Hi there! My name is Alex, and I live a completely sugar-free life! I’ve always been sensitive to sugar since I was a little baby. When I’d eat it I would get a rash on my cheek, but I would always just ignore it and go on eating my hot fudge sundae. Then when I was 13 years old I started really getting into health and nutrition, so I decided to completely stop eating sugar altogether. I would research all kinds of different ways to be healthy, and I learned about the dangers of eating too much sugar. Once I realized this, I quit eating sugar. No white sugar, no honey, no syrup, no “-oses,” and no artificial sugar substitutes.

Everything was going fine until about five months into my new sugar free life. It was Thanksgiving and I had always been a huge fan of pumpkin pie. I told myself, “One little slice won’t hurt.” Boy was I wrong! After the first bite, a bright red rash shot up the side of my cheek. Then after finishing the minuscule slice, I received a massive headache and my whole body felt sick for the rest of the day. After that, I only tried sugar about twice more with the same results. Ever since then I have not eaten sugar. I can eat fruit, but only in small amounts. When I do eat fruit, I usually have to pair it with fat like peanut butter to calm down the effects on my system.

When I tell people that I can’t eat any sugar, people respond in two ways:

  1. “You can’t eat sugar?! How can you survive in this world? I would die! What can you eat?”
  2. “Wow, that’s really actually lucky. There are so many people in the world today that have problems with eating sugar. I wish I could be like that.”

I have an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, and I’m a current dietetic intern working towards become a Registered Dietitian. I love making and eating good, wholesome foods, and you won’t find any any refined foods in my recipes. Many of my recipes are also gluten and dairy-free to accommodate all kinds of diets! I believe in eating natural foods, the foods our bodies were designed to eat.

My passion lies in researching and developing new recipes using wholesome ingredients. I hope you will enjoy my recipes and research, too!

If you ever feel inclined to contact me with a question or comment, feel free to email me at spoonfulofsugarfree@gmail.com

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  1. hi, cool blog!!! I’m a yr old health-lovin’ teen too, it’s so fun to see people with the same interests!!!..can’t wait to keep reading and check out some of those recipes!!! 🙂

  2. Ann Claire says:

    I love your blog and your outlook on healthy eating! I love it when I discover others teen who are interested in cooking healthy, just like I am!
    It is awesome that you take a food allergy and make it into something positive by cooking healthy natural food!

  3. GIGI says:

    Hey Girl!

    I am completely sugar free too… I don’t even eat fruit!

    I have the perfect solution to your desire for pumpkin pie though: dish out some canned Libby’s 100% pumpkin and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg & stevia! I eat it every morning for breakfast and it’s wonderful!

    Seems like you have plenty of concoctions to fill your sugar void though! I have been living sugar-free for 10 years and I cannot even remember what it was like, ha ha, and I really don’t care either!

    Any ways, I am glad I found you!

    • Wahoo! Sugar-free! I rarely have met anyone who goes completely sugar-free like me! I used to not eat fruit either, but decided I took the sugar-free concept too far because fruits have loads of good benefits, too. Plus they are yummy!

      Any way, that’s a good idea for pumpkin pie, I do the same thing with sweet potatoes-good.

      But yeah, after a while dessert just looks kinda gross. Some people feel so bad, but I just tell them not to be, it doesn’t phase me at all when someone eats dessert in front of me.

      • Sarah says:

        Hey I’m 100% sugar free too ! Pleased to meet you both….

        • Ann says:

          I’m another one of those 100% sugar free too! No honey, molasses, stevia, or any other artificial sweetener. Dried fruit (without added sugar of course), is as sweet as I’ll go. It’s been almost 3 years and I never want to go back. I used to eat bowls of cookie dough at a time. When I first stopped it was very difficult. I felt better after a week, but I could even notice I was even better a month after that. After about 3 months I stopped noticing any improvements. Boy that stuff is terribly addictive! Lovin’ livin’ sugar free!

  4. wow! love your bog. you’re supa pretty!
    i try to eat only natural sugars but i think you take the cake on that one! pun intended 😉

    • Haha! Thanks!

      And eating natural sugars is Totally fine!!! They’re good for you (everything in moderation of course, I’m not suggesting that drinking a gallon of honey is the best thing you can do 🙂 )! It’s just that I get sick when I eat it 🙁

  5. Rachel says:

    Hi Alex!

    I just came across your blog, but I’ll definitely be coming back! I think it’s awesome that you live sugar-free so thank you for sharing your adventure 😀 Can’t wait to keep reading!


  6. Cynthia Matos-Medina says:

    Like your blog. I’ve been in the process of eliminating sugar from my diet and my kids’. Almost there!
    Thanks for this blog 😉

  7. gopal says:

    Hi every one

    Love wave with both hand to your beautiful blog.

    How do to control sugar with diet?

    Here is chance to kill sugar from root.

    Love to thanks ton for extra ordinary blog and diet formula.

  8. internalfame says:

    Hey your blog seems to be intresting,i looove to eat 🙂

  9. YogaSpy says:

    Great blog concept! Since spring, I’ve gone off refined sugar. I, too, don’t miss it. In fact, my tastebuds have become hyper-sensitive to sugar, and even my former favorites (such as Nature’s Path breakfast cereals and extra-dark chocolate) are now too sweet for me.

    I’ve blogged about my no-sugar resolution in 2010, but my blog’s theme is yoga.


