Eat Like a Cult Leader Challenge
Your diet has a huge impact on your spiritual, emotional, and physical well being! Try this challenge of eating like Unicole for a week or longer and see how you feel.
I am extremely lazy when it comes to feeding myself! I eat the same thing almost every day which is how I am successful at eating as healthy as I do.
Note: The foods in my diet are high quality and sometimes more costly than other items. I choose to invest my money in the quality of my food because my health is very important to me. That being said, I think overall, you'll find that this way of eating is actually extremely cost effective because fruits and vegetables are pretty cheap, even when they're organic. I spend probably $8-12 a day. If your finances are limited, make substitutions where needed.
The way I eat is with no/low added sugar. It can take the palate a while to get used to the actual flavors of food. If you are a sugar addict, like I used to be, try eating this way for at least 2 weeks. Going cold turkey is truly the best way. The longer you can eat this way, the more clearly you will be able to associate the flavors of the foods to feeling great.
-MUDWTR (option for tea or coffee)
I use MUDWTR, which, while expensive, is truly awesome. It gives me the same amount of energy as coffee and doesn't come with such a severe crash. They also play singing bowls to the mushrooms as they are growing. How cool is that? They recommend a tablespoon of powder for every cup, but I use a heaping teaspoon, which saves on cost :)
-Oatly Oat milk
I make my latte with the white container of Oatly oatmilk. The white container is low fat and does not contain canola oil, which has been linked to adverse health effects. I heat the oatmilk up in a saucer, pour some into my cup, froth the MUDWTR into it, and then add the rest of the milk.
Sometimes I add shilajit into my lattes for an extra energy boost.
Option: Fruit bowl, Smoothie, or Tofu Scramble
Fruit bowl ingredients
-Mango, pineapple, banana, blueberries, papaya, oranges, clementines, etc. Simply cut up any fruits and put them in a bowl! You can pre-cut fruit for a few days and put it in the fridge.
- 1 Banana
- 1 head of kale
- Rice milk
optional: peanut or almond butter, chia seeds, any other fruits you want to add
Tofu Scramble ingredients
- 1 package of organic tofu, any firmness
- 1 onion
- regular salt or black salt
optional: garlic, spinach, vegan breakfast sausage patties
Cook the onion, garlic, and patties on medium heat until the onions are soft. You can use olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil. Drain the tofu and press paper towels on it to make it drier. Put the tofu in the pan and mash it up with a spatula until it looks more like scrambled eggs. Sprinkle a lot of turmeric on it and add salt to taste. Add spinach if you'd like. This is a great hearty breakfast. Feel free to serve it with some breakfast potatoes if that's your thing! Add avocado too if you'd like.
Lunch & Dinner
- Chickpeas, cooked or from a can
- 1 head of Kale or rainbow chard
- Sweet potatoes
- Annie's Goddess Tahini dressing
- Cumin, fennel, cayenne pepper or curry seasoning
Optional: baby broccoli, brussel sprouts, or whatever veggies you like best
Optional: tofu, cubed and fried in a pan with a little oil until slightly crispy on all sides. Add salt.
Cook a sweet potato or two in the oven at 410 degrees for 50 minutes. I like to do this in the early morning as preparation for my day and it helps make my house feel cozy. When you're ready for lunch, put a pan with olive, coconut, or avocado oil over medium heat. Add drained chickpeas and baby broccoli if you're using that too. Cook them for 5 minutes. Add seasonings liberally. The chickpeas help season the whole dish so I really like to go crazy here. While this is cooking, cut your kale or rainbow chard up into small pieces. Add them to the pan and shift everything around so it gets cooked evenly. Cook this for 3-4 minutes until the greens are slightly wilted. Put the stuff from the pan in a bowl. Add a sliced avocado and hummus on top. Add dressing. Enjoy!
If you're adding brussel sprouts, you can quarter them and then bake them on a baking sheet at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, shifting them around in the middle of their cooking time. You can also slice your sweet potatoes and bake them this way if you like them better that way. I am extremely lazy so it's nice to bake them without having to cut them :)
I make a double serving of this and then eat half of it for lunch and half of it for dinner.
Throughout the day I drink unfluoridated, unchlorinated water that I bless with crystals and affirmations.
- Coconut water
I also sometimes drink coconut water. Watch out though, most coconut water has added sugar! Find the brands without.
- No alcohol
- No soda/pop
- No energy drinks
- Matcha green tea
For a boost of energy sometimes I will drink a matcha latte that I make with oat milk in the afternoon. Careful though! Lots of matcha mixes have added sugar! Find some without.
Snacks and Desserts
- Apples and peanut or almond butter
- Unicole's healthy cookies (mash a banana into oats, add peanut butter, cinnamon, bake for 10 min at 350 degrees)
- Dark chocolate - the darkest chocolate with the least amount of sugar you can find
- Nice cream (frozen bananas, cut up before they're frozen, then blended with cacao powder and peanut or almond butter. A vitamix or other super powerful blender is usually needed for this)
Eating Out/ Take Out
I eat out 1 or 2 times a week. I try to make healthy choices when I'm eating restaurant food but usually it's hard to eat as healthy as I do at home. That's ok! My philosophy is to do your best and live your life! If the food you eat out isn't healthy, you will feel it and that will help you make healthier choices in the future.
About once a week, usually on Friday nights I eat a frozen vegan pizza. This is not healthy, but it's ok. After I eat it, I feel how I feel and take note. Maybe one day this won't be appealing to me, but for now it is.
Wow, this is so healthy
I have been working on figuring out what foods best serve me for my entire life. My mental health literally depends on me eating like this. I ate ONLY sugar for YEARS and suffered greatly for it. I am sharing my diet with you because the way that I feel is connected to my ability to show up on the planet and do the work I'm meant to do. I have a mood disorders, narcolepsy, manic depressive episodes, and addiction issues - ALL of which are greatly, greatly helped by eating the way that I do. Try it out and know that changing your palate and habits is a process. When you are ready to eat differently than you do, you will. Until then, remember you are perfect as you are in this moment!