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ReWild Yourself

Welcome to the ReWild Yourself Podcast! I’m Daniel Vitalis, and I’ll be your guide through the world of human ecology and lifestyle design. We’ll explore the strategies that our ancient human bodies and minds need to thrive in a modern world — awakening our instincts and freeing ourselves from the degenerative effects of human domestication.
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Dec 22, 2015
In the third and final installment of the How To Feed Your Human series, Arthur and I cover the fungal, bacterial, elemental and experiential food groups. This is one of my favorite conversations with Arthur to date! Topics range from adaptogenic mushrooms to lacto-fermented foods to the loss of firsthand experience and so much more. I hope this series has inspired you to reclaim your genome and begin to live a lifestyle with the Neo-Aboriginal of the future in mind! As you know, this is the last episode of the ReWild Yourself! podcast before we take a brief pause to reformat and revamp the show. What an incredible journey this podcast has been thus far, and I cannot wait to connect with you again in early 2016! Episode Breakdown: * Fungi are not plants * Immune-modulating components of fungi * Cultivated vs. wild mycelium * Pick your favorite fungi game * Civilization is an alcoholic * Eating scoby's * How to get probiotics in your diet * Favorite lacto-fermented foods * Getting dirty with soil microbes * Elemental food * Cold plunging and cryotherapy * The loss of firsthand experience * Importance of staying in motion * Vital experiential foods for the healthy human * Putting stress in perspective * Spending time in natural settings * Being eco-centric rather than ego-centric
Dec 16, 2015
How many plant species do you eat on a daily, seasonal or yearly basis? Before you answer that question, consider this: broccoli = kale = kohlrabi = cauliflower = cabbage = brussels sprouts = collard greens. They’re all variations of the same plant species, Brassica oleracea! The average American is eating far fewer plant species (roughly 30 a year!) compared to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. In this podcast episode, you’ll learn the importance of diet biodiversity and how it can affect your day-to-day functioning and, ultimately, your genetic expression. Arthur Haines is back on the show for the second installment in the How To Feed Your Human series! As a professional botanist, Arthur’s knowledge of the plant world is immense, and so we get into some pretty fascinating material, including wild foods, diet biodiversity, seasonal eating, anti-nutrients and much, much more. In part one, we talked animal foods, and you can listen to that episode here. Enjoy, and stay tuned for the next installments in this series where we will discuss fungal, bacterial, elemental and experiential foods! Episode Breakdown: * Cultivated vs. Wild  * The endless medicinal qualities of wild plants * Brassica oleracea and diet biodiversity * Never-ending growing season * Dietary diversity = dietary sufficiency * What kind of DNA fragments do you want floating in your body? * Engaging your senses to develop a personal connection with your landscape * Fiber’s many purposes * A flourishing microbiota doesn’t come from a capsule * Plant-based Omega 3 Fatty Acids * Anti-nutrients * What are tannins? * How to consume nuts, seeds and legumes * White bread vs, wheat bread * The power of antioxidants * How to bring more wild foods into your diet * Herbal medicine * Closing thoughts
Dec 9, 2015
Arthur Haines is back on the show! Arthur is both a mentor to me and a good friend, and he has been fundamental to many of the concepts presented on this podcast. As I mentioned last week, we’ll be taking a break from the podcast while we carry out a major revamp behind the scenes. Our very first podcast guest on ReWild Yourself! was Arthur Haines, and so I cannot think of a better way to close out this chapter than an interview series with Arthur. In this episode, we begin a discussion on how to feed your human, and Arthur presents the fundamental food groups for the ideal diet of the human animal. In part one, we focus on animal foods! Stay tuned for the next installments in this series where we will discuss plant, fungal, bacterial, elemental and experiential foods! Episode Breakdown: * Help! I’m lost! * Sleep podcast recap * Food group paradigm * How to achieve healthy genetic expression * The placebo effect * The new “food groups" * Food Group #1: Animal foods * Importance of consuming DHA * Fluid intelligence & Vitamin B12 * Eating pastured foods * Foods from the sea, and how to consume fish safely * Managing stress for better epigenetic health * Daniel’s & Arthur’s favorite animal foods * We’re not eating food; we’re eating life
Dec 3, 2015
In a culture that praises work and getting the most out of the day, sleeping tends to be under-rated and, often, looked down upon. Seeing as we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping, it’s about time we start treating sleep as an intentional practice rather than hitting the pause button on life. Arthur Haines is back on the show to share some fascinating scientific research on the sleeping habits of wild, indigenous peoples. The research results are in: quality sleep can have tremendously positive effects on your health and well-being. I hope Arthur’s grounded perspective inspires you to put focus and energy towards your personal sleep practice!   Episode Breakdown: * A new path * Conscious sleep practices  * When is the best time to go to sleep? * Did hunter gatherers sleep through the night? * Correlation between temperature and sleep * Effects of light and color of light on sleep * The importance of fire * Rising at the same time each day — consistency is key * Sleep for the cure * The many benefits of melatonin  * Bedding and grounding * Thoughts on grounding technology * Noise * Concluding thoughts + wrap-up 
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