Madeleine Shaw is one of a new breed of young food writers and bloggers promoting a super healthy and happy lifestyle. She is often seen at Frame and took some time out to share her story and give us some tips on how to glow!
Nutritional health coach and yoga teacher, Madeleine Shaw also describes herself as a modern ‘cave girl’. She says her hope is: “to inspire women (and men) to enliven the hottest, happiest and healthiest version of themselves.” But she is not about to start preaching. “Everyone is different,” she says, “no single diet or exercise regime will suit all, you just have to give it a go!” “Eating shouldn’t be about fad diets, starvation or deprivation, just mouth-watering, easy-to-make food with real ingredients,” she explains, “and when it comes to yoga, sometimes people can become too serious and competitive – I don’t think yoga should be like that at all, I like to keep it playful, focusing on breath, listening to my body and not overdoing it.”
But despite this lack of rules, Madeleine is steadfast in the belief that good health begins and ends with a healthy gut. “If we could all just ditch the junk, we would all be a whole lot happier.” She says.
Her first recipe book Get The Glow was published last April following the huge success of her website and she describes it as her proudest moment. Her own fresh glowing features are testament to her approach, but this was not always the case: “As a young girl I had a torturous relationship with food, I had dull skin, lank hair and no energy,’ she admits, “As a result, I developed terrible IBS. I went to see every doctor and tried everything but it wasn’t until I began working in a cafe in Sydney and leant to prepare and cook whole foods that I really sorted out my diet. This was a real turning point in my life; my health improved and I fell back in love with food, life and, most importantly, myself.”
Madeleine started her website to help educate people from her own experiences. “I didn’t see the point of lecturing about the dos and don’ts of eating,” she explains. Instead she shares her brilliant recipes. And it’s not just about food either: “When people come to me with problems – often, but not exclusively, IBS related – diet is not always the easy answer. I also look at stress and lifestyle. It’s a holistic approach, my way of healing.” Which is why her blog posts include short yoga flows and the occasional fun lifestyle video… like her daily make-up routine for example.
Chia Pudding with Poached Clementines
Chickpea Lentil Dahl
Madeleine now has more than 181 thousand followers on Instagram and has just finished working on her second book – available to buy next April. So how does she apply her ‘no stress’ wisdom to her own busy life and still find time to eat well and stay fit? “I try and move most days but there are often times I just can’t fit a class in,” she says. “But I don’t stress about it, instead I try to slip in a little ‘me’ time, like a lunch on my own, a walk or a bike ride. Some days it might just be some belly breaths in a cab. But time spent training does make me happier. Like most of us I have to work behind a computer so it’s nice to get away from it – in body and in mind.” And her advice to you fellow Framers: “Don’t compare yourself to others, choose classes you enjoy, eat well and smile daily!”
You can buy Get the Glow from any of our studios and our online SHOP.