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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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Mar 29, 2017
"Scientists mapped the human genome a decade ago, but we still haven’t mapped what’s in human milk.” —Jennifer Grayson

Jennifer Grayson — breastfeeding mother and author of Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy — has made it her mission to find out how & why we've moved away from breastfeeding as a society and to identify what needs to happen for human milk to once again become the human norm.

In this eye-opening conversation, Jennifer takes us on a journey through the timeline of our attempts to re-create breastmilk and the industrialization of feeding our babies. While breastfeeding has been making a comeback in the last few years, this natural, ancestral practice is still considered controversial and taboo in our society, and Jennifer shares what we can do to help normalize breastfeeding once again. From the sexualization of breasts to the risks of not breastfeeding to the lack of societal support for breastfeeding women, we cover a lot of ground in this interview. Tune in for an education on our first and most fundamental experience as human beings.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Show introduction:
    • Exciting announcement: New T-shirt/Sticker “I’d Rather Hunt + Gather”!
    • How to win a free “I’d Rather Hunt + Gather” T-shirt/Sticker
    • Roadkill as a way to eat wild meat
    • Q&A: Creating space for rewilding practice in a world set out to enslave and dominate our time
    • Q&A: Thoughts on coffee/stimulants in general
    • Q&A: Interviewing guests from a hunter-gatherer/indigenous background on the show
  • The importance of the topic of breastfeeding
  • When did we start moving away from breastfeeding?
  • The phenomena of the wet nurse
  • Industrialization of feeding human babies
  • The timeline of our attempts to re-create human breastmilk
  • Why it’s difficult for some women to breastfeed
  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Modern day vs anthropological norms for breastfeeding length of time
  • The sexualization of breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding in public
  • How to make breastfeeding the norm in the United States
  • How can we help as individuals to make breastfeeding the norm
  • Is it inevitable that human milk will become the human norm?
  • Jennifer's prognosis for the future of the human species
Mar 22, 2017

Simon Thakur is the creator of Ancestral Movement — an approach to embodied practice aimed at radically transforming and expanding the sense of self, by exploring and rediscovering patterns of movement and awareness that are part of our species’ history, both recent and ancient. 

In this episode, we explore how to open up the realm of infinite expression with our bodies through a basic understanding of mirror neurons, body-mapping, comparative anatomy and animal mimicry. While that might sound complex, Simon explains that "As we explore, we find that the body is full of layer upon layer of extraordinary, ancient, ancestral power – four billion years of adaptation and embodied knowledge – and we start to anchor this understanding of shared ancestry and vast evolutionary timescales in the actual feeling of the body itself."

Simon encourages us to become aware of the structural and behavioral similarities we share with other living creatures through developing our sense of empathy and body awareness. We also discuss the current status of the Australian indigenous lifeway and how to learn to understand the language of nature. Tune into this fascinating conversation with Simon Thakur to learn more about the possibilities of your own human animal.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Show introduction:
    • Exciting new SurThrival products in the works
    • What Daniel has been up to this winter
    • Upcoming spring hunting and gathering pursuits
    • Green iguana hunting in the Florida Keys
    • Conservation through use + finding mentors in the hunting & gathering world
    • Recent interview with Luke Storey on The Life Stylist Podcast
    • Starting back up with the ReWild Yourself Podcast Q&A
    • Find A Spring's new mobile-friendly website
    • Recapping on the A New Path Book Club
  • Introducing Simon Thakur
  • What Simon’s been up to lately
  • What led Simon to ReWilding
  • The current status of the Australian indigenous life way
  • Learning to understand the language of nature
  • How to get started integrating into your local ecology
  • Mirror neurons, empathy and comparative anatomy
  • Opening up the realm of infinite expression with the body
  • Working with Simon
  • Simon’s prognosis for the future of the human species
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