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Earlier this year, we introduced you to Sophie Jaffe, one of our favorite fashionable (and incredibly healthy) foodies in LA. The raw food nutritionist/chef and founder of Philosophie continues to inspire us, whether it's her dreamy Insta feed or her recipe-filled YouTube vids. In addition to being a stylish superfood enthusiast, this mama of two tells us she also moonlights as actress and fitness model. #Goals, indeed.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Jaffe lived a double life as a stereotypical small-town girl and a globe-trotting Angeleno. After her parents divorced when she was 8, she split her time between Maryland, where she lived with her mother, and hipster mecca Los Feliz, where her father relocated. "I went to high school in a small town called Boonsboro. At the time, it had two traffic lights," she reveals. "Everyone knew everyone; I worked at a small bookstore owned by the husband of romance writer Nora Roberts."
"I was on the homecoming court and I was a cheerleader and football was the biggest thing to do every weekend," she reveals. "But [my family also] traveled; we went international at a young age. It was really interesting to have the best of both worlds, [and] I always knew when I graduated high school that I'd move [out to LA.]"
After earning her degree in psychology from UCLA, Jaffe worked at Real Raw Life in Los Feliz Village, eventually became the shop's manager. Working one-on-one celebrities was already part of her job description, but it wasn't until she helped big-screen gladiator and actor Gerard Butler clean up his health act that she decided to start her own business.
Nine years and two little ones later, Jaffe continues to help people live a healthy lifestyle with her superfood-packed Philosophie products. Next month, she'll be jet-setting to Tulum, Mexico, where she'll help lead a seven-day yoga and cleansing retreat. (Spots are still available here!)
We got to know Jaffe over açai bowls at Harvest Bar in Sherman Oaks, where she revealed why comedienne Amy Schumer makes her cry, her favorite homemade guilty pleasure, the K-Town retreat that brings her back to womanhood, and more.
What are you eating today?
It's called the Super Greens; it's basically an açai bowl but with greens. It has kale, spinach, spirulina, banana, dates, chia seeds, and I subbed coconut milk instead of the apple juice. It's topped with pumpkin seeds, strawberries, pineapple, bee pollen, goji berries, and lemon. I get this every time I come.
What's your food guilty pleasure?
I have a really big sweet tooth; I would say I have dessert every day in some form or another. If I'm eating really clean that week or I have a photoshoot and I can't overeat, I'll make my own vegan ice cream or use my superfoods to make a banana ice cream.
I wear Le Labo's Santal 33.
Would you rather live one life for a thousand years or a 10 lives that were 100 years each?
I'd rather live 10 lives, just to have as many experiences as possible.
What's one of your secrets to success?
I see the world as a beautiful place where you create the energy you want to have in your life. The people that I surround myself with, my thoughts, my actions, all of it is as beautiful, authentic, raw, vulnerable, and real as possible. Since I was little I've always had rose-colored glasses on and people have sometimes thought that I'm naive, but I'm not stupid—I choose to live that way.
I trust that the world is good in its nature and I know that there's an alternative reality to that, but I think it's much more likely that there's good than bad.
Last movie that made you cry?
I laughed so hard that I cried, does that count? I just watched Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo comedy special. I was holding myself, like peeing myself; I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. But I cry at everything—last night I sobbed because I was so happy about something.
What's at the top on your bucket list?
I want to visit every country where my superfoods are from and I want to bring my kids with me and teach them about where cacao [and matcha are] actually from and climb up to the mountain and show them who picks it. My dad's a documentary filmmaker and I really want him to capture that; I think that would be a really fun project to work on together.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee. I usually like a dry cappuccino, but I also like French press and cold brew. It depends.
What astrological signs do you tend to attract?
A lot of my girlfriends are Leos and Libras. But my husband, my stepmom, and my firstborn are all Virgos. They're similar to me in that we're both earth signs and grounded.
If you could walk in anyone else's shoes, who would it be?
Eleanor Roosevelt. She was just a very wise woman. [She lived during] a really pivotal era in our history and she's just always been someone that I look up to. I'm pretty political too and she's really inspiring.
Favorite place in LA to relax?
The Korean spa. There's two different ones: there's Wi Spa and Olympic Spa. I just love it; it's the best little getaway. You're just in your womanhood and naked and everyone else is too—you see real bodies, which unlike Equinox where I go to work out, it's fucking bullshit [with all of] these perfect bodies. [I'm] like, "ugh," it's just not real. At the Korean Spa, it's so refreshing.