Ayahuasca is a medicine. It is a curious mix of two basic psychoactive ingredients and different retreats and shamans have different ways of preparing it.
The common denominators of all Aya recipes are these two psychoactive ingredients.
How they interact with our human brain has been long researched and shamans often dedicate years of practice into learning what La Medicina has to teach us. But, to ingest this medicine, you must first off make sure you are not ingesting any other medicines and foods that can have a bad chemical reaction with the ingredients that constitute the medicine for the mind.
While most believe an alkaline diet will suffice, there are some that strictly follow the rules and regulations of the dieta. As there are now innumerable retreats all over the world offering the chance to experience La Medicina with their experienced shamans, there is palpable confusion surrounding the diet to be followed. The general masses have little idea of the ways of the Amazonians and thus we are unable to zero in on what must be consumed.
The different diets followed by different shamans and retreats all over the world does not help clear the confusion on what *you* must consume. The point to understand here is that different shamans work with different “energies” and thus they prepare their medicine to be aligned with the energy they want to pass on to you. This is why one retreat might allow small quantities of salt and the other retreat might strictly refuse.
So check this out if you want to check out the foods and medicines you must avoid.
What you see below is my best effort at making a collective list of what CAN be consumed and stays inside the limits outlined by MOST of the retreats worldwide. Here you go:
- Animal proteins – while red meats are a strict NO, you can consume eggs any way you like them (boiled/poached/scrambled – but remember salt is still not allowed!), the ever so occasional fish is allowed (sole, tilapia, bass, trout, halibut and snapper – no tuna). In fact, eggs and fish are served at many retreats worldwide.
- Grains and Legumes – While legumes are a great source of protein for vegans, as meat eaters, we tend to overlook them. Quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, beans, lentils, wheat, kamult and spelt are allowed.
- Veggies – potatoes, sweet potatoes, yucca, yaccon, beets, jicama, carrots, broccoli, arugula, cucumber and powdered maca root are good to go.
- Fruits – berries, bananas, apricots, melons, peaches, grapes, apples and pears.
- Nuts and seeds – eat all of them raw. Almonds, cashews, shelled hemp seeds (great source of protein), walnuts and chia seeds – unsalted nut butter is okay but no peanut butter.
- Seasonings – fresh herbs – basil, dill, thyme, oregano, etc are good. Ginger, turmeric, cumin and coriander are also okay. While Cinnamon might be the frowned upon by many, at some places, it is okay in small quantities.
Well, if you have read all of the above, you are probably going lengths to prepare for your experience which is good. What I absolutely MUST recommend is – its gonna cost you nothing don’t worry – you must call and ask your retreat for what foods they recommend. Why?…
I already told you… each retreat and their shamans work with different energies and thus they prepare their Aya in different ways – this means, they have specific foods that they recommend and specific foods that are a complete NO. The best place to get your food list is from your retreat – if they have no idea about what you should or shouldn’t be eating – you are about to book the wrong place my friend. Check out my TOP 4 retreats if you want, the reviews are great and one of them is favored by celebrities from all over the world!
I hope you got some value from this post. I am happy to contribute towards your journey.