Comfort Food show

Comfort Food

Summary: 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).

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 38: What To Do About Snacking (And Why Your Kid Doesn't Want to Eat Meals) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:07

Why do so many of our kids only want to eat "snacks?" Why can't you leave your house without a purse full of them? We're untangling some of the confusion about snacks: Why kids need them, how they can interfere with hunger and fullness cues, and how to neutralize their power — especially when it feels like your kids are encountering them everywhere they go.  Visit for our show notes, and follow us on social media: @v_solesmith & @yummytoddlerfood.

 37. How The Heck To Start Milk Weaning (plus Summer Veggie Ideas With Nicki Sizemore of From Scratch Fast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:08

Welcome to the final episode of season 2! Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, weaning your baby or toddler from their first milk over to a cup can be a fraught process. We’re exploring why our cultural expectations about moms, toddlers and feeding make it so much harder — and brainstorming ways to make it go more smoothly. (As Virginia gears up to bottle-wean her own toddler!) Plus, fan favorite Nicki Sizemore of From Scratch Fast is back with some family-friendly ways to cook summer veggies. 

 36. Why Moms Should Say Eff It To Dieting with Caroline Dooner | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:53

This week, we're taking a break from our usual family-focused fare to chat with Caroline Dooner, author of The F*ck It Diet, a radical new book that just might help you rethink your whole relationship with dieting, food guilt, and body image angst. Don't worry; The F*ck It Diet is not a diet — it's a set of tools to help you reevaluate the role diet culture plays in your life, and at your dinner table. Because as mamas, we can't feed everyone else, if we're not well-nourished ourselves. 

 35. Feeding Your Family and Getting Out Of Your Own Way | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:10

In a lot of kitchens, dads need to be doing more. Period. The end.'s also true that moms make the project of feeding our families harder than it needs to be when we buy into too many unrealistic cultural expectations about what we should be eating and how much work we need to put into making those meals. This week we're examining when we've fallen into the expectations trap and offering strategies for digging yourself out — by doing less, and enabling your partner to do more. 

 34. Please Don't Screw Up Our Kids, Part 2! A Conversation About Food, Weight & Body Image with Rebecca Scritchfield of Body Kindness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:53

This week, we're teaming up with Rebecca Scritchfield's Body Kindness Podcast for a very special cross-over episode on how to handle unwelcome comments about our kids' bodies or food choices, what to do when they say "fat," and how to model body positivity. Listen here, then check out episode 116 of Body Kindness for the other half of this important conversation.  Join the conversation on social media: @v_solesmith @yummytoddlerfood & @rebeccascritchfield and use the hashtag #comfortkindnessepisode.

 33. Family Dinners IRL: A Conversation with Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner, A Love Story. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:19

There's the American ideal of Perfect Family Dinners... and then there's what actually happens. Jenny Rosenstrach, author of three cookbooks and founding editor of the blog Dinner: A Love Story has devoted her career to helping us "fight the good fight" of feeding our families, every night. (Or most nights, if you're Virginia.) Email or find us on social: @v_solesmith, @yummytoddlerfood & @dinneralovestory. And don't forget to visit our show notes at

 32: The Kids-In-Restaurants Survival Guide | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:05

Eating out can be one of the easiest ways to give yourself a break from the daily chore of feeding your family, but what to do when it just feels like a looming disaster? We talk through some common challenges, and solutions, to taking kids to restaurants. Sponsor Spotlight: Bumkins Baby Bumkins makes reusable Snack Bags, suction plates, baby utensils, bibs, and more— and we're huge fans of their products come meal time. Use the code YUMMYTODDLERFOOD for 18% off all products at

 31: The Mental Load of Meal Planning | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:35

In which Virginia realizes that her reluctance to meal planning is really a one woman protest against yet more emotional labor — that essential work of caring and keeping our families that so disproportionately falls onto moms. We talk about why meal planning is requires so much mental load work, and ask: How can we even things out and make it work better in our homes?  Email us at And check out our show notes at 

 30: Backpocket Family Dinner Ideas with Nicki Sizemore of From Scratch Fast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:30

Dinner. It has to happen every night, no matter whether you meal planned, or went to the store, 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. Find links to all of Nicki's recipes at Send us your best dinner ideas: or @v_solesmith, @yummytoddlerfood & @fromscratchfast. 

 29: Intuitive Eating 101 with Evelyn Tribole | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:52

You may have heard the phrase “intuitive eating” (we sure say it a lot!) but maybe you aren’t sure what it means. And maybe you’ve heard it’s a good weight loss strategy. Today we’re talking with Evelyn Tribole, RDN, the original Intuitive Eating Pro, about how you can put intuitive eating into practice, what it can mean for your kids—and why it isn’t a diet. Email us at or find us on social: @v_solesmith & @yummytoddlerfood. Show notes at comfortfoodpodcast.

 28: When The Kids Just Don't Eat (With Jennifer Berry of Thrive by Spectrum) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:29

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 questions! @v_solesmith and @yummytoddlerfood on social media or email Visit for show notes. 

 27: What Does Healthy Really Mean? With Maryann Jacobsen, RD | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:50

“Healthy” is a word that gets used and overused on recipes, food packaging, and in diet and wellness marketing. It’s also a word that many of us strive for—but what do we really mean when we use the term? And how is our belief about what “healthy” really means impacting our relationships with food and how we feed our kids? We have Maryann Jacobsen, RD, author of FEARLESS FEEDING here to help us sort it all out.  More resources in our show notes at 

 26: Crazy But Normal Toddler Mealtime Behavior | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:55

We're welcoming Amy back from maternity leave with an episode focused on her expertise — feeding toddlers! This episode covers what to do with little ones' food obsessions, fickle appetites, and non-existent table manners... and Amy helps Virginia figure out how to persuade her 15-month-old to actually use a high chair.  Have a question or a family mealtime challenge? Email us at Visit our shownotes at 

 25. Tips for Picky Eaters (Crossover Episode with Didn't I Just Feed You?) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:30

Comfort Food is about to go on a short hiatus while Amy has that baby. So for this week's very special episode, we're rebroadcasting a fun interview she did with Stacie Billis and Meghan Splawn of Didn't I Just Feed You?. Then we're bringing 6-year-old Linden on to give us some insider perspective on what kids really think about dinner.  We'll be back with weekly episodes in March. Until then, continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Instagram: We're @yummytoddlerfood and @v_solesmith.

 24. Can You Be Addicted to Sugar? (With Lisa DuBreuil) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:36

Join the parent conversation at any birthday party and you might come away thinking that sugar is more addictive than crack. But how much of this is fact — and how much is fueled by our culture’s food anxieties? We ask eating disorder and addiction expert Lisa DuBreuil to sort through the science with us, and talk about how to take a saner approach to the sweet stuff in your house. Show notes available at; email us at


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