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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).

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).

Location:

United States

Description:

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).

Twitter:

@v_solesmith

Language:

English

Contact:

9172322565


Episodes

87. In Which We Take A Hiatus (And Talk Back To School Mental Load)

9/10/2020
We're starting this episode with a sad announcement: We're taking another hiatus. (Thanks to COVID, remote schooling, 2020 in general...) But before we go, we're downloading all of our thoughts about the mental load of back to school season — especially this year, when many kids (like Amy's!) are still stuck at home, and others (like Virginia's!) are going to school in tents. We also discuss: favorite lunchbox insulated lunchbag research. daycare lunches kindergarten lunches disposable...

Duration:00:32:25

86. Violet and Beatrix: An Ode to Pesto Pasta

9/3/2020
We've decided to embrace the lack of childcare and bring the kids on the podcast! This week, almost-7-year-old Violet and 2-year-old Beatrix join Virginia to talk about their favorite foods, least favorite foods, and then a lot about butterflies and poop. You're welcome. Find us @v_solesmith and @yummytoddlerfood on social media or email comfortfoodpodcast@gmail.com. FEEDING YOUR FAMILY, THE COMFORT FOOD WAY Our new e-book takes you through 8 concepts that will form the foundation of...

Duration:00:12:37

85. What To Do When Kids Talk About Dieting

8/27/2020
This week, we're talking about some recent food/parenting fails in our own homes — as well as getting into what to do when kids talk about "needing to diet." (Gah!) Resources for this episode: Jennifer Berry's Thrive By Spectrum Pediatrics Love Me, Feed Me by Katja Rowell, MD Virginia's NYT story on the Weight Watchers app for kids. Why Kids Don't Need to Diet Ellyn Satter's Your Child's Weight: Helping Without Harming Free Girls Body Image ebook The Problem With Poodle...

Duration:00:38:52

84. Linden and Cantaloupe Heaven

8/20/2020
We've decided to embrace the lack of childcare and bring the kids on the podcast! This week, 8 year yold Linden joins Amy to talk about her favorite foods, least favorite foods, and all her best tips for parents trying to encourage kids to try new foods. Find us @v_solesmith and @yummytoddlerfood on social media or email comfortfoodpodcast@gmail.com. FEEDING YOUR FAMILY, THE COMFORT FOOD WAY Our new e-book takes you through 8 concepts that will form the foundation of your understanding...

Duration:00:14:05

83. All the Anxiety, Sad Eating and Food Overwhelm

8/13/2020
We are just OVER food right now. So this week, join us to commiserate about how often children need to be fed, but why they don't like the snacks you bought, how boring it is to keep making dinner and what to do about feeding yourself right now, because we're betting it's been a minute since you did that first. This episode includes shout-outs to the wisdom of Dr. Rachel Millner, Dr. Katja Rowell and Nicki Sizemore of From Scratch Fast. Find us @v_solesmith and @yummytoddlerfood on social...

Duration:00:34:19

82. Amy and Virginia, Reunited! (And it feels so good)

7/30/2020
Our quarantine schedules and the stars have finally aligned and we're back to (mostly) recording together! This week we're just catching up on all things in our #pandemicparenting and food lives. (Yes, we're agonizing over school.) Plus an update on episode 80, with some thoughts on the role weight tracking can play in eating disorder prevention and recovery, from educator, parent coach and HAES advocate, Oona Hanson. Find us @v_solesmith and @yummytoddlerfood on social media or email...

Duration:00:34:22

81. What Amy Ate For Dinner Last Week (Because Kitchen Burnout Is So Real Right Now)

7/23/2020
Amy shares a week's worth of real life dinners to (hopefully!) share a little cooking inspiration during these days when meal prepping and making can feel somewhat endless. She talks about meals from a recent week that included Homemade Pizza, Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta, Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, BBQ Baked Chicken and Rice, Burgers and Alexia Sweet Potato Fries (also known as why would you make homemade fries when these frozen ones are so good!) and more. Amy also shared one tip that helps...

Duration:00:21:53

80. What If Doctors Stopped Weighing You (and Your Kids)?

7/2/2020
For this week's mini, Virginia is chatting about the process of reporting her new feature for Scientific American: What If Doctors Stopped Prescribing Weight Loss? We're getting into what the science really tells us about weight and health, the harm caused by weighing patients as a default medical practice, and what to do at the pediatrician's office. Here's a letter you can use to explain your decision to skip the weigh-in at your doctor's office. And here's a letter you can use to...

Duration:00:26:24

79. Why Amy Doesn't Ban Goldfish Crackers Anymore

6/25/2020
This week, Amy shares her evolution on how she feeds her own kids —from waging war on Goldfish crackers and packing "better" food for her first kiddo to bring to daycare (where lunch was provided) to her current kitchen where Goldfish and applesauce pouches live happily next to bananas and homemade snacks. She's still pretty OCD about cooking (it is her job after all!), but coming to terms with exactly what we can and cannot control about how our kids eat — and why banning favorite snacks...

Duration:00:17:33

78. Diversifying the Stories We Tell About Food (Mini Episode with Virginia)

6/18/2020
For this week's mini episode, Virginia shares some of our favorite Black voices in the food world, especially in the "feeding kids" space, which is not nearly diverse enough. Here's the list if you'd like to explore, follow and support their work: Food Heaven blog and podcast hereJessica Wilson, MS, RDEncouraging DietitianThe Nutrition Tea@deanna.rdn@diversifydieteticsVeronica Garnett, RDon Instagrampodcast@ZaynesPlate@thefriendineverwanted For more on racism and diet culture, be sure to...

