve gone through many years of ups and downs, mainly struggling with an eating disorder for the past 10 years. Before reaching out to Lauren, I was going through one of my slumps where I was omitting insulin. I was yet again, finding myself lost, isolated, looking for connection, and most importantly, wanting to find a routine where I was nurturing my body consistently.
The bootcamp was a wonderful experience with gaining knowledge, creating community, and ultimately, gaining greater control over my Type 1 Diabetes. What I liked most was the community and being able to inspire and share ideas with one another. In the DCB, it was so much easier to open up. It was specifically catered to women and a place where I felt comfortable sharing about my body. I am now consistently nourishing my body and I have a greater love for myself!
Fast forward to post bootcamp, I have gained connections with multiple T1D women where I can continue to reach out and share vulnerably about my body/struggles to any of them. I am consistently giving my insulin everyday now (!!!) and I feel empowered to continue to grow and get better! Any woman thinking about joining the boot camp, I would highly recommend it! It could be life changing for you.
I had been following Lauren on Instagram for a while but decided to reach out after the effects of T1D had become frustrating and debilitating. I was spending a lot of time with higher numbers and feeling the side effects of rollercoaster blood sugars such as fatigue, migraines, nausea, etc. that were affecting my ability to just do basic tasks. Since I had only been diagnosed in Feb 2019, I was keen to build solid habits early on so that I could avoid complications in the future (like I see with my Dad).
Before the DCB, I felt like T1D was like a blurry jigsaw puzzle and every time I got close to putting it together, the puzzle would change. My diabetes was unpredictable, felt unmanageable and I was totally frustrated. Now the jigsaw puzzle and all the pieces are clear, I am able to move around the pieces in a way that works for me at that particular time and I feel much more assured piecing them back together again. In other words, I finally have the toolkit I had searched for that my endocrinologists had never given me because they suggested I was 'newly diagnosed' or I should 'take some more time getting used to T1D'.
The DCB has allowed me to not only become more satisfied in my diabetes management but much more confident. I don't have to wait for a trip to the endocrinologist, to reconfigure my puzzle when something isn't working. Especially now, I have been able to use my “toolkit” to get back on track, recalibrate, and manage stress during the major shift in lifestyle due to COVID-19. I could have given up and felt frustrated with the highs but I was able to do it!
What I like the most is that it isn't about Lauren or Jess handholding you through the program, you aren't resting on your achievements and letting them do all the work but you're putting in the effort and hard work yourself and are building your own toolkit up so that you're self-sufficient during and after DCB. They will hold you accountable and hold you to a high standard because they know you can do it. They provide support. They explain how all the puzzle pieces of diabetes fit together without having to see a bunch of specialists separately.
They’re also T1D’s too and this makes a huge HUGE difference! In my opinion, health professionals don’t always “get it” they look at health and data from a clinical, 2-dimensional perspective, and give advice without understanding the realities of having this disease. The DCB provides a comprehensive, 3-dimensional view of all the things that fit together for diabetes while also providing the much needed empathy (not sympathy!) that many diabetics don’t get enough of. Lauren and Jess understand your struggle in a completely different light. They’re relatable! You know that if they can do it, so can you.
The community is also amazing and I never realized how much you could bond with strangers you met over the internet in a matter of months! It's easy to be skeptical of the price but this is a one-off investment in your health that will pay dividends immensely throughout the rest of your life.
I've seen a big change with my nutrition and relationship with food and this is reflected in my numbers. I've implemented a number of changes which have resulted in more stable blood sugars and predictable patterns. I’ve learned to cook! I am getting better at talking about diabetes with friends and family, and I have a place to talk about diabetes without feeling like a burden to others.
If you’re thinking about joining the DCB, Take! The! Plunge! And go in with an open mind, ready to commit. There's no better time to experiment with your diabetes than with Lauren, Jess and a whole DCB community to support you. I have grown so much- even in areas that I was relatively satisfied with before and feel incredibly well equipped and empowered to deal with whatever diabetes throws at you. This is definitely the best investment you can make for your diabetic health!
I reached out to Lauren in December of 2019 after leaving my endocrinologist in tears. I felt not listened to and frustrated because I was so eager to take control of my diabetes but frustrated because I felt like my doctor was not providing me with real life tools to succeed. All he saw was a high A1C = need to give more insulin. I was constantly seeing double arrows down from too much insulin on board and then double arrows up from over correction. Not only did I feel I could relate to Lauren, but I saw her doing so many things that I thought as a diabetic I would never be able to do. Doctor’s don’t always understand first-hand what it’s like to feel a low, feel a high, worry about going low in a meeting etc. Learning from people who have mastered their care first-hand is invaluable.