  10. BookiRooki says:

    I’m actually part of that second group of people – the one’s that say you’re lucky. My family and I went vegitarian this year but we still eat fish (for the time being) and my mom tried to purge all of the sugar out of our house but I couldn’t deal with only having honey in my tea. Oh, the shame 😀

    Anyways, I love that you have really healthy recipies on here and I promise I will be checking back VERY often 🙂 Keep up the awesome work!

    • Awesome job! It’s actually not that hard to cut out sugar once you feel like you don’t need it. I’ve been on this diet for a few years now, and sugar kind of disgusts me now. Maybe try it for a week (cutting out Bad sugars), and see how you feel!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Saladin says:

    I can appreciate the need to cut out the insane amounts of sugar in our lives. I’m a diabetic so my idea of dessert is an orange. Fascinating blog and a worthy cause. Thanks for taking the time to share this with everyone!

  12. hippydude says:

    Great piece on sugar in the ubiquitous McDonalds plaque. I wish more people educated themselves about what they choose to eat. What’s your take on stevia? I have some growing in my garden because it is a natural sweetener .

    • Thanks for visiting my site! I actually have posted a article previously about stevia, found here. I think it is a pretty good sugar alternative because it is from an herb. Also, it is not a sugar alcohol. I prefer to eat it in small amounts, though, since not much research has been done on it. But I also know that people in Japan have been eating it for a long time, and have not had problems with it.

  13. thilophian says:

    Thanks for sharing your sugar free life. it’s motivating.

  14. Emily says:

    I really would die if I went sugar free. I don’t think I could deny my sweet tooth. I try to limit it, but I definitely crave sweets all the time! Good for you for sticking with being sugar less! 🙂

  15. I just found your blog. I really admire you effort to not eat sugar. I have been decreasing my sugar intake a lot, not completely but it is a big difference to the amount I was eating last year.

    Without even trying, my skin is so much better and I feel less bloated. But that’s just what you see on the outside, the energy I feel is so much greater that any outwardly results.

    Lesson learned last weekend, I was out of town for a wedding and consumed more sugar than I normally would, I felt the sugar coma and definitely had the sugar hangover. It was instant reminder to get back to healthy eating.

    I look forward to perusing your blog.

    • Hey, thanks for checking out my blog! I looked at yours, too, and LOVE it! I can completely agree with you on the whole inside outside feeling when sugar is eliminated. My skin is very clear, and I am full of energy, too. Sugar just slows ya down 😉

  16. I absolutely believe I have sugar irritations as well. Nothing ever as severe as your Thanksgiving reaction, but similar situations! I just found your blog and can’t wait to keep up for suggestions and see what you make! xoxo

  17. Cindy says:

    Hi Alex!
    I am SUPER happy you found my blog, I think I can totally learn a few tips from you. I don’t have sugar issues per se …but It’s my total vice and I am trying to shake it and still be balanced.

    sorry you have such a severe reaction to sugar but I love how you are turning it into a positive ! Good for you!

    I think in general we eat WAAAAAAAAAAY too many sweet things and it’s time to change that.

    nice to “meet” you!!!!

    • Haha! Nice to meet you, too! And I totally agree that people eat way too many sweets. I once knew someone who ate a chocolate bar when she was sick!!! can you imagine? Being bed-ridden, and eating hershey’s?

  18. Hey thanks for stopping by! I love your blog as well and can’t wait to read more! I think its amazing that you decided to cut sugar out of your life! Some ppl would just keep trucking on but u made it work for you! I try to eat less sugar in my life but i dont think i could give up fruit or the brown suga in my oats in the morning 🙂 I commend you tho!

  19. wow that is pretty crazy. i swear sugar is the white devil!

  20. Penny Lane says:

    I recently found out that I couldn’t eat processed sugars, though I had suspected for awhile that I shouldn’t eat it. (If I eat sweets the sugar goes straight to my brain and I almost feel like I am drunk then I crave and devour anything and everything that has sugar in it for the rest of the day. I then feel like I have been on a week bender and crash when I get home.) It is nice to find someone else in blog land that has cut sugar outta their diet and I am going to make your grain free bread tonight on the prompting of HEAB!

  21. Michelle says:

    Love your blog! What an inspiration…I love sugar but, I have been wanting to cut back or cut it out completely. I love to cook and eat healthy and I cant wait to try your recipes. I think with sugar free recipes to start with it will help me cut the sugar. Thanks for the recipes and the inspiration:)

  22. peasepudding says:

    Great blog with lots of creative ideas on how to substitute sugar with products. I am certainly not sugar free and never will be after being a pastry chef but I do enjoy alternative recipes with a healthier option. Great work.

  23. I love your blog. I am prediabetic now and it is great to read sugar-free recipes. I cannot wait to explore your blog much more.

  24. I’ve never heard of reactions like that to sugar, but I admire how you do this! And I believe it forces you to be healthy, so there’s something good with it as well. 😉

    I also avoid sugar, but due to other problems. It tends to mess up my blood sugar levels and makes me feel low and just bad. But many people consider this crazy indeed. Mostly the suppose I miss the best of life (food wise) because I turn down its “sweet” sides (which have a very aftertaste indeed).

    Thank you for finding me! I’m looking forward to reading your blog! 😀

  25. Ha, a sour aftertaste, missed it. 😉

  26. jenna says:

    alex! i love your blog and i hope you enjoy mine as well 🙂

  27. I love you’re blog!!! It is absolutely amazing! I love how you don’t use added sugars!


  28. I love your blog!!! It is absolutely amazing! I love how you don’t use added sugars!


  29. I just added you to my blogroll! I love your recipes!

  30. Ameena says:

    I am totally wondering if my sudden eczema could be sugar related? I mostly don’t eat sugar but now I’m wondering if a bit of dark chocolate here and there could be responsible.

