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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.

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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.

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Daniel is phenomenal, his work is life changing. Rewild! ***re-listening in 2019; powerful ***

Relistening

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I know I’ve listened to almost all if these 2-3 years ago. I am learning so much more this second go around! Quality and enjoyment x 2

iTunes Ratings

790 Ratings
Average Ratings
731
25
14
6
14

Life changing (2019 update)

By Chona777 - Nov 30 2019
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Daniel is phenomenal, his work is life changing. Rewild! ***re-listening in 2019; powerful ***

Relistening

By Later Relifer - Nov 26 2019
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I know I’ve listened to almost all if these 2-3 years ago. I am learning so much more this second go around! Quality and enjoyment x 2

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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.

Self-care, A Woman's Guide - Nadine Artemis #124

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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

Dec 07 2016

2hr 4mins

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Trauma Awareness & the Spiritual Bypass - Dr. Gabor Maté #110

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Renowned speaker and bestselling author Dr. Gabor Maté joins me for a powerful conversation on addiction and takes us into the heart of where trauma originates. With years of both scientific research and direct interaction with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction and mental illness in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Dr. Maté offers a unique and authentic perspective on the topics of addiction, mind-body wellness and ADD.

In this interview, Dr. Maté illuminates how our modern society perpetuates trauma by fostering a culture of disconnection and dissociation. From childhood trauma to trauma passed down to us from the generations that went before us, many of us carry unresolved trauma that often materializes in addiction. Addictive behavior goes beyond hard drug and alcohol addictions; our society is wrought with addictions to things like caffeine, less-than-optimal foods and dissociative behaviors, such as watching TV.

So how can we heal and become the most authentic version of ourselves? Dr. Maté sheds light on some of the traditional healing modalities he has found to be successful through years of wide-ranging experiences. With lots of golden nuggets on topics like death awareness, spiritual-bypassing and authenticity strewn throughout, there is something for everyone in this insightful conversation.

**Please note: During this interview, we experienced some Skype glitches, so you'll hear a bit of echoing with Daniel's voice that was not able to be edited out. We apologize in advance for the audio hiccups, but we think the interview is well worth it (;

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Daniel shares on:
    • Regenerative foods
    • Harvesting feral apples
    • An exciting new Surthrival product
    • Eating coyote
    • A product discovery that will aid your spring water gathering
    • How to pique someone’s interest in ReWilding
  • Modern society and perpetuation of trauma
  • What does addiction do for you?
  • The essence of trauma is disconnection
  • Our current massive cultural dissociation
  • The most ideal social environment for children — humans crave connection
  • The multi-generational trauma of First Nations peoples
  • How medicines like coca and tobacco were traditionally used
  • The healing power of ayahuasca
  • What’s missing from AA and most rehab programs?
  • Healing, awareness and the path to authenticity
  • Spiritual bypass
  • Awareness of death
  • Dr. Mate’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Dr. Mate’s work

Sep 14 2016

1hr 39mins

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Wise Interaction with the Sun - Nadine Artemis #52

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It is a commonly-held (and media-fueled) belief in our culture that sun is
bad and sunscreen is good. Not only is this inaccurate, but in fact, the
opposite is true: Our skin is quite literally designed to be exposed to the
sun’s rays, and sunscreen use actually causes a host of issues (one of
which, ironically, is skin cancer). Nadine Artemis — sense visionary and
founder of Living Libations — joins us to set the record straight on sun
exposure and goes over how to properly interact with the sun for optimal
health.

Episode Breakdown:
* Why you shouldn’t suntan through glass
* How sunscreen works
* Benefits of sungazing
* Sunlight and bacteria
* Why you don’t want empty vitamin D receptors
* Negative press surrounding sun exposure and skin
* Wise interaction with the sun
* Kids and sun exposure
* Our skin is designed to be exposed to the sun’s rays
* What we ingest determines how our skin responds to sunlight
* Skin cancer myths debunked
* Using plant oils to harmonize your skin with the sun in lieu of toxic
sunscreens

Jun 25 2015

1hr 27mins

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Dying Wise in a Death Phobic Society - Stephen Jenkinson #34

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I was humbled by my conversation with Stephen Jenkinson, teacher, author,
storyteller and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School. This, my friends, is a
very powerful interview. Stephen will make you re-think everything you
thought you knew about dying.

Episode Breakdown:
* How to come to terms with death
* The hallmarks of "dying badly"
* What "dying well" looks like
* The consequences of being kept away from ground zero of human
mortality
* We live our lives as if dying is the annihilation of life
* Considering “after-life"
* Understanding that your death does not belong to you
* A disconnection from our ancestors
* Learning from death

Feb 17 2015

1hr 5mins

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Why I'm Not a Vegan - Daniel Vitalis #94

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Why aren’t I a Vegan? I get asked this question all the time, and in this solo episode I break down the core reasons why I think we need to reexamine the Vegan approach. I consider myself to be a conscious omnivore and promote a Four Kingdoms approach to diet (eating from the animal, plant, fungal and bacterial kingdoms). In my personal quest for the most natural diet, I was a vegan for about 10 years. In this show, I’ll tell you a bit about my experience as a vegan, why I started eating animal foods again and why long-term veganism is an experiment and maybe not an appropriate diet for a healthy, robust human ape. In the end, I give a strategy for those who still want to see the world go vegan, and explain how they could best achieve that!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • The issue with “isms"
  • My personal search for the most natural diet
  • The two types of veganism
  • Chimps, bonobos & 3.6 million years of archaeology
  • The hand-raising experiment
  • Anthropomorphic cartoon animals and charismatic megafauna
  • Factory farmed animals
  • Nutrient deficiencies in vegan diets
  • Kids and veganism
  • Social isolation
  • Our hunting lineage
  • How a misanthropic world view takes humans out of the ecosystem
  • Conscious omnivory — the Four Kingdoms of Food
  • The vegan experiment

Jun 15 2016

1hr 30mins

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Mars, Venus, and Gender Intelligence - John Gray #71

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John Gray is the leading relationship expert in the world and best-selling
author of “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.” His books have sold
over 50 million copies in 50 different languages around the world.

In this fascinating conversation, we discuss the philosophical and
physiological components of polarity in men and women, and how to use
polarity to create richer, more fulfilling relationships. John shares many
insights he’s learned from his own personal relationship and experiences
(and years of research, of course), and he offers countless strategies for
increasing testosterone in men and oxytocin & estrogen in women. John is a
true expert in his field, and this interview is brimming with juicy nuggets
of information — you may want to listen more than once!