As part of the DCB, I have not only been able to lower my A1C down from 8% to 6.8% but I still see areas of improvement where I am able to further tighten my control. I have always loved exercise but with my old basal rates I would have to start at 300 because I would just drop so quickly in the class. I now am able to go on 45 min runs at blood sugars in the 120s and even take pilates classes at blood sugars in the 90s. I have so much less anxiety and feel like I am living my personal life. It is “normal” and with good blood sugar numbers! While all the tools have been great, the biggest thing I have taken away is embracing my diabetes. I feel like diabetes will no longer keep me from living a long and full life.
I find Lauren and Jess really relatable and I find Laurens approach really calming. This program far exceeded all expectations and I feel in control and like I have a strong foundation again to continue my diabetes care. By no longer hiding behind this disease, I have taken back the power to put myself first and take control of my health. I have seen huge progress in all aspects. This program is so worth it and will train you for life! Thank you thank you, thank you, Lauren, Jess, and Amanda for your work in the program. You have changed my life!
My biggest challenge prior to the DCB was being restricted due to T1D, It made me feel trapped and like my life was over. In the DCB, I learned that I can do LITERALLY ANYTHING with diabetes, and that I can manage it and prioritize it while also chasing my dreams. I feel a lot more confident In myself and my diabetes management. I forgive my body (I was so mad at it), and my metabolic panel was 100% in range for each category for the first time in ten years.
Lauren and Jess encouraged us to trust our bodies and make decisions outside of the “box” and more for ourselves. They value longevity and overall health instead of just taking insulin to cover things. You have phenomenal leadership in Lauren and Jess, and such a valuable curriculum. I think that the DCB is absolutely essential for modern and sustainable diabetes management.
This information doesn’t exist in our healthcare system, and it will change your life. I learned about how fats affect blood sugar, I learned about insulin sensitivity through building muscle, and I learned that a low A1C can be sustainable. I learned that other women have the same insecurities and concerns which gave me community and connection. I learned that I am often the only thing holding myself back -- which shaped my whole perspective on diabetes management. And I learned to trust my body which was a huge win for me in my entire life. I am now viewing diabetes as something that I can do without stopping my whole life.
When I was diagnosed 2 years ago, I genuinely thought it was a death sentence. Now I’m seeing that I can still accomplish all my dreams and not compromise my diabetes health for them. I’m really proud of learning how emotions affect my sugars, and trying to work with those emotions.
I am so proud of my growth in recognizing triggers, releasing anger, meeting things with curiosity instead of judgement, and learning to forgive myself. Now, I know that I love myself more as a diabetic. If you are on the fence about investing in the DCB, It will provide value in ways that you can’t even anticipate yet!
The DCB focuses on mindset and provides individuals with T1D the tools needed to manage their blood sugars with more than just the clinical aspects. I’ve never had a doctor or diabetes educator discuss ways in which to manage my blood sugars that have to do with daily living, work, and relationships. Having an accountability group of women who were all rooting for one another and sharing their struggles as well as their triumphs as we all leveled up our diabetes management was amazing.
Both Lauren and Jess really listened to my experience to help me identify what my biggest struggles were and why. They helped me to develop a strategy to overcome them now and in the future.
Before the program, I was pushing the snooze button on my Dexcom alerts because I had a lot happening in my personal life. I felt tired all the time and stressed, but also guilty because I’m a person who helps others attain a healthier way of living and thinking with Diabetes. Now, I feel ready to manage my blood sugar in any mental or emotional climate.
My A1C has lowered, I have confidence in identifying what outliers are affecting my BG and how to handle it. My blood sugars are more in range, I’ve tackled the diabetes burn out I was experiencing, I’m working out at least 3 times a week, I’m prioritizing sleep more, and I’m learning how to not let the struggles of life get in the way of my management. I’m remembering the self- care aspects of my mental and emotional well being.
There is a lot of mental gunk that can get in the way of managing our blood sugars and since the DCB- I’ve uncovered my true struggles and how to create space and routines that help support those pieces of myself that are a huge part of whether or not I’m optimizing my diabetes management. I’m most proud of uncovering the fact that my blood sugars were off due to diabetes burnout and how to nip that in the bud when I start to see and feel the signs.
If you are thinking about the DCB, why wouldn’t you invest in yourself and your well being? No one else can do that for you but you and this is the first step. This is one of the best investments you can make in your personal health.
Before the DCB, I was struggling with feeling "out of control" with my diabetes and life and ultimately, I was letting it overwhelm me a lot!Once I joined the DCB, learning and taking a holistic approach to diabetes management allowed me to take a deep breath and realize that I am in control, I am doing it, and I know what I am doing! I am more confident. I am happy!
During the DCB I saw my A1C Drop (7.1 --> 6.3), a higher time in range, and I became more confident in prebolusing .If you are on the fence about the DCB, you should know that It is so worth it. An investment in yourself is an investment in your whole life and you will gain such a deep understanding of yourself. You will also gain insights into things going on in your life that you may not even realize are affecting your overall control and mentality. Lauren, Jess, and the team help walk you through it all. I am so thankful for them.
