Annette Sloan Interview: A Whole-hearted, Compassionate Health Coaching

Recently, I interviewed Annette Sloan – mind, body and nutrition coach and owner of Whole Hearted ( which specializes in compassionate health coaching for women and teen girls – I met her last 2014 in toast-masters.

She shares with us her journey through achieving nutrition and healthy-living holistically, how she started the business and what inspired her, as well as her challenges and motivations.

Below are some of the notes highlighted to guide you through the podcast:

Annette’s road to being a mind, body and nutrition coach – went to college undecided about what path she wanted to take. She took communication but had a nutrition class – ended up being interested in it.

Shaylene Johnson, the writer of PUSH – spoke about kids and body image. “Never tell your kids they’re fat.”

Parents should be careful about things they say to their kids pertaining weight and body image. Be mindful when you’re around overweight kids.

Family should focus on a healthy lifestyle – make healthy choices, eat healthy food and all things that constitute healthy living in general.

Being healthy vs not eating enough – do I feel good?

Tai Lopez – our genetics may affect our nutrition.

Pay attention with what you feel – what really works for you. Get in touch with your body – listen to your body.

Working with teen girls – focus on girls to establish healthy relationship with food. Work on the areas where they are having problems with like too much focus on healthy eating which may be detrimental to achieving good nutrition.

Binge eating – she started when she was 16, she wasn’t overweight but wanted to lose weight.

Judging everything – what to eat etc

It’s common for adults to compare their plates to other people’s plates – parents should be great examples for their kids.

Mother-daughter dynamic

Shaylene Johnson – I’m not bragging about me, I’m modeling for my kids – so I need to be positive.

If you work out after eating, it keeps your blood sugar to spike.

There are so many factors that affect our body and the way it metabolizes food.

We should not say one is equal to the other.

It’s harder to get empathy when on you are on the opposite side of the spectrum (skinny people)

Nutrition and media – only half of the whole story is being told in the media

There is a connection with the mind and body – we are emotional beings, it’s much more complicated than just following rules on what to eat.

Stress – if we are stressed out, our body metabolizes food less efficiently.

Our DNA has not evolved much.

(Joel Salton) Animals we eat shouldn’t just be healthy – but have to be stress-free.

It’s not hard when you eat healthy because you want to and it makes you feel good nourishing your body with good food.

Wayne Dyer – people assume things are going to be hard but until you do it or accomplished it, you don’t know.

Annette – I was binge-eating because I wasn’t strong enough but it’s not the root – it’s self-compassion, it’s about loving ourselves more.

If it doesn’t work for you, try a different course – pick a different path.

Annette – my own journey was realizing what I’m doing wasn’t working.

The Mindful Athlete (book) – recommended

Annette – the idea is for women and girls to live in the world where they feel they are worthy.

How much time does a woman focus on about weight? About 50 to 80% when they are really struggling.

Do you recommend them cut out media and magazines?

Start focusing on something else so that weight issues start to fade away in the background.

Annette’s book recommendations:

Brene Brown – reasearcher and storyteller

  • Daring Greatly
  • Rising Strong
  • The Gifts of Imperfection

Failure is what stops people from achieving what they potentially can.

Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) – talk about how he was the biggest proponent of follow your passion but at this point, just follow your curiosity

Learn how to be curious again.

Free download “Overcoming Emotional Eating: A (w)holehearted Guide for Women and Teens” available at

Resources Annette recommends:

By Marc David: The Slow Down Diet, Nourishing Wisdom
By Brene Brown: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong
By Geneen Roth: Bite By Bite: 7 Guidelines to Break Free from Emotional Eating

Brene Brown’s TED Talks: The Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame
Cameron Russell’s TED Talk: Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model.
The Institute for the Psychology of Eating blog

Annette’s ultimate vision: the world in which women and girls feel worthy exactly as they are.

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