ReWild Yourself

ReWild Yourself

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Welcome to the ReWild Yourself Podcast! I’m Daniel Vitalis, and I’ll be your guide through the world of human zoology and lifestyle design. We’ll explore the strategies that ancient apes need to thrive in a modern world, awakening our instincts, and freeing our bodies –– and minds –– from the degenerative effects of human domestication.

Episodes

The Gateway Bug - Johanna Kelly & Cameron Marshad #132  
"Two billion people in 80% of the world’s countries consume insects as part of their daily diet, and entomophagy has been practiced by those cultures for thousands of years.”

In today’s bonus ReWild Yourself Podcast episode, I talk with the creators of the new documentary film The Gateway Bug, Johanna B. Kelly and Cameron Marshad. Johanna and Cameron are passionate about entomophagy and its potential to massively improve the sustainability of our current broken food industry. During the making of The Gateway Bug, they learned the ins and outs of the booming American edible insect industry, and they give us an inside look into the current landscape and what we can expect in the future. I hope this interview leaves you inspired to begin including edible insects in your diet!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: How Johanna and Cameron started working on this project The insect food industry & the existing broken food industry Eating whole insects vs eating insect powder Hierarchy of animals Nutritional content of insects Efficiency of raising insects for food Insect foods in grocery stores and restaurants The future of insect food How to get involved with The Gateway Bug Prognosis for the future of the human species
Sex Life by Design - Jaiya #131  

My friend — and one of our most popular podcast guests — Jaiya is back on ReWild Yourself Podcast for a conversation on seduction, desire and turning on your primal sexual pilot light. If you tuned into our last show, you’ll remember Jaiya breaking down the five Erotic Blueprint types. In this episode, Jaiya shares how you can use her Erotic Blueprint framework to fine tune how you seduce your partner and yourself!

Jaiya divulges some intimate stories on how she worked through her personal traumas and how she maintains vulnerability in work and sex. We also get into some strategies for how to keep things spicy in a long-term partnership, and even discuss navigating non-monogamy with your committed partner.

Jaiya shows how designing your sex life with intention can ignite your inner passion and ripple outwards into all other areas of your life!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Introduction: Daniel shares on being prepared to survive in our ecosystem A call for podcast guest suggestions Defining seduction Seduction & the Erotic Blueprints Finding the trends in Erotic Blueprint types Healing trauma The Kinky Blueprint Being vulnerable in work and sex How Jaiya and her partner keep things hot in their relationship How to seduce yourself Navigating non-monogamy in a committed relationship Jaiya’s Erotic Blueprint Breakthrough course
Winter Playlist: ReWilding Movies - Daniel Vitalis #130  

During the winter season, we tend to spend more time indoors. This winter I’ve been spending my indoor-time honing some ReWilding skills — such as my hand drill practice (friction fire), tending to my fishing lines (for ice-fishing), and processing foods from the fall harvest. My partner Avani and I like to watch a movie, documentary, or episodic show while we carry out the rhythmic processing of our acorns into flour. While there’s some obvious irony in the idea of using modern media to “inspire” ReWilding, video has all but replaced the stories told by our elders around the fire each night. I am always on the hunt for fresh, inspirational media and thought I’d share a few of my favorites — some new, some old — with you!

The Multi-Orgasmic, Sexually-Empowered Woman - Kim Anami #129  

Popular ReWild Yourself Podcast guest Kim Anami returns to the show for a conversation on how self love and acceptance can catalyze sexual healing and allow you to harness your sexual energy. Ladies (and the men who love them!), this episode is for you!

In our modern culture, women have been told a story about their sexual, orgasmic potential that, frankly, is just not true. Kim and Daniel share their experiences — from both the female and male perspectives — that portray a very different picture of female sexuality: the multi-orgasmic, sexually-empowered woman. In this episode, you’ll hear about the power of the tantric path, breast care best practices, self-acceptance, female ejaculation and more. 

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Kim and Daniel catch-up Why we need a predator Cultural oppressions and the multi-orgasmic woman The power of the tantric path Giving your breasts love through attention, care and massage Breast size and acceptance Female ejaculation, explained  Misinformation on the Jade Egg All about Kim’s Vaginal Kung Fu online salon
For the Love of Fat - Nora Gedgaudas #128  

My friend Nora Gedgaudas — author, nutritionist and repeat ReWild Yourself Podcast guest — joins me to discuss the essential nutrient that our bodies literally evolved to eat: Fat. In her latest book Primal Fat Burner (coming soon to a bookstore near you!), Nora refutes the popular mainstream belief that saturated fat is the culprit of disease and shares how dietary fat is actually crucial to vibrant physical and mental health.