    Thank you for putting your story out there!

  31. annecalista says:

    Just found your blog via HEAB and love it! I’m trying to drastically decrease my sugar intake, though at the moment I don’t eat a lot of refined sugar anyway. It’s great to see someone so invested in that way of eating! 🙂

  32. […] I decided I wanted to start being more mindful of my added sugar intake (kind of like this girl). I am gonna start by reducing my intake of flavored yogurts during the week and get back to my […]

  33. Angela says:

    Wow, what a great find! I have PCOS and need to stop eating sugar. Your blog is just what I need 🙂

  34. […] where the amazing Alex comes in. Alex is the mastermind behind the blog Spoonful of Sugar Free, which has been a huge […]

  35. Sarah says:

    Inspired by your blog! I’ve been working towards going sugar-free for almost 3 weeks now. I can already tell the difference. Working on my husband and kids (8 & incredibly picky 2 year old) now. I’m afraid they think I’ve lost my mind. Read Sugar Blues and am reading Suicide by Sugar. Has almost brought me to tears, because I come from a family of sugarholics with the diabetese to prove it. Frustrating that everything you pick up has added sugars. Thank you for sharing your recipes!

  36. […] Alex has an amazing blog, devoted to sugar free eating! I love her recipes! They look amazing, I bet they taste even more so!  Check out her blog to try the challenge! […]

  37. Hi! I just stumbled across your blog and can’t wait to read more!

  38. PRIMAL BLISS says:

    Hi! Found your blog through Lauren at WWOB and i love it. You basically eat paleo so i love your recipes! Also, i am extremely sensitive to sugar. No adverse food reactions like you but if i have a cup of berries with a fat or protein source I will get a surge of energy – almost like kids on speed- and then crash really fast and get awful headaches. Cant wait to keep reading!

  39. Amy says:

    Hi – I love your recipes! Have you considered adding an RSS feed to your blog? I would love to subscribe and have your posts show up in my reader.

  40. Ahmed Gamal says:

    I cant believe this I thought I was the only person on earth that doesnt eat nor drink anything that has sugar… The thing is I was born that way I’m 24 years old and I have no clue what fruits taste like.Every time I try it my body just wouldnt accept it i cant even swallow it and if I force myself to swollow it I’ll just feel really sick and I’ll puke. I do have to confess it was really difficult for me when I was a child cuz all the kids got to eat candy and ice cream and other sweets but it was impossible for me but when I grew up I started getting used to it. By the way there is no cure for what I have….I just would like to know what would it be like for one day I really would love to hear back from you

    • Hey Ahmed!

      Interesting to hear your story, too. When I was little, I did eat sugar-all kinds! But it got worse when I grew older. Now I am sugar-free!! Thanks for introducing yourself.

  41. You say you’re sugar-free due to you intolerance, but I’ve noticed you also seem to eat grain-free/low-carb/paleo … how come?

    • Hi Jessy!

      My stomach was giving me a lot of issues for a while, even when I went off gluten. I read some articles about how grain is hard on the digestive system, so I decided to go off grains for a while and see if it helped. It actually did help a lot. I am not completely grain-free, however. I eat oatmeal and rice occasionally, but it definitely is not a main food in my diet. The small amount of grains I eat do not trouble my stomach. I really don’t crave grains and bread that much anyway, so I don’t eat it a lot.

  42. katie says:

    hello alex- i have a weird question. im in the military and just moved to alaska. i sadly do not have any of my stuff out here yet and been sleeping in my empty apartment…no baking or food material or anything. i was wondering if you would be able to send me some food? i know that sounds weird but i was just wondering if you would be able to do that? if not i completly understand!

  43. Truth says:

    I typed out something earlier and in the midst of sending it I lost my internet connection, so if this is a duplicate please delete one. Now what did I say on the post that seems to have vanished into cyberspace?
    Oh ya it went something like this – you are to be commended for taking charge of your health at such a young age – KUDOS to you. I have tried some of your recipes and have posted them (with credit to you of course) on my website, I did tweak some.
    I love your website and am still experiencing challenges with mine – are you open to tutoring someone who is new to this whole WordPress thing?

    • Hi Truth,

      Thanks for your great comment! I am glad you enjoy my recipes.

      I am not really an expert with the whole WordPress thing, but I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Email me at spoonfulofsugarfree.com

  44. Layla says:

    Hi! I’ve just found your blog and I’m SOOOOO happy to have!! I’m just now going totally sugar free – no natural, artificial – NONE! 🙂 Already finding great recipes and resources on your blog. And….I *think* I recognize that sculpture in the pic….we may live in the same place!

  45. CL says:

    Hi Alex! I love your blog! While I’ve never actually had any health issues related to eating regular sugar, I strive to eat an essentially sugar free diet. I drink my coffee and tea black, I eat oatmeal without sweetener, and basically, I just don’t eat sugar… except for the natural sugar in fruit! And, occasionally, in all-natural energy bars…Anyway, I have a SUPER random question for you: What’s your favorite brand of peanut butter? I love the unsweetened 365 from Whole Foods, but I was just wondering if you had any other (obviously sugar-free) recommendations?

    • Hello, so glad you love my blog! My favorite brand of peanut butter is Costco’s Kirkland brand, Organic Creamy Peanut butter. Just 2 ingredients: peanuts, salt. Lately, however, my favorites have been the freshly pressed peanut butter I buy from the local health food store-soooo amazing!

