Madeleine Shaw is a nutritional health coach, author and social media sensation and co founder of the new Happy Gut Guide. Her own journey began with her struggles with IBS and continuous bloating. In a bid to improve her lifestyle, she implemented a healthy diet and started cooking more and more, learnt about nutrients and above all helping people to get healthy. Madeleine educates people through her blog, books and private coaching about how to #GetTheGlow through the way we eat. Her food philosophy is all about enlivening the hottest, happiest and healthiest you. It’s about keeping things simple and delicious so you don’t feel bored or deprived as well as looking after your gut.
Madeleine literally does glow so we wanted to find out more about her lifestyle and day to day routine. She has also included her tips on beating the bloat this Christmas.
What inspired you to pursue a career in the health and wellness industry?
It all began when I moved to Sydney when I was 18, I went there travelling on my gap year after school and just fell in love with it. While I was over there I had really bad digestive problems and was seriously bloated everyday – it was so uncomfortable and embarrassing. I didn’t feel confident in my skin and always felt tired and lacking in energy. A friend told me about this is health cafe in Bondi so I went to check it out, I was amazed at all these strong healthy and happy people. I wanted to be like them. I started to eat there and turned my whole diet around from low fat, high sugar diet to filling my plate with lots of fats, veggies, good quality meat and love. I ended up working in the cafe cooking, so started cooking more and learning about nutrients and above all helping people get healthy. I wanted to make eating healthy simple and delicious for everyone.
How did you become aware of gut health and how did it inspire you to create the Happy Gut Guide?
My long term issues with IBS, it took me so long to understand what was going on with my body. I was confused. So I wanted to share what I learnt with others, I want to help others. I also knew how much working 1-1 with a dietician really helped, which is why I’m so thrilled Laura Tilt said yes to co-creating it with me. It’s an evidence based, dietician approved programme that I hope can help anyone with IBS.
Which types of food do you eat on a daily basis to additionally help your gut health?
Lots of green veggies!
Most of us probably don’t know the state of our gut, what are the things to look out for that link to having unhealthy gut health?
Bloating, pain, wind, constipation, diarrhea. Checking the bristol stool chart, will really help deciding if your stool is passing as it should be, number 4 is optimal.
What is the one top tip that you swear by to gain a healthy gut?
Chewing your food. It sounds so small and so simply, but actually properly chewing your food and eating it mindfully, really really will help. It is something I try and do with every single bite.
With such a busy schedule and also being a full time mum, what dietary and fitness habits do you swear by to stay energised?
I Always make sure I do it in morning – GET IT DONE!
I also like to make sure I schedule exercise in the week before, so it’s in my diary and I act as if it’s an important meeting.
At what point of your career have you been especially proud of what you’ve accomplished?
My 3 books – I love all 3 of them. Also, my lovely community, I am so thankful everyday for the lovely people that support me and inspire me to keep creating content.
What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to take the next step in turning their dreams jobs into reality?
- Believe in yourself
- Just start, don’t talk about it and don’t overthink it
- Connect with others in the industry – get chatting, get inspired, it will help.
What are your hopes for the future?
I’m hoping to create more books. I also want to help families create a healthier lifestyle, making veggies something that is tasty and loved by everyone.
Finally, we’re all fitness fanatics at BEKIBO…what are your favourite ways to break a sweat?
YOGA – all day everyday. My favourite exercise to do, especially when life gets busy and I don’t have too much time. I get up in the morning and give myself at least 20 minutes to flow.
Madeleine Shaw’s Happy Gut Guide will be launching in the New Year so sign up to her website, happygutguide.co.uk to be kept in the know!
words by Madeleine Shaw