Episode Breakdown:
* Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
* Women, work & testosterone
* How to double your testosterone in a week
* Ejaculation and celibacy
* Balancing polarity within ourselves
* John’s first sexual experiences
* Mastering sexual energy
* The big “O” (oxytocin)
* How men and women handle stress differently
* Ladies first — how the female orgasm works
* Processing emotions
* The benefits of a monogamous relationship
* Conscious Men
* Why schedule sex?
* Endure and contain
* John’s advice to women for bettering their relationships
* Sharing emotion is feminine; complaining is masculine
* Connect with John
* A tip from John on active listening in relationships

Nov 05 2015

2hr 1min

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Your Skin, An Owner's Manual - Nadine Artemis #106

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Radiant sense-visionary Nadine Artemis — creator of Living Libations — is back on ReWIld Yourself podcast! In this interview, Nadine gives us a complete breakdown of how to properly care for our skin with the Stop, Seal and Seed approach. She shares what dietary and self-care practices are proven to produce healthy, glowing skin, as well as what hygiene products and foods are less-than-optimal. You’ll learn why bacteria is your skin’s best friend, the popular skin care product that you most want to avoid, Nadine’s core skin care recommendations and so much more. Consider this an owner’s manual for your largest organ!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Daniel answers your questions on glyphosate detoxification, meditation, learning practices and his favorite podcasts
  • An exciting announcement!
  • Nadine’s skin care beginnings
  • Strategy vs simplicity with skin care
  • Bacteria is our beautician
  • The damage of excessive exfoliation
  • Stop, seal and seed approach
  • Deciphering labels and so-called “natural” ingredient lists
  • The primary organ of elimination
  • Switching from conventional deodorants and shampoos
  • How Cesarean births affect a baby’s micro biome  + a solution
  • Sun is your best friend
  • Flora friends with benefits
  • Best practices for using oil on your skin
  • Nadine’s core Living Libations products
  • Nadine’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Aug 24 2016

1hr 50mins

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Cultivating Polarity in Your Relationships - Michaela Boehm #44

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In this episode, wild woman Michaela Boehm joins us to explore polarity in
relationships. Michaela teaches and counsels internationally as an expert
in intimacy and sexuality, and she is currently the only counselor in the
world personally trained and authorized by David Deida (If you aren't
familiar with Deida, definitely check out his prolific work). 

Be warned — this interview may push some buttons, as Michaela and I dissect
some popularly-held beliefs on happiness and relationships! Our one hour
conversation is brimming with nuggets of insight on relationships, intimacy
and becoming your best self. Enjoy!

Episode Breakdown:
* Michaela’s work
* Are we supposed to be happy all of the time?
* Polarity in relationships
* The Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon
* How can guys get in touch with their true masculinity?
* Maintaining sexual polarity while fostering both your feminine and
masculine sides
* Communicating your “flavor” needs to your partner
* David Deida’s 3 stages of intimacy and growth
* Feminism vs. being a wild woman
* Will the new generation have neutrality issues?

Apr 28 2015

1hr 10mins

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Successful Self-Dentistry - Nadine Artemis #87

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Nadine Artemis — creator of Living Libations & author of Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gum — is on the show today to discuss the components of a successful self-dentistry practice. Our teeth and gums are alive and capable of being rejuvenated, often without the intervention of conventional dentistry. In this interview, Nadine clears up many common myths about our teeth and dental environment and details how we can holistically care for our teeth through diet and her 8 Step Self-Dentistry protocol.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Catching up
  • Nadine’s personal health journey
  • Our teeth are like trees
  • Teeth and gums can be rejuvenated
  • Mouthwashes that de-forest the flora inside our mouths
  • Restoring the mouth’s micro biome
  • Ingredients to avoid in dental care products
  • Foods to nourish our dental environment
  • Stop, seal and seed
  • Nadine’s 8 Step Self-Dentistry program
  • Confronting your current dental situation
  • Nadine’s prognosis for the future of the human species

May 11 2016

1hr 31mins

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Parasites! Who’s Inhabiting Your Gut? - Evan Brand #160

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Our bodies are a walking ecosystem that we share with trillions of microbes. While the majority of these microbes are native and beneficial, you might be surprised to learn that many of us are harboring parasites that can be the root cause of symptoms like chronic fatigue, brain fog, depression and more. Evan Brand is here to share the truth about parasites, how to test for them and how we can restore the ecology of our human animal. Evan is an Author, Podcast Host and a Louisville, Kentucky-based Board-Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Nutritional Therapist. He is passionate about healing the chronic fatigue, obesity, and depression epidemics after solving his own IBS and depression issues. He uses at-home lab testing and customized supplement programs to find and fix the root cause of a wide range of health symptoms.

In this interview, Evan and I discuss how to take a conscientious approach to many of the obstacles to robust health we face in our modern times. Our conversation leads us down many pathways — from glyphosate exposure to parasites to caffeine and stress response to mitigating the effects of EMF. Get out your notebooks for this one, folks, as Evan shares countless resources with us for our own personal investigation!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + gather updates: Harvesting rosehips, making berry powder, apple cider season, upcoming bear season and acorn battered fried squirrel
    • Q&A: How much food does Daniel actually hunt and gather + what foods does he purchase?
  • Introducing Evan Brand
  • What Evan’s been up to lately
  • Hunting, Sandhill cranes and invasive species
  • On glyphosate
  • What led Evan to his work
  • The truth about parasites and why you should care
  • Likelihood of glyphosate exposure
  • The science behind the benefits of nature immersion
  • Caffeine, social media and anxiety
  • Strategies for mitigating the effects of EMF
  • Evan’s general prescription for his clients
  • Evan’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Aug 30 2017

2hr 22mins

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Sitting Ninjas vs. Couchless Samurais - Katy Bowman #41

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Biomechanist Katy Bowman joins us for a lesson in movement. While many of
us think of movement as our 30-60 minute daily exercise session, Katy says
it's what we do the rest of the time that counts. You will come away from
this interview with a new outlook on your home and office habitat, and I
hope it inspires you to make some positive changes to your environment!
After talking with Katy, I got rid of my couch the next day...just
sayin'...

Episode Breakdown:
* Exercise vs movement
* Olympic sitters
* Flaccid Fin Syndrome
* Arterial plaque explained
* Furniture-free living
* Switching from normal shoes to barefoot shoes
* How to build natural movement patterns
* Tour of Katy’s furniture-free home
* From pulling bows to asdfghjkl; — decreased hand use of modern humans
* Standing is the new sitting
* Where to find Katy’s work

Apr 07 2015

1hr 15mins

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The Hidden Cost of Veganism - Lierre Keith #143

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In past episodes of ReWild Yourself Podcast, I’ve explained why I’m not a vegan (ReWild Yourself Podcast #94) and, instead, why I’m a conscientious omnivore (ReWild Yourself Podcast #100). In my personal quest for the most natural diet for the human animal, I was a vegan for about 10 years, and The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith was an impactful read for me as I transitioned back to an omnivorous diet.

I’m thrilled to have Lierre Keith — former vegan, best-selling author and environmentalist — join us to share about her experience with veganism. Lierre spent 20 years eating a vegan diet, and in that time, she did significant damage to her body. Only when she began to introduce animal foods back into her diet — eating a more balanced, omnivorous diet — was her body able to heal and regenerate. Lierre also explains the destructive history of agriculture and why veganism is not the answer for ecological restoration of our devastated prairies and forests. This is an important conversation for all of us interested in eating the optimal human diet while living with a light ecological footprint on this planet!

