Podcast: Comfort food

By Ana | Podcast Inglês Online

Oct 31
Podcast Comfort food

How are you? No podcast Inglês Online de hoje eu falo sobre comida e dietas low-carb. Qual é a sua comfort food? Pense nisso ouvindo o podcast. Enjoy :-)


Hi, you guys, how are you doing? How’s everything going? This is Ana with another episode of the Inglês Online podcast.

Today I want to talk a little bit about food or, more specifically, about diets. Not as in dieting necessarily to lose weight, but diet as in… What you eat every day or what you normally eat for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner. I’m going to tell you something that I think not many of you know about me. I was a vegetarian for the longest time… Years and years and years. I would sometimes eat a piece of fish, but no meat, no chicken, no nothing for years. I am going to be honest with you: I loved it, I really enjoyed it, I really didn’t miss meat and, to be honest with you, I had a great time being a vegetarian.

But here’s what happened. I just thought that I was missing the protein. One day I just kind of thought about it and realized that I was beginning to feel a bit weak, and I thought it was about the protein. It’s a bit hard when you’re a vegetarian to get enough protein if you want to get outside of dairy…

Because, yeah, I was a vegetarian so I used to eat dairy, like eggs and cheese and milk… But there’s only so much cheese that I can eat and there’s only so many eggs that I can eat and so much milk that I can drink. And so at one point, I kind of got tired of having dairy as my main source of protein and I didn’t really know what to do. Like I said, I really enjoyed being a vegetarian, but I slowly kind of got back to eating a bit of meat here and there, and right now I’m eating a bit of chicken and even a bit of beef.

What I’m doing right now is I’m trying the low-carb style of eating: a low-carb diet. And I’m finding it kind of interesting, because the food… I like the food involved and I’m wondering if you know anything about the low-carb diet, or if you follow a specific diet, or a strict diet. I don’t know, or what are the foods that you eat? Or, if you you’re one of those people who just eats anything and everything — whatever you feel like eating! What is it?

And here’s the expression I wanted to sort of talk about today which is comfort food, and that’s what made me think about all of this because when I was a vegetarian it was kind of easy to find comfort foods. Really easy to find a lot of good food that doesn’t have meat in it, but now that I’m beginning again on low-carb, because I already did it in the past… But I’m kind of beginning it again. What are the comfort foods for a low-carb diet?

First of all, I think you understand what comfort food is, right? It’s basically food that gives you comfort. Traditionally a tub of ice cream would be comfort food. A bag of cookies would be comfort food, chicken soup – if you’re feeling a bit sick, if you’re a bit under the weather, if you’re  sneezing… You would like to stay home at night and, you know, watch a good movie and have a bowl of chicken soup and that would make you feel better.

That’s comfort food as well – not necessarily the most nutritious kind of food usually, but it is food that makes you feel good when you are a bit down or maybe when you’re a bit sick.

Now I’m thinking about the low-carb diet, and I’m thinking –  what kind of comfort food can we have with low-carb? Maybe… what? Nuts? Walnuts and peanuts, and hazelnuts, I don’t know… maybe that’s it. Maybe nuts, maybe olives…. I mean, bread is out, cookies are out. Any kind of product that comes from wheat or that uses any kind of wheat flour as an ingredient… That’s out.

Maybe it’s still possible to make chicken soup in a low-carb diet. I don’t know. What do you think? Give me your tips, and for those of you who don’t know… I’m just assuming that everyone knows what low-carb is. But, actually, if you don’t know what a low-carb diet is: it’s this diet where you really limit the intake of carbohydrates and you up the intake of fat. To put it simply: usually it’s a lot of meat, some vegetables… Dairy is usually okay, but stuff like bread and pasta and sweets – that’s all out.

Let me know what your favorite kinds of comfort food are and if you have any tips for comfort food in a low-carb diet. Let me know!

Thanks! Talk to you soon, bye.

Key expressions

  • Comfort food


lose weight = perder peso, emagrecer

dairy = laticínio

there’s only so much… that I can eat = tem uma hora que não dá mais para comer…

tub of ice cream = pote de sorvete

under the weather = doente, indisposto, não estar se sentindo bem

intake = consumo ou ingestão de algo

to put it simply = em poucas palavras, em resumo, para simplificar

jessica 08/12/2019

well, I started last week to be healthier and try to be out of the sedentary style. It is kind of hard because we’re near to Christmas and it’s a “special time”, so we eat more comfortable food (I’m a little bit addict of junk food). For example, on the instagram you can search for personal trainer’s IGs and then you can find out ways of eating healthier and comfortable food ou you can look for a specific doctor who can helps you in your goals.

    Ana 09/12/2019

    True, Jessica.. so many people overeat on Christmas and then “I’ll start my diet in the New Year!” I’m guilty of doing that too but you’re right, nowadays there are so many options.

José Nunes (kaewan) 01/12/2019

Hi, Ana.
I’m from Bom Jesus da Lapa Bahia/Brazil, and I really want to thank you for making me understand the English language more and more, which I had almost given up on studying before. Thank you very much.
Call me kaewan, ok? Everybody does here.

    Ana 01/12/2019

    Yes, hi kaewan
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice message.
    Very happy to know the podcast has been helpful.
    Congratulations for all your progress! Awesome ;)

Sueli 14/11/2019

I recently changed my eating habits, my confort food is vegetables, fruits, eggs. I’m feeling very well.

    Ana 14/11/2019

    Wow!! Good for you, Sueli.

NORBERTO 07/11/2019

Seus podcasts são ótimos.

    Ana 07/11/2019

    Thanks Norberto!

Hi Ana, I am a vegetarian guy and I think I will keep this style until the rest of my life. Nowadays I started cutting out most of the carbohydrates and started eating less processed fods.

    Ana 07/11/2019

    Sounds great. Tell me – where are you getting your protein (are you cutting beans from your diet?)

Julio 31/10/2019

two points: 1) if you used to eat fish sometimes you never was a vegetarian e 2) ” I was a vegetarian so I used to eat dairy, like eggs and cheese and milk…” Eggs are dairy? I don´t think so… 8>)
By the way: You can eat meat and still feel weak. I haven’t eaten meat (of any kind) for over 20 years and I feel good. You have to eat beans everyday and a variety of vegetables to suit your needs. The hardest thing is to get vitamin B12, but you can supplement it, if you will.

    Ana 01/11/2019

    Points taken Julio- thanks. Beans are a bit of a challenge if you’re trying to eat low carb though. Hope you enjoyed the podcast..

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