Most of us know, intuitively, what it takes to be a high performer. Grit, or hustle as some like to call it. Resilience. Epic, unstoppable, next-level focus and momentum. I could go on and on, and you could probably finish my sentences with a laundry list of other adjectives. Sounds lovely in theory, but we’re navigating these often-murky waters blindly, waking up each day and hoping something sticks. In our desperate bid to aim higher, we reduce success to a list of practices that must be carried out in a linear fashion, instead of actively and continuously cultivating our state of being.
Chances are you’re one of the many women I have met over the years who is using dieting as a stand-in for enrichment and purpose. You feel stifled by circumstance, a dysfunctional belief system, or social conditioning, so you mitigate it by pounding away on the treadmill to restore some sense of confidence, at least outwardly.
But the net-effect of this scarcity-driven mindset isn’t just eroding our sense of value and perspective—it’s damaging our bodies and destroying our relationship with food. Sure, simple, quick-fix solutions—in the form of conventional diets—seem harmless on its face when you’re all about #nodaysoff. You think that’s what relentless determination looks like, but it’s really the beginning of a great deception because the next thing you know, you’re two sleeves into a bag of Oreo’s.
You try to get ‘back on track’ on Monday, but the harder you try, the more you spiral out of control. And just like a prescription drug, you’ve ‘fixed’ one problem, only to create another. And when the pressure mounts and your mental resources are depleted, you end up in that same place of comparison, overwhelm, and analysis paralysis. Big, lofty goals are hindered by your inability to realize them, and perseverance is replaced by debilitating anxiety.
Your worth isn’t inextricably linked to some arbitrary number on a scale, nor is it contingent upon some arbitrary event like that upcoming beach vacation in Tulum… or wherever. And if we’re being honest here, those are really shitty metrics to measure ourselves by, particularly because it’s based on misinformation propagated by the $72 billion diet industry.
There’s one mystery that is absolutely fundamental: what is reality? Great minds of history have taken up this perplexing question over and over again. Perception is the foundation of human experience, but few of us understand why we see what we do, much less how. By revealing the startling truths about the brain’s bias towards making the world appear stable, this module shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing.
In this module, you’ll learn:
What happens in our brains to make us feel fear, love, shame, joy? Do we control our emotions, or do they control us? How can attachment and social experiences influence behavior well into adulthood, even though we have no conscious memory of them?
In this module, we investigate the origins of human emotion as part of complex neural systems that evolved to enable us to survive. The central principle is that emotions exist entirely because they are adaptively and compellingly necessary to have; chronic yo-yo dieting and a body image complex are merely symptoms of emotional implicit learnings for how to avoid suffering. It is not a theoretical position about the mind or personality, but is based on pragmatic clinical observation as well as a wealth of empirical research on learning and memory.
In this module, our focus is on transforming the effect of an existing emotional learning. We want to create direct cortical awareness of the emotional brain’s knowings—shifting implicit knowings into explicit awareness, with a focus on the symptoms and behaviors themselves, such as chronic yo-yo dieting.
In this module, we focus on symptom identification: what are the specific behaviors, emotions, and/or thoughts that contribute to body shame and a dysfunctional relationship with food? When do they happen and what are the percepts and contexts that evoke or intensify them?
We’ve all been there-angry with ourselves for overeating, for our lack of willpower, for failing at yet another diet that was supposed to be the last one. But the problem is not you, it’s that dieting, with its emphasis on rules and regulations, has stopped you from listening to your body.
In this module, you will learn:
Though food consumption serves a homeostatic function, eating is also an extraordinarily pleasurable experience… so there is a hedonic charge to why we eat, as well. We spend an enormous amount of time and resources pursuing pleasure, but what happens when this need for pleasure becomes a compulsive pursuit? When our fix turns into something more like a dependence? The problem is not necessarily a lack of willpower or an incorrect understanding of what to eat. Rather, our appetites and food choices are led astray by ancient, instinctive brain circuits that play by the rules of a survival game that no longer exists (and these circuits could care less about you looking good in a bikini).
