Celebrity health coach, chef, blogger, published author, yoga teacher and Supper Club host Madeleine Shaw is certainly a Jack(ie) of all food-related trades.

Her holistic health expertise has seen her work with the likes of model and TV star Millie Mackintosh and Australian rugby union player Rocky Elsom.

I spoke to her about her journey into holistic food health and happiness and discovered that her relationship with food wasn’t always quite so enviable. She explains: “I moved to Australia when I was 18. I went travelling there and just fell in love with it. I went to university and lived there for three years.

“I was much more about low fat and counting calories. It was much more regimented than it is now. That’s what I really thought you were meant to do. I thought you had to diet and had to be skinny.

“I had really bad digestive problems and I couldn’t really figure out what was causing it and it wasn’t really until I started to look at what I was eating that things changed.”

Madeleine’s mantra is “eat whole foods, ditch the junk”, but she is strictly not strict about her diet. She says: “It’s about balance. You can’t be too strict. One of my most popular recipes is my chocolate cherry fudge. It’s trying to create healthier version of things we really love.”

Her latest book is split in two sections: the first is full of nourishing recipes that can be made in around thirty minutes and the second are “sumptuous show-stopping” meals for when you have more time on your hands, all of which are wheat and sugar free.

“It’s often inspired by my readers,” she tells me of her recipes. “They might ask for some breakfast recipes that aren’t just porridge, or some lunch and quick dinner recipes.

"Quite a lot of it is based around what people are asking for, but it’s also healthy version of slightly unhealthy things. The thing I can’t make healthy is things like croissants, anything French patisserie.”

Madeleine assures me you don’t need to make drastic changes to your diet to lead a healthier lifestyle and gave me her top tips: “Try and change your breakfast, eat protein. Whether it's eggs on rye bread, or adding hemp seeds to your porridge. That’s going to regulate your blood sugar levels and stop you craving more coffee and more diet drinks or chocolate bars or whatever you need to have to fuel you throughout the day.

“I’d start adding vegetables to your plate, rather than thinking about cutting things out – try and add in three portions of vegetables in your lunch and dinner. That’s going to fill you up and it’s also going to leave less room for other things.”

And the next big food trend? Seaweed is going to replace kale and Poke, a Hawaiian salad with pineapple and raw fish, will be the new go-to-meal, or cauliflower steaks for veggies.

You can learn more about Madeleine’s approach to food at the UK’s first food literary festival, Henley on Food, in Oxfordshire at the end of this month.

Henlet on Food, Shiplake College, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. Details: 01491 572 436