Episode 22: Early Brain Development and Nutrition with Cerebelly Founder, Dr. Teresa Purzner - Lynzy & Co.

Episode 22: Early Brain Development and Nutrition with Cerebelly Founder, Dr. Teresa Purzner

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Have you ever found yourself in the baby food aisle feeling lost as you try to decide which baby food to buy? You want the best for your child, but there are so many options! Unfortunately the pictures of nutritious vegetables on the front are often misleading. Dr. Teresa Purzner found herself in this same situation and was shocked at what she found when she read the nutritional information on the back of pouch packages. Today she is sharing her findings regarding the shocking lack of nutrients in baby foods and how she created a product that fills the need of convenient and nutritious foods for early years. 

Dr. Purzner is a practicing neurosurgeon and PhD Developmental Neurobiologist from Stanford, but first and foremost, she is a mom to three little ones which is what inspired her to start Cerebelly. She started Cerebelly with her brother, Nick but her day job is still neurosurgery. She believes in the critical importance in improving the way we nourish children – specifically in the early years when their brain is doing its most important stages of development.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Nutritious go-to snacks and meals and how to make them
  • Nutrients that support brain development during a baby’s first year
  • How to navigate the baby food aisle
  • Which foods to focus on while breastfeeding

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Questions:

  1. What inspired you to start Cerebelly?
  2. Is there a way for parents to impact their children’s brain development?
  3. What are the biggest issues with early children’s nutrition and the food parents are feeding their babies?
  4. How do we digest all the nutrition information out there without being overwhelmed?
  5. How can we navigate the baby food aisle? Is there anything we should absolutely avoid?
  6. What nutrients should we focus on eating while breastfeeding those first few months? 
  7. What are good quick and healthy snacks to have on hand?
  8.  When should vitamins be given to children? If so, when and what kind?
  9.  What is your take on baby led weaning and purees?