Ayahuasca Diet and Preparations

In order to enhance your experience at Chakra Alegria de Amor, a proper Ayahuasca diet must be followed.

The reason for this diet is to prepare your physical body for the Ayahuasca journey and to allow for full integration of the plant medicine. When we are occupied with impure foods or activities that distract us, it makes it harder 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. And finally, following the dieta is a display of respect and commitment to the spirit of Mother Ayahuasca, a test of discipline. This type of diet is a common, time-honored tradition among Ayahuasca practitioners and shamans across the Peruvian Upper Amazon.

During 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, lentils and eggs. It is important to start the diet before arriving and exclude the following for at least five days before the first Ayahuasca ceremony.

Restrictions include:

  • No salts (e.g salt, soya sauce, fish sauce)
  • No sugar or artificial sweeteners (such as splenda, agave, or even honey)
  • No pork/red meat (for fourteen days before and after a ceremony)
  • No caffeine
  • No fat
  • No dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt)
  • No oil (except coconut/olive oil very sparingly)
  • No hot spices/ chilies/ pepper
  • No alcohol
  • No sexual activity of any kind including masturbation or 
kissing
  • No discordant music, reading or movies

You also want to avoid synthetic soaps, perfumes, toiletries, 
etc.

We recommend that guests begin their diet at least seven days prior to drinking Ayahuasca; it is also important to continue the diet for seven days after the last Ayahuasca ceremony to allow the medicine to integrate with the body. A minimum of 3-days before or after is recommended if 7-days isn’t doable.

On one level, the dieta 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 dieta also involves abstinence from T.V., radio, mass media, and any other activities that alter perception without your participation. Women using contraceptive pills should stop taking them three days before their stay begins, during their stay and for three days after.

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.

When the seven days has passed after 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 foods and alcohol, and it is important to listen to ones body during this integration period.

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