Gymnema Archives | 180 Nutrition

Tag Archives: Gymnema

How To Beat Sugar Cravings in 3 Easy Steps

sugar cravings

Angela: Sugar cravings can be hard when you are teaching your body not to eat sugar anymore. Here are 3 awesome steps that will help you beat them for good:


This dietary supplement stops sugar cravings in their tracks by suppressing insulin and stabilising blood sugar levels. Glutamine is an amino acid. Amino acids are building blocks of protein and can also help with fixing the ‘kitchen sink’ (our digestive system) too.

Stu: I use a vegetable based L-Glutamine (half a teaspoon in water) on a empty stomach. I do this every day as it helps muscle recovery, fix a leaky gut and stops cravings for sweet/starches.

Coconut Oil

Try taking a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil and have a potter around, I guarantee you won’t need anything else. If the taste isn’t your thing you can mix it up with a little raw cacao for a tasty chocolate treat.

Learn more here about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Gymnema Leaf

Is know in India as gurmar meaning ‘destroyer of sugar’ as it suppresses the ability to detect sweet tastes. Natural clinicians in India for centuries have used gymnema to balance blood sugar levels.

The product I like best is MediHerb ‘Gymnema 4g’ which is a practitioner only product. If you contact a Nutritionist or a Naturopath they will be able to prescribe for you.

You can purchase from the high street just be mindful that the strength and quality will vary.

Here are some snack/drink ideas that can fill the spot instead:

  • Snack on fat and protein: Fuel your body and brain with avocados, nuts and seeds (activated if you have digestive issues), tahani/humous and veggie sticks, boiled egg, apple and nut butter, greek yogurt, chia seeds and berries, 180 smoothies, chia puddings, the list is endless…
  • Kombucha: If you are craving fizzy drinks kombucha will do the trick instead. Not only is it low in sugar but good for gut health and aids in digestion. You can buy in any good health shops or make your own. I make my own, it’s so easy and the kids love it too!
  • Hydration: Have a glass of water and make sure that you aren’t just thirsty. Some people mistake thirst as hunger.
  • Cuppa: Try a cup of licorice root tea. It’s sweet and will hit the spot and an added bonus – it’s also good for digestive issues.
  • Hot chocolate: I’m not talking about the commercial kind full of sugar. I’m talking about 180 chocolate full of protein and good fats:
    - 1 scoop 180 Nutrition Protein Superfood – chocolate flavour
    - 1 teaspoon coconut oil
    1/2 teaspoon rice malt syrup
    1/2 teaspoon maca powder
    sprinkle of cinnamon
    1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Are you ready to cut out sugar once & for all?

Then join us for our 14 day cleanse – The 14-Day New Year cleanse is different to all the other cleanse programs available because it gives you the support of a private Facebook group. In this group, you can connect with everyone else on the cleanse in real-time as well as a team of experts including the founders of 180 Nutrition (Guy and Stu), our in-house nutritionist and our in-house naturopath.