Maji Koetter-ali, ms, RD, LD

Roots Reboot Lifestyle Wellness - Working Moms Specialist

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He was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. As I held my baby boy for the first time, I knew this would forever be the greatest moment of my entire life.

He was 8 pounds, 8.5 ounces, and had a head full of hair. He was perfect. Tears came running down my face as I was flooded with a depth of love that I’d never felt before. I couldn’t believe I made this tiny creature who had lived with me for the past nine months. Now, here he was safe and snug, and I felt the peace of being a new mom, while still being the independent person I had always known myself to be.   

Fast forward a few days, weeks, and months and I was no longer that peaceful person. I was beginning to struggle with something no one had ever talked with me about. I didn’t realize it, and no one ever warned me, but the life I had before my beautiful baby was done. My life is now about taking care of someone else. Being someone else’s everything. My needs, my wants, my health, my everything will no longer be my top priority. That was a tough pill for me to swallow.

My healthy lifestyle as I knew it came to a complete halt.

 
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I was facing a whole new world of sleepless nights, dirty diapers, nursing, milk supply hurdles, keeping a tiny human alive, going back to my full-time job, getting my pre-baby body back, finding the so-called “work-life balance” (which I’m positive doesn’t exist), and to top it all off:

postpartum depression.

With this new life of no time, no freedom, and constant exhaustion, I often wondered how was I ever going to have time to prepare healthy meals, exercise, and practice what I preach, especially during that first year. However, what seemed impossible opened my eyes to new possibilities. I was pushed out of my comfort zone and forced to figure out how to navigate this new life. If I ever wanted to get back to me again, I had to be proactive.

Today I’m at peace with my life. Today I am happy. Today I’ve figured out how to be a mom while also still being me, a slightly different version of me, and in my opinion, a better version of ME.

 

It took me mourning my old life and going through postpartum depression to get where I am today, but I made it, and it was worth every single tear and hardship.   

 
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My initial decision to become a dietitian was made shortly after my mom had a heart attack and was diagnosed with type two diabetes. My mom’s healthcare team inspired me to help others in the same way. I was eighteen years old at the time, and I completely changed my lifestyle. I wanted to do anything I could to prevent myself from getting heart disease and diabetes so I changed my diet, and my love for fitness began.

Early in my career, I wanted to help anyone that needed it. I’ve worked in weight management, bariatrics, worksite wellness, the university setting, cardiac rehab, and oncology.

Motherhood has encouraged me to reflect on who I am and how I can live a fulfilling life. I’ve realized that my skills would be best utilized honed-in in one area, helping other moms because that is where my heart is.

I want to use my skills as a registered dietitian to help moms reboot and nourish their bodies, mind, and soul. I want to help moms fuel their bodies with foods that will give them the energy they need to tackle the long days and feed their families. As a mom, I know the struggle of trying to cook and eat while children attempt to make both nearly impossible. I want to help moms navigate the kitchen while holding their children, learn fast and easy recipes, gain confidence in their new and often chaotic world, and how to establish a new normal.

My son changed my life in so many incredible ways. He’s helped open my eyes to see things I was blind to before.

Working moms, all moms, face so many challenges every single day and often put themselves on the back burner. My son lit a fire in me. He’s my reason. He’s why I want to help other moms learn how to care for themselves, as well as their families.

Everyone’s path to becoming a parent is different.

But we don’t have to struggle alone.

I’d love to be your guide through the madness and beauty of motherhood.

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lifestyle wellness - working moms Specialist
at Roots Reboot

Roots Reboot Specialty

  • Busy Working Moms Lifestyle Health + Wellness

  • Adult Weight Loss / Weight Management


credentials

  • RD: Registered Dietitian, American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association

  • LD: Licensed Dietitian, State of Kentucky

  • CD: Certified Dietitian, State of Indiana

  • MS: Master of Nutrition Science, Indiana University

  • BS: Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance – Public Health, University of Louisville

  • Certificate in Adult Weight Management, Levels 1 & 2, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Experience

  • Worksite Wellness Dietitian – Yum! Brands, Louisville, KY

  • Bariatric & Weight Management Dietitian – Norton Healthcare, Louisville, KY

  • Health & Sport Sciences Instructor – University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

  • Outpatient Cardiac Rehab Dietitian – Baptist Health Floyd, New Albany, IN

  • Outpatient Oncology Dietitian – Baptist Health Floyd, New Albany, IN



fun facts about maji

  • I have two Irish Setters; my oldest was named after one of my favorite chefs, Bobby Flay!

  • My son Sloan’s first name is from a character on Grey’s Anatomy, and his middle name, Jackson, is after the football player, Lamar Jackson.

  • I’m a nutrition instructor at the University of Louisville!


    Interested in working with me
    as your personal dietitian?

    I would love to set up a FREE 15 minute introduction consult call
    so that I can learn more about you!