Body Trust™ Insights with Leslie Fuller

Our newest blog addition is the first of what will be a series of interviews with some of our favorite people traveling the journey toward radical self-love. We will be connecting with colleagues and friends we know and love as well as pioneers in the movement who inspire and renew our dedication.

First up is our friend, Leslie Fuller, naturopathic doctor and personal trainer. Leslie will be teaching a “Strength & Stamina” class as part of our week long August event, A Celebration of Joyful Movement.

6a0147e136d3a2970b017743045756970d-120wiThough originally from the Midwest, Dr. Leslie Fuller has called Oregon her home for the past 15 years. For the past decade, she has been helping people learn to move, and learn to love to move.  Leslie has been the owner of A Fuller Life, personal training and naturopathic medicine, since 2005.  In her current primary care based practice in NE Portland, she focuses on sports medicine and chronic disease care.  Dr. Fuller specializes in IV therapy, lifestyle modification through exercise and nutritional alterations, herbal remedies, and physical medicine techniques that help to manage sprains, strains, chronic and acute injuries, as well as nerve and muscular damage. Various injection techniques, including prolotherapy and trigger point injections, are also a specialty.

  • What led you to Intuitive Eating or Health At Every Size?

Straight up confusion: after going through two years of intensive nutrition classes in Naturopathic medical school, I was educated on what I was ‘supposed’ to eat, and I felt overwhelmed. I learned all the ins and outs of every biochemical process in the body–how we absorb, metabolize and excrete our food–but not how to choose what to eat….not how to listen to the body as a whole and what it is desiring.

  • What has been the biggest struggle as you have learned to accept yourself?
I chose a field that is very overly nutrition focused…my peers and colleagues nitpick themselves and their patients…and often guilt people into eating ‘healthy’ even though there is a HUGE spectrum of what healthy eating is.  My biggest struggle is staying true to my chosen path of loving food, and not fearing it, in the face others who have found something to pick apart about almost every food out there.

  • What are three aspects you feel are the most important to remember when moving toward radical self-love?
a.  Be kind, so so so kind, to the process and to yourself.
b.  Trust in yourself to make the decisions that are supportive of the process.
c.  Know that in moving forward there is never really an ‘end’ to the path…and don’t be afraid of that 🙂
  • What is your favorite part of your body? How do you celebrate it?

I. Love. My. Legs.  I celebrate them by shaving them smooth and wearing skirts and heels.  I celebrate them by using them to run and to lift weights.  I celebrate them by thanking them for their hard work, and putting up with all that I ask from them.

  • What is your favorite food and how do you like to enjoy it?

Peanut butter…on a big spoon…straight out of the jar.  Smile on face, tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth, total contentment.

  • What inspires and renews your dedication to your process when you need it the most?

My patients and clients…they are so strong and smart!  Even though I am in their lives in the role of a healer and helper, they inspire me to hop back on track when I become derailed…

  • Radical self-love means…

Acceptance, enjoyment, freedom, openness, celebration, gentleness, giggles 🙂

  • What books, music or websites inspire you right now?

Hilary turned me on to Brené Brown recently, and her book “The Gifts of Imperfection.”  I have been a little obsessed with her and her work, and have watched her TED talk about 5 times.

Brandi Carlile is my female crush…I think my husband is even a little jealous of my adoration of her. Her music and lyrics are at times breath-taking to me.  I listen to her on my bike, when I clean, in the car…just about everywhere.
  • Favorite quote or poem?

I memorized a Maya Angelou poem in the 8th grade…it was the same poem she read at the inauguration of Bill Clinton.  I still remember the opening stanzas, and repeat them in my head when I need to have focused calm. The poem is “On the Pulse of Morning”.