**Please note: The audio quality of this interview is not excellent because we recorded over Skype. We apologize in advance for the audio quality, but we think the content makes up for it!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show introduction:
    • Poison ivy, nettle stings and tick bites
    • Harvesting Hopniss, Apios americana
    • Upcoming Florida hunt + gather trip
    • Subscribe to my newsletter
    • Q&A: Thoughts on gardening vs wild food foraging
  • Introducing Lierre Keith
  • How Lierre came to write The Vegetarian Myth
  • The damage veganism can do to the human body
  • The results of Lierre’s 20 years of veganism
  • What led Lierre to ecological restoration
  • Why are vegans so angry?
  • Agriculture and our hierarchical civilization
  • Is organic farming a way forward?
  • Restoring the prairie grasslands
  • The future of Lierre’s work
  • What keeps Lierre motivated in her work
  • Lierre’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • How to find Lierre’s work

May 19 2017

1hr 40mins

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Food Fads vs the Homo Sapiens Diet - Arthur Haines #3

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In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, Arthur Haines and I continue
our conversation; this time delving into the difference between Food Fads
and the Homo sapiens Diet.

Episode breakdown:
* All diets are fad diets

* What constitutes a fad diet

* The issues with the loss of seasonal foods

* The good side of grains

* Wild rice benefits

* Cultivated foods vs. wild foods

* 4 guidelines for choosing domesticated foods

* Bitter lettuce over iceburg lettuce

* How to eat animal foods

* ReWild your mind

Jul 10 2014

1hr 3mins

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Ancestral Amnesia & the Village Mind - Stephen Jenkinson #151

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Stephen Jenkinson is back on ReWild Yourself Podcast to stretch our minds and hearts as he shares with us a bit of his elder wisdom on restoring real human culture. Stephen is a teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School, a teaching house and learning house for the skills of deep living and making human culture.

In our last interview (Episode #34) — a humbling conversation for me — Stephen shared insight into dying wise in our death phobic society. In today’s conversation, we focus on living wisely and meaningfully in our modern culture of self-hatred, entitlement, unwillingness to live deeply and lost connection to what makes us human.

He leaves us with an empowering message on living a purposeful life, not just for ourselves, but for our collective culture and future generations. As Stephen so perfectly puts it, "Now is the time for work, not the time for getting paid.”

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • New SurThrival product coming soon!
    • Hunt + gather updates: Cattail pollen-bearing flowers, Milkweed flowers, Wild strawberries, Shadbush & Self-heal
    • CNN reports on the hunter-gatherer diet
    • Q&A: Milkweed harvesting tips
  • Introducing Stephen Jenkinson
  • The absence of village-mindededness
  • The story of Orphan Wisdom
  • Growth and the issue with "how-to" questions 
  • The measure of a sane society
  • Your generational spiritual project
  • What is real sorrow?
  • Real human culture
  • Stephen’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Jul 05 2017

1hr 20mins

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How To Feed Your Human, Part 1 - Arthur Haines #76

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Arthur Haines is back on the show! Arthur is both a mentor to me and a good
friend, and he has been fundamental to many of the concepts presented on
this podcast. As I mentioned last week, we’ll be taking a break from the
podcast while we carry out a major revamp behind the scenes. Our very first
podcast guest on ReWild Yourself! was Arthur Haines, and so I cannot think
of a better way to close out this chapter than an interview series with
Arthur. In this episode, we begin a discussion on how to feed your human,
and Arthur presents the fundamental food groups for the ideal diet of the
human animal. In part one, we focus on animal foods! Stay tuned for the
next installments in this series where we will discuss plant, fungal,
bacterial, elemental and experiential foods!

Episode Breakdown:
* Help! I’m lost!
* Sleep podcast recap
* Food group paradigm
* How to achieve healthy genetic expression
* The placebo effect
* The new “food groups"
* Food Group #1: Animal foods
* Importance of consuming DHA
* Fluid intelligence & Vitamin B12
* Eating pastured foods
* Foods from the sea, and how to consume fish safely
* Managing stress for better epigenetic health
* Daniel’s & Arthur’s favorite animal foods
* We’re not eating food; we’re eating life

Dec 09 2015

1hr 21mins

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For the Love of Fat - Nora Gedgaudas #128

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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

Jan 05 2017

2hr 7mins

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Cultivating the Feral Mind - Nora Gedgaudas #4

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In this episode of ReWild Yourself! podcast, I talk with Nora Gedgaudas
, author of the international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind
 and widely recognized expert on the Paleo Diet. 

Episode breakdown:
* The Paleo diet
* Milankovitch cycles explained
* Gobekli Tepi 
* The human zoo vs. the factory farm
* Nora’s thoughts on gluten
* Climate of complacency
* The wild mind vs. the domesticated mind
* Cultivate the feral mindset

Jul 12 2014

1hr 15mins

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Mindsight and the Plane of Possibility - Dr. Dan Siegel #86

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"Awareness is the gateway for feeling the texture of lived life." —Dr. Dan Siegel

In this episode, the fascinating Dr. Dan Siegel joins us for a conversation on the human mind and mindsight. Dr. Siegel — Harvard graduate, professor at UCLA & New York Times bestselling author — has lectured for the likes of the Dalai Lama, the Pope and the King of Thailand.

"Mindsight is a term coined by Dr. Siegel to describe our human capacity to perceive the mind of the self and others." In this interview, Dr. Siegel explains how we can literally change our brains by developing the skill of mindsight, interconnectedness and how relationships and social networks work in the brain, and the importance of integration (the linkage of differentiated parts of the brain). Prepare to have your mind expanded!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Dr. Siegel’s journey through mindsight
  • What is interpersonal neurobiology?
  • Mind vs. Brain — who drives who? The 3 processes of the mind
  • The 4th aspect of “mind”
  • Mental training — where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows.
  • The reason relationships/social networks are so important
  • How does “being aware” change the brain?
  • “What’s wrong with the human brain that it believes everything isn’t interconnected?"
  • The 3 potentially relevant issues of quantum physics that relate to the mind
  • How we perceive reality
  • Entrainment of two systems — relationships
  • An integrated self — honoring “MWe"
  • Why Africa is the healthiest continent in the world
  • The arrow of time & the plane of possibility
  • Your human legacy and how we connect to past and future
  • Consilience
  • The importance of integration
  • The Wheel of Awareness
  • Dr. Siegel’s prognosis for the future of the human species

May 04 2016

1hr 21mins

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The Barefoot Podiatrist - Dr. Ray McClanahan #140

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Our feet are so much more capable than many of us are aware, and innovative podiatrist Dr. Ray McClanahan is here to share how we can attain strong, flexible, proprioceptive and resilient feet that engage their world meaningfully.

In his 18 years as a podiatrist, Dr. Ray has learned that most foot problems can be corrected by restoring natural foot function. His practice, Northwest Foot & Ankle in Portland, Oregon, allows him to care for those who find their highest joy when in motion. He is also the inventor of Correct Toes, silicone toe spacers designed to place each toe in the correct anatomical position in relationship to each other and to the ground.

