59 episodes

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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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).

    59. How To Anti-Diet with Christy Harrison, RDN

    59. How To Anti-Diet with Christy Harrison, RDN

    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 comfortfoodpodcast.com.

    • 51 min
    58. The Trouble With Food Rewards (with Leslie Schilling, RDN)

    58. The Trouble With Food Rewards (with Leslie Schilling, RDN)

    M&Ms for going potty; a lollipop at the end of soccer practice; dessert for eating dinner; a pizza party prize from the PTA — these are just a few of the ways that parents and teachers use treat foods to reward kids for good behavior. Some parents bemoan the extra sugar that these treats represent — we’re more concerned about the weird message it sends kids about needing to earn their food. We’ve asked Leslie Schilling, RDN, to help us come up with some practical ways to respond. 

    • 43 min
    57. Meal Prep for Busy Parents with Talia Koren of Workweek Lunch

    57. Meal Prep for Busy Parents with Talia Koren of Workweek Lunch

    Even if you’re a somewhat reluctant meal prepper, there is one meal of the week that you probably often wish you had planned ahead for: Weekday lunches! Most of us don’t have time to cook ‘em, but we also don’t love eating a sad desk salad—or the leftover crust from our kid’s grilled cheese. We asked Talia Koren of Workweek Lunch to help us out of our Thursday lunch slump. And we talk about how meal prepping can support your intuitive eating goals. 

    Visit our show notes at comfortfoodpodcas

    • 33 min
    56. Family Meals with Ashley Smith of Veggies & Virtue

    56. Family Meals with Ashley Smith of Veggies & Virtue

    This week we’re talking to Ashley Smith, RDN, of Veggies and Virtue, where she provides parents with age-appropriate food ideas, meal time organization strategies, evidence-based insight on feeding questions and concerns, and fun ways to get the kids into healthy eating. Ashley is also a mom to three kiddos and has one of our favorite, easy to understand, approaches to handling picky eating. Plus we're talking about our favorite NON-DIET New Year's Resolutions (and why we mostly hate resolutions)! 

    • 38 min
    55. Family Meals and Food Traditions with Leah Koenig, author of The Jewish Cookbook

    55. Family Meals and Food Traditions with Leah Koenig, author of The Jewish Cookbook

    This week, we're chatting with Leah Koenig, author of The Jewish Cookbook and several other books and articles about Jewish cuisine around the world about why one country's comfort food is another's haute cuisine. She's also a mama of two with great tips for getting dinner on the table fast and building your own family food traditions.

    Plus an Unrelated on girls, sports and body image. Visit our show notes at comfortfoodpodcast.com.

    • 47 min
    54. Listener Qs on Sharing The Mealtime Load and Fixing Kiddo Sleep

    54. Listener Qs on Sharing The Mealtime Load and Fixing Kiddo Sleep

    If you’re like most households, there is one person (and we’re guessing it’s you!) who notices when we run out of milk, thinks ahead to restock the kids’ favorite cereal, and remembers to pull chicken out of the freezer in time to defrost for dinner. We know this mental load work can really pile up — so today we’re tackling your big questions about how to broach the topic with your partner and sharing our best tips and hacks to lessen your load. 

    Visit our show notes at comfortfoodpodcast.co

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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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Oh look, another white, hetro-normative female guest!

I was so excited when this podcast started but it feels like the host have tunnel vision when it comes to topics and guests. While their intentions are good, the continued coverage of body image and diet culture comes across as just another thing for moms (not dads or just parents) to worry about. Possibly worse? The guests seem to only be affluent, white women, in hetero-normative parenting roles from their hosts own social circles.

KCGT05 ,

Such a God send

I’m not even sure how I came across this podcast, but it has been so great. I previously read some of Ellyn Satters work but still struggled with the details of implementing her principals in my home with a picky toddler to feed. Love listening to these ladies chat in a real way about issues we’re all dealing with in keeping mealtimes pleasant and feeding our families.

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