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Sandy Robertson, RN, MSN, PH-CNS

Sandy Robertson Sandy Robertson
EuroMedica
 
Longevity By Nature

Sandy Robertson, RN, MSN, PH-CNS, is a Board Certified Holistic Nurse (HN-BC), Certified Medical Intuitive (CMIP), and Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP) who weaves the traditional art and science of medicine with mind-body approaches to well-being. For the past 25 years she has been a highly sought healing guide in private practice and a notable corporate health care systems leader/educator in the forefront of integrative, complementary and holistic approaches to health and wellness. With her love of healing and healing energy, Robertson broadened her focus of corporate health care to include serving private clients through her private practice, Energy Works Wisdom. For health care systems, Robertson continues to consult with health care programs, focusing on whole health integration. Why Am I Eating This, a guide with compassionate, evidence-based wisdom on how we care for ourselves and our mind, body and spirit, is her first book.

Q: What was your motivation for writing Why Am I Eating This?

A: After leading several corporate wellness and hospital weight loss initiatives and counseling thousands of individuals, I heard the same stories over and over. People realized they a) ate “mindlessly;” b) ate when they weren’t hungry; c) ate too fast; d) ate for emotional reasons (upset/angry); or e) ate because they were bored or lonely.

Q: What are food traps?

A: As I describe in my book, a food trap is a situation that can cause you to eat more than you need to or want to. It can be a time of day (4 p.m.), a social situation, a holiday event, or an emotional encounter with a friend, co-worker, or relative, to name a few. My clients who started paying attention to these food traps were better able to plan or catch themselves going into automatic pilot. So, instead of eating everything in the buffet, they would survey the table and choose the items that would delight and nourish them, and still enjoy the celebration. If it involved emotions, they started using positive “self-talk” to guide them away from sweets/snacks and to a healthier option. For example, going outside and taking 10 breaths, or going to another room to change or re-focus their attention on other things.

Q: Please explain the seven steps.

A: The seven key steps guide people to changing their relationship with food, and themselves:

Step One: Self Awareness and Mindfulness
Step Two: Discover Your Food Patterns—Pay Attention
Step Three: Uncover the Mystery of Your Eating History
Step Four: Self-talk—Bridging the Gap
Step Five: Gratitude
Step Six: Eating Light and Right for Me
Step Seven: Your New Eating Blueprint
Step Eight: The Seven NEW Questions around fuel, gut-brain connection, timing, and mind/body/spirit/energetic self-care and self-nourishment.

Q: How can people identify their “eating blueprint?” Why is this important?

A: Creating an “eating blueprint” with the tools in my book gives you steps to map out your unique strategies for managing and planning for your fuel and nourishment needs. This is important because a detailed plan helps you feel empowered, with tools to stay grounded and clear around food choices. It considers your food patterns and awareness of your food traps. It also includes your unique energy needs throughout the day. It gives you tools to modify and modulate your fuel intake depending on the day and the situation. Most of all it empowers you with the tools you have learned in my book about mindful eating, self-talk, the gut-brain connection, mind/body/spirit/energetic self-care, and most of all, self-compassion.

Q: What impact does “self-talk” have on eating habits?

A: “Self talk” helps to bridge the gap between knowledge and behavior. We are always talking to ourselves, and self-talk around food can be either sabotaging, or empowering. I offer humorous examples of how we can use positive self-talk (and yes, even humor) to support and guide us when making food choices.

Examples:

• “Just because it’s there doesn’t mean I have to eat it”
• “How will I feel if I eat this?”
• “It’s made of sugar, which affects my sleep and moods.”
• “I’ve had enough. Pause. Stop.”
• “Take time to eat slowly and breathe, no matter how fast others around me are eating.
• “Put my utensils down. It’s ok.”
• “Do I really want to eat this right now? Am I just tired, or angry, or frustrated or maybe dehydrated?”

Self-talk can help guide us away from the “good food/bad food” dilemma, all of the social media trends, and toward choosing the food that is most nourishing for our unique metabolism in each moment.

Q: Talk about the seven new steps you added in the second edition of this book. Why was it important to add them?

A: The seven new steps build on stories I have heard from my clients, along with recent trends in the media, along with research.

The seven new questions are:

1. Am I seeking “fuel” (calories) instead of self-care?
2. How would I label these calories?
3. Will this serve my gut?
4. Timing is everything! Which time pattern of eating works best for me?
5. What else nourishes me?
6. Self-care is self-nourishment—Where am I lacking nourishment?
7. How about a dose of self-compassion instead of a sugary snack?

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

A: Why Am I Eating This? Is this the Nourishment I Need? is laid out with great illustrations, humorous yet poignant questions, places to journal, and gives examples of meditations and affirmations. The feedback I’ve gotten is that it’s fun and easy to read, yet powerful with concepts to consider from some new viewpoints. It will light up your awareness in a gentle, fun, yet powerful way and give you some simple new strategies to change your relationship with food, and yourself. Since ultimately, food and nourishment are all about self-care and self-love.