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Sacred Medicine Retreat- get ready Your Body, Mind & Soul

Updated: Jul 19, 2022

The Ayahuasca Pre-Diet: How to Prepare for an Ayahuasca Ceremony, According to Shamans

Generally, most of the people will mention: - A healthy diet before the ceremony consists of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains (like rice, quinoa, and oats), and legumes (like beans, lentils, and peas). While cooking, be sparing with oil (olive or coconut are preferred), without salt, spices and sugar.

- Avoid the consumption of alcohol, stimulants, opiates and other drugs in the weeks before ayahuasca (recommend at least 3-4 weeks prior). It is also very important to reduce expectations about the ses- sion (unrealistic expectations are frequent) while establishing a definite intention (what you would like to get out of the session).

- The dieta is extremely strict and includes no salt, no oils, no spices, no sugar and no sexual activity. Most often, the dieta consists of rice, potato, and occasionally, preferably organic based- boiled chicken or fish, plantain or egg.

- Avoid all dairy products as well as avocado, chocolate, and refined sugar. Honey is okay but try to limit your intake and use natural, organic honey.

- Avoid all processed foods minimize acidic fruits, red meat, pork, and dark beverages for at least 7 days. Instead, think whole foods. Super foods such as cacao, almonds, legumes, beets, berries, wonders for our mental, emotional, and physical bodies.

The strict version: if you REALLY want to eat the strictest of the strict ayahuasca dieta preparation, you can only eat:

  • green bananas

  • yucca

  • boiled plantains with no oil

  • fish

  • rice

  • water

  • Nothing else!

  • Oh, and don’t forget, no sex! ?

This is the strict version. However, we adhere to the lighter ayahuasca dieta guidelines in preparation for ayahuasca ceremony, listed below, and we get good results with these suggestions from our ayahuasca shaman.

Foods You CAN Eat for Ayahuasca Diet Preparation

  • Olive oil

  • Coconut oil

  • Honey

  • Stevia

  • A little dairy but not a lot of dairy: yogurt, small amount of milk

  • Rice, quinoa, amaranth

  • Fish

  • Fruits

  • Vegetables

  • Nuts

  • Eggs

Foods NOT to Eat for Ayahuasca Diet Preparation

  • Garlic

  • Onions

  • Hot spices

  • Fat from meat

  • No pork, red meat, ONLY organic chicken or fish is ok!

  • Sugar (Use stevia as a substitute if you like)

  • Salt (Use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos as a substitute if you like)

  • Fermented foods

  • Wine, beer or hard alcohol

  • Butter, cheese

  • Chocolate (No substitute!) ?

  • Coffee (Drink Green Tea as a substitute if you like)

  • Pepper

  • Processed foods (Nothing in a box or can with ingredients you can’t pronounce)

  • Pharmaceuticals EXCEPT for heart issues, high blood pressure, diabetes and life threatening illnesses

  • Absolutely NO pharmaceuticals for depression, psychosis or mental illnesses (Dangerous in combination with Ayahuasca)

"The ancestral medicine taken as a holistic medicine in a positive ceremonial scene under the guidance and guidance of a competent being, can be the beginning of a process of personal and spiritual discovery that will continue indefinitely, even if you should never take again. "

Below, you will find a list of substances that should not be taken 12 hours before and 12 hours after taking Ayahuasca.


  • Antidepressants Sleeping pills Anesthetics

  • Medications against migraine Allergy medications

  • Cough medicines Amphetamines Alcohol

  • Ephedra / ephedrine Pseudoephedrine Macromerine Phentermine

It can cause pain or nausea:

  • Dairy products (butter, yogurt with sugar and cream)

  • All cheeses (except fresh cheese)

  • Dried and fermented sausage (mortadella, salami, corned beef ...)

  • All meats, fish and eggs not fresh Pickled herring and dried salted fish Extracts of meat

  • Yeast extracts Sauerkraut Jams

  • Oilseeds (peanuts, nuts ...)

  • Beans, beans, lentils, peas and soy ... Soy sauce, miso

  • Nutmeg Industrial chocolate

  • Industrial coffee, soft drinks, energy drinks Ginseng

  • Grass of San Juan Nasal sprays (Vicks Sinex, Prevalin or Otrivin)

Let's explore some diets preparation video:


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