  46. Nic Tinker says:


    Love you blog too!

    I have a question: How has your weight changed? If at all.

    I’m at 5week mark of sugar free so still fresh with it all. Must admit I am not finding it as hard as I thought and I am enjoying it. I have a LOT of weight to shift and was just wondering how your weight is, if it’s consistantly the same or does it fluctuate.


    • Hi Nic!

      When I first started with my sugar-free diet about five years ago, I did lose about 15 lbs throughout the course of a year. However, I needed to gain that weight back, so I increased my caloric intake. Now, I’m at a pretty steady weight, fluctuating maybe five pounds or so due to water weight and everyday activities. If you need to lose weight, keep doing what you’re doing. Sometimes it takes a while for the body to adjust to diet changes, and this depends on each person. Eat lots of filling vegetables and whole foods. Drink lots of water. Smile, laugh, have fun. Don’t think about it too much 😛

      • Nic Tinker says:

        Thank you, I was interested to see if someone that has been on the sugar free lifestyle for a while what their weight was like. I’ve done numerous diets and every time I’ve gained the weight back on. Since hearing about David Gillespie’s story and learn the damage of Fructose my whole family has gone sugar free.

        Thanks again. 🙂

  47. Ashley says:

    I am so excited to find your blog. I found you through HEAB-she’s great! Anyways, I’m super sensitive to gluten, have been diagnosed as lactose intolerant (I’m trying to ignore how horrible keeping dairy in my diet makes me feel), and even though I do not eat as much sugar as most un-health-conscious people, I know I eat too much for my body. Basically, I to live gluten, dairy, and sugar free life. I am really glad to find your blog. THANK YOU for being 🙂

  48. […] needs any more energy).  I’m on the sugar-free wagon too, thanks to the encouragement from Alex.  This pudding totally makes for a good morning. Good Morning Rice Pudding: Makes enough for Mum, […]

  49. chelsea8585 says:

    So glad I found your blog. I am a natural health enthusiast myself, and don’t eat any refined sugars– but, I do have a serious sweet tooth! I indulge way too much with honey, and dates. I’m so excited to try some of your recipes, and am even more excited that they don’t contain honey etc. Thanks for all the amazing recipe ideas.
    Take care,

  50. Cicely says:

    I just found your blog and it’s so helpful! I’m really addicted to sugar (I mean… really =P I’m seriously having a headache right now, because I’m trying to eat less unhealthy things the last couple of days -_- ) and I want to stop eating it completely january 1st, so I’m going to visit your blog a lot this month =D

  51. […] lovely Alex over at Spoonful of Sugar Free has launched another one of her Sugar-Free Challenges for 2012! Been […]

  52. carolinajade says:

    Really enjoying your blog. Seems I found it at an appropriate time since I’m coming down off my Holiday sugar binge, ha ha!

  53. Alishia says:

    SO excited to have found your blog! I am currently looking for non-processed foods to create a healthy lifestyle for myself and my daughter. We LOVE sweets though! Hopefully (prayerfully!) we are able to stick to it! Thank you!!!

  54. Aimee says:

    I am so glad to have stumbled upon your site. I’m truly in awe of your ability to navigate through such a processed world sugar, gluten, and dairy free.

    I’m very new to just the gluten-free world and I’m struggling with even that. It’s so nice to see that people can live without processed foods, and not only live, but live a happy and fulfilled life. There is hope for me!!

    THANK you!

    • Sugar Free Alex says:

      Hi Aimee,

      Glad you like my site! Thanks for leaving the sweet comment. It takes a bit adjusting to, but I promise you will love it in the end! Just keep your head held high, and keep on truckin’. Don’t think about what your “missing” (because your really not missing anything), think of it as an opportunity to learn more about the food industry, your body, and an opportunity to experiment with new foods you never would have tried before!

  55. […] This was my birthday, and Tim was in charge of dinner.  Pasta is one of his go-to dishes he makes well, and he knows I love pasta, so he turned to an old favorite.  He made a veggie pasta dish that I really liked.  He was also in charge of my birthday cake.  This was a tall order since it needed to be dairy-free and sugar-free.  I found him this recipe for sugar-free chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting from Spoonful of Sugarfree.  It was really good!  Thanks for the great recipe, Alex. […]

  56. CoconutMama says:

    So excited about finding your blog! I have been GF/DF for a year now and my next health goal is cutting back/out refined sugar/sugar. (One step at a time right?) Can’t wait to try your pumpkin pie bars. I love me some pumpkin!!

  57. Sharon says:

    I too am trying to go sugar-free. I”m going on two months and only four mishaps so far. But, when I did eat sugar (20M&M’s, small ice cream cone from DQ, a pancake and jam) I felt sick for a couple of days. Back to being sugar-free for me! I am also trying to cut back on my carbs…I need to lose some weight. But, even though losing weight is a plus..it’s the sugar I’m trying to stay away from. So unhealthy!!

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      Glad you found my site! Good luck on your journey to sugar-free!!! If you ever need any help, feel free to email me 😀

  58. Barbee's Yorkies says:

    I love this site.I’ll be changing my sugar habits now.Thanks to you.

  59. Meg says:

    Hey! I am so glad that you commented on my site so that I found yours! Wow, you are a sugar-free all star! Are you a full-time tennis play or do you just enjoying playing for FOUR hours a day? Either way, keep up the delicious recipes and great healthful knowledge.

