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 food-service 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 counseling, 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 step-wise 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 Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Nutrition Education/therapy, and Experimental Techniques to aid her clients in challenging thoughts/behaviors to attain a healthy weight.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys being active, cooking, traveling and experiencing the newest restaurants and food trends in Ottawa and across the globe.