Welcome to The Pretend Baker!
I’m Amanda Reynolds. Follower of Christ, wife, cook, baker, pretend picture taker, feminist, anti diet and body freedom activist.
I’m 26 and I’ve been engaged twice, married once, owned one dog, one cat and I’ve moved at least 10 times but probably more.
I change a lot. My interests change, my habits change, my preferences change and it makes it really hard for my husband to ever know what to expect from me. I get bored with life easily, and because of that I’m constantly learning new things.
I reject diet culture because I see it as a form of abuse. I do my best to act from a place of love and peace and I see diet culture as the exact opposite of those. Having a food blog in our diet obsessed culture can be tricky because I find most fads dumb and I cringe at all of the diet bandwagons everyone gets on. I refuse to contribute to the Keto Diet, Paleo, Whole 30, insert insane diet here, just because everyone else is doing it and because it will give me page views.
I talk a lot about intuitive eating and movement, liberating yourself from diet culture and standing up for yourself and others. I recognize the thin privilege that I hold in this world, and I’m doing my best to use it for good by advocating for every body, not just thinner bodies. I hope that one day thin, white, male, cis gendered etc. will no longer have privilege over anyone who doesn’t conform to those standards. I will never stop working towards equality between all people, all races, all body types/sizes and genders.
I’d really like to change the name of my blog, but since I’m almost certain I’d wind up wanting to change it again a year from now, I’m just leaving it as is for now.
I’d love for you to stick around, read some things, and get inspired to cook, bake, and learn to honor and respect your body and the bodies of others.