Are you preparing for an Ayahuasca retreat and feeling overwhelmed with the thought of restricting your diet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with the idea of limiting their food choices, especially when it comes to their favorite comfort foods. But fear not, there are plenty of delicious and easy Ayahuasca diet recipes that will keep your taste buds satisfied and your body in a state of purity.
In this blog, we’ll take a look at one sample day on an Ayahuasca dieta and provide you with three easy and delicious recipes that are perfect for the occasion. While it’s true that the Ayahuasca diet requires some discipline and sacrifice, the rewards are immeasurable. By eating simple and nourishing foods, you’ll be able to prepare your body and mind for the deep spiritual experiences that Ayahuasca can provide.
It’s important to remember that the Ayahuasca diet is not just about restriction, but also about nourishment. By eliminating processed and refined foods and focusing on whole, natural foods, you’ll be providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function at its best. Plus, by experimenting with new ingredients and recipes, you’ll be able to discover new flavors and textures that you may not have tried before.
So, whether you’re preparing for an Ayahuasca retreat or simply looking to incorporate more plant-based, whole foods into your diet, these Ayahuasca diet recipes are a great place to start. By nourishing your body and mind with clean, pure foods, you’ll be setting yourself up for a truly transformative experience.
Why we practice the ayahuasca dieta
The Ayahuasca diet is not just about eliminating certain foods, it’s about preparing your body and mind for a transformative spiritual experience. Unlike traditional diets that focus on physical transformations like weight loss or muscle gain, the Ayahuasca dieta brings spiritual gains. By eliminating certain foods and substances that can interfere with the Ayahuasca journey, you’ll be able to fully surrender to the experience and increase your sensitivity to the subtle energies of the plant spirit.
In our western culture, we’re conditioned to seek out sensory pleasures and indulge in excess. We love big meals, bold flavors, and sugar-laden treats. But this excess can deprive us of a different kind of pleasure – the pleasure of heightened awareness. By practicing the Ayahuasca dieta and eliminating excessive stimulation, our senses slowly awaken to their original nature. We become more aware, more present, and more eager to explore the subtle energies that surround us.
The Ayahuasca dieta is a ceremony in itself. By cultivating respect and discipline in our spiritual work, we prepare ourselves for a profound spiritual experience that can bring about lasting change. So, if you’re considering an Ayahuasca retreat or simply looking to explore the benefits of the Ayahuasca dieta, remember that it’s not just about restriction, but about nourishment and preparation for a journey of the soul.
The Ayahuasca dieta is a personal journey
The Ayahuasca dieta is a personal journey, and there is no one right way to approach it. The Shipibo people have a very restrictive shamanic dieta, while other traditions may recommend eating a large meal before ceremony as a form of spiritual protection. As someone who has sat with this medicine many times, I recommend approaching the Ayahuasca dieta with respect and mindfulness.
It’s important to remember that this medicine is sacred and takes years of labor infused with song and prayer to produce. Showing respect to the plants and the culture surrounding Ayahuasca is essential.
In my experience, it’s best to approach the Ayahuasca dieta as a form of housekeeping for your body and mind. Consider that you are preparing for a visit from cosmic royalty, and treat your body as the temple it is.
While there is no one right way to approach the Ayahuasca dieta, it’s important to remember that this is a spiritual journey. Whether you choose to follow a strict dieta or take a more relaxed approach, the intention should be to prepare yourself for a profound and transformative experience.
Preparing for the Ayahuasca Journey: What to Avoid and What to Embrace
The ayahuasca journey is a transformative spiritual experience that requires careful preparation to ensure a safe and meaningful journey. Dietary restrictions are an essential part of this preparation process, as certain foods and substances can interfere with the plant spirit’s ability to guide you on your journey.
Some items are a “hard no” and should be avoided at least 8 weeks prior to ayahuasca. These include synthetic drugs, street drugs, alcoholic beverages, and prescription drugs, especially SSRIs and pharmaceutical MAOIs. Behold Retreats provides a free consultation with an MD trained in ayahuasca preparation if you have any medical concerns.