In this episode, Dr. Ray shares the history of wearings casts (aka shoes) on our feet and the foot ailments that are caused by modern footwear and lifestyle. He breaks down our basic foot anatomy and the vast capabilities of the human foot when allowed to function in its natural form. He also gives an overview of what the journey to robust foot health looks like and the steps we can take to achieve this. Tune in for an in-depth discussion on this foundational piece of our overall health and wellness strategy!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show introduction:
    • Pine Pollen harvesting season
    • Recounting this week’s turkey hunt
    • Birch syrup season
    • Spring green foraging
    • Discussion on invasive species
  • Introducing Dr. Ray McClanahan
  • Why did we start wearing casts on our feet?
  • What foot ailments are caused by footwear and lifestyle?
  • Breaking down foot anatomy
  • How Dr. Ray got into natural podiatry & the podiatry industry
  • The four primary negative features of athletic footwear
  • Capabilities of the human foot
  • The story of William Rossi and Phil Hoffman
  • Fashion footwear
  • The truth about arch support
  • What does the journey to foot health look like?
  • Dr. Ray’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • How to connect with Dr. Ray

May 03 2017

1hr 36mins

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Becoming Radiant and Sexy from the Inside Out - Nadine Artemis #17

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Nadine Artemis — sense visionary and creator of Living Libations — tells us
why we should skip mainstream hygiene products and stick to botanicals and
the elements to care for our skin.

Episode Breakdown:
* Poetic Pits - the sensual "odorant" that blends harmoniously with
your natural, primal scent
* The 411 on essential oils
* Nadine’s first forays into oil blending
* Toxicity of mainstream beauty products
* Tips to have the best skin ever
* Feeding the body with essential oils
* Sexual communication through our armpits
* The toxic cocktail in the average supermarket deodorant stick
* The trifecta that makes up the perfect storm for breast cancer
* What you can do to naturally lower your risk of breast cancer
* The sunlight vitamin
* Iodine’s key roles in the body
* Toxic ingredients found in mainstream "feminine hygiene" products
* What a woman can incorporate into her lifestyle to take great care of
her lady lotus
* No tan lines - why this is such an important part of your self care
toolkit!

Oct 07 2014

1hr 13mins

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North America's Forgotten Fruit - Andrew Moore #177

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North America’s Forgotten Fruit — the Pawpaw — is an excellent reminder that adventures in wild food are still available to us! Andrew Moore is here to share his journey seeking out the largest edible fruit native to the United States. In Andrew’s book Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit, he explores the past, present, and future of this unique fruit, traveling from the Ozarks to Monticello; canoeing the lower Mississippi in search of wild fruit; drinking pawpaw beer in Durham, North Carolina; tracking down lost cultivars in Appalachian hollers; and helping out during harvest season in a Maryland orchard. Along the way, he gathers pawpaw lore and knowledge not only from the plant breeders and horticulturists working to bring pawpaws into the mainstream (including Neal Peterson, known in pawpaw circles as the fruit’s own “Johnny Pawpawseed”), but also regular folks who remember eating them in the woods as kids, but haven’t had one in over fifty years.

Andrew’s hunt for the wild pawpaw led him on quite the adventure, and in this episode, he gives us the lowdown on the pawpaw, its history and its modern-day revival. We take a look at pawpaw culture and discuss how it’s being cultivated and used today. Andrew certainly inspired me to hunt down the wild pawpaw, and I hope you’ll consider pursuing a wild food adventure of your own in the new year! Enjoy, and I’ll see you next week for the final episode of our podcast season!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction
  • Introducing Andrew Moore
  • How Andy became acquainted with the pawpaw
  • What is a pawpaw?
  • The history
  • The pawpaw revival
  • Uncovering the mystery of the pawpaw
  • The varying personalities in pawpaw culture
  • Historical cultivation and use of pawpaw
  • Growing pawpaw
  • Origins of the name
  • Hunting the wild pawpaw
  • Where to find Andrew

Dec 13 2017

1hr 14mins

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How Old is Fishing? - Brian Fagan #176

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Brian Fagan — one of the world’s leading archaeological writers — is back on the show! Brian was born in England and studied archaeology at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was Keeper of Prehistory at the Livingstone Museum (Zambia) and, during six years in Zambia and one in East Africa, was deeply involved in fieldwork on multidisciplinary African history and in monuments conservation. He was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1967 to 2004, when he became Emeritus. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading archaeological and historical writers and is a widely respected popular lecturer about the past.

In this episode, Brian talks to us about his latest book Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization and shares the fascinating insights he uncovered on the history of fishing. In his research, he found that fishing (for sustenance, not sport) rivaled agriculture in its importance to civilization. We discuss the historical timeline of fishing, early fishing equipment and how fishing became a commodity. Brian also shares his thoughts on the future of wild fisheries and the ocean ecosystem. Enjoy!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction
  • Introducing Brian Fagan
  • Brian’s prolific writing career
  • A history of fishing
  • Defining fishing - recreational vs subsistence
  • Establishing our timeline
  • Early fishing equipment
  • Fish as a commodity
  • The loss of large-scale fisheries
  • Future of wild fisheries
  • The future of the ocean
  • Will recreational fishing and hunting be a realistic practice in the future?
  • Brian’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Dec 07 2017

1hr 5mins

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Is Wild Food A Privilege? - Arthur Haines #175

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Arthur Haines is back on ReWild Yourself Podcast! Arthur is a good friend and our most esteemed frequent guest on the show. Arthur is a forager, ancestral skills mentor, author, public speaker, and botanical researcher. His work merges the material knowledge of present-day people with the ecological knowledge of ancestral people. Arthur’s mission is to help people develop deep awareness of and connection to nature, promote individual health and foster self-reliance. He is a fellow Mainer, and he hunts and gathers from our abundant local landscape to feed himself and his family. 

In this episode, Arthur and I share — from the heart — our thoughts on a prominent and relatively recent phenomenon in our modern-day culture: the loss of respect for real-world experience/age-based wisdom and the valuing of modern cultural norms over biological norms. We’re often asked if eating wild food is a privilege, and we share our views on this and the true meaning of privilege. With a shared mission of promoting an egalitarian society that actively participates in ecology, practices ecoculture, fosters personal sovereignty and emboldens thoughtful interaction with fellow Homo sapiens, it is our hope that you listen to our viewpoints with an open mind and keep this conversation going in the ReWilding community!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction
  • Introducing Arthur Haines
  • Arthur’s background
  • The issues with social media
  • Is wild food a privilege?
  • Real world experience vs. facts
  • The loss of elders and respect for age-based wisdom
  • Biological norms vs present-day cultural norms
  • Privilege and opportunity
  • Personal sovereignty
  • Closing thoughts
  • Context and intent
  • Our hunting and gathering updates

Nov 30 2017

1hr 29mins

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Nature as Your Compass - Tristan Gooley #174

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Tristan Gooley returns to ReWild Yourself Podcast to guide us through the lost art of reading nature’s signs. Tristan is an author and natural navigator. He teaches people to re-awaken their senses and tune into their ancestral ability to navigate across a landscape using the signs that nature provides. Tristan has led expeditions in five continents, climbed mountains in Europe, Africa and Asia, sailed small boats across oceans and piloted small aircraft to Africa and the Arctic. He has walked with and studied the methods of the Tuareg, Bedouin and Dayak in some of the remotest regions on Earth. He is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Royal Geographical Society. 