We cover a lot of ground in this episode as Nora guides us through the ancestral diet we are built for, the nutrients we need to acquire from animal-sourced foods and cultivating a foundational metabolism. We also get into some fascinating side tangents — from ethical issues in the world of natural foods to corporate funding of veganism to alcohol to feminism. Enjoy!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on: Spelt fishing and preparation ReWild 101: A New Path Book Club Nora on writing her most recent book & the writing process Primal Fat Burner How the sugar industry shifted heart disease blame to fat Ethical dilemmas in the natural foods industry Corporate vested interest in carbs as a staple and veganism Is dairy a healthful food? Wheat, domestication and war Feminism vs. one-ness — what makes us fundamentally human Alcohol — a food and a drug Cultivating a foundational metabolism The diet we are built for How to get sufficient DHA Nora’s upcoming book release and charity event Diet diversity and the health of your microbiome Protein moderation The nutrients we need from animal-sourced foods We evolved as fat hunters Nora goes more in-depth on what’s included in Primal Fat Burner How to stay in contact with Nora and find out more about her new book and charity event Nora's prognosis for the future of the human species
ReWild Resolutions - Solstice Special — Daniel Vitalis #127  

Season 2 of ReWild Yourself Podcast is coming to a close, and I’m so grateful to each and every one of you for your support this year! This episode is debuting on the Winter Solstice, a time of the year when many of us are reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the upcoming journey around the sun. In 2017, I’d like to encourage you to renew your ReWilding vow and become a master of the elements. I take you through each element — Earth (food), Water, Air, Fire — sharing my personal resolutions, as well as my suggestions for how you can resolve to upgrade your life and strengthen your relationship with each element. 

In each episode of ReWild Yourself Podcast this season, I’ve been asking each guest the same question: What is your prognosis for the future of the human species? I recap on the answers we’ve heard this past year and share my current thoughts on the topic.

Now I’d love to hear from you! What are your resolutions for the New Year? How will you ReWild Yourself?

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Surthrival’s annual Solstice sale Shoutout to our sponsors ReWild 101: A New Path Book Club Scholarship opportunity for ReWild 101 Acorn gathering Daniel answers your questions on: Using a pressure cooker in the acorn leaching process Acorns and gluten What causes years with more acorn production Simple and delicious recipes using acorn flour Natural time vs the Gregorian calendar The difference between resolutions and intentions A call to renew your ReWilding vow: Becoming a master of the elements in 2017 Eating from the Four Kingdoms — being more conscientious about your food choices Making your own natural medicine My personal food resolutions for the year Upgrading your water Cleaning up your air Strengthening your relationship with fire Setting realistic goals Daniel's thoughts on the prognosis for the future of the human species
Strategies for Gut Health - Summer Bock #126  

Summer Bock believes that good health starts in the gut, and she is dedicated to helping people heal their digestive issues naturally. You have about three pounds worth of microbiota lining your gut that is active, diverse and affects way more than just your digestion. In this interview, Summer is here to share how you can for keep your gut strong, healthy and motile. We discuss her top strategies for repopulating gut flora, how stress affects your gut health and what you can do about it, how to remineralize your body and we even get into the growing trend of fecal transplants.

This interview is a great reminder that we need to eat from all Four Kingdoms: Animal, Plant, Fungal and Bacterial. I hope it inspires you to infuse your diet with more fermented foods and cultivate a healthy, robust gut flora.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on ice fishing, fresh food and the origins of the Christmas tree Daniel answers your questions on geophagy, favorite bedding options and Kava Root tea How Summer became interested in gut health What does your gut health affect? Defining the gut Strategies for repopulating our gut flora Probiotics: supplements vs whole foods How to remineralize your body What are pre-biotics? The lowdown on fecal transplants  Thoughts on kombucha Keeping our gut strong, healthy and motile The connection between disbiosis and disorganization Stress, survival strategies and emotional detox Summer’s Gut Rebuilding Program Summer’s prognosis for the future of the human species
ReWild 101 - Arthur Haines and Daniel Vitalis #125  

Arthur Haines — botanist, taxonomist, primitive skills practitioner and a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast — is back on the show, and we have some VERY exciting news to share with you. For the past year, Arthur has been pouring his heart into writing a book that is a foundational education in human ecology and the ReWilding lifestyle. From the diet of Homo sapiens to a look at civilizations past to expanding comfort zones through hormesis, Arthur takes us through the book chapter by chapter, hitting the highlights of each topic as we go. At the heart of the book, and Arthur’s message, is something many of us feel — the missing lynchpin: a need for sustainable and rejuvenate ReWilding community.

