Dietary Guidelines



Our dietas and ceremonial work are rooted in sacred practices. It necessary to understand that an attitude of respect and commitment is required as part of this process, as well as an element of discipline and sacrifice. 

With a dieta you are planting sacred seeds within yourself that have the potential to guide and protect you throughout your life.  

The more you put into this work, the more you will get out of it. For your safety and the best experience possible, we advise you prepare yourself before coming to a dieta. By cleansing, detoxing and purifying your body by way of what you consume, you are preparing yourself to receive the wisdom of the Plants in the clearest way. 


It’s a great idea to have as clean a system as possible when you arrive for your dieta. This is for your safety and so that you can maximise your experience.


A vegetarian or vegan diet is ideal for preparing your body for a diet. 
You can fast if this is something you are accustomed to. 

  • Beans (not fava)
  • Chicken and eggs
  • Cooked fresh water fish
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables (not overly ripe)
  • Grains – cornmeal, oats, quinoa, rice
  • Herbal teas
  • Herbs (avoid all spicy herbs)
  • Legumes (not peanuts)
  • Lemon and lime (use to dress salad instead of vinegar)
  • Lentils
  • Nuts and seeds (not peanuts) includes – coconut, nut and hemp milk and coconut water
  • Split peas
  • Water

Get plenty of rest and cut back on internet and media consumption. Be mindful of your environment, avoid toxic people and negative influences such as violent media, for example. Try to get into nature and be as still and centred as you can. 

  • Alcohol
  • Dairy
  • Dried fruit
  • Drugs 
  • Oils and animal fats
  • Processed food
  • Red meat and pork
  • Refined sugar
  • Soy and soya
  • Spices
3 DAYS BEFORE: (including above)
  • Caffeine 
  • Marmite and Tartex
  • Overly ripe fruit and vegetables
  • Sex and masturbation 
  • Smoked, pickled and fermented food
  • Tyramine

Tyramine is included in the following foods:
Alcohol (and alcohol-free ‘alcohols’) / Caffeine/ Cervelat / Cheese / Chicken liver / Chocolate (including cacao) / Kombucha / L-tyrosine / Marmite and Tartex / Nuts / Poultry, fish and meat extracts / Protein dietary supplements / Salami, sausage and smoked meat / Sauerkraut / Soybeans and broad beans (and products) / Raspberry jam / Ripe and dried fruits / Yeast (and yeast extracts).

TYRAMINE can with the MAOIs in the Plant Medicine. There is the possibly that this can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sweating, increased heart rate, dilated pupils and further, harmful complications. 


After a dieta the plants continue to work with us for a period and people tend to feel very open and sensitive. From the traditional Curandero’s perspective, post-dieta is considered EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT as the dieta itself and if a person does not follow the recommendations they are considered ‘lost’. In addition, if a person breaks the post-dieta guidelines prematurely they can feel unwell, confused, uncomfortable physically, energetically and / or emotionally.

Arnaldo and I consider it very important to follow these post-dieta guidelines for a minimum of 14 days after closing the dieta.

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine (Avoid completely for 3 days minimum after you return from your diet. After this, limit to 1 cup per day. It is best to to avoid caffeine completely for 2 weeks minimum)
  • Dairy (all)
  • Dried fruit
  • Drugs (all)
  • Fermented foods (including kombucha, miso, pickles, sauerkraut, soy products, vinegar, tamari etc.)
  • Fried foods
  • Oils and animal fats
  • Processed food and drinks
  • Red meat (including beef, deli meats, duck, hams, lamb, pork etc.)
  • Refined sugar (including baked goods, cake, chocolate, creams, desserts, fruit preserves, pastries, sweeteners – check packaging for excess sugars)
  • Sauces (condiments such as ketchup, mustard etc. and packaged salad dressing)
  • Sexual contact (all, including masturbation)
  • Shellfish, shrimp, octopus, scallops, ceviche, sushi, sashimi (see list of freshwater fish in list below)
  • Sodas and sweet drinks (including processed fruit juices)
  • Soy and soya
  • Spices and spices food
  • Medication and supplements for sleep, mood, cognition function (any mind-altering)
  • If in doubt, best to leave it out
  • Beans (all)
  • Chicken and eggs
  • Cooked fresh water fish (including bass, catfish, perch, tilapia, trout, sole)
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables (including cooked and freshly made juices and smoothies – no added sugar)
  • Grains – cornmeal, oats, quinoa, rice
  • Herbal teas
  • Herbs (avoid all spicy herbs)
  • Legumes
  • Lemon and lime (use to dress salad instead of vinegar)
  • Lentils
  • Nuts and seeds (including – coconut, nut and hemp milk and coconut water)
  • Potatoes
  • Yucca
  • Split peas
  • Water
  • If in doubt, best to leave it out
  • Reintroduce (if you want to) caffeine, salt, sugar etc. to your diet slowly.

It’s important to take some time to integrate your experience afterwards. It’s likely that you will be feeling very open-hearted and maybe even energised. You will have made space inside yourself by clearing out your internal ‘baggage’. Therefore it is advised to be mindful of what you fill that space with. You can consider whether you want your life to go back to how it was before, or if some things need to change. So take some time for yourself to work things out. Eat well, sleep well, try a digital detox, stay hydrated and maybe try some new things that help you feel good and balanced.

Before you book with us, we will ask for your signed confirmation that you have read and understood the information here. We will also ask you to complete a medical form and have a friendly video call with us. We are always happy to answer any questions and to welcome new and experienced people to join us in this sacred and beautiful work.