by Nick Polizzi
Amazon rainforest, there exists a
shamanic healing diet that is often prescribed to people who
It is believed by many
native healers that the delicate compounds in each of the herbs that
are being prescribed to a patient, including the
Banisteriopsis caapi vine (one
of the ingredients in
ayahuasca), can be easily diluted
and destroyed if the patient eats too heavy a diet.
That said, this sacred meal plan is often an absolute must.
This diet, or "dieta," is also practiced
shamans and apprentices themselves to connect more deeply
with specific medicinal plants (more specifically their energy or
They consider a plant's
spirit - or the vibrational frequency of primordial
intelligence that each leafy forest dweller possesses - to be its
most valuable asset.
This energía is often very subtle and usually goes undetected
by the casual observer. So in order to tune into these faint
signals, one must keep their body pure and free of any substances
that could numb or distract the senses. This is where the dieta
comes in …
So how exactly does it work?
The jungle dieta is very basic, as it's intended for
sustenance, not pleasure (after all, pleasure is a means of
Unlike the detox diets that are popular in the modern world,
which often consist of green smoothies, lemon cayenne shots, or
saltwater liver flushes, the foods in this regimen are bland and
relatively devoid of any palate-satisfying sensations.
The healing diet varies from territory to territory, but it often
roasted green plantains
well-cooked root vegetables and tubers like
a bony and
flavorless local fish called
a tea made from
an energizing jungle plant called
jungle fruit like papaya and coconut for breakfast
Important to note:
There is no salt, no
spices, and absolutely no dairy or animal fats (other than trace
amounts found in the bocachico fish) in this meal plan.
Even a raw vegan diet can
thrill the taste buds, but not this one. No comfort or escape is to
be found in the morsels delivered at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
If you want to try this in your
neck of the woods, some of the jungle foods mentioned above may be
hard to find in your grocery store, but you can find some obvious
Starchy tubers, quinoa,
plant broths, lightly roasted white fish, and some fruit and
oatmeal in the morning,
You can also find guayusa tea
nowadays in almost all major supermarkets.
Again, it's not delicious or creative - but fun isn't the goal here.
In addition to the sustenance-only food options, it is strongly
advised to abstain from love-making or any stimulation in that area
whatsoever during the healing dieta.
The medicine men and
women strongly believe that every bit of the patient's focus and
life-force needs to be preserved and concentrated on the personal
healing task at hand.
It makes you think…
run around this world chasing after sparkly objects, pouring our
precious energy into any piece of distraction (pleasurable or
painful) that we happen upon.
But the real path is not
about finding some answer that exists outside of us.
Instead, it's about getting rid of the blocks and limiting patterns
that are inhibiting our ability to see clearly, mend our wounds, and
walk with a firm footing through this life.