‘How I Really Get Celebs Looking So Good’
Stars are banging down her door for her amazing meal plans. We grilled A-list food go-to Madeleine Shaw for her secrets
If you don’t know Madeleine Shaw’s name, you’ll certainly know her face. She’s the perma-smiley, rosy-cheeked blonde who pops up in the Instagram snaps alongside the likes of Millie Mackintosh, Gizzi Erskine and Tanya Burr – not that you’d notice them. When Madeleine’s in the frame, all eyes are drawn to her, simply because she looks so wholesome, healthy and, well, happy.
And it seems her celeb pals feel the same, at least judging by the figurative queue outside her front door to get a consultation with the full-time nutritionist and food blogger. But before you dismiss her as a health bore whose diet you could never maintain, consider this – Madeleine, 25, wasn’t always this way. In fact, her diet used to be pretty shocking.
‘When I was 18, my diet was terrible, I guess it always had been,’ Madeleine revealed in an exclusive chat with Look last week. ‘I wouldn’t eat enough because I wanted to be skinny and then I’d binge as I was hungry and I’d feel awful about myself. It was a vicious cycle.
‘My body began to react to my diet,’ she adds. ‘I had really bad digestive problems and I literally couldn’t do or eat anything without feeling and looking bloated, it was awful. I developed IBS and my periods even stopped for a while. On top of that I had dull skin and hair, and I slept all the time.’
Madeleine’s light-bulb moment only came when she got a job cooking in an organic café. ‘It changed my life,’ she reveals. ‘I started to eat proper foods and I learnt how to cook. It made such a difference to my health and energy.
‘It was also the first time that my job felt effortless and I quickly decided that I wanted to work somewhere in the health-food world, I just wasn’t sure what it was.’
Fast-forward five years and Madeleine is the living embodiment of her dream, with her first cookbook published next week, a successful nutritionist business and a supper club that sees her feed hungry food fans once a month in London. She’s even a fully trained yoga instructor!
But how did she go from a caloriecounting obsessive to this contented, happy soul? We caught up with her to find out the lessons she teaches her celeb clients.
Madeleine’s book Get The Glow (£20, Orion) is out on 23 April