I loved doing this interview! This podcast goes deep on the idea of human domestication and our diminishing relationship with nature. I’m here with Daniel Vitalis, host of the WildFed TV show and podcast. For over a decade, he has taught in the U.S. and abroad about living healthier, more integrated, nature-based lives. He’s also a successful entrepreneur and founder of the nutrition company Surthrival.
Daniel takes me through his journey through learning anthropology, what led to changes in his own diet, and why we eat a much more limited diet than we think we do. We also examine the huge nutrient differences between wild plants and domesticated plants and how we can return to our more natural roots (even if we can’t do it fully).
It’s a fascinating concept that’s got me wanting to learn more. Make sure to check out his resource recommendations in the show notes!
Episode Highlights With Daniel Vitalis
- Why he was vegan as a teenager and what changed
- The reason we all eat a much more limited diet than we think we do
- Nutrient differences between wild plants and domesticated plants
- The drastic way humans, plants and animals have all been domesticated and what that looks like for us as a species going forward
- Why Americans eat only 30 species of plants a year compared to the 300+ that should be normal
- How the future of our food is 3d printed if we don’t change something
- The difference between a zoo and a farm (any why this is important for humans)
- Is NYC a farm or a zoo?
- The importance of learning one skill that helps bring us back to nature
- What transhuman ideology is and how it’s changing our lives without us even knowing it
- Practical primitive skills that you can learn as a family that are helpful
- How humans society has always had fire… and still does
- Another important reason to spend time outside barefoot
- Why culinary mushrooms are more available now and why this is such a good thing!
- Another good reason to use high quality spices often in your cooking!
- Why he doesn’t think vegan or carnivore diets are sustainable long term (but can be therapeutic in some instances)
- The most unusual things he’s eaten, including insects
- His 80/20 of most impactful habits and routines
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Daniel Vitalis
- Rewild Yourself Podcast
- Wild Fed
- Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson
- Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price
- The Fourth Turning by Neil Howe
More From Wellness Mama
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- 463: Matt Dawson on Wild Health, Precision Medicine & Genomics
- 461: Sam Thayer on Foraging and Wild Edibles for Health, Conservation, and Culinary Uses
- 310: Can Our Soils Heal Us? How Regenerative Agriculture and Home Gardens Can Improve Our Health
- 449: Randy Newberg on Seasonal Eating, Sustainable Food Sourcing, and Learning From the Outdoors
- It’s Time to Bring Back Victory Gardens
- Are Organ Meats Healthy?
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