In this episode, Tristan explains how — once we learn to use nature as a compass — we can create a natural navigation map based in ecological knowledge. We also discuss Tristan’s latest work and the importance of purposeful nature engagement. Tristan gives us practical tips for re-awakening our senses to the natural world and simple techniques for getting started in natural navigation. Tune in, and be inspired to interact with your local landscape in a new and more intimate way!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + gather updates: A recent trip to North Carolina and my Thanksgiving meal plan
    • Season 3 of ReWild Yourself Podcast ends soon!
  • Introducing Tristan Gooley
  • Engaging with nature on a cerebral or physical level
  • Simple techniques to dabbling in natural navigations
  • Creating a natural navigation map based in ecology
  • How people navigate around the world
  • What Tristan’s working on now
  • Going into nature with purpose
  • How to inspire people to re-awaken their senses
  • Getting someone started in navigation
  • The future of natural navigation 
  • Tristan’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Nov 23 2017

1hr 13mins

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Beyond The War On Invasives - Tao Orion #173

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In the final installment of our invasive species series, we hear from Tao Orion — author and permaculturist — for a new perspective on invasives that links restoration with thoughtful habitat design. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Tao has dedicated her life to the art and science of regenerative living. She has a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture and has studied under some of the world’s leading permaculture teachers. She co-owns Resilience Permaculture design with her husband. Tao offers an alternative conversation on invasives with her book, Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Perspective on Ecosystem Restoration. She believes that deep and long-lasting ecological restoration outcomes will come not just from eliminating invasive species, but through conscientious redesign of these production systems.

In this episode, Tao shares how we can look to permaculture to inspire solutions to non-native invasive species and ecosystem restoration. She explains the restoration movement and imparts fundamental ecological knowledge to give context to our on-going invasives conversation. We also discuss ways to have meaningful conversations about invasive species without the divisiveness that can often arise from this controversial topic. Tao leaves us with some excellent strategies to participate in species and land stewardship as foragers with the goal of moving towards regeneration in ecosystems. Enjoy, and let’s keep this conversation going!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show introduction
  • Introducing Tao Orion
  • What ignited Tao’s passion for permaculture
  • The invasive species argument
  • Monsanto’s role in invasive species
  • Glyphosate explained
  • The restoration movement
  • Tending the wild
  • Succession and agricultural disturbances
  • Discussing invasives without the divisiveness 
  • Shifting our relationship to land management
  • How do foragers participate in species and land stewardship
  • Tao’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Nov 15 2017

1hr 11mins

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ReWilding Land, People & Wildlife - George Monbiot #171

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“Rewilding holds out hope of a richer living planet that can once more fill our lives with wonder and enchantment.” -George Monbiot

Prolific author George Monbiot joins us to share his niche in the world of rewilding: rewilding the land. George is an investigative journalist who writes a weekly column for the Guardian and is the author of a number of bestselling books, including Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea, and Human Life where he passionately advocates the large-scale restoration of complex natural ecosystems. 

To begin our conversation, George takes us back in time to the riveting adventures that began his career in investigative journalism. We cover a lot of ground in this interview, including how his work evolved to covering the large-scale ecological issues of our world, what rewilding means to George and his take on de-extinction. George also presents his argument in favor of fake meat as an option to feed the world’s population and why he does not feel that agriculture of any kind — including regenerative agriculture — is sustainable. While our opinions differed on some things, it was fascinating to hear George’s viewpoint on these controversial topics. Enjoy our conversation exploring George’s important work as an advocate for the rewilding of our earth’s ecosystems!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:

  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + gather updates: Learning to live with a hunting dog and bear fat
  • Introducing George Monbiot
  • George’s riveting backstory 
  • Why is 'the loss of wild humans' not making news headlines?
  • How George came to be working on these big picture ecological issues
  • What rewilding means to George
  • Bringing back lost megafauna
  • Rewilding becoming mainstream out of necessity
  • A case for fake meat and why (regenerative) agriculture isn’t sustainable
  • How do we feed the people of the world?
  • George’s upcoming book
  • George’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Nov 01 2017

1hr 37mins

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Heart of a Māori Hunter - Toa Hunter Gather #170

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Toa Hunter Gatherer embodies the new generation of hunter-gatherers with a true connection to the natural world. From a very young age, Owen Boynton — Toa Hunter Gatherer — has been passionate about wild country, learning the habitats of the animals with a sense to always want to stay connected. Born in Te Urewera, the ancestral home of the Tuhoe people also known as “children of the mist," Toa's hunter-gatherer bloodline remains strong. Kaitiakitanga — guardianship for the natural world — guides Toa’s compass in life and work. Toa’s inspiring TV series “Toa Hunter Gatherer” focuses on sharing the traditional knowledge and techniques that have been lost since using modern ways to source kai, or traditional Maori food.

In this episode, Toa shares from the heart on what it means to him to be a “full circle” hunter-gatherer. We get to experience hunting in New Zealand through Toa’s lens as we discuss the animals he hunts and the history of their introduced invasive species. We get to hear his perspective on conscientious hunting and gathering, from hunting terminology to “real trophy hunting” to showing reverence for elders. Toa affirms that — no matter what our ancestry is — we can all find connection to our place on this earth through participating in ecology and being devoted guardians of the natural world. Hunt - Gather - Provide!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + gather updates: Canoeing the cranberry bog, a delicious wild food meal & bear fat
    • Q&A: Soaking wild rice
  • Introducing Toa Hunter Gatherer
  • The meaning behind “Toa Hunter Gatherer"
  • Toa’s background and the Maori culture
  • How hunting works in New Zealand
  • What animals Toa hunts in New Zealand
  • Introduced invasive species
  • Being mindful about hunting terminology
  • Hunt, gather, provide — the full circle of the hunter-gatherer
  • A typical episode of Toa Hunter Gatherer
  • Hunting with elders
  • A generational shift in hunting
  • The real trophy hunting — providing for family and community
  • Finding connection to your place on this earth
  • Toa’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Bowhunting

Oct 25 2017

1hr 43mins

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Regenerative Agriculture and the Truth About Cowspiracy - Doniga Markegard #169

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Doniga Markegard is a rancher with a background in ecology and permaculture, and she’s here to share how regenerative agriculture can help to restore the biodiversity of prairie grasslands while simultaneously producing grass-fed, nutrient dense meat. 

In her youth, Doniga was mentored by some of the leading wildlife trackers, naturalists and Native spiritual elders. She spent years alone and with a small group of passionate youth in the Western Washington Wilderness learning the ways of the ancestors, immersing in nature, bird language, survival skills and wildlife tracking. Fast forward to today, she now stewards 10,000 acres of land in California where she — along with her husband and four children — owns and operates Markegard Family Grass-Fed LLC raising grass-fed beef, lamb, pastured pork and dairy. Doniga is passionate about large-scale restoration of Western Rangelands through cattle grazing, and she and her family have developed grazing and conservation management plans that encourage a resilient and diverse landscape.

