Registered Dietitan (B.SC RD)
Sara Awija BSc, RD received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Food Science and Human Dietetics from McGill University. She completed her 40 weeks of internship (Professional Practice – Stage), which is sequenced and integrated into each year of study. Sara was exposed to a variety of practice settings, including clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and foodservice management in Montreal and Ottawa. The program is designed according to the Integrated Competencies for Dietetics Education and Practice (ICDEP) and is accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP).
Sara also holds a Certification in Adult Weight Management. Sara offers nutrition counselling, weight management programs and creates customized meal plans based on food preferences, lifestyle and goals.
Sara has a unique approach to her practice and provides advice that is realistic, easy to follow and emphasizes stepwise change, balance and flexibility. She is a firm believer that small, gradual changes to an individual’s eating and exercising regimen coupled with patience, commitment and a positive attitude can lead to permanent lifestyle change and a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.Sara uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Nutrition Education/therapy, and Experimental Techniques to aid her clients in challenging thoughts/behaviours to attain a healthy weight.
On the sports nutrition side, you would be working with a professional who is also an athlete. Sara knows what it means to optimize your nutritional intake. Not all calories are created equal, especially when you are an athlete. By tailoring what, when, and how much you eat, she can create a diet plan together that will bring you to the next level. Each plan is customized to your unique requirements. These requirements are influenced by many variables, such as your sport or activity level, gender, body size, and age.
Below are a few of the nutrition areas in which Sara specializes in:
- Weight Management
- Sports Nutrition
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Cholesterol Management, Blood Pressure Management
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Prenatal Nutrition
- Infant Nutrition
- Eating Disorders
- Binge Eating Disorder/ Compulsive Overeating
- Night Eating Syndrome
In her spare time, Sara enjoys being active, cooking, travelling and experiencing the newest restaurants and food trends in Ottawa and across the globe.
Sara is also a recreational athlete who enjoys cycling, hiking, powerlifting, going for long runs every day and competing in marathons.