During all our retreats we follow a special ayahuasca diet that is optimized for the ceremonies. The dietary recommendations include a period of time before and after the retreats.
Food and Beverages
The delicious meals served are prepared by our cooks using only local fresh products. Most of the organic fruits and vegetables are from our garden. The fresh water well in the center provides us pure drinking water free of fluoride and other additives. Other options include organic coconut water, fresh lemonade and fruit juices, and a variety of teas.
We provide a balanced diet with gluten free and vegan options, without sugar, salt, meat or alcohol. We only use healthy spices to replace salt and Stevita to replace sugar if needed.
Most people feel healthier after an ayahuasca diet. Some people even lose weight although this is not our focus, nor a guaranteed outcome.
Foods that are aged or fermented to enhance the flavor should be eliminated. Other food types to avoid include: Dried fruits, canned figs, raisins, walnuts, overly ripe bananas, avocados, beans (particularly broad beans such as fava or lima). Nutritional yeast, Brewer’s yeast, all vitamins, any supplements and protein drinks containing the amino acid TYRAMINE.
We suggest abstinence from reading newspapers, watching TV, etc. the day of the session and as many days before as you can. This will help to purge your mind of unwanted thoughts and influences.
Meditation is an ideal practice to prepare your mind, body, and spirit for the retreat.
It is also recommended to abstain from all forms of sexual activity before, during, and after the retreat.
Your body should be free from all drugs, narcotics, alcohol, barbiturates, antihistamines or analgesics prior to drinking ayahuasca. Also ephedrine which is found in some herbal stimulants and cold remedies and often times included in Chinese herbal remedies must be avoided. Any prescription or other drug use must be discussed with the Spirit Vine facilitator prior to sessions.
We suggest that participants start the diet, (which includes sexual abstinence) at least 3 days prior to arrival here at TheVine center. We also recommend continuing the diet for at least 3 days after the retreat. Overloading the system after a long diet can cause a strong reaction. We suggest slowly and gradually moving back into your daily routine and diet. This will give your body and mind time to adjust. You may also realize that you don't necessarily need everything you were consuming prior to the retreat.
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