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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).

Comfort Food Amy Palanjian & Virginia Sole-Smith

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    • 4.8 • 166 Ratings

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).

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

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

    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: 
    Our favorite lunchbox. Amy's exhaustive insulated lunchbag research.  And even more exhaustive idea lists for daycare lunches, kindergarten lunches, and disposable lunch gear.  Oh and the super cool sandwich sealer!  In less good news, we mentioned programs like Pandemic EBT, which at recording time, we thought would be re-authorized, but as of writing these show notes, has not, with dire consequences.
    So, you know, Vote Biden. 
    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 of how to feed kids and give you a firm starting point for improving mealtimes in your house. We’re here to reassure and inspire. We’re here to remind you that you’re doing a good job. We’re here to let you know that you’re not alone in the daily challenge of feeding your family. We’re here to help.
    Get your copy of Feeding Your Family The Comfort Food Way here. 

    • 32 min
    86. Violet and Beatrix: An Ode to Pesto Pasta

    86. Violet and Beatrix: An Ode to Pesto Pasta

    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 your understanding of how to feed kids and give you a firm starting point for improving mealtimes in your house. We’re here to reassure and inspire. We’re here to remind you that you’re doing a good job. We’re here to let you know that you’re not alone in the daily challenge of feeding your family. We’re here to help.
    Get your copy of Feeding Your Family The Comfort Food Way here. 

    • 12 min
    What To Do When Kids Talk About Dieting

    What To Do When Kids Talk About Dieting

    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 Science video
    The Full Bloom Podcast
    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 of how to feed kids and give you a firm starting point for improving mealtimes in your house. We’re here to reassure and inspire. We’re here to remind you that you’re doing a good job. We’re here to let you know that you’re not alone in the daily challenge of feeding your family. We’re here to help.
    Get your copy of Feeding Your Family The Comfort Food Way here. 

    • 38 min
    84. Linden and Cantaloupe Heaven

    84. Linden and Cantaloupe Heaven

    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 of how to feed kids and give you a firm starting point for improving mealtimes in your house. We’re here to reassure and inspire. We’re here to remind you that you’re doing a good job. We’re here to let you know that you’re not alone in the daily challenge of feeding your family. We’re here to help.
    Get your copy of Feeding Your Family The Comfort Food Way here. 

    • 14 min
    All the Anxiety, Sad Eating and Food Overwhelm

    All the Anxiety, Sad Eating and Food Overwhelm

    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 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 of how to feed kids and give you a firm starting point for improving mealtimes in your house. We’re here to reassure and inspire. We’re here to remind you that you’re doing a good job. We’re here to let you know that you’re not alone in the daily challenge of feeding your family. We’re here to help.
    Get your copy of Feeding Your Family The Comfort Food Way here. 

    • 34 min
    Amy and Virginia, Reunited! (And it feels so good)

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

    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 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 of how to feed kids and give you a firm starting point for improving mealtimes in your house. We’re here to reassure and inspire. We’re here to remind you that you’re doing a good job. We’re here to let you know that you’re not alone in the daily challenge of feeding your family. We’re here to help.
    Get your copy of Feeding Your Family The Comfort Food Way here. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
166 Ratings

166 Ratings

alexlikespodcasts ,

Amy’s voice is soooo soothing!

Amy’s voice is soooo soothing! I listen for the awesome info and stories and stay for Amy’s voice. Thanks!

Kimy222 ,

They trashed Chick Pea pasta! LOVE THEM

You read that right!!
They thoughtfully trashed Chick Pea pasta .. gotta love this plain-spoken chat about food, intuitive eating and feeding families . Bravo!

Entertaining and inspiring! ,

Reassuring and entertaining

I love this podcast! Virginia and Amy are awesome—so smart, thoughtful, and real. I’ve learned a lot and really enjoy these honest and helpful conversations.

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