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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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Nov 30, 2016

Our brains produce new brain cells throughout our entire lives through a process called neurogenesis, and in this podcast, Dr. Brant Cortright is going to share what this means for our brain health and how we can enhance the way our brains operate. Dr. Cortright is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, specializing in cutting-edge brain health and neuroscience-informed depth therapy.

When we increase the rate of neurogenesis, we see things like improved cognitive function, better memory, less stress, more energy and increased immune health. When we decrease the rate of neurogenesis, however, we see the opposite: poor cognition and memory, increased stress and anxiety and decreased immune health. In this interview, Dr. Cortright discusses the diet and lifestyle components — which mirror the ReWilding diet and lifestyle — that are crucial for your neural development. He shares some interesting information on sleep, and we also get into the effects of substances like caffeine, cannabis and mushrooms on brain health. Tune in for a fascinating discussion — rich with actionable information — that can help improve the functioning of your human animal!

*There is a bit of background noise in parts of this interview that we were unable to edit out. Apologies for the less than excellent sound quality in this episode! We feel the content more than makes up for it (;

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Daniel shares on:
    • Podcast updates
    • Feasting with Maine community on Thanksgiving
    • Hunting and gathering with a partner
    • Privilege
    • Strategic planning for 2017 hunting & gathering
  • Daniel answers your questions on:
    • Inflammation caused by down comforters
    • Eating parasites
    • Eating raw eggs from fresh water fish
  • What is neurogenesis?
  • The optimal diet for neurogenesis
  • How much DHA should you be getting per day?
  • Best DHA-rich foods
  • The “heart healthy” vegetable oil myth
  • Crucial foods for neural development
  • Best exercise for neurogenesis
  • Caffeine and neurogenesis
  • Cannabis, mushrooms and neurogenesis 
  • The importance of sleep for optimal cognitive functioning
  • An interesting occurrence in the last few hours of sleep
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Blending the natural and modern world
  • Dr. Cortright's prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Dr. Cortright's work
Nov 23, 2016

How much of your movement are you outsourcing? Biomechanist and best-selling author Katy Bowman is back on ReWild Yourself podcast to share how we can transition to a more movement-rich lifestyle by outsourcing less of our daily needs and operations.

Katy is passionate about Nutritious Movement, "a whole-body movement program that utilizes Movement Micronutrients, Movement Macronutrients, and habitat (lifestyle) changes to nourish all trillion of your body’s parts.” In this interview, we cover some of the valuable material in Katy’s new book Movement Matters where she dissects our cultural sedentism and the issues with our convenience-fueled society. We discuss simple ways to enter the world of foraging, how to stack your life to make the most of your time and energy, the luxury of exercise, movement ecology and more.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Daniel shares on:
    • Upcoming SurThrival sale
    • Hunting with hounds in North Carolina
    • Squirrel hunting and processing
    • Has the public spotlight made Daniel less likely to change his view on things?
    • Daniel’s thoughts on intermittent fasting
  • Daniel and Katy catch up
  • Outsourcing movement
  • Stacking your life
  • How to transition to foraging
  • Speciesism, disconnection from ecology and the luxury of exercise
  • Evidence-based living
  • Broadening your palette
  • What is movement ecology?
  • Katy’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Katy’s work
Nov 16, 2016

A special edition of ReWild Yourself podcast! My good friends Arthur Haines and Frank Giglio join me for a roundtable discussion on bioregional living and the modern hunter gatherer lifestyle. Arthur is a botanist, taxonomist, primitive skills practitioner and a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast. Frank is an innovative chef with a focus on sustainable and local cuisine, off-grid homesteader and also a previous ReWild Yourself podcast guest. Sitting in my backyard on a crisp autumn day in Maine, we look back on the highlights of this year’s hunting and gathering with a few rants and more than a few laughs mixed in.

In part one of our conversation, we talked bio-regionality, the benefits of inconvenient foods, wild food foraging highlights, land stewardship and more! In part two, we discuss our recent fishing charter trip, parasites, tips for cooking fish, intent and ethics of hunting, thoughts on raising animals for meat, ingesting chemistry from our landscape and much more. Enjoy!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Recap of a fishing charter trip
  • Using ginger for motion sickness
  • The truth about cod liver
  • Parasites — the ecology of eating
  • Chef Frank’s tips for cooking fish
  • Thoughts on hypervitaminosis
  • Intent and ethics of hunting
  • Forecasting winter’s hunts and gathers
  • Native wild berries vs locally grown non-native fruits
  • Thoughts on raising animals for meat
  • Is harvesting wild foods an act of defiance?
  • Ingesting chemistry from our landscape
Nov 9, 2016

A special edition of ReWild Yourself podcast! My good friends Arthur Haines and Frank Giglio join me for a roundtable discussion on bioregional living and the modern hunter gatherer lifestyle. Arthur is a botanist, taxonomist, primitive skills practitioner and a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast. Frank is an innovative chef with a focus on sustainable and local cuisine, off-grid homesteader and also a previous ReWild Yourself podcast guest. Sitting in my backyard on a crisp autumn day in Maine, we look back on the highlights of this year’s hunting and gathering with a few rants and more than a few laughs mixed in.

In part one of our conversation, we talk bio-regionality, the benefits of inconvenient foods, wild food foraging highlights, land stewardship and more! Enjoy, and stay tuned for part two!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Daniel shares on:
    • Yesterday’s election
    • Using a compound bow vs a traditional bow
    • ReWilding on a global level and being the change you want to see in the world
  • Introductions
  • What bio-regionality means to Daniel, Arthur and Frank
  • Acorn processing and food convenience
  • Wild food highlights of the year
  • Frank’s fishing experiences this summer
  • But it tastes gamey…
  • The loss of a feral temperament
  • Arthur’s goal for land stewardship and ReWilding community
  • Conservation and protecting human involvement in ecology
  • Arthur’s recent foraging highlights
Nov 2, 2016

What is the mind? How does the mind differ from the brain? These are some of the questions Dr. Daniel Siegel explores in his second appearance on the ReWild Yourself podcast. Dr. Siegel is a noted neuropsychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author, and he has just released a new book that delves into consciousness, subjective experience and the self-organizational properties of the mind. In this episode, we go deeper into some of the topics we covered in our first conversation. We discuss how Dr. Siegel navigates the worlds of science and spirituality in his work, how brain activity differs from the mind, our perception of time and his hopes for his work in mindsight and personal transformation.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Daniel Vitalis shares and answers your questions on:
    • Hunter safety courses
    • Processing of meat after a hunt
    • Waiting until after the first freeze to hunt squirrel
    • Balancing the modern hunting & gathering lifestyle with a day job
  • Dr. Siegel’s latest book Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human
  • Between two worlds
  • Self organization and integration
  • Science vs spirituality
  • “Mind” vs “brain activity"
  • Entanglement
  • The directionality of change & access to the infinite
  • Who are we, really?
  • Breaking down the Wheel of Awareness
  • Bridging the islands
  • Dr. Siegel’s hope for his work
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