It is very common in cities to hear people talking about that before consuming yagé, you have to take care of your diet for at least a month and another series of practices, so you wont suffer the purge so hard. However, when we ask the taitas about the care to be able to take yagé, the answer is peculiar and even funny, since their preparation does not consist
to change some habits for a short period of time before the ceremony, they don’t prepare for a particular event, they prepare for life.
Anyway, when faced with the question, the taitas answered that you simply have to eat lightly on the day of the ceremony, since they recognize that this allows vomiting and defecation to be less strong. Meat is considered as the heaviest food and the one that definitely has to be exclude during meals of the day. It is always recommended to eat something,
because since the purgative reaction is very strong, they say that it is better have something in the stomach that can be expelled.
Restrictions before the retreat
One week prior, abstain from:
- Sexual activities
- ALL street drugs (cocaine, MDMA, amphetamines, etc.) – obligatory for your safety and for the possible energetic impact on other guests
- Reﬁned sugars
- Junk foods
- Oils (if you must use oil, use olive or coconut oil very sparingly)
- Carbonated drinks (including diet sodas, energy drinks, non-alcoholic beer)
- Dairy products
- Fermented foods
- Processed food