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'Sugar is my ultimate no-no': celebrity nutrionist Madeleine Shaw chats to HELLO! Fashion

October 28, 2014
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Madeleine Shaw is a nutritional coach who has worked with celebrities including Made in Chelsea's Millie Mackintosh and Caggie Dunlop. When she's not training the stars, she's a creative chef, enthusiastic blogger, runs cooking demos and workshops, and hosts monthly supper clubs in London, where she designs healthy eating menus. She is also an ambassador for haircare brand Nioxin's Journey to Confidence.

HELLO! Fashion recently caught up with Madeleine to talk about her healthy eating habits, how your diet can give you healthy hair and what's inside her fridge…

Scroll below for Madeleine's top tips 

Can you really eat your way to healthy hair? 

Eating a balanced diet is really important to hair and scalp health. The mantra 'you are what you eat' is so true. Giving your body a balance with healthy proteins and fats is key, but I also think a great product is essential. I recommend Nioxin System kits and the Nioxin Dermabrasion, which helps remove excess sebum from your scalp, making a great base for healthy, shiny looking hair!

What foods help achieve healthy, thicker looking hair? 

A balanced diet is key. Tuck into plenty of fish, red meat, eggs, green leafy vegetables and sweet potatoes. These are full of protein, iron and amino acids which can help thicken your hair.

What's inside your fridge? 

I always have coconut water, spinach, avocados, fresh fish, quinoa salad and some raw brownies.

Which is more important: diet or exercise? 

For me, diet is so important, but I think you need a good balance of both.

Do your celebrity clients have to be quite strict on themselves? 

I think there's more pressure to look good when you know that everyone is watching you. But what I've learnt is that we're all human – everyone has good and bad days with food.

What is your recommended day's food plan? 

For breakfast, two poached eggs with avocado and salmon. Then for lunch, a quinoa and vegetable salad with lamb chops. If you want a snack, opt for green juice. Finally for dinner, a sweet potato soup with a kale and almond salad.

What is the ultimate food to avoid? 

For me, it's sugar. Also, anything that says 'low fat' or 'diet foods'.

What do you think of juice diets? 

I think they are a good start, but healthy eating every day is the best way.

Do you think people can still indulge in 'bad' foods from time to time? 

Yes, I think once a week is fine. Life is here to be enjoyed!

Madeleine Shaw is an ambassador for haircare brand Nioxin's Journey to Confidence, in-salon services that provide you with a tailored Nioxin regime for your specific hair needs from one of the Nioxin Experts.

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