Are you curious to know the connection between ayahuasca and strict dietary guidelines? Do you want to know why you are advised to steer clear of certain food and lifestyle before participating in a retreat? If the relationship between diet and your ayahuasca journey is a mystery to you, here’s what you need to know.
For the body to give a positive reaction to Ayahuasca, it is important to have both a healthy body and mind. To achieve a harmonious mind-body balance, it’s a must to stop indulging in impure foods or activities.
Diet plays a crucial role in preparing the physical body for the Ayahuasca experience. Shamans suggest using ayahuasca diet (aka vegetalista diet) to prepare for a transformative journey. Adhering to ayahuasca diet preferably 3-5 days before the ceremony shows your respect and commitment to the healing spirit of ayahuasca.
Why ayahuasca diet?
The purpose of the ayahuasca diet is to demonstrate one’s willingness to gain Ayahuasca transformation by limiting stimulants and pleasurable foods and activities.
Ayahuasca drink is a combination of medicinal plants. With more than 100 documented recipes available, the most common include the Banisteriopsis caapi vine along with the leaves of Psychotria Viridis.
The Chacruna (Psychotria Viridis) contains the entheogenic DMT molecule that makes the vine inhibit the body from metabolizing and interpreting with the qualities of the medicine. The brewed medicine then acts as an MAOI (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor) that is known to strongly conflict with the medication, drugs, or other physical abnormalities, leading to serious consequences. Proper ayahuasca diet ensures the safety of participants and keeps potential health hazards at bay.
In addition to this, some foods do not go well with the MAO inhibitors in the ayahuasca drink. Such foods contain the amino acid “Tyramine” and “Tyrosine” which can build up in the body for up to three days and can create a toxic reaction. So, food supplements and other substances that contain significant amounts of Tyrosine and Tyramine are avoided, specifically for the final 3-5 days before the ceremony.
How to prepare for a strict ayahuasca diet?
During the ayahuasca healing retreats, it is required for the participants to follow strict diets. It does not matter if you are seeking healing or participating in a study, a diet plays a crucial part in the ayahuasca process.
Follow general dietary guidelines
Typically, the ayahuasca diet includes plant remedies as well as stimulant-free lifestyle.
Stimulation is a technique to access your subconscious mind to utilize the wealth of information within. It can be in the form of the diet, sound, emotional, and also in physical form which is why a diet always restricts sexual behavior and even sexual arousal.
Fresh and nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables as well as grains like rice, bread, cereals should be preferred.
Further, foods containing a high amount of Tyramine such as non-alcoholic beers, dairy products, protein supplements, turkey, smoked fish meat extract and banana peels should be avoided. Do not consume food with too many spices. Also, reduce the intake of salt and sugar.
There are certain drugs, medication, and supplements that are not recommended with the use of ayahuasca and must be stopped 2 weeks before the ceremony.
Prepare for ayahuasca journey 2-weeks ahead
It might be surprising for you, but you have to start preparing both your body and mind 2-weeks prior to ayahuasca journey.
- Addiction to the usage of any particular drug or supplement can prevent you from participating in the ayahuasca journey
- Stop the excessive use of refined sugars, salt, spicy food, caffeine, and other stimulants
- Avoid consuming heavy fats, red meat, and processed foods
- Stop the usage of medication or drugs (only after consulting your doctor)
- Avoid alcohol or drugs altogether
48-72 hours prior to an ayahuasca ceremony
Now it could be very helpful, especially for the first-time participants, to follow the ayahuasca diet 3 days before the ayahuasca ceremony.
- No dried or fermented foods that include sausage/meats, cheese, soy, tempeh, kimchee, pepperoni, beef)
- Not mandatory, but it is good to avoid certain herbal drinks or teas
- No pickled foods
- No artificial sweeteners or foods with preservatives
- Drink more water – avoid drinking too much before or during the retreat
To begin your ayahuasca journey, book an upcoming retreat with Avalon.Love. We have the safest ceremonial setting and experienced shamans to guide you through the whole healing process. Book your spot now to experience ayahuasca.