From the very beginning, working on those basics of ratios and basals made a HUGE difference to me! I saw an increase in my time in range (12-15% almost instantly!), I've greatly reduced my time spent high, without greatly increasing my time spent low. I have a greater understanding of insulin resistance, and how the previous days events can affect my BG today and BONUS I found out that juice is my best low snack! I am feeling such relief at not spending 45 minutes to an hour low each time!
Prior to the DCB, my biggest challenge was feeling like "I should know better" about being out of range. It made me feel like I was battling my diabetes and it was something that rarely worked in the way that I wanted it to. I felt like it didn't matter how "careful" I was with carb counting or exercise, my day was going to go how diabetes wanted it to go. What I have gained from the DCB is knowledge! There was knowledge that I didn't have and knowledge that I wasn't aware of (that I learned through testing my pump settings, journaling through BG patterns, etc). I now feel less frustrated around out of range numbers, and I feel like I'm starting to build healthier, more helpful habits that actually address these situations. And I feel like what comes with that is being better able to advocate for myself. I have a better understanding of what I need for my diabetes, which means I am better able to ask for it from my partner!
I have been able to lose weight and keep it off since I don't have to panic-eat Larabars in bed at 2 am every night! I am recognizing that there probably IS an answer to what is happening, and if I take the time to journal/pay attention I can probably find it. I am more curious and questioning and therefore accepting of myself. I feel like things have an answer, and the answer isn't that it's “my fault.”I am most proud of my skills--I feel like I know what I need to do to have an in-range day and it doesn't involve fasting, rage bolusing, or eating to my insulin.
My estimated A1C is now 6%, which is the lowest it's ever been! But mostly I can share that my inner dialogue around diabetes is starting to shift from looking backwards and blaming myself for past choices to looking forward and feeling empowered to search out solutions!If you are on the fence about this program, do it! The DCB is not just a money investment!
Before the DCB, my biggest challenge was accepting the fact that I have diabetes, and it’s something I’m going to have to deal with for the rest of my life.
It made me feel frustrated, mad, annoyed, sad...every emotion! Now, I don’t have those feelings as frequently anymore. I feel great knowing I’m not alone, and there are women who support and understand me. I don't really see diabetes as a huge struggle anymore. It’s become a part of my daily routine. I am confident about who I am, and diabetes doesn’t define me. I’ve learned that it should never hold me back from anything, and I now know I can handle anything thrown my way.
All of this, and my A1C went from 13 to 6.6!
If you are on the fence about investing in the DCB, I would say, do it! One thousand percent! You won’t regret it. You’ll get tips about things you didn’t even think about, and will have all the support and more.
Coaching was a very empowering experience which helped me to look at different aspects of diabetes in a positive way.
My coach, Jess, helped me take big steps with self love and confidence. She always encouraged me to test new things and evaluate how different situations affected my blood sugar. I really appreciated how we built on this and later on focused on advantages for blood sugar management like physical activity, hormones, and last but not least stress and confidence. Of course we worked on blood sugar management, but also on acceptance and self love, that was a very important take home massage for me.After only a few weeks in the program, I got pregnant which was what I wanted but it was not really expected. We had to change plans but it worked out so well and it was amazing to have the support from Jess during this exciting time. With coaching, be open to digging deeper and understanding many different aspects of your mental and physical health.
The more time and energy you invest, the more you will be able to gain. What I got from my coaching program is way beyond all the meetings I had with any healthcare provider during all my years as a Type 1 Diabetic. I am a medical doctor myself, and coaching was so worth it.
Now I focus more on the present, how I can evaluate and manage the day. I worry less and don’t have as many negative thoughts about the future and the past. I do more proactive work with blood sugar management, I have the ability to adapt to new situations, and to maintain physical activity. I have started to understand and reduce stress in everyday life and prioritize myself and my health. I want to keep on experiencing different forms of physical activity and ways to coach myself to reduce stress and negative thoughts.
I learned so much about how to have stable blood sugars and at the same time really enjoy life. I would recommend you to give yourself the time and energy for coaching. It is an experience that I will value throughout my life.
The DCB is a holistic approach to diabetes. When working with other doctors, I have found it has been much more "numbers" and "method" based. The DCB provided me with a community of people who gave me tools to find the answers myself, rather than just being told what to do and to accept it. The DCB has taught me that diabetes is an integrated part of my life, not just something I have to deal with to survive.