Doniga believes that humans are an integral part of the complexity of life, and in this episode, we hear how her family stewards land based on the principles and patterns found in nature. She takes us back in time to her wild childhood and her time spent tracking wolves in Alaska and Idaho. We discuss living with apex predators and her unique perspective on ranching alongside wolves, as a rancher with an ecological background and passion for wildlife. We also hear about her family’s misleading feature in the controversial film Cowspiracy, which sheds a grim light on the credibility of this film’s message. Tune in for a refreshing take on sustainable, holistic agriculture and Doniga’s captivating evolution from wild child to conservationist and rangeland steward!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction
  • Introducing Doniga Markegard
  • What brought Doniga to her work in sustainable ranching
  • On grasslands
  • The life-centric focus of regenerative agriculture
  • Doniga reflects on her childhood and shares about her book, Dawn Again
  • Living with apex predators
  • The truth about “Cowspiracy”
  • Life on Doniga’s ranch
  • Transitioning back into the world after time spent in wilderness immersion programs
  • Doniga’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Oct 20 2017

1hr 26mins

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Preserving Cultural Food Heritage - Lori McCarthy #168

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It was an absolute pleasure to talk with Lori McCarthy — a third generation Newfoundlander — about the importance of preserving cultural food heritage for future generations. Lori has dedicated her life to preserving the cultural food of her homeland, Newfoundland and Labrador, through her company Cod Sounds and the Livyers Cultural Alliance. Her core values embrace locally sourced regional cuisine and this is reflected in her food experiences and through her cooking school.

Newfoundland and Labrador have a rich and fascinating history — grounded in the cod fisheries that once sustained them. Lori gives us a firsthand look at the land she calls home and shares how deeply the collapse of the local cod fisheries affected the fisherman and surrounding communities. Today Newfoundland and Labrador are home to a thriving food and restaurant industry, and Lori is at the forefront of keeping the area’s traditional, local and wild food in the spotlight. Lori’s work is incredibly inspiring and serves as a model that we can all learn from. Lori encourages us to join together with people from our local community to celebrate our local ecology and our own unique cultural food heritage — and to work together to pass this treasured knowledge down to future generations!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + gather updates: A successful bear hunt
    • A bear hunt Q&A
  • Introducing Lori McCarthy
  • Describing Newfoundland and Labrador
  • How Lori got started in her work
  • The rich food-based history of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Winters and the growing season
  • History of the cod fisheries
  • The cuisine of the local landscape + Lori’s journey into wild foods
  • Preserving cultural food heritage
  • A foraging year in Lori’s local ecosystem
  • Eat It Wild
  • Predictions for foraging in the future
  • Lori’s prognosis for the future human species

Oct 18 2017

1hr 27mins

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Native to When? - Ben Falk #166

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Ben Falk returns to ReWild Yourself Podcast to add his perspective to our invasive species conversation series! Ben lives in an intentional, resilient, forage-able ecosystem on his homestead in Vermont's Mad River Valley that he designed and continues to evolve. As someone who works closely with his local landscape, he is intimately enmeshed with both native and non-native invasive species and has valuable input on this complex issue.

Ben — an innovative permaculturist and intentional ecosystem designer — developed Whole Systems Design as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs Ben’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. Ben has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and design. He has conducted more than 300 site development consultations across the US and abroad, and has facilitated dozens of courses on property selection, permaculture design, and resilient systems. Ben is also the author of the award-winning book the Resilient Farm and Homestead.

In this episode, Ben and I grapple with some of the critical questions of the invasive species conversation: Who has the right to be considered native to a specific ecosystem when we are all native to this planet? Can we eat our way out of the invasive species problem? How do we define natural? Ben brings a balanced viewpoint to our invasive species series. He believes — as do I — that the conversation on invasives can be hugely advanced by active ecosystem participants (rewilders!). Tune in, and let's continue to be conscientious participants in the conservation of our ecology!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + gather updates: Striper and mackerel fishing, squirrel hunting, acorn gathering and pack basket making
  • Introducing Ben Falk
  • Ben’s permaculture intentional ecosystem
  • Food yield on Ben’s homestead 
  • The processing that goes into a permaculture ecosystem
  • Backstory to Ben’s viewpoints on invasive species
  • Invasive species and native local plant communities — who has the right to stay?
  • Thoughts on eating invasives
  • Creating forage-able landscapes
  • Tying a bow on the invasive species conversation
  • Defining what’s natural
  • Ben’s prognosis for the future of the landscape

Oct 11 2017

1hr 27mins

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Orgasmic Birth: Dancing Babies into the World - Debra Pascali-Bonaro #165

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Living in a society that promotes the idea of painful childbirth as the norm, it’s hard for many to imagine that childbirth does not only not have to be painful, but it can actually be orgasmic. Debra Pascali-Bonaro is here to shed light on the myths of childbirth and remind us that birth can be full of pleasure and delight.

Debra has trained thousands of doulas and birth professionals around the world in the practices of gentle birth support. She is the creator and director of Orgasmic Birth, a documentary that examines the intimate nature of birth, an everyday miracle. She sees the powerful role birth plays in women’s lives when they are permitted to experience it fully. Debra is a sought-after inspirational speaker, chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization, and co-author of the book Orgasmic Birth, Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience. Her newest baby Pain To Power Childbirth is an online childbirth class that will provide you the keys to move from pain to pleasure in childbirth and beyond!

An orgasmic birth is not defined as literally having an orgasm during birth — though that’s certainly possible! — rather it describes an overall birth experience that is safe, satisfying, gentle, joyous and pleasure filled. In this episode, Debra shares how mothers can create a birth ambiance that sets them up for a nurturing birth in any setting. We discuss the industrialization of birth and what the typical cascade of medical interventions looks like. Debra also explains the importance of staying connected to your sexuality during birth and many more invaluable pieces of information in this fantastic conversation. It’s time for orgasmic birth to become the cultural norm! As Debra so lovingly puts it, let’s “dance our babies into the world!"

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + gather updates: Hunting squirrels, butchering chickens, harvesting acorns and our upcoming course on eating acorns
    • Q&A: Daniel answers your questions on parasites & eating squirrels
  • Introducing Debra Pascali-Bonaro
  • Debra’s passion for birth 
  • Permission to fully experience birth
  • What is orgasmic birth?
  • Industrialized birth
  • What birth looks like around the globe
  • Dancing our babies into the world
  • The typical cascade of medical interventions
  • Staying connected to sexuality during birth
  • Explaining midwives, doulas and dude-las
  • Males delivering babies
  • Creating birth ambiance

Oct 04 2017

1hr 33mins

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On Becoming A Generalist - Kevin Kossowan #164

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As modern hunting and gathering as a movement and a way of life gains momentum, we need continue to discuss, define and evolve what it means to be a conscientious hunter-gatherer. Kevin Kossowan — documentary filmmaker and creator of the gorgeous and thoughtful series, From The Wild — joins us for a conversation on all things hunting and gathering. His series From The Wild is a Canadian-based documentary series following a group of food industry friends exploring the wild foods that surround them — putting them face to face with the adventures and uncharted culinary territories that wild foods offer.

