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Ayahuasca Food Guide, What to eat when drinking Ayahuasca, What can't I eat in Ayahuasca Ceremony

A full guide to the Ayahuasca Diet as passed on to us from the Shipibo Shamans and what is traditionally done within Authentic Ceremonies. We detail what you can and cannot eat to be safe when you drink Ayahuasca, what foods are dangerous to eat with Ayahuasca and what can help your ceremony experience. An example menu for jungle Ayahuasca Diet. When thinking to go to an Ayahuasca Healing Centre it is important to know what food you can eat and drink with Ayahuasca to keep you safe in ceremony.


Food Guidelines  at Shakruna Ayahuasca Retreats

 Every Shaman has different rules as to what can and cannot be eaten during an Ayahuasca retreat. These following guidelines are in place to ensure your safety while here at the family home and also to ensure you get the utmost out of the experience in the plant world as many of the foods are inhibitive to your bodily comfort and may prevent you from seeing the visions many closely associate with Ayahuasca.

To make it quite clear and simple,your body needs to be as clean as possible in order to get the most from your experience and also to be safe in this space.

We advise that a week before arrival you begin the process of removing sugar and fats from your diet. Please also reduce the processed foods and salt intake during this time. In short, cut the crap :)

You are required to be alcohol, caffeine, drugs, pork and sex free for ONE WEEK before arrival.

When you are here you can eat:

All of your food will be prepared for you as part of the retreat package and we work hard to bring you the most delicious combination of dieta food that we can.

An Overview of what you can eat:

All of your meals will be provided for you whilst you are at the Shakruna Ayahuasca Centre. So you have an idea of what to expect this is a rough overview of the ingredients we shall be using.

Days of the Dieta: Rice, Lentils, Oats, Some pasta though not only pasta, Quinoa

Fruit (all accept pineapple, banana (boiled platano is ok, the green one), raspberries,and any fruit that is overly ripe)

Vegetables (apart from avocados, spinach, onions and garlic, chili)

The above list is to be eaten on the day of ceremony and where possible throughout your stay

On days off and recovery days you are permitted in SMALL amounts to add the following items: Fish, Salt, Oil, onion, garlic. All of this will be at the discretion of the Maestros and they will be watching carefully over every guest to see what will be needed.

We ask that you please follow this advice and for those of you who need a reason to follow advice, here is the science bit:

“Tyramine is an amino acid which is found in various foods [see Erowid Note], and is an indirect sympathomimetic that can cause a hypertensive reaction in patients receiving Ayahuasca. Monoamine oxidase is found in the gastrointestinal tract and inactivates tyramine; when drugs prevent the catabolism of exogenous tyramine, this amino acid is absorbed and displaces norepinephrine from sympathetic nerve ending and epinephrine from the adrenal glands. If a sufficient amount of pressor amines are released, a patient may experience a severe occipital or temporal headache, diaphoresis, mydriasis, nuchal rigidity, palpitations, and the elevation of both diastolic and systolic blood pressure may ensue (Anon, 1989; Da Prada et al, 1988; Brown & Bryant, 1988).

On rare occasions, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac failure, and intracerebral hemorrhage have developed in patients receiving Ayahuasca therapy that did not observe dietary restrictions (Brown & Bryant, 1988). Therefore, dietary restrictions are required for patients receiving Ayahuasca. Extensive dietary restrictions previously published were collected over a decade ago and due to changes in food processing and more reliable analytical methods, new recommendations have been published (Anon, 1989; McCabe, 1986).

The tyramine content of foods varies greatly due to the differences in processing, fermentation, ripening, degradation, or incidental contamination. Many foods contain small amounts of tyramine and the formation of large quantities of tyramine have been reported if products were aged, fermented, or left to spoil.”


Leonardo and Lucia are from a long Shamanic Lineage and they know what is good to eat and what is not, please trust them and the advice we have co-created here. If you are not going to do this we can not take any responsibility for the result of your process both here or after and this advice is equally essential to follow as the medical advice we have given.

Your final day of ceremony will be a marker for your food also.

Participants are required to refrain from drinking alcohol or using and recreational or over the counter drugs for ONE week from the day that you had your last Ayahuasca Ceremony.

An additional note is that DRINKS are also classed as food and its important that you do not drink coffee and sugary drinks during your stay. If you do not follow this advice it can cause you discomfort through hypertension and you could experience server headaches during your journey and it may stop you to see what you need to see.


We ask every visitor to bring their own snacks, this is essentially fruit. Fruit is not provided as part of the package so please bring with you any fruit you may need in between meals, we advise hard fruits such as apples and grenadias.


At the Shakruna Ayahuasca Retreat centre the water is safe to drink. If you have a preference for bottled water you can purchase this within the village.