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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 73. When the Kids Just Don't Eat (Rebroadcast) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:35

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.  Visit for our show notes

 72. Surviving. No Pressure To Be Thriving. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:37

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.  Visit our show notes at for all the links discussed in this episode. 

 71. Grocery Tips and Easy Meals for Isolation Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:58

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 or find us on social: @v_solesmith and @yummytoddlerfood. And visit our show notes at for all the links discussed in this episode. 

 70. Why You Can't Eff Up Your Kids (Even Now!) with Lindsay Powers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:25

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.  Visit our show notes at

 69. The Mental Load of Staying Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:16

Managing home school schedules, balancing WFH with a total lack of childcare, grocery store stress — parents are navigating many 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 teacher's emails and you can too.

 68. Pandemic Food Fears: Picky Eating, Food Safety, Food Access and More | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:31

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.  Visit our show notes at for all the links discussed in this episode. 

 67. How To Make Veggies Kids Will Actually Like | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:32

Helping the kids eat their veggies can feel like a fruitless task—it can be so hard and they’re often just not interested in food groups other than carbs and cheese. (We get it! We love carbs and cheese!) But there are some fun strategies you can use that won’t have you in the kitchen cutting carrots into flowers or arranging their lunch into rainbows. We're chatting with Ilene Godofsky Moreno, of The Colorful Kitchen for her best tips.

 66. Mom Body Love At Every Size, With Jen McClellan of Plus Mommy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:35

Mom body image is, for better or worse, a fairly universal struggle. But if you’re a mom in a larger body, there can be a lot of added layers to navigate. Today we’re chatting with Jen McLellan, author, speaker and creator of Plus Size Birth and the Plus Mommy Blog and Plus Mommy Podcast about how she helps plus size moms navigate birth, body love and motherhood.  Visit for our show notes and a copy of our new e-book, FEEDING YOUR FAMILY THE COMFORT FOOD WAY.

 65. When Food Restriction Sneaks In | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:51

Even if you think you're not "dieting," much less trying to restrict your kids' eating habits, we've found that a restriction mindset (especially around certain foods) can sneak in. We'll talk about how to spot the underlying restriction in food rules, portion sizes and the assumptions and anxieties we all carry around certain food groups. We'll also explain why it's so important to keep an eye on our restrictive tendencies in order to raise kids with a healthy relationship to food. 

 64. The Truth About Emotional Eating | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:20

As you might guess from our podcast name, we’re firm believers in the comforting power of food. But diet culture gives “emotional eating” a bad rap, and convinces us that anytime we eat because we’re sad, happy, tired, etc that we must be doing something “wrong.” Today we’re sorting through some common myths about emotional eating, and exploring the fundamental importance of “comfort food” for our kids, and for ourselves. 

 63. Balancing the Mental Load and Me Time with Rachel Bertsche | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:52

Losing yourself in parenthood is such a common struggle, especially for moms, because the sheer logistics of caring, feeding, and scheduling our kids lives can be completely time consuming. But staying in touch with ourselves and the things we love (including watching trashy TV, connecting with our partners and eating food other than our kids' sandwich crusts) is vital to our happiness. This week we're chatting with Rachel Bertsche, author of The Kids Are In Bed, about finding your pockets of indulgence. 

 62. How Do You Balance Social Responsibility and Intuitive Eating? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:08

We often hear from listeners who are vegans, vegetarians, or just want to eat more sustainably — but aren’t sure how to balance those goals with wanting to practice intuitive eating and avoid diets. Today we’re exploring some of the challenges of combining morality and food — and offering our best strategies for figuring out your own mix. Visit our show notes at Reach us at or on social: @v_solesmith and @yummytoddlerfood.

 61. Body Peace For Moms with Crystal Karges, RDN | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:20

This week we're chatting with Crystal Karges, a registered dietitian nutritionist, maternal health specialist, certified intuitive eating counselor, international board certified lactation consultant and mom of five. Crystal specializes in helping moms nurture a peaceful relationship with food and their bodies so they can mother from a place of abundance, confidently feed their children, and truly thrive in life. Sign us up! 

 60. Can You Do Intuitive Eating and Lose Weight? (With Jessica Jones, RDN of Food Heaven) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:43

Is it possible to practice intuitive eating and have a healthier relationship with food, while also wanting to lose or maintain your weight? We’re getting into this super common — and super complicated — question with Jessica Jones, RDN, co-host of the Food Heaven podcast, who recently wrote about it for  Visit our show notes at and follow us on social: @yummytoddlerfood and @v_solesmith.

 59. How To Anti-Diet with Christy Harrison, RDN | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:01

This week, we’re welcoming back fan favorite Christy Harrison, RDN, host of the wildly popular Food Psych Podcast, to talk about her new book ANTI-DIET: Reclaim Your Time, Money, Well-Being With Intuitive Eating. We’ll cover how writing the book changed her own relationship with food, and go over some of your common questions about intuitive eating and breaking up with diet culture. Visit our show notes at


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