Owning a growing brand of yoga studios doesn’t mean you get to lay blissfully in savasana all day. When she’s not at the office, Y7 co-founder (and total #girlboss) Sarah Levey is bouncing between her 11 hip-hop-driven studios in New York and Los Angeles—and scouting locations in other places, too. (An expansion to Washington D.C. and Chicago is planned for later this year.)
Because she doesn’t have a typical 9-to-5, her workout routine varies. “There’s a little bit of irony in the fact that I often don’t have time to take yoga classes,” she says, adding that her rotation usually involves a mix of yoga, Pilates, and SoulCycle.
She has a similar approach to eating, leaving room for flexibility and prioritizing health and enjoyment equally. “What I eat really depends on my schedule and what I have going on,” she says. “I don’t have any overarching food philosophy. It’s just sort of eating what I like and what makes me feel good.” And given that her business is growing faster than Drake’s top 10 hit list, can you blame her?
Keep reading to sneak a peek at Y7 co-founder Sarah Levey’s food diary.
Brunch: Homemade pancakes
Snack: Mixed nuts
Dinner: Roasted salmon and veggies
Sarah says: “I slept in until 11:30 a.m. and then made pancakes. Since I had such a big meal and ate pretty late, I didn’t get hungry again until that night. I kept dinner really healthy and made salmon and veggies for my husband and me.”
Breakfast: Coffee and fruit
Lunch: Egg, avocado, bacon, onion, and sprouts on toast
Dinner: Grilled chicken salad
Sarah says: “I love eggs. Probably 75 percent of my meals include eggs. We have a fridge and full kitchen in the office, and sometimes I have time to go to Whole Foods and stock some stuff in the fridge—usually eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. This day in particular was really busy, though, so I picked up my egg-avo-bacon lunch instead of making it.”
Breakfast: Coffee and green juice
Lunch: Hummus with cucumber and carrots
Dinner: Grilled chicken salad with hard-boiled eggs, farro, and tomato
Sarah says: “Tuesdays are really busy for me. I grabbed the green juice from Juice Press and just had a snack around lunchtime because I was in so many meetings. When it comes to dinner, I do more of the cooking than my husband, who is also my business partner. But, a lot of the time, we’re ordering in or eating out. This dinner I made after a really long day and included double protein, since I didn’t really have any at lunch.”
Workout: Y7 yoga
Breakfast: Coffee and protein shake
Lunch: Poke bowl
Dinner: Peanut-butter toast
Sarah says: “I didn’t get home from work until 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and I was just too exhausted to make something to eat or even think about ordering in. So I just made some peanut-butter toast and called it a day.”
Breakfast: Coffee and blueberries
Lunch: Poached eggs with red quinoa and kale
Dinner: Tomato soup
Sarah says: “I’m not a big breakfast person—I’ve never been, honestly. It’s weird, because I love breakfast food, just not first thing in the morning. So a small breakfast like what I had this day is pretty typical for me. I had a lunch meeting and we went to Jack’s Wife Freda, which is where I got the yummy egg and grain bowl. I love soup—and tomato soup is my favorite thing ever—so I ordered that for dinner.”
Workout: Y7 yoga
Breakfast: Coffee and smoothie
Lunch: Salad with cucumber, tomato, chickpeas, and basil
Dinner: Oysters, truffle Parmesan French fries, and wine
Sarah says: “This was a good food day, I have to say. I have a Nutribullet and make smoothies at home with half a banana, Chillhouse’s Give Me Life adaptogenic powder, and Clean Program protein. And those fries at dinner were delicious.”
Lunch: Eggs and avocado toast
Sarah says: “Eggs again! Surprising, right? I do tend to eat out on the weekends and this day was no exception, capping the week off with a fun sushi dinner.”
If you want to peek at another food diary, here’s what a SoulCycle instructor eats. And this is how different wellness influencers shake up their go-to salads.
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