I was so honoured to do a Q&A with nutritional guru, Nicole Berrie. Nicole is the wonderful woman behind the gorgeous editorial website Bonberi and the plant-based bodega, Bonberi on Bleeker Street in New York City. Nicole inspired my love of plant-based recipes and clean living and I wanted to ask her to share her tips and tricks to help all of us live a healthier lifestyle.
Where did the idea for Bonberi stem from?
When I started my healing journey in my mid twenties I couldn't find a place online that married essential healing content with a curated visual aesthetic, so we launched Bonberi as an editorial home for all things wellness. From recipes, to interviews to photoshoots all geared towards living a healing, alkaline life.
Bonberi focuses on eating well and leading a healthy lifestyle. We would love to hear more about your wellness journey and what made you what you are today?
My previous "life" in the editorial world helped me form my aesthetic and standards when it comes to presenting something online or in a shop coupled with a lot of research on the holistic world. This created something super unique that allowed me to present something to the world in the form of Bonberi Mart and bonberi.com
One of Bonberi's values is taking care of the mind. What are some mindful practices you include in your daily routine?
Dry brushing, a daily green juice or green smoothie, hot/cold water therapy in the shower, daily movement (Tracy Anderson, Megan Roup's The Sculpt Society, Melissa Wood Health)
What's your advice for people wanting to start leading a healthier lifestyle?
Listen to your intuition - one of the most common missteps is starting a regimen or protocol that fits someone else's life and needs and it can become a viscious cycle of trying to put a square peg in a round hole. Best advice is to listen to your body and cravings first and foremost, and that will naturally lead you to the right answers. That said, I think we can all benefit from eating more abundant greens, vegetables and whole foods in our life.
You seem to have mastered the art of balance. You're a devoted mother, successful entrepreneur who still manages to create delicious food and fit in daily workouts. What's your secret?
Focusing on one thing at a time.
With everyone spending more and more time at home, how do you encourage healthy eating from home?
Cook for yourself and your family! It doesn't have to be everyday, but strive for at least 3 homecooked meals in a week. Can be as simple as making a bowl of pasta for dinner. There's something really nourishing about cooking for yourself and your family.
What would your advice be to small businesses at the moment?
Stick to the essentials, reevaluate your brand's mission, and become flexible and nimble where you can. Know that this is not permanent.
What are the foods you can't live without?
Fruits & vegetables!
Best advice for shopping sustainably?
Cherish the things you already own. I'm lucky I get to shop my mom's closet. She has some of my most favourite pieces. I think of that know for Sea - she'll be able to use a lot of my items for years to come.
What are your favourite Bonberi items?
All my salads, sides dressings. Love Linne Balance oil, Korean Scrub Mitt, Monte's Tomato Sauce
Last thing you do at night and first thing you do in the morning?
If my kids don't wake me, first thing I do a guided meditation by Gabby Bernstein & pick a mantra for the day. Last thing I do before bed is scroll my IG, but I should do a gratitude list.
I don't think any pleasure should have guilt attached to it, but maybe the most surprising thing is that I really love all things Bravo.
Tips for staying healthy during the Christmas holidays?
Listening to your intuition is what should lead you. If your intuition tells you to indulge, amazing. If it tells you to listen to routine, go with it. There's no right or wrong. Things start to get off balance when we lead with our ego rather than our hearts.
For more content from Nicole, take a look at her curated guide to food and wellbeing on Bonberi.com.