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OB: Congratulations on the launch of your first book! What’s the main message you want to deliver to your readers?
MS: To eat wholefoods, stop dieting and most importantly love yourself.
OB: You’re famous for your lovely glowing skin (plus your book is called Get The Glow), could you share your top 3 nutrition tips for skin?
MS: Absolutely, here goes:
- Hydrate - drink 2-3 litres of water. It’s something we hear time and time again, yet we still don’t do it. Liven it up with some fresh mint, lemon and lime.
- Eat healthy fats - lots of chia seeds, wild caught fish, free range eggs and olive oil. They do wonders for the glow.
- Up your nuts - nuts are your skin’s best friend, brazils contain selenium, almonds are packed with Vitamin E and walnuts boast the highest omega 3 content. All these gorgeous nutrients work together to give you a luminous complexion.
MS: Hmm, I don’t really like to bracket myself. All my recipes are gluten free, many are vegan and paleo. I really try to eat foods that you can grow, hunt or gather. I’m a cave girl at heart.
OB: What’s the worst misconception about healthy eating?
MS: That it’s boring. I eat healthily everyday and there is never a dull moment.
OB: Do you have any practical advice for people struggling with social pressure to look skinny?
MS: Skinny isn’t healthy. Right now it might be about that thigh gap but eating too little can cause so many problems down the line. Remember to be kind to yourself. It’s all about finding the inner beauty within you.
OB: You’re a busy lady - always running around, could you share some tips on how to eat when you’re on the go?
MS: I love to do a Sunday cook off, whip up some roast chicken, roast veggies, quinoa and raw spirulina balls. This is great for when I get home and I’m getting ‘hangry’ [the deadly combo of hungry and angry!]. When I’m out and about I buy some nuts and fresh salads. I find it easy to eat on the go in London, I’m never too far from Wholefoods Market.
OB: What’s your favourite superfood? How and why do you use superfoods in your recipes?
MS: Spirulina. It’s super green. I put it on my raw balls, smoothies and use it as a facemask.
We definitely recommend you get your hands on Madeleine's wonderful cook book - we LOVE it! For your chance to win 1 of 5 copies, and a sneak preview of her favourite superfood recipe, tune in next week!