Lola Medicine Keeper, Shamanic Medicine Woman
04 October 2016
What can I eat!!??
It’s a common thought when about to undertake an ayahuasca diet as part of ceremony prep.
There is a LOT of information (most of it somewhat inconsistent) about what you aren’t supposed to eat while on the Ayahuasca Diet (also known as dieta).
The inconsistencies are to be expected, as every healing center/shaman has their own take on exactly how long the dieta should be followed and which restrictions apply. Some are more lenient, while others have stricter recommendations.
Plus, I’m giving you a print-out for your fridge!
Now you’ll have the Ayahuasca Diet guidelines handy while you’re in the zone of temptation (aka your kitchen).
Just click the image and you’ll have a print-friendly PDF with all the NOs and YESes right at your fingertips:
- General restrictions
- Acceptable proteins, fruits, veggies, grains, and nuts
- Basic meal building blocks
How long is the Ayahuasca Diet?
Depending on the healing center and/or shaman, it varies.
Recommended restrictions can be anywhere from 14 days before and after your ceremony to 3-5 days prior with few restrictions afterward. Of course, if you are attending a multi-ceremony retreat in Central or South America, you’ll be adhering to the ayahuasca dieta for the duration of your stay. If your retreat center doesn’t prepare foods in accordance with the Ayahuasca Diet, strongly consider whether this is a place that’s offering medicine work in full integrity.
The duration of your dieta also depends in part on your intention for medicine work, as I mentioned in this article.
If you are a healer, a shamanic apprentice, or are otherwise training in the healing arts, a longer dieta is generally recommended. For the attendees of our Peru ayahuasca medicine retreats, we recommend that they begin their Ayahuasca Diet 14 days prior to our first ceremony.
Ayahuasca Dieta: What CAN I eat?
- Animal proteins such as eggs (hard-boiled, poached, or scrambled), organic free-range chicken, or light, wild-caught fish such as sole, tilapia, bass, trout, halibut, or snapper.
- Grains + legumes including quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, beans, and lentils. Wheat, kamut, spelt, etc. are also approved.
- Veggies including potatoes, sweet potatoes, yucca, yacon, beets, jicama, carrots, broccoli, arugula, lettuces, cucumber and powdered maca root.
- Fruits including berries, bananas, apricots, peaches, melons, grapes, apples, and pears.
- Nuts and seeds including raw almonds, raw cashews, raw walnuts, chia seeds, and raw shelled hemp seeds. Unsalted nut butter is a-ok (except peanut).
- Seasonings including fresh herbs (basil, thyme, oregano, dill, etc.), ginger, turmeric, and non-spicy spices like cumin and coriander. Cinnamon in small amounts is fine as well.
What CAN’T you eat?
The exhaustive list is on the PDF above – make sure to download it… but in general, you’ll be staying away from caffeine, alcohol, sugar, salt, most oils, fermented foods, yeast (yeah, most breads!), pickled foods, red meat, pork, dairy, spicy peppers, black pepper, and a few specific fruits and veggies like spinach, avocados, tomatoes, radishes, leeks, onion, garlic, citrus, mango, and pineapple. There are also restrictions on sexual activity – as it can muddy up your energy field and deplete your power.
In essence, you’ll be eating SUPER DUPER healthy while adhering to the Ayahuasca Diet, which feels good AND yet is often challenging on many levels.
In addition to sticking with specific foods, you’ll also be well-served to avoid mainstream media, negative-feeling movies and books, and people/topics that trigger you. You want your energy to be as clear as possible, which assists you with prepping your physical, mental, emotional, and energetic bodies for the medicine. Our retreat guests are, for the most part, staying away from most social media as well, myself included. (What?!?! Life and business can continue on?!? I know, revolutionary!)
I wish you the best of luck with your ayahuasca dieta + medicine work!
Knowing what I can eat during my ayahuasca diets has allowed me to relax and better focus on setting my intentions and grounding my spirit in preparation for ceremony. Hopefully, this guide and print out will be of service to you, too!
Be sure and check in with your retreat center regarding their specific dieta recommendations… They may have other opinions based on the experience of their shamans and the type of medicine they make.
And please comment below if you’ve found anything helpful in your own ceremony preparations!
Blessings on your journey.