  60. […] drops. I don’t think you understood how bad I have been wanting to try these. Thank you Alex for literally making my […]

  61. Monica S. says:

    MaN oH mAn i LOVE your blog! I’m by no means as committed as you in regards to living “sugar-free” but rarely will i indulge in eating or even making something with a natural sugar like honey or pure maple syrup, but that’s as far as i’ll go. That being said your recipes are AWESOME && inspiring! keep ’em coming!

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      Thanks for the sweet comment, and I’m glad you like my site! it is good to hear that you are on board with the no-low-sugar eating 😀

  62. Meggles says:

    Do you use organic peanut butter? Since most normal peanut butters have added sugar, or even better, do you make your own?

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      I like buying the freshly-pressed organic peanut butter because I think it tastes the best! But yes, Smucker’s natural is also very tasty.

  63. Sam says:

    I nominated your blog for the Versatile Blog Award! I love baking sugar-free.


  64. Susan says:

    I’m so happy to have stumbled onto your blog!! I’ve been living completely sugar free since the beginning of 2008. Sometimes I think I’m the only one..

    I found you by googling sugar free kombucha, and am really happy to read that the sugar used to make the kombucha doesn’t have the same effect that sugar normally would.

    Thank you for promoting and supporting others in a sugar free lifestyle! It really is the secret to a good life. 🙂

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      Thanks for leaving such a nice comment! It’s good to hear there are more sugar-free eaters out there 😀 Enjoy your kombucha!

  65. chet says:

    do you have any receipes to control / clamping down Candida without starving 🙂 sugar is everywhere

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      I don’t really have a specific section dedicated to anti-candida recipes because I don’t have candida myself. Many of my recipes are low in sugar, though. Check out my Power Brownies or My Lemon Poppyseed Muffins under my recipe tab.

  66. Ann says:

    Hi, i just found your blog, i am 39 and for years i had been on endless diets using sweetner in my tea and coffee and but never lose weight, i was a Choc addict which didn’t help, nearly every night i would wake up with a migraine and for years I’ve suffered constant pain in my lower back and my joints and i ended up blaming my under active thyroid for my weight loss failings, then December last year i read how sugar and the ailments people would suffer without realising how bad sugar was for them, so on the 26th Dec last year i just stopped all sugar and sweetner going without sugar in tea and coffee took about 2 weeks to get used to and i also cut out anything made with refined white flour as the majority of food i ate was made with white flour and sugar and i now only eat whole meal, my family just thought it was another failed attempt but 8 months on i have lost 3 stone, people ask what diet I’m on and a few say every time i see you you look younger, i say I’m not i just stopped eating anything with sugar which makes you fat, but the best feeling is being pain free no aches and pains and not having those horrible cravings and no acne, being at friends and families house is awkward but i don’t feel guilty i just avoid the foods with sugar in, although i have had a slice of birthday cake a few times at parties i have regretted it as i hate the sugar rush feeling and about 15 min later have shooting pains in my joints and back, so i am glad i learned that sugar is really bad for you and its the best life changing decision i have ever made, i wish i found out years ago as i feel if I’ve missed out because of all the failed diets I’ve been on and all the unnecessary painkillers i have had to take, people should be educated about the dangers of sugar and there are thousands suffering needless ailment and obesity due to the affect of sugar but only the minority of people will only take notice which is really sad.

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      So glad you found my site, and congrats on your sugar-free diet! I am so happy that you have found something that really helps with your weight loss and health 😀 Keep up the great work!

  67. Ashley Carson says:

    6 weeks ago tomorrow I went on the Cellular Healing Diet, to try to heal cells in my body that have been damaged. The only “sugars” I have had have been in fruits, but limited to berries, pineapple, a occasionally peach for smoothies and trying the flour free banana bread right now (and it smells so good) I also do no grains (even gluten free) dairy, potatoes. It sure has been a change, and I am often asked if I will go back to eating “normal” at some point….maybe this is my new normal!

  68. Christina says:

    I actually found your website thru a pin on Pinterest. I love finding new healthy recipes and I wish I could go sugar-free. I really dont use much sugar but definetly over-do the artifical options. I will be trying out some of your stuff and have already forwarded the link to a few friends.
    Do you still add to the recipe lists?

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      So glad you enjoy my site! Thanks for recommending them to your friends. And yes, I still add to the recipe lists, so stay tuned!

  69. Scarlett says:

    Hi! I recently stopped eating sugar all together after I found out that was the culprit to my acne problems. Although, if I do need to add sugar to something (say a recipe) I only use some honey. (rarely makes those things though) I also don’t eat any gluten either, unless there is no other choice, but white bread? Definitely not! Because I haven’t been eating sugar in a long time, I feel so much better and healthier, and when I do eat it I get sick! I’m a teenager though, so it’s a little harder because people don’t think you’re fun at all if you don’t eat it. And I know that;s how I used to feel when I was all sugar crazed as well and someone didn’t want to eat it with me. I know the difference now. I’m not sure how to explain to people why I don’t want to eat it though, because I always get offered and they look at me like I’m crazy not too! And adults always make sugar filled lunches/suppers if I’m around, because they think all teens love that. Thankfully my mom isn’t like this. It’s really hard to go out and have to decline because I feel like I’m disapointing or not fun, but I for sure won’t go back living that life where I just felt sick and had negative side effects that’s for sure! After quitting it, I don’t even crave it anymore and I’m very interested in diet and fitness now. Sorry for such a long post, I’m just glad there are others out there like me! 🙂

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      Congrats on your new diet! It really doesn’t matter what others think about your diet because in the end, you will feel so much better than everyone else. Best of luck to you and your new diet!!

