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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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Now displaying: April, 2016
Apr 27, 2016

My good friend and brilliant chef Frank Giglio joins me in-studio at the ReWilding headquarters for an in-depth interview on how to set up your home kitchen for culinary mastery. Frank has apprenticed directly under some of the top chefs in the US and became a classically trained chef at the New England Culinary Institute. Living on an off-grid homestead with his family in Maine, he focuses on sustainable cuisine, seeking the highest quality foods grown locally and harvested in season.

Our conversation is full of laughs and practical tips to completely revamp and upgrade your kitchen from the mind of a chef and homesteader. I’ve gleaned a great deal of my own culinary knowledge directly from Frank, and I think you’ll be inspired by his down-to-earth approach and pragmatic advice! Enjoy & happy pantry-flushing (;

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • How Frank got started with cooking
  • Off-grid homesteading in Maine
  • Doing a pantry flush
  • Frank’s starter spice rack recommendations
  • The 3-finger pinch
  • The culinary purpose of salt
  • Vinegar comparison
  • Dry goods to always have on hand
  • Sweeteners
  • Oils
  • Essential tools for the home kitchen
  • Frank’s key cooking lessons
  • Three Lily Farm’s Cookery Club
  • Fermentation Fundamentals
Apr 22, 2016

As I mentioned in Wednesday's show with Shawn Stevenson, this week we're bringing you a bonus episode of ReWild Yourself podcast! This interview, while a bit product-focused, is also rich in vital content; if you enjoyed Shawn’s interview, this is a great supplement.

I've been hinting about my new bed for a while, and after 6 months of sleeping on it, I'm finally ready to detail my experience. Today I'm talking to Claus Pummer of Samina Sleep Systems. Claus is an expert on all things sleep, particularly setting up an ideal sleep environment. He’s here to share how we can optimize our sleep sanctuaries, give insights into sleep psychology and to take us on a tour of what I think is the healthiest bed on earth! 

Two warnings about the show:

1: While this show is content-rich, if you're someone who is triggered by promotion, you might want to skip the second half of this interview where Claus details the Samina bed :) We support the ReWild Yourself podcast through sponsors and affiliates like SurThrival and Samina. 

2: Claus has a heavy German accent and is extremely passionate about sleep (which means he can get talking fast). Please bear with us! We do our best to repeat things and slow down the pace of conversation, as necessary (:

Enjoy, and may all your sleep be sound and sweet!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Sleep landscape
  • Setting up your ideal sleep environment
  • What’s the problem with carpet?
  • Insights on sleep psychology
  • What are the best bedding materials?
  • An in-depth overview of the Samina Bed System
  • Importance of grounding while sleeping
  • Longevity and maintenance of the Samina mattress
  • What is the investment for a Samina Bed System?
  • Claus's prognosis for the future of the human species
Apr 20, 2016

Shawn Stevenson — bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show — is back on ReWild Yourself podcast to motivate us to make sleep a primary focus as he details his latest sleep research. Sleep has been a big focus for me as of late. I find I’m able to get more out of my day if I allocate a larger portion of it to getting quality sleep. In this interview, Shawn provides us with some powerful takeaways, including one important piece on the sleep—gut health connection that was completely new to me, and I think you’ll find particularly fascinating. I hope our conversation inspires you to create a nightly sleep practice that rejuvenates your mind and body.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Shawn’s path to his sleep research
  • How much sleep do you need?
  • “A good night’s sleep starts the moment you wake up in the morning"
  • Do we need to black out our windows?
  • Take control of your evening ritual — "Getting ready for bed"
  • Go device-less at night
  • Powerful new research connecting sleep and gut health
  • Nutrients that supplement good quality sleep
  • Shawn's prognosis for the future of the human species
Apr 13, 2016

Today’s show is all about getting the most out of your experience on planet earth. Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author and host of popular weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, joins us to discuss health, habits & happiness. You’ll learn why there is no one-size-fits-all strategy to formulating habits; rather habit formation is unique to you and your personality. In this takeaway-rich episode (grab your notebooks for this one, folks!), Gretchen lets us in on the secrets to habits and happiness she’s learned over years of research and observation.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • How Gretchen’s obsession with human nature led her to the work she does today
  • What’s the definition of happiness?
  • Discipline is freedom — really!
  • Gretchen’s personality framework: The Four Tendencies
  • Achieving happiness by mastering habits
  • Using the Four Tendencies to create your own habit framework
  • Habits can be freeing & energizing
  • The strategy of loophole-spotting
  • The power of stacking habits
  • What makes Gretchen most productive
  • Wiping the slate clean
  • How to correctly use rewards to reinforce a habit
  • Gretchen’s prognosis for the future of the human species
Apr 6, 2016

Tim Corcoran is co-Director of Twin Eagles Wilderness School, an organization he co-founded with his wife, Jeannine Tidwell, as a vehicle to support his life’s work of facilitating deep nature connection mentoring, cultural restoration, and inner transformation.

In today’s episode, Tim takes us deep into the true essence of ReWilding. This interview is such a great reminder of why it’s so important to foster our connection with nature and all living beings. Tim discusses nature immersion, community-based approach to education and the importance of Rites of Passage for men and boys. I hope you come away from this interview inspired to reconnect with the natural world!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Tim’s childhood journey
  • Tim’s work with men and children
  • Wilderness survival skills
  • Importance of deep relationships
  • Community-based approach to education
  • Building a relationship with one place
  • Learning to face your fears
  • Paying attention to animal signs that come into your life
  • How do Rites of Passage differ for men and women
  • How Tim works together with his wife
  • Men are emotional beings, too
  • Tim’s thoughts on the prognosis of the human species
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