Her innovative spin on green juice and healthy desserts has taken the foodie world by storm. Here, EatPops Founder, Sophie Milrom, talks to us about entrepreneurship, listening to her body, and finding that sweet (pun intended) spot in achieving life balance.
Where do you call home?
Manhattan and Santa Monica.
What first inspired you to start EatPops?
I love green juice but it was an expensive and inconvenient habit. I realized I could make it more accessible just by freezing my favorite juices and smoothies into ice pop molds.
What have you learned so far as a small business owner?
Every little decision you make along the way matters. Things you don't realize are important at the time become instrumental in your success or failure.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I wake up and meditate. I normally spend a few hours at my computer responding to emails and talking to EatPops team members. I'll spend another few hours in meetings, either in person or over the phone. I try to exercise at some point during the day (lately it's been in the evening). I use Classpass and normally do either yoga or pilates. Then I'll either work a few more hours, or have dinner with a friend, my boyfriend or my parents. Two to three times a week I go to religious and spiritual classes at night. I do pretty much all of these activities in my Terez leggings. Literally!
In your opinion, what is it about Terez and EatPops that aligned so well to help create this collaboration?
What I love about the Terez brand is that it's playful and doesn't take anything too seriously. I love that they have the best possible technology from a functional perspective, but pair it with a jovial aesthetic. EatPops also makes a great, functional product, but at the end of the day it's a popsicle company and how could anyone ever take a popsicle too seriously? :) We are both about staying healthy and enjoying life!
Being your own boss can likely get pretty hectic—how do you stay balanced and organized in your personal life and your work life?
I treat my body well (or try to) with a healthy diet, regular fitness, meditation and general maintenance (like getting a massage or taking a nap on weekends). Taking care of myself physically is essential for me when it comes to mental and emotional balance. I've learned to invest time focusing on spirituality so I can always see the bigger picture. I also know who I cannot go a day, a week, or a month without speaking to. My family, friends and boyfriend are not only important to my personal life; I would absolutely, positively not be able to succeed in business without them.
How would you describe your overall approach to health and fitness, and how did you discover what works best for you?
I've been into health and fitness for quite a few years now and it took me a while to learn to listen to my body. For me, it's all about finding out what works for you and then staying true to it. That means not pushing yourself too far in either direction away from that path. I personally feel best eating fresh plant-based meals combined with regular walking, yoga and pilates. So, for instance, I wouldn't feel great if I started eating tons of sugar, dairy or processed foods. But I also wouldn't feel great if I decided to totally cut out carbs or swear off pizza forever. I know that I shouldn't skip too many days without exercise, but I also shouldn't push myself to do something like high intensity training even though it's very popular.
Do you have a favorite workout? What’s one workout that you just absolutely despise?
I love yoga and pilates! I have recently gotten into doing classes on pilates reformer machines and it's been a game changer for my core! I CANNOT run! I walk as many as 8 miles in one day without any problems at all, but I couldn't run half a mile to save my life.
What health-minded activities do you outside of working out?
I meditate, do oil pulling (Google it!), and I recently have been drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in the morning. I'll try to squeeze in something relaxing once a week, like a massage or some time in a sauna. I also take a bunch of interesting vitamins and supplements that different health practitioners have recommended over the years.
We're all human. What's your guilty pleasure?
Carbs! I really love them. Pizza and pasta and nachos, oh my! I don't feel too guilty about it either because I know that depriving myself of anything always backfires on me. My friend Mary Ruth Ghiyam (founder of Mary Ruth Organics) recently gave me a super healthy recipe for yucca bread which has been a game changer for satisfying my cravings for carbs, so I may have to find a new guilty pleasure!
Finally, aside from the fabulous EatPops print... Which is your favorite Terez legging?
The emojis and the marble print. When I wear the Emoji Leggings people constantly ask me where I got them—I have had multiple men stop me to ask where they can buy my pants for their wife or girlfriend. I cannot wear them without several people that day stopping me to ask who makes my awesome pants.
Need to cure your sweet tooth? Keep up with Sophie and EatPops on Instagram: @eatpops.
Photo of Sophie: Bon Beri