By Amy Palanjian & Virginia Sole-Smith
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The podcast about the joys (and meltdowns!) of feeding our families and ourselves. Every week we examine how diet culture, body image issues and our own hectic lives get in the way of putting a dinner on the table that we can all feel good about. And we offer practical, road-tested tips to help you make peace with your own eating (or your kid's picky eating!) and find more joy in your family's food life. Hosted by best friends and writers Amy Palanjian (creator of the popular blog Yummy Toddler Food) and Virginia Sole-Smith (author of The Eating Instinct).
||CleanEpisode 19: The Feeding Philosophy That May Save Family Dinner (with Katja Rowell, MD)||You've heard us mention Division of Responsibility a million times by now. And you may have encountered this feeding philosophy, developed by renowned therapist and dietitian Ellyn Satter in mom groups or on parenting sites too. But while DOR...||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Behind The Scenes of THE EATING INSTINCT (Virginia's new book!)||Virginia's new book, The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America, is finally here! So today, we're chatting all about how it came to be — from Virginia's daughter's dramatic story of feeding tube dependency and learning...||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Baby-Led Weaning vs. Purees — Do We Have to Pick a Side?||Baby led weaning and purees are both perfectly acceptable ways to introduce a baby to solid foods. But this topic gets crazy heated among moms! We’ll talk through why so many folks believe there's just one right way to approach this milestone and...||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: The Great Meal Planning Debate (with KJ Dell'Antonia)||Amy loves to meal plan (and posts amazing menus every week @yummyfamilyfood!). Virginia is… more of a meal planning rebel. Is it helpful to spend your weekends pinning recipes and chopping vegetables—or does that just create more pressure around...||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Team Dinner (How Shared Parenting Makes Family Meals Easier)||Our biggest gripe about family dinners? When all of the cooking/chopping/planning/prepping/cleaning falls to just one family member—because all too often, it’s all on mom. This week, Amy and Virginia talk to a very special guest (Virginia’s...||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Why Does Starting Solids Get So Controversial?||Virginia's baby Beatrix just turned one! And she's sharing their journey from spoon-feeding mushy banana to self-feeding all the foods. We also discuss why the decision of when to start solids with your baby can feel so fraught. And Megan McNamee,...||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: How to Stop Freaking Out About Halloween Candy||The spooky season is upon us! And all too often, parents' biggest fear about Halloween is... what to do with all the candy. We know it can be a lot (especially if you've got multiple parties, parades and trick-or-treating ops in your town). But...||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Why Your Body Image Matters To Your Kids||It can be super hard to feel good about your mom body because we live in a culture that wants us to have all the babies... but then look like we never had a baby. So a lot of us end up denigrating our bodies or our food choices, almost without...||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: 5 Reasons Why Family Dinners Are the Worst (But Could Be the Best)||Every darn day we have to feed our families dinner. And on way too many of those days, it's harder than it should be. We’ve pinpointed 5 of the most common problems that come up during family dinner: Time: We never have enough! Kids Won’t Sit...||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: The Protein Myth: Do We Really Need to Eat As Much As We Think?||These days, "healthy eating" seems to mean "eat all of the protein, with some protein powder sprinkled on top." This can be super stressful for parents who worry their kids aren't big fans of meat or beans (or protein powder!). And it really messes...||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Mama, Is Your Wellness Plan Really a Diet? (Here's Why It Matters)||With so many wellness plans, detox bootcamps, food challenges and diet “rounds” available now, it can be hard to suss out whether something will really help you improve your health long-term — or is just a crash diet going by a new...||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Family Meals with Food Intolerances and Allergies||These days, most of us have a friend or family member who can’t eat a specific food, or who is choosing not to for one reason or another, so today we’re talking about what that can mean for family meals — and our mental health. Amy shares how...||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Back To School Lunch Struggles||Maybe you’re packing your first preschool lunchbox. Or logging on to top up your elementary schooler’s lunch account. Or trying to figure out what your toddler ate at daycare all day… sending your kids out to eat their midday meal in the world...||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Eating While Pregnant||Holy pregnancy hunger! Amy is expecting baby number three (and eating all of the pretzels), so this episode is all about how eating changes when you're pregnant because of cravings, aversions and weight anxieties. We look at how diet culture shows up...||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: The Problem With Portion Control||You know how nobody has ever eaten exactly one half cup of ice cream and felt satisfied in their life? Yeah. That. Diet culture and government guidelines are full of rules about the so-called right amount to eat of every food.... but they rarely match..||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The Truth About Sugar Highs||A new study on kids and sugar consumption has triggered a flurry of handwringing — and mom shaming. But are American toddlers really living on Snickers' bars alone? And is banning sugar from your kids' diets a good idea (or even possible)? Amy and...||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Feed Yourself First||You know how you can be up for hours in the morning, your kids will be on their second breakfast or third snack and somehow, you still haven't had a bite? (And you've had to warm up your coffee 17 times?) Well, in Episode #3 of Comfort Food, we reveal..||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: How Much Do We Care About Kids and Vegetables?||Little kids are notorious for not wanting to eat things that are green (or often yellow or red...). So in episode 2 of Comfort Food, we ask: How much pressure is too much pressure when it comes to getting kids to eat their veggies? And is it possible...||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #1: Why Are We All So Obsessed With What We Eat?||And how we can ease up, stop apologizing and just enjoy food.||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Like mac n cheese in the dead of winter—just what I needed!
I discovered Comfort Food at almost the same moment I was bowled over by morning sickness for the first time. This is my first pregnancy, and while I knew nausea could be a part of it, I never guessed that most of my favorite foods would become utterly repulsive to me overnight. Even now that I can eat (almost) normally again in my second trimester, going through this process—now with my body changing so rapidly week by week—has brought up a lot a lot of thoughts and feelings about food that I thought I had long since put to bed.
Not only does this podcast help me think through what’s coming next when the baby shows up, inspiring several good conversations between my husband and I about baby-led weaning, division of responsibilities, etc, but it also helps me, right now. It has been a long road in my life to get to the point of eating healthily (that is eating without guilt, what I’m hungry for, when I am hungry), and hearing those values articulated clearly—and backed up by research!—as a cohesive alternative to diet culture, has been incredibly affirming and helpful. Thank you Virginia and Amy!
So glad I found this podcast! I heard about it from another podcast that was interviewing Virginia and talking about her book. I immediately put her book in my amazon wishlist for Christmas and subscribed to this podcast. Such great content! Love ! Love ! Love!
I am a pediatric registered dietitian and just finished listening to the podcast on “Why do we care about kids and vegetables.” I couldn’t agree more with all of the points made about the idea of “good” vs “bad” foods. I am always reminding parents to avoid “sneaking” foods into things their kids eat so that the learn to appreciate foods for what they are...ie: learn to enjoy peas as peas and broccoli as broccoli. Thank you so much for sharing this!!