From Ruffed Grouse to Shaggy Mane mushroom to Moose to Brook Trout, Kevin does not shy away from any of the wild food kingdoms, and in today’s episode, Kevin shares what he’s learned over years of procuring wild food from his local landscape and shares his thoughts on some of the leading ethical debates in the hunting and gathering world. Kevin is a fellow conscientious hunter-gatherer, and as such, it was interesting to hear his thoughts on assigning culinary value to different wild foods, processing the dispatch of another life and the radical range of differences in motivation and ethics in the hunting world. We also get into the topics of bow vs. rifle hunting and hunting in your local ecology vs. traveling to experience the wild foods of novel ecological landscapes. As we collectively forge this new path as hunters and gatherers with a deep connection to the land that provides for us and a passion for sustaining that land for future generations, Kevin offers his unique perspective from his adventures hunting and gathering the wild landscape of Alberta, Canada.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • SurThrival’s new product: Taboo Aphrodisia
    • Results from Daniel’s urine analysis test
    • Hunt + Gather updates: Making cider, wild ricing & hunting seasons
    • Q&A: Daniel’s morning static apnea practice
  • Introducing Kevin Kossowan
  • Kevin’s shares a bit about his background
  • Curating an intelligent and thoughtful show on hunting & gathering
  • Exposing chefs to wild foods
  • Being a generalist
  • Favorite species Kevin has worked with
  • Exploring the terroir of the landscape
  • Assigning culinary value to wild food
  • How Kevin approaches the dispatch of another life
  • Exploring the differing viewpoints and motivations in the hunting world
  • Bow vs rifle hunting
  • Thoughts on selecting weapons for the hunt
  • Hunting close to home vs destination hunts
  • Leaving a legacy for future generations
  • Kevin’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Sep 27 2017

1hr 38mins

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ReWild Your Gut - The Hadza Experiments - Tim Spector #163

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Tim Spector — a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and microbiome researcher — spent three days eating like a hunter-gatherer with the Hadza in Tanzania and dramatically changed the diversity of his gut microbiome. He wrote about his experience in a recent article for CNN, and we brought him on ReWild Yourself Podcast to share his story and explain the importance of gut diversity for robust health.

Tim is also the Founder and Director of the TwinsUK Registry at Kings College, London — the richest collection of genotypic and phenotypic information worldwide — and has recently been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has published over 800 research articles and is ranked as being in the top 1% of the world’s most cited scientists by Thomson-Reuters. He held a prestigious European Research Council senior investigator award in epigenetics and is a NIHR Senior Investigator. His current work focuses on omics and the microbiome, and he directs the crowdfunded British Gut microbiome project. He is a prolific writer with several popular science books and a regular blog, focusing on genetics, epigenetics and most recently, microbiome and diet. 

In this interview, Tim brings us up to speed on our current scientific understanding of the microbiome, what his research has uncovered and how we can apply this knowledge to our own diet and lifestyle to achieve a healthy microbiome. Ultimately, Tim has found that the key to a diverse and healthy gut is to ReWild Yourself — eating a species-rich diet of foraged foods and interacting with the natural world (translation: exposure to plentiful and diverse microbes). Tune into our conversation for an in-depth outline of the trillions of bacteria that inhabit your human animal, and learn how you can cultivate a healthy, robust community of beneficial gut bacteria.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • SurThrival NEW product teaser + upcoming Rather Hunt Gather clothing
    • Hunt + Gather updates: Feral apples, wild cranberries, butternut, bear hunting, chicken of the woods mushroom and offshore fishing on the Bunny Clark
    • Q&A: Barefoot boot recommendations
  • Introducing Professor Tim Spector
  • Defining omics
  • Studying twins and epigenetics
  • What led Tim to his study of diet
  • Researching the healthiest diet
  • The largest endocrine organ in the body: the microbiome
  • Microbiome and metabolic individuality
  • What is our current understanding of the microbiome?
  • The effects of antibiotics on the microbiome
  • Recounting Tim’s time spent living and eating with the Hadza
  • Thoughts on the microbiome of the ReWilder
  • General guidelines for a healthy microbiome
  • Tim’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Sep 20 2017

1hr 29mins

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A Forager’s Guide to Preventing Tick-Borne Illness - Dr. Stephen Rich #162

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As the prevalence of ticks and tick-borne illness continues to grow, particularly in the northeastern United States, the modern hunter gatherer (and all who enjoy spending time in the natural world) must be acutely aware of the risk of tick exposure when out on the landscape and have a comprehensive tick strategy in place. Dr. Stephen Rich is here to take us on an intimate tour of the tick and how we can best mitigate our risk of tick-borne disease.

Dr. Stephen Rich is a Professor of Microbiology and Director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is also the Director of Tick Report, a fantastic and accessible tick testing service for public individuals and agencies seeking more information about the risk of dangerous pathogens. 

In this interview, Stephen guides us through the most common tick species and where to find them, as well as the life stages of the tick and the various stages of tick bite prevention. Stephen gives us the lowdown on why we’re seeing a massive increase and what appears to be a northward migration of ticks in our environment. We also discuss the various tick-borne illnesses, with a special focus on Lyme disease, and what we can do to prevent contracting these illnesses if we are bitten by a tick. This information is so vital for all of us who enjoy a relationship with the natural world! Please enjoy this illuminating conversation with Dr. Stephen Rich, and share this podcast with friends and family that could benefit from a better understanding of ticks and tick-borne illness!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + Gather updates: Bear hunting and elderberry harvesting
    • Q&A: Prepping for natural disasters + opting out of airplane body scanners
    • Thoughts on ticks and tick-borne disease + Daniel’s personal tick strategies 
  • Introducing Dr. Stephen Rich
  • What piqued Stephen’s interest in zoonotic disease and ticks
  • Mice in the last glaciation
  • On Stephen’s service, Tick Report
  • The taxonomy of ticks and transmission of disease
  • Why the massive increase and northward migration in human-biting ticks?
  • The life stages of ticks
  • Where to find different species of ticks
  • What happens when a tick bites you
  • The stages of tick bite prevention
  • Getting perspective on Lyme disease
  • Lyme disease and co-infections by the numbers
  • Best practices for removing a tick
  • Stephen’s predictions for the future of ticks and tick-borne disease

Sep 13 2017

1hr 57mins

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An Elemental Guide to Renegade Beauty - Nadine Artemis #161

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Nadine Artemis is back on ReWild Yourself Podcast to discuss how to reveal and revive your natural radiance by embracing “renegade” beauty. Nadine is the creator of Living Libations, an exquisite line of serums, elixirs, and essentials oils for those seeking the purest of the pure botanical health and beauty products on the planet. She is the author of Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums and soon-to-be-released Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance--Beauty Secrets, Solutions, and Preparations. An innovative aromacologist, Nadine develops immune-enhancing formulas and medicinal blends for health and wellness. Nadine’s fresh paradigm for beauty and her natural approach to health presents a revolutionary vision; it allows the life-force of flowers, dewdrops, plants, the sun, and water to be the ingredients of healthy living and lets everything unessential, contrived, and artificial fall away.

