Intuition wasn't automatic for Jane Bernard

A note from Jane Bernard

I never thought about my intuition while I was growing up, or even when I got married. Even though I felt trapped by my choices, it was only when frustration kept returning to my life like a yo-yo that I became aware of my intuition. And then my intuition became my escape.

It happened gradually.

My master's degree is in Special Education. I've worked with autistic children who were desperately struggling to communicate and I had to help them tune into their selves, and with brain damaged and emotionally disturbed children who were handicapped because their perceptions were warped.

This taught me to be super observant.

My first 'creative' job was for E.D.I. (Educational Design, Inc, NYC), an educational think-tank, where I oversaw and developed a multimedia approach to education that has been implemented all over the country.

This taught me the importance of using all of our senses for learning. Multi-media is multi-sensory.

One of my earliest writing jobs was as an in-house communications expert for a large corporation in NYC called, The INTERWAY Corporation. My role was to listen to the problems and needs of one department and then to explain them to another department so that these needs could be met.

Doing this, I learned to trust my intuition because the language was generally technical while the needs to communicate were human. I had to trust my "gut".

From 1990 until 1998 I conducted monthly creative writing workshops where I developed techniques for accessing the intuitive. The workshops were for short stories, theatrical scripts and screenplays. Developing characters and creating emotion in stories is done most effectively this way. Writers suffering from the dull feeling of "writer's block" who attended my workshops left feeling excited about their work.

As a writing professor, I made it a rule of thumb to not accept any papers that my student didn't feel excited about. The quality of their work rose.

I realized that this sort of excitement was a physical intuitive sign. That's when I started looking for more signs.

I finally had an "aha" moment!

I could clearly see that trusting my intuition gave me

an intuitive edge!

On the Montel Show

talking about eating.

The Myth of Self-Control

on the Ed Tyll show talking about dignity.

Lisa Davis talks with Jane about Am I Really Hungry?

Questions answered about intuition and intuitive eating. 2011

Jane Bernard

Author of "Am I Really Hungry? 6th Sense Diet: Intuitive Eating."

Am I Really Hungry? by Jane Bernard is the last diet book you'll ever have to buy! Am I Really Hungry? is a liberating guide for everyone who’s tired and frustrated with traditional diets. Instead of calories and rules, you get 10 tools to depend on for eating intuitively. It's “good-bye” dieting and “hello” long term-satisfaction with your body and yourself. End yo-yo dieting. Learn to eat when you're hungry and stop when you're not. No inner critic. No calorie counting. No forbidden foods. With this revolutionary book learn to recognize signals in your life that keep you in control. Am I Really Hungry? reveals how intuition connects the pleasure of eating with the satisfaction of being in sync with your body. Gain insights into how emotional reactions to eating interfere with real needs and learn to use intuitive tools to put an end to confusion created by old habits. Connect with your intuition, get satisfaction and look great.

An Open Mind

Frustration shuts us down. Intuition opens us up.

Dieting creates road-blocks like frustration and stress.

Yo-yo dieting and the heartbreak of obesity are examples of self-sabotage caused by a mind closed by fear and self-doubt.

Why not be open to the possibility that this is what you're looking for?

Recognizing physical signals from your intuition, is liberating.

Diets make eating a chore.

Intuitive eating turns eating into a social event. Am I Really Hungry takes you from the traps of dieting to eating self-control, satisfaction and freedom.

It's easy for me to tell you about intuitive eating. But you need to know how to use physical cues from your intuition to overcome emotional road-blocks created by dieting.

Every time you eat, you have the chance to listen to your body and give it exactly what it needs. Am I Really Hungry is written to help you to step away from self-doubt and diet conditioning and tune into your body and your priorities.

Why not keep an open mind and give yourself a chance to feel liberated?

You deserve to enjoy your life.

When you discover that you have the courage to trust your intuition, it feels great!

Being honest with myself is what gives me awareness of my inner voice and that is my intuitive connection.

Please feel free to e-mail me at any questions or comments. I try to respond within 24 hrs.

Jane Bernard, Intuition

It's time to stop being a prisoner of diet dogma!

Jane's quoted on "First Ourselves"

an interview about writing

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, Interview with Jane Bernard by Alyice Edrich

Jane Bernard has been a writer for 25 years, starting as a technical writer for educational think-tanks, educational television, ghost writing speeches, re-writing books, screenplays, and proposals, as well as publishing creative writing. She has also been an adjunct writing professor at several universities. Today she discusses her latest book, "Am I Really Hungry?", (coming out later this year) and addresses some key points to help writers succeed in their writing careers.