  70. Bev says:

    Sure glad I found your site and will try some recipes. Like you, I don’t have diabetes, but react terribly to any sugars. If I eat it in any form, I have a terrible sleep, constant dry mouth, and many other symptoms. I used to be able to exercise the bad effects off, but now that I’m 63m that doesn’t work either. Any fruit will also react like eating sugar to me. Also am trying to go grain free – thanks so much for your site and I really enjoy the comment section.

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you found my site and I hope you find some topics of interest on here 😀

  71. Stacy says:

    I cannot tell you how excited I am to find your website. I can’t have gluten, dairy and can only have certain fruits because of fructose intolerance. This means NO honey or agave nectar. Everyone seems to put agave nectar or honey in their recipes and products now (specifically the GF stuff). Thanks for your blog!

  72. Brittany says:

    Hi, just thought I’d say that you’re an ANGEL for having sugar/gluten/dairy free recipes that are pretty simple and amazing!
    I started getting really sick a few years ago, with massive headaches and stomachaches so bad I would have to lie down for hours at a time. I didn’t understand what was wrong with me, and after going to several doctors, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and then a nutritionalist suggested I get allergy tested. I finished my allergy testing a few weeks ago, and every type of sugar turned up on the list – cane sugar, corn sugar, molasses, honey – you name it. Plus a variety of other foods. It’s been so hard, since I’m completely incompetent in the kitchen. I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve bought food for and failed miserably at. Blogs like yours are the only ones that keep me from having a breakdown and crying lol. so thanks 🙂

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      I’m so glad you found my site, and thanks for the sweet comment! Good luck in your future diet experiments 😀

  73. Pamela says:

    I’m so glad to have found your super helpful site! My 15-year old daughter has anaphylaxis, and we needed ideas for yummy recipes from someone closer to her age than ours, that would fit with her diet needs. You’re awesome 🙂

  74. Melissa says:

    Hi! I’m so happy to have found this site! I’m SF, GF, DF, & soy free & have been for many years! It makes it easy to make good food choices! I just got back from a vacation in Greece & I was able to eat a lot of things there that were wonderful. I’m so glad to see a site that so closely resembles my eating habits!! Finally!!! 🙂 Thank you so much!

  75. Toni says:

    Hey Alex! I love your blog (and all your yummy recipes!)and wanted to share my story with you. This summer I started to realize that sugar was affecting my health too. I was getting constant stabbing stomach pains and low grade nausea. I took a couple foods out of my diet to find out what it was, and after a while I realized it was sugar. I figured out that I have an intolerance to sucrose like some are to lactose. So I now only eat natural sugars because my body dosent react badly to them. I am now a heath freak and since I am only thirteen most of my friends think I am crazy, but I feel so much better since I have started being healthier. I still eat dairy and gluten but I was wondering when you stopped eating them? Thanks Again!

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      I’m glad you have found what worked for you! I stopped eating dairy and gluten about 6 months after I quit sugar. Best of luck to you on your journey!

  76. Teresa says:

    Hi Alex, I visited your web site about a couple of years ago and glad to see you are still here. I fell off the sugar-free wagon ever so slowly and then had a wild sugary holiday I’m ashamed to say, so need to get back on with becoming sugar-free again. Well, you’re probably thinking, how or why did I do it (fall off the wagon)? Well, stuff happens and that is all I can say w/o going into a long story. Anyway, wish me well. I really look forward to losing the extra pounds I picked up in the last year and especially the ugly belly fat! It is so not worth it and never had any weight problem until I started eating sugar! Best regards, Teresa

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      best of luck to you on your new journey! Things happen and nobody is perfect. Good luck!

      • Teresa says:

        Thanks for the encouragement and best wishes to you in college. I hope it isn’t too cold for you there in Minnesota. I lived in FL for 1 year, then moved back to VA and was cold for that entire winter but after that got acclimated to the climate. I’m having to find sugar-free recipes again so I’m getting acclimated to that! Again, best wishes and hope you enjoy your studies.
        P.S. – I really enjoy your web site and I think you should open up a school of your own b/c I believe you could teach all of us something! You have a lot of determination and that is what it takes to become sugar free!!! 🙂

  77. Susan says:

    Hi Alex,

    I’ve been making kombucha using the continuous brew method for several months now, and it’s working great! I have a question about the scoby though.
    It’s continued to grow and grow and now it’s many layers thick and takes up over 1/4 of the jar it’s been growing in. Should I just let it keep growing and not worry about it, or do I need to remove some of it at some point? And if I do need to remove some of it, do I need to remove the topmost layers or some of the under layer?

    Thanks, I appreciate what you do!

  78. Jaime says:

    Hi Alex,

    It’s great to know that I am not alone! I suffer the sugar coma, headaches, mood swings and a host of other maladies when I eat sugar, even natural sugars. My family hassle me ’cause they think it is all in my head. But since I have cut sugar out (I still do use a small amount honey and stevia), I have never felt better! Excellent recipes and I never thought of using beans to make cookies…definitely gonna try it.
    Great work!!

  79. This is such a cool blog. I’m vegan, but just recently started my sugar free journey. I really want to live sugar free because I feel so much better without sugar. Can’t wait to read your posts!