In the past few shows, I’ve been hinting at an online program Arthur and I have put together for the upcoming winter season. This program will be a great way to stay connected with Arthur and I — and the ReWilding community — throughout the winter months. We’ll dive into study together and support one another in keeping ReWilding motivation high. In this episode, we share all the details on how you can get involved. I hope you’ll join us this winter!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel answers your questions on: Public speaking When to teach your child about hunting Building community Daniel shares about ReWild 101: A New Path Book Club Program details Early bird pricing on the program An exciting scholarship opportunity Daniel and Arthur catch up Arthur shares about his new book, A New Path A need for sustainable and rejuvenate ReWilding community A course book for the ReWilding lifestyle Distilling the diet of Homo sapiens Wild water and wild medicine A look at past civilizations and what we can learn from them Learning and unlearning Real, wild movement for real living Input from the ReWilding community Hormesis: expanding comfort zones The missing lynchpin: Community Green choices and primitive technologies Tying it all together The legacy of Arthur’s book What happened with Arthur’s publishing deal ReWild 101: A New Path Book Club Excerpt from A New Path
Self-care, A Woman's Guide - Nadine Artemis #124  

Nadine Artemis is a trailblazer in the new paradigm of women’s self care, and in this interview, she lays out her favorite practices to nurture the female body. Nadine is the founder of Living Libations — an exquisite line of lotions, potions, scents, creams and essential oils that I use personally — and a regular guest on ReWild Yourself podcast.

In our past two interviews, Nadine has detailed her Stop, Seal and Seed method for dental care and skin care, and in this episode, she shares how women can apply this method to vaginal care. We learn what conventional female body care products and practices to avoid and Nadine’s favorite natural alternatives. We also discuss breast health and care, and Nadine reveals some fascinating information on breast cancer that is important for every woman to explore. Nadine’s nourishing self care practices are simple, low maintenance and accessible to all. Ladies (and the men who love them), I hope you enjoy this interview!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares: ReWild Yourself podcast updates A teaser about an upcoming program with Arthur Haines Daniel answers your questions on: Parasite cleansing and eating brains Optimizing your vehicle Mainstream messaging on women’s beauty and hygiene The “discovery” of the clitoris Internet pornography vs. natural sexuality What does the new paradigm of women’s self care look like? How to avoid mycotoxins Caring for your vagina with the stop, seal and seed method Alternatives to conventional menstrual products Yeast infections - re-listen Marketing chemically-induced menopause to young girls Relieving menstrual pain The many issues with KY Jelly Boosting the lubricant jouissance-ness of your life Best oils to care for your vagina Common natural lubricants The different types of estrogens and how they’re affecting women’s bodies The risk of breast cancer and the implications of a systemic myco-infection Exploring some startling breast cancer stats How bras inhibit the body and alternatives to the conventional bra Low maintenance breast and body care Nadine’s prognosis for the future of women
Vibram, How FiveFingers Came To Be - Chris Melton #123  

As an avid barefooter, I’ve tried countless barefooting shoes over the years, but none compare to Vibram FiveFingers. I’ve been a fan of FiveFingers for some time — they have allowed me to develop a foot dexterity, nimbleness and strength that I didn’t know was possible! It was so exciting to get a chance to talk to Vibram’s Director of Sales and Distribution, Chris Melton.

Chris shares the story of Vibram's early beginnings, how FiveFingers came to be, the evolution of some of their most loved models and what we can look forward to from them in the future. Most importantly, he answers every Vibram fan’s burning question: Is it pronounced Vee-bram or Vy-brum?? Whether you’re a loyal Vibram FiveFingers aficionado or a fan of barefooting in general, this show is for you!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel answers your questions on: His top fabric choices for clothing Squirrel hunting Rationing animal protein from hunts Daniel discusses a question on the topic of suicide Is it Vee-bram or Vy-brum? A bit about Chris’s background Why are Vibram soles everywhere? Vibram’s recent growth The beginnings of Vibram’s Five Fingers Barefooting shoes and stylishness Women and Vibrams The new Furokshiki shoe and boot Should you wear socks with Vibrams? Wearing barefoot shoes in obstacles courses like Tough Mudder Review of favorite Vibram models The evolution of Vibram models The story of the Vibram class action lawsuit The future of Vibram Where to find Vibram online
Neurogenesis and the Better Brain - Dr. Brant Cortright #122  

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
Movement Ecology - Katy Bowman #121  

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
Neo-Abo Roundtable, Part Two - Daniel Vitalis, Arthur Haines, Frank Giglio #120  

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
Neo-Abo Roundtable, Part One - Daniel Vitalis, Arthur Haines, Frank Giglio #119  

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
The Science of the Spiritual - Dr. Dan Siegel #118  

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 shares 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
Why I Hunt - Daniel Vitalis #117  

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
Erotic Blueprint, What's Your Type? - Jaiya #116  

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
Real Food, Fake Food - Larry Olmsted #115  

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
Wild Movement, Urban Landscapes - Julie Angel #114  

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 
Last Common Ancestor - Craig Stanford #113  

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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