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Sara Awija

Registered dietitian (B.SC RD) — voted Ottawa’s Favourite Dietitian

West Hunt Club

Sara Awija (BSc, RD), is a locally renowned and award-winning registered dietitian.

Sara received her Bachelors of Science degree in food science and human dietetics from McGill University. Sara is frequently sought as a corporate speaker on nutrition and wellness, including for the Government of Canada.

About Sara

Sara has a unique approach to her practice and provides advice that is realistic and easy to follow. She emphasises step-by-step change with balance and flexibility, and is a firm believer in small, gradual changes to your eating and exercising regimen. Coupled with patience, commitment and a positive attitude, small changes can lead to permanent lifestyle change and a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life.

Sara also holds a certification in adult weight management. She offers nutrition counselling, weight management programs and creates customised meal plans based on food preferences, lifestyle and goals. Sara also uses cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, nutrition education/therapy, and experimental techniques to help her clients change thoughts and behaviours that are barriers to achieving a healthy weight.

On the sports nutrition side, you would be working with a dietitian who is also an athlete. Sara knows what it means to optimise your nutritional intake. Not all calories are created equally, especially when you’re an athlete. By tailoring what, when, and how much you eat, Sara can tailor a diet plan that will take you to the next level. Your plan is customised to your unique requirements, influenced by variables distinct to your sport or activity level, gender, body type and age.

In her spare time, Sara enjoys cooking, travelling and experiencing the newest restaurants and food trends in Ottawa and across the globe. She also enjoys an active lifestyle and is a recreational athlete who enjoys cycling, hiking, powerlifting, and is an avid runner and marathon competitor.

Sara-Awija, Ottawa Registered Dietitian

Awards

  • Awarded Best Dietitian in Ottawa 2020
  • Awarded Best Dietitian in Ottawa 2021
  • Awarded Best Dietitian in Ottawa 2022

Qualifications

Some of Sara’s nutrition specialties:

  • Cholesterol management, blood pressure management/li>
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Weight management
  • Sports nutrition
  • Diabetes
  • Infant nutrition
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Eating disorders
  • Prenatal nutrition
  • Night eating syndrome
  • Certified in genetic testing
  • Binge eating disorder/compulsive overeating

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