  80. Nadia says:

    Praise God for your website! I’ve always been health conscious as an athlete, but as I learn more about the harmful ingredients in food, I continue to alter my diet. I’ve recently learned a lot about sugars, and after tracking the amount of sugar I eat, I’ve realized I need to make a change! I’ve asked a lot of people about lessening my sugar intake, but even the most healthy person I know swears by agave. I just wanted to say thank you for doing what you do. This website has become the catalyst in my diet path 🙂

  81. ExerciseHealthFreak98 says:

    Hi Alex,
    I am 14 years old and discovered your blog a few months ago. I find it really helpful in keeping myself healthy. In June 2012 i decided to go sugar-free. It lasted through my birthday and all the way through till last month. i have had two weeks off but am getting back into it. Looking forward to having a sugar free easter though. The other day a made a chocolate cake with your Peanut butter frosting and i loved it. Thanks so much for all of the lovely recipes with no sugar substitutes (i don’t like them). I have grown to not actually like the taste of most sugars now, so its a choice thing for me to be Sugar-free.

  82. Alyssa says:

    Wow.. your site is amazing! I love your recipes and your dedication to your health. I wish I had rashes on my face that stopped me from eating sugar. I’m 23 and have been struggling with sugar addiction for about 5 years. It’s pretty much like alcoholism for me where I think one bite will be fine and then I can’t get enough. Next thing I know I’m on a bender for sometimes weeks until I’m feeling so sick that I need to get rid of it again. It’s such a vicious cycle and I wish I could find a way to just be sugar-free once and for all. I think I will use your site as motivation. I was sugar free 3 years ago and it was actually the best year of my life: I had so much clarity of thought and spirit. I guess I need a community of other people that have similar reactions that I do because in any social situation, people always treat me like I’m restricting and not treating myself, and I give into that pressure easily. Just have to learn to say no to poison.
    Thanks again and keep up all the good work and recipes!

  83. Teresa says:

    Hi Alyssa, I’ve been on a bender for the last year ever since I had to move back in with my parents. I try from time to time to go sugar-free but here lately I’ve almost given up as I can’t tolerate Stevia anymore. It is so hard when other people are eating ice cream, pies, cakes, and you are eating fruit. I really want to get back to being sugar free b/c you feel better and I’ve gained 30 pounds since eating sugar. So sad. Thanks for sharing. Teresa J.

  84. Taylor says:

    Dear Sugar Free Alex,

    I am a 27 year old former childhood cancer survivor that was diagnosed with cancer again 6 weeks ago. This time it’s a rare form of sarcoma that is not treatable by western medicine… Due to this I have turned to alternative treatment, including a radical diet change (life-long), prayer, and also medicine from this hospital in Mexico called THE OASIS OF HOPE.

    Although I am extremely confident that I am going to beat this [again] and go on with my life, the diet change has been extremely difficult for me and many others in the hospital, especially because food is incredibly comforting and has the power to bring happiness to your life. I honestly think it’s been the most difficult, discouraging part.

    I just happened to stumble upon your site, after searching for a healthy ketchup recipe, and I have not been this happy in weeks! The recipes look amazing and all the ingredients are exactly what the hospital nutritionists have suggested I keep to in order to eliminate the cancer and to stay cancer-free!!!

    I get to go home tomorrow for one month before I return for my second round of treatment and I must tell you that I am so excited to try out your recipes.

    Thank you so much for the time you have put into this healthy site. It is truly inspirational for me and I can’t wait to share it with everyone else here!!! Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, thank you and please keep up the great work 🙂


    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      Thank you so much for the sweet comment! It really made my day. Good luck on your cancer fight and enjoy your ketchup!

  85. Kimber says:

    Are you no longer updating this site?

    • Sugar Free Alex says:


      I haven’t updated it in a while because I have been too busy with school and travels, but I plan on updating it again in the near future.

  86. Johnny says:

    I mostly eat extremely healthy but also ate a lot of chocolate. I’m a 24-yr-old guy that’s normally 5’6″ and 120lbs. I’m a good swimmer and able to concentrate when working long hours. I quit sugar 9 days ago, and since then I’ve been really tired, unfocused, and uncoordinated. I understand that this is part of the detox process. But I’ve also gained 6 lbs in 8 days, and went from thin to chunky in a week! I’m eating the same healthy foods (organic meat/produce), minus the calories from chocolate, and getting the same exercise/sleep. Lots of people who get off sugar report immediate weight loss, but what about weight gain?

    If this continues I may need to go back to chocolate to lose weight…

  87. theresa weindl says:

    My waistline told me lately, it’s time to make a few changes. Sugars are my main enemy. I am searching for recipes without Any form of sugars or artificial sweeteners for my baked goods and desserts.
    Would appreciate your help. Thanks, T.

  88. Ray says:

    Came for the catsup recipe and stayed for all of the other information… great site. Just started to go on a very reduced sugar diet and was frustrated when looking for a sugar-free recipe for something and finding sugar substitutes. Yech!


  89. Caroline (exsugarholic) says:

    Hi Alex,

    Someone mentioned your site on my blog ( http://www.exsugarholic.wordpress.com ) so I simply had to check out – stat! How awesome! I thought I was somewhat alone in this world being free of both dairy, gluten and sugar (rarely all three together). Well, I bake with sugar substitutes – that being said my taste-buds simply don’t need it anymore, but I use a medium amount for my other half and friends, family, colleagues who are all sugar addicts still:)

    Can’t wait to try some of our recipes!


    • Sugar Free Alex says:

      So glad you stopped by, Caroline! Hope you enjoy my site 😀 Great to know there’s another sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free foodie out there.