What was your path towards publication like?Magazine publication was spontaneous. However, once I started writing books, I joined the club of those writers who paper their walls with rejection slips.

My first book, "Fine Tuning, Connecting with Your Inner Power" was written for myself. I felt that there was no passion in my life and I started writing to try to find it. On the way I discovered my intuition. I also discovered that my trip was to a universal destination... everyone needs to feel connected to their passion; hence the book. And since I wrote from the heart, it was immediately picked up and followed by an appearance on The Montel Show where I talked about intuition.

What was the first market you queried and why did you choose that market?My first query was a response to a writing contest and it turned out that one of the judges was from Writer's Digest and he bought my essay.

What is your biggest obstacle when it comes to pitching yourself as a writer and what steps have you taken to overcome that obstacle?The biggest obstacle is to be succinct and be able to pitch a whole book in one sentence. I keep trying until I get it right. Refining and distilling a book into a one line pitch is a powerful exercise for compelling communication.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book?My latest book, "Am I Really Hungry?: 6th Sense Diet:Intuitive Eating", was written based on interviews with dieters and intuitive eaters. It reveals how to eat what you what when you want it and be your healthy weight by sharing intuitive tools that work! It addresses diet and eating hot buttons and gives practical help. Right now people are using it for losing weight successfully.

How does your intuition figure into writing?Intuition is a flow and so is writing. When I connect with my intuition I really feel in sync with myself. It lets me trust myself. As a writer that trust translates into an open mind and open heart. When you use your intuitive tools there is no writer's block. Intuition is a door-opener.

If you could choose just one thing for your book to accomplish, what would it be?I would like it to help people connect with their intuition, feel excited about Life and good about themselves.

How do you balance your life as a writer with your duties as a parent or spouse?It's challenging. I am a driven writer. When my kids were young I wrote while they slept and often got up pre-dawn to have a few quiet hours. Writing is a passion that gets balanced by real-time responsibilities. Where there's a will there's a way.


Always carry a small notebook to jot down ideas or notes. Then when you have a few moments you will be ready to 'go'.

Set goals for yourself. For example: today I will write 1 page or today I will re-read and edit the first section. Just like all writing has a beginning, a middle, and end, the work process needs that too.

What was the best writing-related advice you ever received?Write from the heart. When you write from the heart everything is easier. Plus, your heart energy, a.k.a your passion, comes through your words and this engages the reader.

What do you feel is the single most detrimental thing a writer could do to destroy his/her career as a writer?The single most-detrimental thing a writer could do would be not to be responsible or reliable.

For example: You are asked to write a 500 word paper but hand in 750 words. Or, you hand in 500 words full of typos, inaccuracies, or formatting no-nos. I think what is really important for writers who want to be published is to realize they are part of a team. There are several people who have to do their jobs between the writer and her readers.

What’s ahead for your writing?I am re-writing a book about re-writing right now. (not a joke but please laugh anyway!) All good writing is a process of re-writing. My approach is based on my Zen practice of 30 years plus my experience as a writer and writing professor. Knock Your Block Off is a taste of what is coming in the new book. I write to educate and enable people to succeed.

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Discovering diet habits don't relate to your body is like learning you've been paying for something that you never received.

It's a relief to stop paying.

Being happy with your body is not about your weight, it's about you.

Eating is normal and when you tune-in to your body at mealtime,it relaxes. You digest food most efficiently when your body is relaxed.

You're naturally in control of what you eat by tuning-in to your body, not by following a plan where you ignore your body.

Diets create stress and your body is put in a state of confusion.

The result is often an emotional response - binging. It's logical to feed physical hunger when you eat. Emotional hunger is never satisfied by food.

Intuition is a total support system that connects with what you value to balance your emotions, appetite and personality.

Your 5 senses connect you with physical hunger and the intuitive tools connect with confidence, dignity and self-esteem so these are part of your eating choices.

Isn't it time to decide feeling good is worth the effort?

It's a relief to stop ignoring your body. Eating intuitively is being in sync with yourself.

Think out of the box and break the self-defeating 'diet' habits.

Learn to follow your senses to relate to hunger and your tools to stay in sync with your self-respect.

It feels so good that it becomes automatic.

Don't feed your diet. Feed your body.