Duration:00:20:51

77. A Life (And Weaning) Update From Amy

6/11/2020
NOTE: We recorded this episode before the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests, so you won't hear that discussed here. We are committed to doing the work of anti-racism and you will hear more about that in upcoming episodes. Thank you to everyone protesting right now. Stay safe. Life looks a little different for our families right now, but we're excited to be sharing quick episodes for your summer listening pleasure. This week, Amy shares an update on what life looks like in her...

Duration:00:18:19

76. On Loving The Body You Have (Rebroadcast)

5/28/2020
We're on pandemic hiatus, but rebroadcasting some of our favorite episodes — that seem super useful right now! We know that motherhood (and just... life) can dramatically change how you feel about your body, whether you’re newly postpartum or several years in. Today we’re talking through some strategies to help you feel more body-positive and comfortable in your skin — no weight loss required (or even encouraged!). Find us @v_solesmith and @yummytoddlerfood on social media or email...

Duration:00:51:04

75. Dinner Is In Your Pantry, with Nicki Sizemore of From Scratch Fast (Rebroadcast)

5/21/2020
We're on pandemic hiatus, but rebroadcasting some of our favorite episodes — that seem super useful right now! Dinner. It has to happen every night, no matter whether you meal planned, or are now staring down some hard 5pm truths about the state of your fridge. We asked Nicki Sizemore, of From Scratch Fast, to share some family-tested ideas for quick, easy dinners that you can make more or less out of thin air. Send us your dinner questions! Find us @v_solesmith and @yummytoddlerfood on...

Duration:00:45:01

74. The Mental Load of Staying Home (Rebroadcast)

5/14/2020
We're on pandemic hiatus, but rebroadcasting some of our favorite episodes — that seem super useful right now! Why do most men do so little at home — and especially in the kitchen? Why are women (still!) doing so much? Darcy Lockman, author of All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers and the Myth of Equal Partnership is on the podcast this week to talk about why mental load tasks like grocery list making and meal planning and prepping are still especially gendered — and what we can do, to find a...

Duration:00:45:43

73. When the Kids Just Don't Eat (Rebroadcast)

5/7/2020
We're on pandemic hiatus, but rebroadcasting some of our favorite episodes — that seem super useful right now! There are lots of meals (especially dinner!) that kids just don't eat. And this can be frustrating and even alarming for parents—but most often, it's completely normal. We're chatting with Jennifer Berry, OT, a feeding therapist and owner of Thrive By Spectrum Pediatrics, about what can help and what might be making the situation worse. Send us your family food questions!...

Duration:00:37:34

72. Surviving. No Pressure To Be Thriving.

4/30/2020
This week, we've got another report on how we're working, parenting and feeding our families and ourselves while in the isolation trenches. We're talking about ideas for making the same old kid meals a little more fun right now, Virginia's new Meal Prep for Lazy People strategy and the rising problem of food insecurity and what we can all do to help. Send questions and comments to comfortfoodpodcast@gmail.com or find us on social: @v_solesmith and @yummytoddlerfood. And visit our show notes...

Duration:00:42:36

71. Grocery Tips and Easy Meals for Isolation Life

4/23/2020
We're talking through the logistics of stretching between grocery store trips, cooking from your pantry, and figuring out how to feel good about what you're eating when family meals look a lot different than usual. Plus Virginia's biggest pantry dinner successes and fails. Send questions and comments to comfortfoodpodcast@gmail.com or find us on social: @v_solesmith and @yummytoddlerfood. And visit our show notes at comfortfoodpodcast.com for all the links discussed in this...

Duration:00:43:57

70. Why You Can't Eff Up Your Kids (Even Now!) with Lindsay Powers

4/16/2020
We recorded this one pre-pandemic, but it couldn't be more timely. Lindsay Powers, founder of the #NoShameParenting movement, mom of two, and author of You Can't F*ck Up Your Kids, joins us to talk about why performative parenting and pressure are the enemy, not your kid's tablet. We also cover how to take the stress out of how you're feeding your kids, from breastfeeding to family dinner. Send questions and comments to comfortfoodpodcast@gmail.com or find us on social: @v_solesmith and...

Duration:00:36:24

69. The Mental Load of Staying Home

4/9/2020
Managing home school schedules, balancing work from home with a total lack of childcare, grocery store stress — parents are navigating a million new mental load challenges right now, and moms, not surprisingly, are carrying the bigger burden. This week we're talking about the schedules we've come up with to (sort of) keep work and school on track in our own families, how we're preserving an equal division of domestic responsibilities with our spouses, and why Virginia is deleting the gym...

Duration:00:44:15

68. Pandemic Food Fears: Picky Eating, Food Safety, Food Access and More

4/2/2020
Greetings from our bunkers! We put together this very special episode to talk through all of your anxieties about feeding your family—and feeding yourself—during these long weeks of isolation life. Amy and Virginia chat about grocery shopping strategies, why it's okay for the kids to eat all the mac and cheese right now, and how we can all lower the bar to reduce stress during this difficult time. Send your COVID food-related questions and struggles to comfortfoodpodcast@gmail.com or find...

Duration:00:45:30