Holiday Guide to Eating While on NavaRX (Semaglutide)

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Medically Reviewed
November 21, 2023

The holiday season is a time for joy, family gatherings, and, of course, delicious food. However, for those participating in a medically supervised weight loss program, the abundance of holiday treats can pose a challenge. A well-thought-out holiday meal plan for semaglutide can be a crucial tool in helping you stick to your weight loss goals during this festive season. 

What is a Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program?

A medically supervised weight loss program is a structured and professional approach to achieving weight loss goals under the guidance of healthcare experts. These programs typically involve a team of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nutritionists, and, in some cases, fitness trainers, who design a personalized weight loss plan tailored to the individual’s unique needs and medical history.  

Here at Nava Health, our medically supervised weight loss program, NavaRX, incorporates various interventions such as dietary recommendations, physical activity guidance, meal planning, nutraceuticals (supplements), and prescription medication semaglutide. The program   is aimed at ensuring safe and effective weight loss, with close monitoring and regular check-ins to track progress and make necessary adjustments. The guidance by our nutrition professionals ensures that lifelong, sustainable skills centered around nutritional choices are built and solidified. This in turn, allows for weight loss maintenance upon the program’s completion.  

Medically supervised weight loss programs are ideal for individuals seeking a science-based and comprehensive approach to shed excess pounds while prioritizing their health and well-being. 

What is Semaglutide? 

Semaglutide and its well-known variations, such as Ozempic, Wegovy, and Monjarno, are prescription medications that have gained prominence in medically supervised weight loss programs. These medications belong to a class of drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists. They work by increasing feelings of fullness, reducing appetite, and slowing stomach emptying, which ultimately helps individuals manage their weight.  

In medically supervised weight loss programs, healthcare professionals may incorporate these medications as part of a comprehensive approach to obesity management. Patients receive guidance on their use, and they are typically recommended for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher or those with a BMI of 27 or higher with obesity-related health conditions. These medications, when used with a balanced diet and regular physical activity, can be effective tools to help individuals achieve and maintain their weight loss goals. However, their use should always be closely monitored and prescribed under medical supervision to ensure safety and efficacy. 

Holiday Meal Plan for Semaglutide 

Because semaglutide works by reducing appetite and slowing gastric emptying, the holiday culture of overindulgence will be close to impossible.  

In addition, many of the holiday foods we love may cause adverse symptoms while on a semaglutide medication. For example, high-fat and sugar-containing foods may possibly lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Alcohol may also interact with semaglutide and cause adverse side effects. 

While it may seem daunting to navigate the holiday season while on semaglutide, it is possible to enjoy the festivities without derailing your progress. Clinical nutritionists at Nava Health work together with clients to create a detailed plan of action. No matter what the holiday party season brings, our goal is to empower our clients to make informed choices that continue to support their personal weight loss journeys and preserve the positive outcomes they enjoy through their NavaRX medically supervised weight loss programs.  

Now is the perfect time to lean on the support of your integrative wellness team.  Plan to meet with your clinical nutritionist in advance to ensure you have a granular plan for navigating social gatherings.  

Here are five tips to help you stay on track with your NavaRX program through the holidays: 

  1. Plan ahead. Before you attend any holiday gatherings, take some time to plan your meals and snacks. This will help you avoid making impulsive choices when you’re surrounded by tempting treats.
  2. Focus on protein and fiber. Choose protein-rich foods like lean meats, fish, poultry, beans, and nuts and seeds. Make sure to include plenty of fiber-rich vegetables and low-glycemic fruits in your diet.
  3. Be mindful of portion sizes. It’s okay to include your favorite holiday foods, but do so in moderation. Use a smaller plate, take smaller bites, and savor the flavor.
  4. Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol can interact with semaglutide and cause side effects. If you do choose to drink, do so in moderation and alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic beverages.
  5. Don’t be afraid to say no. It’s perfectly okay to decline food or drink that you don’t want or that you know will make you feel sick. Just politely explain your reasons and opt for an alternative if possible.

Staying On Track with Overall Wellness During the Holidays 

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, consistency is the key. Unfortunately, the holiday season from October through January can test even the most stalwart of us. Let’s face it: while it is a joyous and fun time of the year, the holidays bring a lot of disruption to our routines.   

Here are some additional tips for navigating the holiday season while on a semaglutide diet:  

  • Bring your snacks and drinks to holiday gatherings so you know you have healthy options.  
  • Volunteer to bring a dish so you can control the ingredients and portion sizes.  
  • Take charge of the non-food-related activities and create regular breaks from eating to socializing and enjoying the company of your loved ones.  
  • Throughout the season, remember to prioritize sleep and movement to help manage stress and cravings.  

Remember, the goal is not to be perfect but to make healthier choices most of the time. If you do have a slip-up, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just get back on track with your next meal and continue making progress.  

By following these tips, you can enjoy the holidays without derailing your weight loss efforts. A holiday meal plan for semaglutide is not just a dietary guideline, but a pathway to enjoy the festive season responsibly. Remember, it is about making healthy choices that you can sustain in the long term. 

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Dana is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN) and a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). Her passion for health and wellness started at a very young age and grew stronger once she started working with patients professionally. Her passion for personalized nutrition and precision medicine eventually expanded to education and academia.
Dana’s clinical and research focus is on digestive health, neuroendocrine-immune health, natural hormone balancing, reproductive health, and fertility.