Hello my lovely readers!

There are going to be some changes coming to my Spoonful of Sugar Free because I’m going to college! Next week I pack up my stuff and move 1000 miles across the country. I’m saying goodbye to the beautiful, sunny, warm Florida, and saying hello to the chilly midwest.

(Saying hello again to snow and warm jackets!)

I don’t know what these next few years will hold, but I do know that I want you all to be a part of it. I’ve met so many great people through Spoonful of Sugar Free, and I want to continue my journey of healthy eating and sharing sugar-free recipes with you.

That being said, there will definitely be changes to my site. I’ll be a lot more busy with my schoolwork and extracurriculars in college, so here are some changes you might see coming:

  • Less frequent posting. Because I will be very busy, I’ll probably have time to post only once a week.
  • Different types of recipes. There will be a kitchen I have access to in my dorm, but I won’t have all the equipment I’m used to at home. I will also be cooking just for myself, so you might see a lot of recipes “for one,” like my Cherry Chocolate Chunk CakeBitter Chocolate Cake or Peach Crisp.
  • Tips on staying healthy in college. College is notorious for unhealthy food choices and the “freshman 15.” One of my goals for this year is to create a post that addresses this and gives you tips on how to deal with this.
  • Lessons in nutrition. I will be taking a lot of nutrition courses over the upcoming years, so hopefully I will be able to share the information I learn with you!
(My first day of 1st Grade…next, college!)

I’m excited to start this new chapter in my life! Who knows exactly what will happen with me and my website within the next couple months, but I will try to keep you all updated with my progress. Here are some of my plans for my college career:

  • Student athlete. I’m playing D1 tennis for my college team. This is very exciting for me because tennis is an individual sport. In college, tennis is played on a team. This will play a big part of my college career with daily practices, weight training, sprint training, and tournaments throughout the year.
  • Majoring in dietetics. I plan on becoming a Registered Dietitian, so there will be a lot of nutrition and science courses on my class schedule. After my 4 year undergraduate degree I will need to take a dietetic internship and the Dietetics exam.
  • Honors college. I’m excited to be a part of the honors program to work with my professors and fellow classmates.
  • Internships and shadows. In order to become a registered dietitian, I need to intern and shadow other professionals. During summer vacations, I will look for professionals willing to take me on as their intern. There is also a study abroad program through my school that I would love to take part in.

Thank you all for sticking with me throughout these past couple years. Stay tuned for next week for a look at my new dorm room!

Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:

Share with me a memorable experience from your college years!

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28 Responses to Sugar Free Goes to College

  1. Felicia says:

    congrats!! i did a semester in australia and it was the best choice i made. on spring break i went to new zealand (south island) for 12 days and that was amazing too! so i highly suggest going there :)

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      I’ve always wanted to go to those two places! I don’t think there are study abroad programs in my major for those places, though…there is on I am eyeing for Italy!

  2. SO exciting Alex! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in college, I have a feeling you’re going to love it.

  3. Tricia says:

    cool! I’m going to college, too, very soon! Super excited, and I hope you have fun! I’m double majoring in Chemistry and Biology, but I really want to take some nutrition courses, too!

  4. Wow!!! Congratulations–this is such an exciting time. Are you coming to the Chicago-land area by any chance?

    • Sugar Free Alex says:

      Thanks, Michelle!

      And, close! I will be about 3 hours south of there, so I might wander up into that area from time to time…

  5. Jamie says:

    How exciting! But trust me there is nothing chilly about the Midwest right now!

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      So I’ve heard! But it will be much colder in November than what I’m used to :P

      • Jamie says:

        I’m sure that’s true! My freshman year of college was in Minnesota and that was REALLY cold! Where are you going to school? If I could go back and do it over again, I’d love to do dietetics! But no matter the major, college is awesome (minus the papers!)

  6. Wow, that is so exciting Alex! For some reason I thought you had already studied/were studying for a nutrition degree :-P
    I’m going into my last year of college, and I wish I could rewind the clock and do those years again! It’s just so much fun.

  7. Krystle says:

    Wow Alex! I had no idea you were going to college! I thought you were much older because you seem so mature! haha Congrats! I just finished my first year in the midwest (from CALIFORNIA) and it was rough, but a lot of fun! Let me know if you have any questions!

  8. Clair says:

    Wow, congratulations! Look forward to hearing all about your studies. None of my health knowledge is formal, so I love getting info straight from the horse’s mouth!

  9. Ericka says:

    Congratulations!!!! Welcome to the midwest! I live in Wisconsin…you will love the midwest! Looking forward to reading your posts from a dorm kitchen. I have enjoyed reading your posts and recipes. Good luck with your studies!

  10. I am so excited for you, Alex!!!! :) I’ll be heading off to college this January and I’m getting excited! I’m really looking forward to following you as I go forward with this journey too. :)

  11. Melinda says:

    College is so great-you will love it! Although I’m currently living on the East Coast, I’m originally from Chicagoland and went to school in Indy. I love the Midwest (minus the winters)! Good luck!

  12. Aww how exciting! Best of luck in your college adventures. Enjoy every moment–it goes by fast and are definitely some of the best years of your life. At least they were for me. :-)

  13. Anita says:

    Good for you Alex. I’m excited about your new journey. Check out Kath Eats Real Food blog. She’s a registered dietician also. I think it’s great. A lifelong commitment to sugar free and health. They go hand and hand.

  14. Stefanie says:

    Congratulations! I know you will have a great time in college. I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures even if it is not as often.

  15. Zelda says:

    I am so excited for you, Miss Alex….your school is in for a real treat having you there & playing on the tennis team, how fabulous! I started out in school interested in dietetics and ended up as an art major…..Have fun!

  16. Jenny$1983 says:

    Brilliant! I bet you’ll have a great time! My best and most memorable experience from university (I’m from England) was near enough the first day, when I had my first lecture for a module called ‘Culture and Power’: I felt truly at home because we discussed hegemony, propaganda and pretty much what really happens in society and politics instead of just what you see in the newspapers. I thought, ‘Yesss!! This is what I’m here for, at last!’ :D

  17. Good luck on your move!! I am very interested to read about your adventures and how you deal with your food intolerances in the college atmosphere. As a fellow gluten-free, dairy-free & egg-free college student, I know it can definitely be a challenge at times, so I am excited to read about your viewpoint!

  18. Wow, this is SO exciting! I know I’m late in commenting on this post, but I missed it and felt like I needed to wish you the best on your next grand adventure. I can’t wait to hear more about your dorm experiences, classes, and the whole bit. You’re going to have SUCH a blast!

  19. congrats on the amazing milestone and next step of your life — and good luck with the cross country move!

  20. Yay you’re going to love college!! I’ll be starting my 3rd year soon (it goes by so quickly!) and I’m also a nutrition major! Good luck with the chilly weather!

  21. laney says:

    I’m an incoming college freshman too and I have been searching and testing all different ways to stay healthy and active up here. It’s so hard with such a full schedule! But I love what you’re doing, I didn’t realize I wasn’t the only student obsessed with living a healthy lifestyle. you go girl!

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