The Natural Life

This Is Us

We are sisters, both biologically and in health & well-being. We have a passion to live intentionally and motivate others with ideas to grow holistically and nourish their spirit, soul, body and family.

Our heart is to share our journey with you as we explore life and delve deeper into the interesting topics that propel us into the best version of ourselves.


I am a believer in an Almighty Faithful God, a mother to four vibrant young children, a wife to a very patient husband, an avid homeschooler and a passionate creator and pursuer of real food recipes that both taste good and nourish our, and especially our children’s, bodies.

I believe that our bodies have been made to function optimally. This belief carries with it the reality that everything we put into, or on our bodies, either contribute to its functioning or malfunctioning. I strive to live in a way that shows love and respect to my body, my environment and the earth. It is important to me to eat food that has been cultivated, grown and cared for in a way that blesses the earth, and I know that in turn, this will bless our bodies.

Ever since I can remember, I have been pursuing health. As a family, our journey started by focusing on detoxifying ourselves – spirit, soul and body. This included cleaning up our eating habits and all other toxic ways of thinking and living. Because of various food sensitivities, we started this journey by implementing the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet.  We experienced it to be very healing and nourishing for all of us, and we were successful in overcoming most of the food intolerances we had. From there we moved onto the Auto-immune Paleo and Paleo diets, which in their own way contributed very well towards our health journey and quality of life.

During this time my family and I were exposed to toxic mould, which had a very negative effect on all of us, and most especially me. I developed multiple chemical sensitivities due to the mould in our house, as well as the environmental pollutants in the area where we lived. With the assistance of a nutritional practitioner, I spent a lot of time and energy healing from Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). This process included relocating to a new house and area, replacing most of our furniture and belongings, focusing on areas of liver support and detox pathways, and broadening my diet according to my current needs.

Although I would never seek this experience out, we as a family have learnt a lot from the entire journey. It has been a remarkable time of getting rid of excess and seeing the blessing in living life simply.  We have experienced first-hand the burden of too many earthly belongings, and the freedom and joy that comes from having only that which you need. One can always find things to be thankful for!

Our family has grown incredibly since its inception. We have now moved on from the GAPS and Paleo diets, to a lifestyle that includes a broader spectrum of plant-foods, being intentional about listening to our individual bodies’ needs and responses.

My hope is that in our journey as a family, and in my passion for pursuing real food and recipes, you will find ideas and help here that inspire you.


I love a strong cup of Dandelion tea, a piece of 100% organic chocolate, a good Pilates session, and clearing my head on my well-loved rebounder! I am forever inspired and sustained by the faithfulness, wisdom and guidance of our Creator, and endeavour to follow Him in all His ways.

I am the wife of an exceptionally talented photographer, patient father and ‘I’ll-support-all-your-endeavours’ husband, and the blessed mom of two adorable children - an inquisitive, busy young boy and a sing-along princess. I am a holistic health enthusiast, and I have a deep appreciation for practical flowing solutions to everyday scenarios.

My journey with healthy living turned serious after losing two babies to miscarriage, and being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism during my third pregnancy. We were eating according to the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet at the time of diagnoses, and after further research and consultation, I moved myself and our family onto the anti-inflammatory Auto-immune Paleo (AIP) and Paleo diets.  This change had a tremendous effect on my thyroid anti-body count, and together with focused supplementation and sustainable positive lifestyle changes, resulted in an energised life with healthy blood hormone levels sans hormone medication.

More recently, we have moved from the AIP and Paleo diets to include plant-foods that were previously omitted. We faithfully continue on this journey of pursuing health, through consuming nourishing and healing foods and focusing on positive and uplifting lifestyle structures.

I am in absolute awe of the amazing ability of our bodies to heal and thrive through good food, positive thinking patterns and disciplines, and it has sold me to the truth that holistic health is a very important road to follow.

I look forward to share this journey with you!

An important afterthought...

What we have found in our own lives is that holistic health is a journey, which takes time. The important thing is not how fast you race through the journey, but that you start it - however small that start may be. And keep on keeping on!

To life and in good health,

Franzelle & Riandi