Starting 2 weeks prior to ceremony, it is recommended to greatly reduce or eliminate foods that are not inherently dangerous but may interfere with the ayahuasca journey. These include salts, refined sugar and sweeteners, pork and red meat, shellfish, fried foods, caffeine, wheat gluten, seaweed, spicy food, processed foods, carbonated or ice-cold drinks, excess citrus, fibrous fruits, foods high in tyramine, yeast, and dairy.
In addition to dietary restrictions, it is also recommended to avoid non-dietary items that may interfere with the journey, such as pornography, violent or disturbing imagery, sexual activity, social media, and news.
While some people choose to go fully vegan, a little bit of fish or white meat from a sustainable source is not a bad thing. The extra nourishment can serve you well, but ultimately, it is up to each individual to decide what works best for them in preparation for their ayahuasca journey. Remember, this is a sacred experience that requires respect and careful preparation to fully surrender to the transformative power of the plant spirit.
Three easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are nourishing, delicious
Breakfast: Bliss Berry Smoothie.
Starting your day with a light and healthy breakfast is key to maintaining good health, and this Bliss Berry Smoothie is a perfect option, especially if you’re preparing for an ayahuasca ceremony, as it’s rich in antioxidants for detoxification and cellular repair, healthy fats from avocado for brain and gut health, and high-powered protein and Omegas from hemp hearts, and you can even add overnight soaked oats if you get too hungry before lunch; just make sure you use organic berries to avoid the high pesticide residue in conventional berries, and blend all the ingredients with unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened coconut water, and a super greens powder until you get a smooth consistency, adding more coconut water if needed.
Lunch: Rainbow Salad with Lemon Ginger Dressing
Elevate your nutrient intake with this colorful and delicious salad that’s perfect for your ayahuasca journey. Packed with antioxidants and anti-aging compounds, this salad features nutrient-dense ingredients like arugula, spinach, beets, carrots, avocado, and more, all tossed in a creamy and tangy lemon-ginger dressing. Simply mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and blend the dressing ingredients until creamy for a refreshing and satisfying meal
Dinner: Hearty Lentils with Tomatoes and Sprouts
This dinner is both simple and satisfying, and nourishing for your body. Lentils can be tough on some people’s digestion because of naturally-occurring compounds like lectins and phytic acid, but you can reduce their levels to a minimum by soaking them overnight, draining, and letting them sprout. I highly recommend sprouting all your legumes – chickpeas, mung beans, and lentils – to boost their digestibility. Sprouts are an excellent ally during your dieta, a true gift from plant medicine!
1/2 cup sprouted lentils 1 1/2 cups water 1/3 cup minced shallot or white onion 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil 1 cup diced tomato 1 tsp fresh grated ginger 2-4 tbsp filtered water 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped 2 cups baby kale, chopped
Put lentils in a pot, and add water until they’re about 1/2 inch under water. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for up to 20 minutes. When the water is almost all absorbed, turn off the heat and leave covered until ready to use. In a pan, cook the onions in the oil over low heat until translucent. Add tomatoes and 2 tbsp water, heat until bubbling, and then reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the grated ginger and stir well. Toss in the fresh chopped greens, 2 more tbsp of water, and melt the greens into the mix, stirring and heating through for about 1-2 minutes. Toss in the lentils, and enjoy!
Rather, it’s an opportunity to become mindful of the emergence of cravings and the tension that arises as we remember our sacred commitment to the process, rather than impulsively gratifying our carnal desires. Observe as desires arise and dissipate. Pay attention to the emotions that trigger them. Recognize the patterns and thoughts that emerge around these desires. All of these experiences are necessary for healing and integral to the process. Your dedication to your dieta will be richly rewarded when the medicine is received by your well-prepared body. For further information on ayahuasca healing and preparation, consult our comprehensive ayahuasca guide.