What’s more refreshing than meeting someone in the wellness space who’s approachable, relatable, and a burst of positive energy? We can’t think of much. Those are only a handful of things we can use to describe Bianca Valle. The holistic nutritionist is also a painter, sculptor, writer, and much more. When she’s not having one-on-one’s with her nutrition clients, you can find her working on her art in her New York City apartment, cooking, creating wellness “zines”, or serving a ton of realness to her 62k followers online. We spoke with the wellness expert on everything from health to nutrition basics to clean beauty and everything in between. Frenshes, meet Bianca Valle.
Frenshe: Bianca, tell us about yourself.
Bianca Valle: I was working at Nylon magazine after I graduated from NYU (I went to NYU for Film & TV), and I was working for the print issue. One day we got pulled into a meeting and were let go. Ever since that moment, I realized that working in something that wasn’t rooted in fundamental change or change in the foundation of how humans exist, wasn’t something that I wanted to be involved in. So I thought, “Why don’t I do something that really lights me up and figure it out from there?” So, through speaking to people, making lists, and doing a lot of reading and soul searching, I found that food and wellbeing were things that really lit me up. So I went back to school, got a certification in holistic nutrition, started my own practice, and here I am.
F: How did you find your calling as a holistic nutritionist? What do you love most about it?
BV: It’s incredibly rewarding. It’s almost like this notion of instant gratification. Ultimately, the reason why I do what I do is to push the collective forward as a whole towards a better food system and better health. And being a nutritionist, I see that almost immediately, after speaking with clients, they say, “Wow, what a beautiful thing. I’m so happy we spoke. Thank you for your knowledge, thank you for your time.” And it’s just instant proof of someone going back into the world with a better mindset and pushing everyone forward towards positive change.
F: Can you sum up your nutrition philosophy in one sentence?
BV: Real, natural, and all-based in intuition.
F: What does a typical day look like for you? Any favorite meals or clean beauty products that are key to your routine?
BV: A typical day for me is waking up, and then turning on hot water, and then going to the bathroom, drinking either tea or coffee, and then going for a run. Then, I come back home and I answer emails, schedule client calls, or I just immediately hop on the phone with clients. It really depends on the day. Some days I have back-to-back client calls from 10 am to 6 pm, and then other days I have client calls, like maybe just three in a day. Then, I purposely make my schedule not so intense towards the end of the week, so I do have time to work on my art. As far as favorite meals, I love having scrambled eggs with kimchi for breakfast, and for lunch, I usually have a big salad with lots of bitter greens, then for dinner, it could be a bunch of veggies with rice. I love rice! For beauty, I don’t use any brands specifically, but I do try and use products that are as natural as possible. For example, I use emu oil, rosehip oil, and neem oil on my face.F: Conversations around wellness and nutrition can be intimidating and, at times, exclusionary. How do you ensure that your message is relatable for all?
BV: It’s really simple. It’s just being human!
F: Are there any family traditions or rituals from your Mexican heritage that you apply to your work in the wellness space?
BV: You know, I would just say hard work. I come from a really hard-working family, and we had to work for what we have. My family taught me that if you dedicate yourself to something that you want, you can ultimately achieve it. So I just wake up every day choosing to be the best version of myself and do the best that I can because, why not?
F: What are three nutrition basics everyone can easily (and affordably!) implement into their lives?
BV: Eating real food. We tend to eat a lot of science experiments, a lot of foods that other people make for us, and prepare for us at restaurants or through delivery services. Make your own food. That’s the most respectful thing to do because you actually know what you’re putting in your body.
F: Food is a labor of love. What’s one meal or recipe that you absolutely love to make?
BV: I make all of my own milk, whether it’s oat milk, you know, any sort of plant-based milk. I really take the time to make my own milk because ultimately at the end of the day, store-bought kinds of milk don’t have a lot of benefits for you.
F: Any nutrition myths you’d like to debunk right now?
BV: Yeah. I think fasting isn’t for everyone and for fruit to not be completely cut out of anybody’s diet.
F: Are there any wellness trends you absolutely can’t get behind?
BV: Oh my goodness. All of them. The foundation of being “well” does not lie in a trend.
F: How does your knowledge about food, ingredients, and nutrition help you make decisions in other areas of your life? Say, choosing clean beauty products for example?
BV: Being a holistic nutritionist, I really work with people to deep dive into every aspect of their life, and I don’t know how to live in a lie. So I practice what I preach, and ultimately it bleeds into every aspect of my life, how I behave, what I say, what I buy, what I promote—it’s a part of every decision I make every day to make sure it’s rooted in integrity.
F: Are you working on anything new and exciting that you can share with us?
BV: Yes! Some ceramic plates, bowls, and mugs in the fall. Watch my Instagram for any updates.
THE FRENSHE FIVE
Q: What’s something toxic you’re trying to get rid of in your life? Scarcity mindset and fear.
Q: How do you keep yourself balanced? Running.
Q: One health or beauty trend you’ll never do again? Oh my gosh, a colonic.
Q: Quote you live by? “A little bit often.”
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