Ask Madeleine: Your Questions Answered!

Ask Madeleine: Your Questions Answered!

Welcome to the first ever Ask Madeleine!

I am so incredibly excited to answer some of the amazing questions you guys have submitted.

In this new segment, I hope to address some of the burning questions and queries you have on how to enliven the hottest, healthiest and (most importantly) happiest you. This week I selected the top three most frequently asked questions…the questions you want answered. I hope this post helps you glow even brighter this month.

Here we go!

What are your top 3 tips for transitioning to a clean and healthy lifestyle? 

In Get the Glow, I offer a 6 week program that does just this! If you are struggling with transitioning to a healthier and happier lifestyle – this is what worked for me.

If I could offer three quick tips?

  1. Manage your mindset:  Don’t despair and fixate on what you have to give up, instead focus on all the exciting new foods to fill your plate, recipes to try, and cafes to explore. There are plenty – I promise!
  2. Prepare: Decide what tasty recipes you are going to create, do your shopping, and prepare for each week on Sunday. Need recipe inspo? Try some of these.
  3. Buddy Up: Try new recipes and workouts with a friend or family member who also wants to embark on a healthier lifestyle. This will make your journey more enjoyable, and hopefully keep you motivated!

How do you get rid of acne and what should I be eating to do so?

No matter girl or boy, young or old, acne is something that seems to rear it’s ugly head at different stages in our lives – and it’s never fun! While it must be said – I am not a dermatologist! – I do have a skin care routine that works really well for me. In fact, I made a video listing the products I use, and my step by step routine for morning and night. Check it out here!

 Your skin is often a reflection of your internals – you are what you eat, as they say.

My top skin-glowing foods include: red peppers (vitamin c – keeps your skin taut and toned), chia seeds (omega-3s and calcium – hydrates your skin), brazil nuts (contains selenium – protects your skin from cell damage), and kale (excellent source of sulphur – we need for collagen synthesis, which falls short as we age).

My final skin secret? A super simple Homemade Spirulina and Honey Face Mask. All you need is two ingredients!

What to do about healthy eating when staying with my not so healthy friends?

We’ve all been there. You are doing so well – eating right, exercising often, feeling great – then suddenly, you are staying with your friends and whats on the menu doesn’t exactly fit in with your new lifestyle?

The important thing to remember here is that trying to be perfect all the time is not healthy. It’s also pretty much impossible. Remember that no one is perfect – especially not me!  It is important to eat out, socialise, and enjoy your life. Don’t feel bad about eating a “naughty’ meal every now and then. It’s a part of life.

My top tips for managing a situation like this would be:

  1. Keep your portions in check. Don’t take this opportunity to jump off the bandwagon. Enjoy yourself, just don’t overdue it. No one likes that overly stuffed feeling! Especially not your digestive system.
  2. Bring a healthy side or dessert. I always like to bring some sort of contribution to a dinner party or weekend away. Not only is it polite but it also alleviates some of the cooking stress off the host.
  3. Think simple. If your friends have created a buffet style meal – go for the simple dishes, they are usually the healthiest options.

I hope you enjoyed the first ever ‘Ask Madeleine’!

If you have any questions or queries please use the hashtag #askmadeleine on twitter, instagram and facebook, or leave your question in the comment section below x



  • sophie martin

    Hi Madeleine!
    I really hope you can help. I have a girls holiday coming up in just a months time and at the minute I am feeling really uncomfortable and quite depressed about the way in which I look! All my friends are so so skinny and I almost don’t want to go because I feel so awful about myself. I really want to loose a stone minimum but is this too realistic for the time span?
    I really need some advice on quick weight loss!!
    I am feeling dedicated so don’t mind a strict diet I just need something that works from an expert like yourself!!!
    Best wishes
    Sophie xx

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Hey Sophie – please don’t feel down! I’m not really about quick fixes, and more about looking after yourself and treating your body right, but my Glow Guides program may help you. It’s got meal plans for 8 weeks, exercise, yoga and mindfulness which will help you fall in love with food and with yourself (and you’ll shed some pounds along the way). Try to stop focusing on what you dislike about yourself, and think about the amazing things you love about yourself! I hope to see you in the Glow Community in the app, there are loads of amazing supportive women in there, including myself, who can support you. Big kiss xxx

  • Julia Sharratt

    Hi everyone! I am studying a Masters degree in Nutritional Therapy at Worcester University and I am looking for likeminded, undergraduate, females to participate in a light hearted Skype interview about your use of nutrition, health and lifestyle blogs! If you think you can help i would be really grateful! Please contact me on (my university email address) for more details or if you think you would like to partake. Thanks!

  • Kim Norris

    Hi Madeleine. Love your healthier lifestyle and trying to adapt. I have unsuccessfully tried to make your gluten free bread recipe from your book Get the Glow and I am not sure what I am doing wrong. The mixture does not become doughlike and when I bake it the result is a crumbly mess. Do I need to use quinoa flakes rather than the normal dried version? thanks for your help Kim

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Hi Kim, yes you do need to use quinoa flakes. Sorry it isn’t very clear in the book. Let me know how you get on x

    • Kim Norris

      thanks for taking the time to reply. I have ordered Quinoa flakes and I am sure it will work fine now. Thanks again Kim x

  • Rachel Melbourne

    Hi Madeleine,

    I’m transitioning over to creating a healthier lifestyle and confused about how much fruit/ sweet treats are recommended to eat and how often. I.e. – if I make raw or sweet potato brownies/ other alternative sweet treats – would this be ok to eat once a day/ every other day? How does that balance out with fruit portions as well? I can’t quite work out in my head how often you should be eating what and how much?
    I am trying to get rid of a candida overgrowth at the moment, but once I have that balanced out I will be looking to reintroduce certain things I’ve cut out.



    • Madeleine Shaw

      Hi Rachel, there’s no simple answer but healthy desserts and fruit still contain sugar it just isn’t the bad kind, so just eat in proportion. One portion of fruit per day is fine, but I would say desserts once or twice per week. It’s different for everyone so just do what you feel is right for you x

  • AmeliaRoseL

    Right, I’m off to make the Spirulina and honey face mask!

    Amelia Rose | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Haha Instagram a picture and tag me so I can see x

  • Lucy Chaumet

    Madeleine I am mad about porridge and made your bircher muesli from Get the Glow but it was very soggy texture wise (think it was the quality of the oats) . About to make the oat recipe that you just posted but just wanted to check what sort of oats do you recommend please?

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Organic porridge oats – bircher muesli is meant to be soggy texture like porridge! So it sounds like you made it perfectly! x

    • Lucy Chaumet

      I know that the bircher should be soggy as I discovered it in Oz too ad love it but I think I used a really low quality porridge oat which as it was really gross! So was just curious what you use! So just normal porridge not a jumbo oat or anything? Thank you so much for replying so nice that you do!

    • Madeleine Shaw

      If you don’t like the soggy texture go for jumbo oats as I find the texture slightly less grainy x

  • Sally Barrow

    Hi Madeleine,

    I have an under active thyroid, I eat well and do regular exercise – I’m a huge yoga fan. However I wondered if you had any tips for natural ways to boost metabolism and reduce fatigue – both in exercise and nutrition. I’ve done lots of research online but it is all quite contradicting and I’m unsure what to trust, I would really appreciate any advise or help you could give on foods that could help :)

    Thanks so much,


    • Madeleine Shaw

      Hi Sally, what a great question. I’ll make sure we include this next time we do an ask Madeleine as I think itwill be a long answer 😉 x

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