Everything You Need to Know About Ayahuasca Preparation Diet

When Ayahuasca is calling – you have to respond. If you will not respond, it will keep knocking on your door until you will eventually have to respond. Or you will keep running away from it, but at the end of the day, what you keep running away from is yourself.

There is no scientific way to explain how and why Ayahuasca calls people, but why would we need science to explain that? It is deeper than science, deeper than the mind, deeper than the body. This calling comes from its Spirit to our Spirit, and when we feel the call – we don’t need to know exactly what it has in store for us. As we respond – we find out.


But only responding to the call and booking yourself a venue to drink Ayahuasca is not enough. The preparation phase is a big KEY for real transformation to happen. If you do not prepare well beforehand, you can’t expect ALL of the fruits and benefits that she can give you. It requires your commitment, just like anything else. If you are not committed – you won’t leap the best results possible.

We like to call this preparation phase the Ayahuasca Diet, and the Ayahuasca Diet doesn’t only involve what you eat and whatnot. Diet is also mental and emotional.

So let’s explore the Ayahuasca preparation phase & dig deeper into the Ayahuasca diet, shall we?

Ayahuasca diet is best to be followed at least 2 weeks before your first ceremony, best 4 weeks, and at the very least 1 week.

Let’s begin with The Food aspect.

What can you eat?

Ayahuasca diet is different from just eating healthy and exercising. Eating healthy often involves certain foods that the Ayahuasca diet is restricted on. Below we will list foods which you can consume, but before we do that, it is very important to mention that the QUALITY of food is as important as WHAT you eat. So it is highly recommended to consume organic foods and as much RAW as possible. As well, you want to consume as much food that is alive, not dead/processed. Alive foods are leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.


You want to avoid artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes. 

Here is a list of foods that are good to eat before the Ayahuasca ceremony

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (except citrus fruits)
  • Legumes, beans, and peas
  • Nuts and seeds in its raw form (except peanuts)
  • All kinds of potatoes
  • Lentils, buckwheat, barley, quinoa, oats, brown rice
  • Free-range chicken and eggs (preferably organic)
  • Free-range fish
  • Olive oil or coconut oil (very small amounts)
  • Consumption of fresh herbs such as basil, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, and more
  • Fresh soups with root vegetables
  • Recommended beverages
    • Vegetable juice
    • Only dairy-free kinds of milk 
    • Caffeine-free herbal drinks

Finally, make sure to consume plenty of water.

What to avoid?

Avoiding certain foods will make the body reach the highest energetical state, prepare your physical body for the medicine, clear the toxins, and more. In this way, you will be able to better experience the beautiful Ayahuasca transformation.

An MAO inhibitor, Banisteriopsis Caapi, can temporarily inhibit the activation of the monoamine oxidase (MAO). 

Foods that contain tyramine when combined with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are not good to consume. This food combination can increase blood pressure, and thus may trigger a heart attack, stroke, headaches, severe anxiety, or even the loss of kidney function. Thus, it is vital to avoid eating foods rich in amino acid tyramine else your body will not be able to process it.

Food that contains tyramine includes:

  • Red meat & pork
  • Alcohol
  • Yogurt, aged cheeses, protein powders
  • Chocolate, and peanuts

Further, according to the shamanic healing perspective, sugary, spicy, and flavored foods are behind the cutipado effect that can hinder the energy of plant medicine. You should prefer consuming clean and organic foods to uplevel your energy field and achieve the best outcome.


Other foods that should be avoided are:

  • All dairy products
  • All citrus fruits
  • Fried food
  • Sugar
  • White rice
  • Dried fruits
  • Coffee and caffeinated drinks
  • Cacao
  • Overly ripe fruits
  • Spices, salt, pepper
  • Ginger, lemon, lime
  • Garlic, onion
  • Oils & sauces
  • Gluten
  • Wheat, white bread, sugary cereals, sugary muesli
  • Fermented foods like soy sauce, fermented tofu, tempeh, and sauerkraut

During the preparation period, be especially aware when eating out. Usually, restaurants cook food on oils, use spices, salt, gluten, etc. If you decide to eat out, let them know to prepare your food: with no oils, sugars or spices, no gluten, no sauces, etc.

Medications & Ayahuasca diet


Generally, Ayahuasca does not blend with any medications. Especially medicines that contain Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors can cause serious reactions if combined with Ayahuasca.

Anyone under treatment should know the after-effects of cutting off their medication temporarily. It is good to speak to your doctor about your particular case before you participate in the Ayahuasca ceremony. They can guide you well and suggest whether or not your health condition and its medications will conflict with the composition of the Ayahuasca brew.

Additionally, you should consider speaking to a retreat center or a shaman with whom you are planning to drink Ayahuasca. They will give you detailed guidelines of how long before your ceremony you must stop consuming your medications. Some medications have to be cut off 6 weeks before the ceremony, some 4, some 2, and some only 1.

Make sure to check in with facilitators & your doctor way before your ceremonies + before stopping the medication.

Mental diet before your Ayahuasca experience

What you consume mentally is as important as what you consume physically. If you eat healthy, yet, you are not practicing anything to quiet down your mind and clear your mental space, then you only do a small part of the preparation.

How can you prepare yourself mentally before the Ayahuasca experience?

It is highly recommended to start practicing different techniques to help you get in a state of peace, tranquility, solitude, mental clarity.

You could dedicate your time to practicing regular meditation and/or yoga. Avoid reading news, watching TV, TV series, too many movies, or/and Netflix.


Get outside regularly and practice mindful walking, with no podcasts or music in your ears, just you and nature. You don’t have to overconsume, this is the key to creating space in your mind beforehand.

Avoid meeting people or getting engaged in conversations that clutters your mind, creates chaos in your being. Avoid useless arguments & too much thinking, worrying.

You truly want to reach mental clarity and create space in your mind especially to avoid FEAR taking over you.

When our minds aren’t still, it’s easy to start worrying a lot, building stories in our heads, allowing fear to drive us.

Emotional diet before your Ayahuasca experience

This time can be a great time for you to practice emotional awareness and become an observer of your own emotions rather than be the one driven and overridden by your emotions.

Observe your emotions, allow them to pass through you. Don’t try to avoid them, don’t run away. Really observe. It will help you prepare for your Ayahuasca ceremony as you will already be more aware of what is driving you and what you need to work on.

Also, you do not want to find yourself sitting in heavy emotions for the whole preparation phase, therefore, you truly want to allow emotions to move through you, pass through you.

Feel what has to be felt, practice breathwork, let go of tension. Journal, check in with yourself more often, take time off for yourself only. Practice self-love, take care of yourself.


Also, you may want to avoid gatherings that make you feel emotionally and/or mentally exhausted.


Now, here are just a couple of things you can do to best prepare for your Ayahuasca experience. Life is not black and white and there is a lot of GREY space in between. You have to feel into that GREY space and take care it is not cluttered.

You know best which areas of your life you have to pay more attention to, especially before Ayahuasca ceremonies.

The KEY here is to stay CLEAN. Both in your physical diet and your mental and emotional diet. Do the best you can to avoid foods that are restricted on the Ayahuasca diet, do the best you can to clear your mind daily, not stress too much, worry too much or feed your fears. Do the best you can to take care of your emotional well-being and raise awareness of your overall state of being.

If you prepare well – you will get the most out of it. Ayahuasca is not only a brew made of plants, it has a spirit, it has a soul, it feels how committed you are.

It provides you with so many gifts, we believe that preparing well beforehand is the least you can do to show your gratitude and commitment to her.


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