We recommend to follow a healthy lifestyle everyday but during the retreats we have additional restrictions such as no salt, sugar, strong spices, or fermented foods... Using the latest research on nutrition and balanced diets, we follow a special ayahuasca diet during our retreats that is optimized for the ceremonies, including tasty vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free options. 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 from our land, fresh lemonade and fruit juices, and a variety of teas.
We provide a balanced vegetarian diet with gluten free and vegan options, without sugar, salt, meat or alcohol. We only use fresh herbs to replace salt and to replace sugar we use Stevita (natural sweetener), coconut sugar (due to it's low glycemic index) and/or Xilitol.
We bake our own bread and cakes which are free of dairy, eggs, gluten, yeast, and are highly nutritious and delicious, along with the option of regular bread. We also offer coconut , almond and cashew milk and cheese. Our chefs also prepare local delicacies with tapioca flour and coconut, all of which are highly appreciated by our participants.
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 that participants start the diet, (which includes sexual abstinence) at least 5 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.