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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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Oct 26, 2016

Over the past year, I have fully immersed myself in the hunting side of the modern hunter gatherer lifestyle. From trout and deep sea fishing to hunting wild turkey, black bear and coyote, my experiences harvesting wild animals to put meat on my table have been profound and life-changing, and I’d like to share my story with you. As a conscientious omnivore, I’m always striving to develop a closer relationship with the food I consume. Through hunting and gathering bio-regionally, I’m able to participate with my local ecology and develop an intimate relationship with the place I call home. In this solo episode, I detail the reasons why I hunt and share a bit about how I got started and how you can too.

Deep gratitude to my mentors, to the wild creatures who have become part of my body and to you for your support of my journey to deepen my connection to my local ecology and ancestral heritage.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Acorn harvesting & processed food
  • A dedication to my hunting mentors
  • Defining why I hunt
  • Veganism isn’t sustainable
  • The cruelty of raising domestic livestock vs free-roaming wildlife
  • Bioregionality — food as connection to place
  • Yoking together the hunting and foraging worlds
  • Popular criticisms of hunting
  • Bringing reverence into hunting — the practical vs the spiritual
  • Gender, hunting & classical male pursuits as “re-creation” of the hunt
  • What I’ve hunted this year
  • My diet evolution
  • Participating in ecology and connection to place
  • Mortality salience — hunting puts you in touch with your own mortality
  • Access to nutrient dense foods
  • Alternative high quality animal products
  • Purpose-driven trips into nature vs recreation
  • Cultivating a relationship with wild animals
  • Getting started in hunting
  • Primitive vs modern hunting tools
  • Food sovereignty and becoming hunter gatherers
  • The need for community
Oct 19, 2016

Award-winning somatic sexologist Jaiya returns to ReWild Yourself podcast to go deeper into her Erotic Blueprint framework. She has distilled 20 years of the study of attraction, arousal and satisfaction into a framework that helps you discover your personal map of arousal and how you achieve orgasmic states.

Jaiya is on a heart-driven mission to unleash a new era of sexual acceptance. In this interview, she reveals what’s possible if we overcome the obstacles standing in the way of exceptional sexual health and pleasure. We get into switching between your feminine and masculine, personal explorations into kink and its healing potential, orgasmic birth and more. Most importantly, she shares how learning your personal Erotic Blueprint type gives you tools to express your desires and create a fulfilling sex life and lasting intimacy in your relationship (with yourself or with a partner).

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Daniel shares and answers your questions on:
    • Early access to a Surthrival sale for podcast listeners
    • Gratitude for your support
    • A message to our Christian listeners
    • Purifying tap water strategies
    • Thoughts on hypervitaminosis
    • Our biological gender roles and the nuclear family unit
  • Jaiya’s mission
  • A new era of sexual acceptance
  • Who is the sexually empowered woman?
  • Switching between your feminine and masculine
  • Sex doesn’t end...
  • Multiple sexuality states
  • A breakdown of the 5 Erotic Blueprint types
  • Exploring kink and healing potential
  • Obstacles to sexual health and pleasure + how to turn these into pathways to extraordinary sexual health and pleasure
  • How Jaiya’s sessions work
  • True acceptance of Erotic Blueprints
  • Orgasmic birth
  • Jaiya’s Erotic Blueprint Breakthrough course
  • Endless routes to pleasure
  • Jaiya’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Becoming an erotic detective
Oct 12, 2016

Are you eating what you think you are? As a modern hunter gatherer, I am quite conscious and meticulous about the foods I consume. I base my diet on a Four Kingdoms approach (eating from the animal, plant, fungal and bacterial kingdoms), and I strive to source the majority of my food bio-regionally. I still shop at Whole Foods and occasionally dine at farm to table-style restaurants, of course, and I was shocked to learn of the rampant food fraud that extends to seemingly reputable grocers and eateries.

Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted wrote a comprehensive exposé on fraud in the unregulated food industry, and he is here to reveal some of the industry’s most adulterated foods. He teaches us how we can be more vigilant consumers as we navigate grocery store aisles, food labels and restaurant menus.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Daniel answers your questions on:
    • Cooking with fats
    • Choosing between a Samina bed and Clearlight Sauna
    • His thoughts on Asian/Oriental religions
  • How Larry got into the world of Real Food
  • The lowdown on Kobe beef
  • Are your grocery store tomatoes actually ripe?
  • Misleading wine labels
  • Farmed vs wild caught seafood
  • The history of seafood fraud
  • What’s in your sushi?
  • Our society's most adulterated foods
  • The most popular food fraud item
  • General buying guidelines to ensure you’re purchasing real food
  • Larry’s prognosis for the future of food
Oct 7, 2016

Julie Angel is a filmmaker, author and photographer who documents the current ‘age of athletisiscm’ with a focus on Parkour, MovNat, buildering and much more. What’s buildering, you might be asking? I thought it was a typo at first, too, but Julie explains this small, but passionate, subculture as we get into the fascinating world of urban movement mavericks. 

In this interview, Julie takes us back to the early beginnings of Parkour. In researching her Parkour-themed PhD thesis, she spent time on the streets getting to know the Yamakasi — the original group of Parkour practitioners — and got an up-close and personal look into the lives of these interesting characters who shaped the modern Parkour movement. To me, Parkour represents human wildness  breaking free in domesticated landscapes — the human animal in movement across urban habitat. City dwellers, take note, this can be a unique way for you to utilize your environment for your natural movement practice! At the heart of Parkour, is a message of looking past the limitations of our environment, our innate, primal drive for sovereignty and embracing our intrinsic wildness.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Daniel shares on:
    • How to prepare organ meats
    • Myers Briggs and personality tests
    • Creating harmonious habitat using the 4 Elements in your indoor office environment
  • How Julie got involved with MovNat
  • What is buildering?
  • Julie spends time on city streets learning Parkour culture
  • “Don’t climb on that!” — movement mavericks breaking movement taboos
  • Getting into the world of Parkour
  • Julie’s book, Breaking the Jump
  • How to get started in Parkour
  • What was parkour originally?
  • Yamikazi and parkour’s beginnings
  • Role of women in parkour
  • The future of parkour
  • Top takeaways for you
  • Julie’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Julie’s book and work 
Oct 5, 2016

What a treat it was to talk with primatologist and biological anthropologist Craig Stanford. If you’re a regular listener of ReWild Yourself podcast, you probably know how deeply fascinated I am with the great apes. I think they give us a window into understanding ourselves biologically, into understanding our wildness and even help us to glimpse into our origins.

Craig — author of sixteen books and over one hundred scholarly and popular articles — has studied chimpanzees extensively, studying their hunting behavior in Tanzania in collaboration with Dr. Jane Goodall, studying chimps and mountain gorillas in Uganda and more. He takes us on a journey to the meeting place of primatology and anthropology. He breaks down the social behaviors of some of the great apes, focusing on chimps and bonobos, and shares some of his controversial findings on the popularized "peaceful bonobo" research. This interview provides context to many of the themes we discuss on this podcast and was my favorite of the season. if you’re interested in ReWilding, I think you’ll find our conversation fascinating.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Daniel shares on:
    • Vibram FiveFingers
    • Fats, food fads and the ketogenic diet
    • Thoughts on contraception & my personal contraception strategy
    • An interesting interview experience: Christianity and ReWilding
  • Craig’s journey in writing and primatology
  • Our last common ancestor
  • Should we be in the same genus as chimps and bonobos?
  • The great apes as a window into our origins
  • Multiple species of apes vs one Homo sapiens species
  • What is a species?
  • The politics of naming species
  • Differences between chimps and bonobo
  • Omnivorous diets and hunting strategies of apes
  • Frodo’s story
  • Meat as a commodity for manipulation
  • The plight of the modern ape
  • Craig’s prognosis for the future of the human species
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