Before working with Lauren and Jess, I felt frustrated and out of control. Over the 3 months, I learned tools to combat that frustration, like pre-bolusing, movement, insulin sensitivity. Now I feel in control and more at peace. I’ve adopted a more holistic approach to self-care. Instead of simply viewing it as eating healthy and exercising daily, I see it as differentiating daily based on what my body needs versus what I think it should want. I valued learning about other's wins and struggles. Listening to other people's stories made me feel like I wasn't alone in this journey and made me feel like there were people who faced the same challenges as me.
When it comes down to it, we all have time, so by committing to the DCB, I learned to prioritize my time and to put my health before all the extra chaos that will naturally arise.
The DCB is real. Every endo I've gone to gives the black and white "should"s but this program focuses on real, human lives. It also inspires questions to propel better control in the future instead of punishing for the past.Before the DCB, I was feeling overwhelmed and not even knowing where to start. I felt like I couldn't even ask questions because I didn't know what I didn't know. I was at the mercy of my diabetes. I didn't even realize I was submitting to it in ways like not eating lunch because I couldn't ever dose correctly and wanting to stay focused during the day, instead of using food as fuel to make me MORE focused.
At the end of the day, this all made me feel defeated.With the DCB, I learned the reasons for what I was going through, which helped me understand them more to start tackling them. I now feel more equipped. The science learnings helped me understand the “why” behind my sugars. It helped me in getting comfortable asking for help, being more in tune with what my body feels and enjoys, and allowed me to see that what I want is possible and achievable. It taught me that I have more power over diabetes than it has of me.Now, I am having days where I am almost completely in range and I’ve seen my A1C drop.
If you're serious about taking control of your life, the DCB will give you the tools.
Before the DCB, my biggest challenge was relationship to food. I felt helpless and that diabetes ran my life. After the DCB, I have accepted that numbers and foods cannot dictate my mood for the day. I now focus more on blousing (when and how much) and accepting my diabetes.
My relationship to food has improved, I’m being clear with family and friends about my goals with my health, and my exercise routine has improved! I am way more accepting of the disease instead of being so angry. I feel comfortable talking about diabetes openly. I don’t feel the need to be so in control and am instead more mindful of how I feel. I don’t let my blood sugars dictate my day either which also tied into food. I feel so great and I lost 8lbs!
If you’re considering the DCB, it’s totally worth the investment! I was on the fence and can’t believe I waited so long. I’ve never felt more comfortable with my diabetes.
The DCB gave me the tools to feel empowered, make changes that helped me get my numbers under better control, as well as helped me shift my mindset to be more curious than critical. The DCB also gave me a support system to help troubleshoot issues. The calls were informative, helpful and the sequencing all made sense to me.
My biggest challenge going in was committing to behaviors that ultimately helped me lower my A1C and get a better understanding of my diabetes. I have not had an A1C below 7 since I was in high school and have wanted to get it back to below 7 since I graduated from college in 2013. Not only is it below 7 but it's 6.2! I've lost 10 pounds since the start of the DCB, I'm confident in changing my own Omnipod settings, and my time in range increased by about 30%!
Beyond the numbers and quantitative data, there was an entire community supporting me, accountability through our accountability groups and the Slack channel, a place to ask questions of people going through the exact same thing, and a vault of knowledge with everyone in the DCB. Thanks to these resources and relationships I view diabetes as something that I can take control of and feel much less overwhelmed.
This is the best investment that you could make in yourself to better understand your diabetes and to empower you.
Before the DCB, I struggled with wanting to make changes and actually taking active steps to do so. I was focused primarily on losing weight and controlling my eating, but always failing. I had a high A1c and was constantly exhausted both mentally and physically from my diabetes. I felt like a failure and was embarrassed by my incapability to control my blood sugar and weight. I felt helpless.
It was such a frustrating feeling to be thinking and feeling like you are working so hard at something, but then have no results. I felt hopeless, and honestly blamed my diabetes for ruining a lot of good things in my life. In the DCB I learned that there are skill sets and remedies for things I previously thought I would have to live with forever.
I learned how to be less critical of my outcomes and use it as a learning experience. My mindset did a complete 180, and that is when I felt change truly taking place. I feel like I was given a whole set of tools and now can view my diabetes as part of me and not something I am angry about/always trying to control.
I had huge mental and physical results. My A1c went from 8.3% to a 7.1% and is continuing to drop. I lost almost 20 pounds and have had more energy than ever before. However, the biggest gain is my mental outlook and confidence in my management. I felt like I was never going to have a good relationship with food. While it is not perfect, the confidence that I gain from being able to eat foods that were previously labeled "bad" or "scary" has done wonders for me and has been one of the most freeing things ever. Prioritizing my health has made me a better individual and will continue to set me up for success.
Investing in your health/yourself is truly individual. If you think that you are too busy or do not have time, trust me when I say at the end of DCB you will have 10x more energy to achieve everything you want! Taking 3 months to set yourself up for the rest of your life is truly the best choice you can make.”