  90. Nikki says:

    Hi there! Found this website while looking up why my baby girl had a bright red cheek and hand yesterday after eating her first birthday cake !! Uh oh guess she had too much sugar !! It went away just as fast as it came , but good to know there is this information and healthy recipes here! She is mostly breastfed and eats fruits and veggies, I was concerned about the cake! I will keep an eye on her for more instances like this!

  91. Beth Sparks says:

    I just found your website, from a couple-year-old reference on a message board on SparkPeople.com. (I’d done a search for gluten-free and sugar-free desserts.) Haven’t had the chance to try anything yet, of course, but I’m looking forward to it.

    Thank you, thank you, Alex, for having this blog!

  92. Beverly says:

    Your blog is great. I’m going to try sugar free dairy free eating…I’ve got lots of years of bad habits to get rid of and lots of research to do.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  93. Kamo says:

    Wow! I can’t believe I found this beautiful website! I can only dream of being as wonder as you! #sugarfree #dairyfree #glutenfree

    PS: call me baby

  94. Lucy says:

    This website is a breath of fresh air! Thanks so much for posting, and I hope that you haven’t given up on the site.

    As a recent convert (I quit sugar this past September), I truly appreciate someone who agrees that sugar-free and sugar-substitute-free life is possible.


  95. Anthony says:

    Thank you for creating this website! It is truly refreshing to find sugar-free group of individuals. I love your articles and totally agree with your concept of living. I have been a Type 2 Diabetic for about 12 years and I try to regulate my sugar levels through diet and exercise, definitely no sugar at all…ever. I don’t have an allergic reaction to it like you but it does cause extreme pain in my legs and feet. Most diabetics I know still eat sugar and everything else bad for them. I was beginning to think I was alone in my sugar-free existence. Trying to find sugar free food in restaurants has become so depressing but I feel better now that I know others are out there trying to do the same.
    I haven’t consumed fruit in years, too much fructose, or milk, 12 grams of sugar per cup although half-n-half has no sugars to speak of, like less than 1 gram, no white rice, white potatoes (sweet potatoes only), white flour and so on. My only medication is still Metformin after all these years. I seem to do fine with Stevia or Truvia, and Agave as well, all in small amounts of course.
    Hear in North Florida the heat and high humidity is a factor in diabetes as well but with the fall cool down comes homemade pumpkin and sweet potato pies with spelt flour crust, sugar and dairy free of course. I am looking forward to that.
    Take care Alex, and keep up the good work!

    • Michelle M Ryan says:

      It is very inspiring to read your comment about how you are really taking responsibility for your own health with the sugar elimination.

  96. Michelle M Ryan says:

    “I told myself, “One little slice won’t hurt.” I too have told myself that one. But it actually does. There is the physical response you described but also the inner angst we create by choosing something which we know is harmful to us.

  97. Jen says:


    Are you planning on running any more sugar free challenges? I just started a one month sugar free challenge, Oct 1st and your blog has been really helpful so far


  98. Jill says:

    OMG – so glad I found your site. I am on a strict candida diet which of course does not allow sugar and am trying to find ideas for some kind of sweet treats without sugar or gluten. Keep up the great work!

  99. Emily says:

    I love your blog so much! I’m a fourteen year old vegan and my New Years resolution is to become sugarfree! However, my family eats lots of sugar and its hard to resist when they go to vegan bakeries and stuff. How can I resist them temptation? 🙂 thankyou.

  100. Melanie says:

    Hi! I’m new here! Your story sounds exactly like mine! I used to get a mysterious red rash (kind of like a butterfly shape) on my right cheek whenever I would eat sugar or a heavy carb meal. Now at age 41, as an avid runner and in great shape, I’ve suddenly been diagnosed with pre diabetes. When I eat a huh carb meal or sugar I get a really bad migraine that can last for days, and it doesn’t respond to any medication. It’s super fun (not!). Anyway, I’m so glad I’m not alone. Thank you for sharing your story and I can’t wait to try your recipes.

  101. Bill says:

    Will soon try your Chocolate/Peanut butter cake. I can taste it already. When I try your Banana ice cream I will toss in a heaping tablespoon of 100% pumpkin laced with cinnamon and stevia. At 74 yrs. old I developed candida infection of the gut. Have been on a sugar and gluten free diet for three months. I won’t ever go back to my old standard diet once I am cured of candida. Great site you have here – and blessings to you.

  102. Jenni says:

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog! I have 2 girls, aged 4 and 2, with diets bizarrely similar to yours. Their staples are bananas, oats, rice and eggs, plus meat/fish and they don’t tolerate sugar in any form other than in bananas so far. We made your healthy banana pudding last night and your banana cookies (had choc chips in but we omitted) this morning. And your rice crust for quiche will overcome my continual failures at making pastry! Such a lot of great ideas. Thank you!

  103. Beth says:

    Please, please, start another challenge. I just found this site and I love it! I am a sugar addict and I need help to recover. Do you ever post new recipes?

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  105. Ann says:

    I am very interested in your ideas.

  106. Sarah says:

    Great Blog!

    I just found this on my lunch break and am so excited to try these recipes! I was diagnosed with PCOS and have struggled with de-sugaring my life over the past few years. However I have had success lately with substituting what I ate with healthier non-sugar alternatives instead of eating boring things 😉 I am looking forward to all these recipes!!

    Is the website still being updated? I see a lot from 2012,etc.. but not lately?

    Thank you!

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