We had the good fortune of connecting with Leslie Bobo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leslie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I first stepped foot into the wellness space I noticed it was easy to get lost in trends. I realized that more often than not there was sort of a “one size fits all” approach to wellness, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. I set out on a mission to bring accessible wellness to all, no matter what kind of lifestyle you lead. Not only that, but I wanted to offer a sustainable approach for clients. The name All About Well stems from the fact that wellness is more than just the food we eat. It’s also paying attention to our mental health, practicing mindful movement that we enjoy, and incorporating other modalities, such as meditation, into our routines as well. It’s also taking note that health goes way beyond kale salads and green juices! With the content that I provide, whether on my website or in 1 on 1 sessions, the goal is always to make people feel empowered in their choices! It’s to say hey, it’s okay it’s okay to eat pizza too. The main goal is to be in tune with your body, and to know what makes you feel good. I hope to continue to grow All About Well in the community aspect also, I want others to feel it is a space where they can interact with each other and learn. Each day is a new day to wake up and make decisions to help you feel your best!There’s no right or wrong to it, just leaning into your own intuitions.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I knew I wanted to become a dietitian to help others. When my journey first began I had no idea what that was going to look like, or that it would lead me to where I am today. I moved to San Diego when I graduated college, and being here really opened my eyes to what I wanted to focus on in my practice. I wanted to not only focus on food, but bring a spiritual healing aspect to the table as well. Our health and wellness goes far beyond food choices! When I was in my early 20’s I was really struggling with my own health. I didn’t have a healthy relationship with food, I was drinking at parties a lot in college, and I was severely struggling with anxiety and depression. It wasn’t until I moved to San Diego that I realized there were a lot of options and remedies I could use to take control and feel better. I started paying attention to what I was eating, in a sense of what made me feel good physically and emotionally. I started practicing yoga and meditation. I let go of guilt around food choices and expectations around workouts. I cut out alcohol for the most part, or better put I only drink occasionally and it is not from a place of insecurity. I just really reevaluated how my everyday practices made me feel. This certainly didn’t happen overnight, but the more secure I felt the more I knew I needed to help others on this journey as well. I knew if I was struggling, there had to be others that were as well. Different remedies will work for different people, but I want to be a support system to encourage others to find what works best for them. I want others to know that I’m here to meet them where they are. There’s no right or wrong place to start when it comes to healing, there’s only room to discover how to feel good in your own body. With all of that said, part of the reason I love what I do is because I do love food! I love cooking so much, it’s like a form of therapy for me. There’s nothing better than spending a day in the kitchen exploring different flavors and cooking with new ingredients. If you visit any of my pages you will see immediately that I love to share new recipes. I want others to see that eating healthy can be simple and fun. I love incorporating fresh, local foods into my dishes, but it’s also fun to play around with special ingredients like adaptogens!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh gosh, where do I begin! I always take my friends hiking, San Diego has some of the best hikes with ocean views (Torrey Pines never disappoints). Goodonya is also a must. They have such delicious breakfast and then it’s fun to walk around Encinitas afterwards! For dinner, I can’t stray away from Buona Forchetta. Their pizza is amazing! As far as other fun activities, North Park is a fun place to hang. You can have a full on spa day getting your nails done at Leo-Nails, head over to Shop Good for a holistic facial, and of course pop in Holy Matcha for a yummy drink and good vibes! On Saturday mornings you can always find me at the Little Italy Farmers Market, and I love bringing out of town guests here. I think we take it for granted, but each time I bring friend I’m reminded just how lucky we are to have it! If I’m being honest one of my favorite things to do is just to walk along the beach! So cliche, I know, but when you’ve lived in KY your whole life you never really get used to having the ocean in your backyard.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To my grandma! She sparked my interest in cooking & entrepreneurship and has always been my biggest supporter.
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