We are living during a true renaissance when it comes to what we know about our bodies and nutrition, what we know about how food influences our health. We have more information about what we need in order to have a healthy relationship with food than we’ve ever had before, but still… we just don’t trust ourselves. We don’t need more information, more numbers, more experts, or more ways to dissect the nutritional value of food.
In this module, you will learn:
Many women know a lot about despair, deprivation, self-loathing, and shame. But very few, if any, have even the faintest idea of what it means to be truly hungry. That’s because most of them have spent a chunk of their adult life yo-yo dieting. Something as basic as listening to the wisdom of our bodies and eating when we’re hungry feels unsafe. You’ve probably learned lots of creative ways to ignore or dull your hunger signals.
In this module, you will learn:
For all human beings, the body is a fundamental component of lived experience; our body is always with us, consciously and subconsciously affecting our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Our mental representation of our physical self—our body image—develops, in part, from our perception of how others evaluate our appearances. How we choose to respond depends largely on the gap between our actual body and the ideals that our friends, family or society project onto us. This is what often leads to the development of negative body image, diminished self-esteem, and coping behaviors like chronic yo-yo dieting and over-exercising.
Many people associate energy with strenuous physical activity. However, your body is constantly using energy to regulate every single metabolic process—from hair growth to recovering from that time you fell off a horse, to just plain breathing—by way of the nutrients you eat.
In this module, you will learn:
Our bodies are designed—or should I say, engineered—to move. We are, at base level, machines with operating instructions written in genetic code. Strength training switches on those particular genes associated with health and longevity. But if we look at the fitness industry as a whole, there is no peer review service that holds professionals accountable for what they say, advice they give, or practices they choose to engage in. Given the limited science acumen of most health coaches, it’s easy to understand why so many are readily deceived or misled by the persuasive and clever advertising or charismatic personalities of the “weight loss” schemes. This module is intended to objectively cut through the hyperbole. You will develop an understanding of practical and purposeful strength training principles, along with its benefits.
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In this module, we will cover the three key elements that will allow you to further develop your gifts and optimize your performance. These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: The foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo’s to Michael Jordan’s. The good news about myelin is that it isn’t fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished.
In this module, you’ll learn how to convey power, authority and be a magnetic presence on video and livestreams.
Contingency calculations—the ability to predict the outcomes of decisions and potential consequences—are critical for success (and indeed, survival), and no other region of the brain does this better than our premium-billable-hours Prefrontal Cortex. As the orchestra leader, it specializes in mediating goal-directed behavior by managing information and choosing among alternatives. But when the brain’s PFC goes offline, we can lose the ability to arrive at informed decisions and control our impulses, among other things.
In this module, we explore the unique aspects of decision-making and the best strategies for preventing cognitive fatigue.
Going forward as a leader in the digital age, your fundamental question in illuminating all decisions, great and small, should be: How am I serving? Conventional leaders assume the power position and declare a new vision. Basking in the spotlight, these leaders have all the answers; they’re high achievers, albeit a bit self-absorbed. We tolerate it because they’re going places that we want to go. The Servant Leader has a rare combination of traits: Courageous enough to take people to a daring destination, yet humble enough to selflessly serve along the journey.
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I had a strong desire to disrupt order in the world, defy traditional power structures, and spearhead some kind of change. I just didn’t know what that was, or what it looked like. I began by competing in beauty pageants to raise awareness for sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that took my best friend’s life. Somewhere along the way, I lost my footing.
I went from organizing 5K runs and hosting Galas to benefit sarcoma research to counting calories. Carrying food in tupperware. Eating out of said tupperware in fitting rooms, restaurants, and on the subway. I worked out twice a day, six days a week, yet always felt self-conscious regardless of how lean I got (sometimes dangerously lean… like sub-ten-percent-body-fat-percentages lean). My neurosis caused me to develop a full-blown eating disorder and chronic anxiety that often landed me in the ER. That was the proverbial ‘straw that broke the camel’s back.’
