Can you name someone who is a co-founder of Courage to Nourish, often described as genuine and caring by clients, and is passionate about family nutrition and family feeding? It’s Bobbi Boteler, RD, LD, CEDRD-S, of course!
Bobbi is an eating disorder recovery dietitian that sees clients in person in Columbia, Maryland and virtually across Maryland, Virginia, and Colorado. She is a proud Health at Every Size © dietitian and is passionate about supporting clients in breaking free of the dieting cycle and healing their realtionship with food and their body. Read on to learn more about her hometown, favorite types of music, and her dream vacation!
What is your favorite food today? What was your favorite as a child?
I would say my favorite food at the moment is sushi. If you would have asked me a month ago, I would have probably said Mexican. I don’t think I have a favorite sushi roll. Sometimes I play sushi roulette and just pick random rolls off the menu to try. My favorite food as a kid was spaghetti and meatballs. My grandma always made it with homemade garlic bread. It was the best.
Where are you from? What is your favorite thing about that place?
My hometown is Ijamsville, a small town outside of Frederick, Maryland. It was always a small town growing up, which I have grown to love. It’s becoming a little more developed now, but it has always been a farm town. My favorite thing about it is the small town feel. You’re usually guaranteed to see someone you know at the grocery store.
How did you become interested in nutrition?
I would say like many dietetic students, I was initially interested in nutrition for unhealthy reasons. I had relapsed in my eating disorder and was obviously fascinated by food and nutrition at that point. Unfortunately, it occupied a lot of my brain space. Our curriculum was also very fat phobic and weight centric, which didn’t help my journey. Fortunately, I had a lot of professional and personal support, and worked really hard in my recovery, which helped me have a completely different view on food and nutrition.
What brings you joy in your daily life?
I would say the contentment and peace that I’ve settled into as I’ve gotten older. My other joys are my three kids, who are my world.
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
A dog person. We have a Wheaten Terrier/Poodle mix named Jax.
What is your favorite type of music?
I like a lot of different types, but some of my favorites are 90s hip hop, country, and reggae.
What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
Family dinners are my favorite. It’s always a great time to be with each other and check in about one another’s days.
Do you have any hobbies?
That is something that I’m trying to figure out honestly! Becoming a mom turned my world upside down in a really awesome way. At the same time, it became more challenging to find time for myself and things I like to do outside of my family. More to come on my new hobbies!
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
When I was little I wanted to be Amish! The Amish lifestyle was so fascinating to me. I also watched I Love Lucy all the time. Two very random things. My room growing up was decorated with Lucille Ball. Not your typical kids room!
What is your dream vacation?
Going to Paris and the beaches in South France. I’ve been to Paris once in high school and I want to go back!
Courage to Nourage has offices in College Park, Maryland. Columbia, Maryland. And Alexandria, Virginia. We also see clients virtually across Virginia. Maryland. Washington DC. Colorado. And Pennsylvania.
Bobbi Boteler, as well as all of our dietitians, would love to work with you or a loved one today. Please visit our website to read more about our services. We can help! We would love to set up a 15 minute discovery call and answer any questions you may have about working with us. Visit our contact us page to send us an email.
Jordan is a Courage to Nourish Intern. She received her BS in Nutrition Science from The George Washington University and is currently pursuing her MS in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Rhode Island. Jordan hopes to become a dietitian and is excited to learn more about eating disorder treatment as well as weight inclusive, anti-diet approaches to dietetics.