It was the week leading up to Christmas a few years ago and we had been dealing with my son’s and my husband’s food intolerances for a while.  However we had been starting to realise just how badly my husband was reacting  to sulphites and we’d also discovered more and more foods that sulphites could be hidden in.  This meant that all pre-packaged gluten free flours were off limits as most (if not all) would contain hidden sulphites.  Unless corn flour (starch) & tapioca flour was organic, it would no doubt contain sulphites as these are both softened in sulphur dioxide before grinding into flour.  I actually broke down as I didn’t know what I could feed my husband anymore without hurting him.  What was I going to bake him?  My gluten free shortbread was off limits as I 2G5A0601couldn’t find corn flour that was safe for my husband, or work out a substitute.  Needless to say we did get through that Christmas & somehow I still managed to make some Christmas treats for my husband.

My name is Jillian and I’ve been married to my husband for over 20 years.  We have 2 young adult children who still live at home but are now starting to make their own way in the world.

I originally started this blog as both my son and then my husband were diagnosed with multiple food intolerances.  To read more of their stories go here.  My original posts were all about recipes and substitutions and other things related to trying to feed my family with so many food intolerances.

In time I began adding posts related to parenting and then changed the tagline to “Body, Mind, Heart & Soul” as I started adding posts that related to feed my family in body, mind, heart and soul.  It is important for everyone to develop in all these areas to be a well rounded person.


Our bodies are fueled by what we feed them and we need to exercise to help keep our bodies in shape as well.  You will still find plenty of posts here about how I continue to feed my family in body.

It is also important to develop the mind.  How we think and what we know impacts on how we act.  I have always loved reading and we’ve tried to pass a love of reading onto our children.  My daughter still reads a lot but my son not so much (apart from messages on his phone)!  I’ve been keeping a record of the books I’ve been reading for the last couple of years and share them in monthly posts.  From time to time I also share other ways that help feed the mind.

My family is important to me.  Relationships are important to me and we’ve tried to pass on the importance of relationships to our children.  You’ll find posts that show how we feed my family’s heart.

And last but not least I believe that it is important to feed the soul.  For me, my Christian faith is extremely important.  To read a little of my soul journey go here.  Whether intentional about it or not you are passing your faith and values onto your children, whatever you believe.  We have definitely tried to pass on our faith to our children.  Here you’ll find posts that talk about feeding the soul.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you find something that helps you feed your family in body, mind heart or soul.






10 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello. I came from Z2H. You have a blog about a particular issue, and it makes sense going into detail about that issue. I like the way you give personal stories of recovery and better health, because I like personal stories rather than abstract ideas. I like the way your first sentence encapsulates a lot of the whole.

  2. Dear Jillian, I’m ready to send you Little Anna, the seaside doll, if you still remember her. She is packed and eager to travel the seas. I had all summer off the blogging and even lost all my previous e-mails and followers. But I’m getting it all back and sending precious crocheted dolls out 🙂 Please send me once again your postal address to beachbooksblog@gmail.com. Best wishes to you and your family!

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