After being burned by a ‘coach’ who gave me a first-class ticket to metabolic hell, paying thousands of dollars to attend personal development seminars (really bizarre and cult-like, I might add), and already having a host of fitness and nutrition certifications under my belt that proved to be useless, I had my “aha” moment.
My attempt to bully my brain into fat loss wasn’t ever really about my body, nor was it really about the fat loss: it was a misguided and haphazard attempt to be extraordinary at one ‘big thing’ that I could have complete control over (the irony here being that I never really had any control at all).
My mistake was that I had conflated perfection with excellence. Given my unfortunate (and fortunate?) history with a clinical eating disorder, much of my research has been focused on the brain’s reward circuit—the same mechanism that governs compulsive behaviors and our drive to succeed. Quite the antithesis that introduced a new wave of “aha’s.”
I believe that we can be extraordinary at a lot of ‘little things’—and deposit all of those ‘little things’ into creating the world we want to inhabit.
The NeuroBabes Academy is your source of consistent, monthly support as you optimize your brain to skyrocket focus, creativity, energy, and ultimately, your health and performance.
As a member of The NeuroBabes Academy, you will enjoy an unparalleled opportunity to be mentored and coached closely by me, Juliette Laurent, and have private access to one of the brightest, most motivational peer groups of high performing women in the world.
Every time we all get together, you should expect to receive and implement dozens of concepts that result from this fast-paced, group mentoring dynamic. We’ll be accelerating, enhancing and dramatically expanding what you’d achieve on your own. The emphasis every month is on creating breakthroughs, critical thinking and strategic shifting of your paradigm, and thus, your life.
Self-mastery is the gutsiest endeavor of all. It takes sweat, equity, and a whole lot of effort in between. If you are willing to bet (even bigger) on yourself, The NeuroBabes Academy is here to help you win that bet.
That’s a loaded question. First, it’s important to understand the difference between weight loss and fat loss: they are not the same thing. Body weight includes myriad things, like water, muscle, bone, and yes… fat. The goal should always be to preserve lean muscle and lose body fat in a slow, sustainable manner. The body (more specifically, the brain) doesn’t like knee-jerk reactions, so trying to drop too much body fat at once will result in it coming back with a vengeance. We all want quick fixes and magical formulas, but this Academy is a far cry from that. It’s about empowering you with the knowledge and strategies—but making the shifts is up to you! I know from personal experience how powerful this work is, and I’m confident it will make a difference in your life.
Absolutely! Synaptic Ambition is focused solely on healing your relationship with food and your body image. The NBA will encourage the implementation of those concepts, but what makes it different is it blends various domains of study to achieve high performance and provides you with ongoing support for four consecutive months. If you purchased the Self-Study Course, email my team at email@example.com for a promo code you can use to get $97 off of this Academy.
All module content and Implementation Call recordings are housed in our Membership Site. Upon acceptance, you’ll receive a unique user ID and password to access the Orientation. Because The NeuroBabes Academy follows a guided curriculum, the modules are released sequentially on a weekly basis. This allows time for the participants to familiarize themselves with the rigorous material and keeps them moving at the same pace. Module One is released after enrollment ends and the Program officially commences.
To ensure it serves as a supportive, intimate, high-level community, we’re capping The NeuroBabes Academy at 20 participants.
We recommend a minimum of four hours per week, including the Implementation Calls.
We do not. When you say yes to The NeuroBabes Academy, you are committing to your own transformation, and we are committing to creating and holding space for you to witness it. This Program will help you recognize your triggers and patterns of behavior so you can live your life in a way that isn’t governed by impulse or maladaptive core beliefs. Fear is a very instinctive reaction to growth, but there will be a process in place to help you meet any resistance with compassion and curiosity.
The only opportunity to mentor privately with me in 2020 is through the Pretty Mind Paradigm Mentorship, though spots are limited. Do check it out and feel into whether you resonate with it.
If you have any burning questions that haven’t been addressed here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours.