Ayahuasca Diet and Preparations

IMG_2078In order to prepare your body for your experience at Chakra Alegria de Amor, a proper Ayahuasca diet must be followed.

This diet is crucial to prepare your physical body for the Ayahuasca journey and to allow for full integration of the plant medicine.  When we are occupied with and distracted by impure foods or activities, it makes it more difficult to focus on the Medicine.  It can also make ceremonies much more challenging when one has to purge more than necessary because of dietary or lifestyle choices.  Finally, adhering to the diet is a test of discipline and displays respect for and commitment to the spirit of Mother Ayahuasca.  This type of diet is a common, time-honored tradition among Ayahuasca practitioners and shamans across the Peruvian Upper Amazon.

IMG_2079During your stay, you will be provided with an optimal diet of fresh fruit and vegetables (sourced from the organic farm on our property when possible), rice, quinoa, oats, legumes, gluten-free pastas and eggs. It is important to start the diet before arriving and exclude the following for at least seven days before the first Ayahuasca ceremony.

Fresh heart of palm salad, with squash flowers

Fresh heart of palm salad, with squash flowers

 

 

Restrictions include:

  • No salts (e.g table salt, soya sauce, fish sauce, ect.)
  • No sugar or artificial sweeteners (Stevia, aspartame, agave, honey, ect.)
  • No pork/red meat (for fourteen days before and after a ceremony)
  • No caffeine
  • No animal fat (lard, etc.)
  • No dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt)
  • No oil (except coconut/olive oil very sparingly)
  • No hot spices/ chilies/ pepper
  • No ice cold or carbonated drinks
  • No dried fruits
  • No vinegar or pickled foods
  • No spinach
  • No yeast or yeast extracts
  • No fermented foods (kimchi)
  • No alcohol
  • No recreational or prescription drugs (anti-depressants, benzos, marijuana, mushrooms, ecstasy, cocaine, LSD, ect.)
  • No fluoride toothpaste
  • No sexual activity of any kind including masturbation, 
kissing, and raising kundalini energy.
  • No discordant music, reading, or movies
  • You also want to avoid synthetic soaps, perfumes, toiletries, etc.
Beautiful and Delicious

Beautiful and Delicious

We recommend that guests begin their diet at least seven days prior to drinking Ayahuasca and continue the diet for seven days after the last Ayahuasca ceremony.  A minimum of 5 days before or after is recommended if 7 days isn’t doable.  On one level, the diet involves shifts in the food that we digest, but equally important are the changes in what we ingest mentally and energetically. Incorporation of solitude and minimal talking and the elimination of idle chitchat are very important.  For those living in modern countries, the diet also involves abstinence from television, radio, mass media, and any other activities that alter perception without your participation.

Women using contraceptive pills should stop taking them a minimum of five days before their stay begins and during their stay. Any women participants who are menstruating will need to express such information to head staff, and they will convey this to the Shaman. This is not meant to disrespect the feminine in any way; instead, the Shaman will ensure that changes in the flow of energy that occur in one’s body during menstruation have minimal impact on both you and the rest of the group.

One of the wild pretty flowers at the Healing Center.

One of the wild pretty flowers at the Healing Center.

 

Once the week following the last Ayahuasca ceremony, it is beneficial to continue to eat wholesome, nutritious food and to slowly introduce non-dieta foods back into your daily diet. You will find that your body will be much more sensitive to heavy, greasy, sweet/sugary foods, caffeine, and alcohol. It is important to listen to your body during this integration period.