Q&A: Bonberi's Nicole Berrie
Q&A: Bonberi's Nicole Berrie
The former Vanity Fair staffer-turned-wellness influencer — founder of online destination Bonberi and the NYC health food market of the same name — dishes out tips on her favorite wellness resources and explains her go-to nutritional mantra.
Food combining is…
The order in which you eat certain foods and combine certain foods. It can either aid digestion, chi flow and energy or hamper it. So I focus on light, raw juices and fruit in the morning, raw leafy greens for a late lunch and heartier grounding cooked foods in the evening. I've been living this life for over 12 years, and it's honestly changed everything about my life from brighter, tighter skin to my energy, my mood and my body.
How you found your way to this practice…
I first learned about it by reading The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. She coached me for about a year and through her I met her teacher, colonic therapist Gil Jacobs. As a client of his for over a decade, he taught me and guided me through this lifestyle, and it just stuck.
Tips for trying food combining (especially if you want to eat meat or cheese)…
Try to swap out any cooked breakfast for something raw and alive, whether it's a green juice, fruit salad or green smoothie (opt out for any protein powders/seeds/nut butter fillers). Then preface any meal with a raw salad before — this will help break down heavier foods. Totally cool to have meat and cheese in food combining. If you want cheese, I would opt for non-pasteurized sheep or goat which is by far easier to digest and less acidic. For meat, try to only have it once a day in the evening since it is the most acidic and will zap your energy during the day. When having protein, try to stick to non-starchy vegetables like leafy greens or steamed broccoli to help digestion.
Favorite books and resources on this topic…
What you eat when you eat out or order delivery…
I love a big salad, and order all the veggie sides and glass of wine.
Photographed by Mike Reinhardt
Clockwise from left: Nicole Berrie via Bonberi; Tracy Anderson Studio; Via Carota via @viacarota; Bonberi's chilled sesame mung bean noodles; Bonberi juice; top photo: Nicole Berrie via @bonberi
Go-to quick, healthy meal, prepared at home…
A big arugula and shaved-fennel salad with olive oil and lemon, red lentil pasta with shaved zucchini, spinach and Rao's marinara, maybe some Ezekiel garlic bread with mashed avocado or grass-fed butter.
Where you go to course-correct when you slip up on your routine…
Inwards. Breathe in, breathe out, let it go.
When you need to feel rejuvenated, you go to…
Juvenex Spa in K-Town for a Korean body scrub and massage
Your health mantra…
Follow your intuition.
Favorite way to get moving…
One easy adjustment everyone could benefit from…
Each morning, breathe in the anxiety and worries you may be feeling, breathe out, release — do this five times. Tuning in to what I am feeling and not compulsively running from it has been the biggest game-changer of all for me.
One thing to eliminate for better health and happiness…
Judgement
Favorite health resources in NYC…
Top three healthy NYC restaurants…
I don't really do "healthy" restaurants. I love to go to normal restaurants — this way of life makes it easy to be social and enjoy yummy food within an easy framework. So my favorites are Via Carota, Milos, Periyali, Morandi, EN Japanese Brasserie, Sushi of Gari and Hangawi.
Your go-to healthy delivery…
Your go-to healthy takeout…
Favorite salad in the city…
Chickpea Niçoise at Bonberi Bodega! And the green salad at Via Carota.
Favorite soup in the city…
Spicy red lentil at Bonberi Bodega
Favorite juice in the city…
Drink the Sun at Bonberi Bodega
Favorite place for a healthy snack…
Home! I don't really snack, but I do have "pre-dinner" which is raw veggies, Castelvetrano olives and either hummus or raw goat cheese.
What you always have in your fridge or pantry…
Juice ingredients: lacinato kale, romaine, lemons, celery, green apples
Your go-to grocery store or farmers’ market…
Your favorite healthy secret weapon or ingredient…
Raw aloe from the plant
A favorite recipe for August…
Currently watching…
Listening….
Reading…
Instagram feed :-/
Guilty pleasure…
Anything on Bravo TV