The Best Ayahuasca Diet: what to eat and not eat before Ayahuasca

ayahuasca diet

Why should we follow an Ayahuasca Diet?

We highly recommend following a traditional Amazonian Ayahuasca diet to properly prepare for Your journey. This diet will cleanse your body to ensure you will get the most out of your experience. By working with the plants, we not only access the biological healing properties of the plant on a physical level but also connect with the nature spirits who work through them. Your commitment to this diet will show the seriousness of your intention and your respect for the medicine which is crucial in developing a strong relationship with the spirits of the plants.

Recommended Ayahuasca Diet

  • Eight weeks before the ceremony
    • Anti-depressant medications (all SSRIs)
  • Two weeks before and after the ceremony
    • Pork
    • Marihuana
    • All recreational drugs
  • One week before and after the ceremony
    • Prescription drugs (unless approved by healing center/shaman – please consult with us)
    • Salt and pepper (e.g table salt, soy sauce, fish sauce, etc.)
    • Hot spices/chilies/pepper
    • Refined sugars and sweets
    • Alcohol
    • Caffeine (coffee, green tea, black tea, etc)
    • Cacao, cocoa, and chocolate
    • Dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt)
    • Vinegar or pickled foods
    • Onion or garlic
    • Citrus fruits
    • Red meat
    • Oils and fats (except coconut/olive oil very sparingly for cooking)
    • Soft drinks, energy drinks, non-alcoholic beer
    • Fermented foods (kimchi, tofu, tempeh, etc)
    • Overripe, bruised, and dried fruit
    • Protein extracts, powdered protein supplements, and shakes
    • Yeast or yeast extracts (simple unleavened, unsalted bread are okay)
  • 3 days before the ceremony
    • All medications and supplements
    • Try to avoid fluoride toothpaste, synthetic soaps, perfumes, toiletries, etc

Recommendations for planning your meals:

  • Proteins: eggs, organic free-range chicken, wild-caught mild fish (sole, tilapia, halibut, trout, snapper), lentils, beans
  • Grains: brown rice, lentils, quinoa, wheat berries, amaranth, gluten-free pasta, whole wheat, spelt, kamut
  • Veggies: ALL vegetables EXCEPT onions, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, leeks or radishes
  • Fruits: berries, grapes, bananas, peaches, apricots, apples, pears
  • Raw nuts + seeds: all nuts except peanuts, raw hemp seeds, chia seeds, nut butter (unsalted, except peanut)
  • Beverages: Herbal teas, coconut water, nut milk, water
  • Ideas for seasoning your foods:
    • Fresh herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, sage, dill, etc.)
    • Mild spices (cumin, coriander, dill, sage, turmeric)

For more information about an Ayahuasca diet check out this article:

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