My name is Natalie Gruendl (@tasteslovely) and I am 33 years old. I live in the Bay Area of California. I’m a full-time food blogger at Tastes Lovely and full-time mom to Ryan, 1 1/2, and Josh, 4. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart Shawn for seven years. I created a hybrid Whole30-meets-keto plan for myself and have lost over 57 pounds.
I’ve always been curvy and tall (I’m 5’9”), even in middle school. But this was before an hourglass shape was as accepted and celebrated as it is today. In the 90s, when I was in middle school, the beauty standard was waify, thin models. That was never me. I felt big back then, but looking back, I was healthy and perfect.
Fast-forward decades later to having kids: I didn’t make my health a priority after having my boys. I would cook whatever sounded delicious, which was