In this episode, Nadine guides us through the concepts of “renegade” beauty, beginning with the foundational piece of health, wellness and beauty: our microbiome. Most modern skincare and self-care products are laden with toxic ingredients that may offer a quick fix to an issue, but overlook the root cause, and often have detrimental effects to our bodies and our environment. Nadine encourages us to harness the power of our plant allies and the elemental forces of nature to simplify our self-care routines and allow our natural radiance to shine through. While we focus on many women-specific topics, there is something for everyone in this interview!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Renegade Beauty Book Giveaway
    • Hunt + Gather updates: elderberry harvesting, brook trout fishing, cooking with acorns and getting a dog
    • Q&A: Properly storing wild berry powders
  • Introducing Nadine Artemis
  • Nadine’s new book, Renegade Beauty
  • Beauty from within
  • The meaning of vitalism
  • From the milky way to the microbiome: allowing our micro biome to be our beautician
  • Harnessing the power of our plant allies
  • Wise interaction with the sun
  • Navigating the toxins in our modern world
  • Breast health 
  • On iodine deficiency 
  • Embracing the expansion of pregnancy
  • Renegade beauty realms and skin type hype
  • Moving towards a more beautiful world

Sep 07 2017

1hr 47mins

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Parasites! Who’s Inhabiting Your Gut? - Evan Brand #160

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Our bodies are a walking ecosystem that we share with trillions of microbes. While the majority of these microbes are native and beneficial, you might be surprised to learn that many of us are harboring parasites that can be the root cause of symptoms like chronic fatigue, brain fog, depression and more. Evan Brand is here to share the truth about parasites, how to test for them and how we can restore the ecology of our human animal. Evan is an Author, Podcast Host and a Louisville, Kentucky-based Board-Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Nutritional Therapist. He is passionate about healing the chronic fatigue, obesity, and depression epidemics after solving his own IBS and depression issues. He uses at-home lab testing and customized supplement programs to find and fix the root cause of a wide range of health symptoms.

In this interview, Evan and I discuss how to take a conscientious approach to many of the obstacles to robust health we face in our modern times. Our conversation leads us down many pathways — from glyphosate exposure to parasites to caffeine and stress response to mitigating the effects of EMF. Get out your notebooks for this one, folks, as Evan shares countless resources with us for our own personal investigation!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + gather updates: Harvesting rosehips, making berry powder, apple cider season, upcoming bear season and acorn battered fried squirrel
    • Q&A: How much food does Daniel actually hunt and gather + what foods does he purchase?
  • Introducing Evan Brand
  • What Evan’s been up to lately
  • Hunting, Sandhill cranes and invasive species
  • On glyphosate
  • What led Evan to his work
  • The truth about parasites and why you should care
  • Likelihood of glyphosate exposure
  • The science behind the benefits of nature immersion
  • Caffeine, social media and anxiety
  • Strategies for mitigating the effects of EMF
  • Evan’s general prescription for his clients
  • Evan’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Aug 30 2017

2hr 22mins

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The Quest for Wild Terroir - Pascal Baudar #159

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Today’s show explores terroir — the flavor of place. Discovering the wild flavors of your local bioregion is a smart and ecologically interactive way to intimately engage with your place and add context to the story of your food. Pascal Baudar — wild food researcher and a self-styled “culinary alchemist” — joins us to share his unique and inspiring niche in the wild food world: wildcrafted terroir.

Based in southern California with access to many different ecosystems (mountain, desert, chaparral, and seashore) and 700+ different wildcrafted ingredients, Pascal is a brazen wild food experimenter who combines his knowledge of plants and his local landscape with the innovative techniques of a master food preserver and chef. Pascal was named one of the 25 most influential tastemakers in L.A. by Los Angeles magazine, and his locally sourced wild ingredients and unique preserves have made their way into the kitchens of such star chefs as Ludo Lefebvre, Josiah Citrin, Ari Taymor, Michael Voltaggio, Chris Jacobson and Niki Nakayama. He is the author of The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, an incredible book of culinary concepts and ideas featuring recipes and preservation techniques using a local terroir.

Pascal is here to change how we think about wild food. He invites us to experiment with the wild ingredients in our own local bioregion and shares some examples of how he creatively crafts wild cuisine from the landscape he calls home. You’ll hear the wide variety of uses for wild sage, how he makes his own salt and how he uses insects in his wild ferments. Pascal’s work is rooted in love of place, and I hope he inspires you to infuse more local wild terroir into your own wild food plate.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt +gather updates: Fishing, free diving and iguana hunting in the Florida Keys
    • Q&A: Methods of organizing/recording/searching for your hunting/fishing/foraging spots to go back to in the future
    • Teaser about upcoming show on ticks
  • Introducing Pascal Baudar
  • Pascal’s niche in the wild food world
  • What led Pascal to survivalism
  • Defining terroir
  • Pascal’s local bioregion and wild food unique to his area
  • How Pascal uses sage in his dishes
  • Reflecting on a career in commercial foraging
  • Insect cuisine
  • Relationship to stone
  • Adding context to your food
  • How to make your own salt
  • Wildcrafted fermentation
  • The work behind the wild food plate
  • Pascal’s educational journey
  • Making vinegar from fruit flies
  • Using acorns
  • Spiritual relationship to wild food
  • Pascal’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Aug 23 2017

1hr 30mins

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A History of Water and Humankind - Brian Fagan #158

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Water — our most vital resource — is a topic that is quite often on our minds. There are the global water issues such as the fact that 783 million people do not have access to fresh water, droughts throughout our planet are becoming more wide-spread and the biodiversity of our oceans is declining at an alarming rate. There are the issues closer to home, like (for us in the United States) the droughts in California and the recent water crisis in Michigan caused by contaminated municipal water, potentially exposing over 100,000 residents in the city of Flint, MI to high levels of lead in their drinking water. And then there are the more personal water issues, such as considerations over what’s the best, most healthful water for us to drink and how much water is ideal for one to consume in a day. 

Our relationship with water has profoundly impacted our history, and Brian Fagan — archaeologist,  Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and prolific author — is here to share key pieces of our shared history with water and how we can reflect on this history to help solve water crises of the future. Brian was born in England, was educated at Cambridge University (BA (Honors), MA, and PhD) and worked in Central Africa as an archaeologist and museum curator before coming to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1967. He is the author of numerous articles and general books on archaeology, ancient climate change, and most recently histories of water, ancient seafaring, and the changing relationship between humans and animals. Brian is regarded as one of the world’s leading archaeological writers and lectures about the past, especially ancient climate change, all over the world. 

In this interview, Brian artfully weaves together the history of water and humankind. We discuss the timeline of water issues and cover some of the most prevalent water issues plaguing our planet at this time, as well as Brian’s predictions for what we can expect in the future. This interview is not a doomsday report, as Brian’s message is a wake-up call for our species that is filled with hope for our planet and Homo sapiens (the wise ones) and our ingenuity and adaptability. It is a call to regain the reverence for water that our ancestors possessed!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • The story of Lyrical and importance of easing people into wild foods
    • Hunt + Gather updates: Chokecherries, Tenkara trout fishing and freediving
    • What I've been reading and watching
    • Q&A on insects: Natural repellents and indigenous practices for insect management
  • Introducing Brian Fagan
  • What led Brian to his work today
  • The history of fishing
  • Future of wild fisheries
  • Defining archaeology
  • The effects of agriculture on our planet
  • When did water become an issue?
  • History of humans and water
  • The loss of reverence for water
  • The current state of water
  • Needless wasting of water
  • Possible solutions to modern water issues
  • Brian’s prognosis for the future of water

Aug 16 2017

1hr 25mins

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On Being A Mortal Animal - Dr. Scott Eberle #156

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"How you live is how you die," Dr. Scott Eberle — a physician specializing in end-of-life care — tells us in today's interview. Having spent many years at the bedside of the dying, Scott has learned some important lessons from those participating in their final rite of passage, and he's here to impart a bit of that wisdom with us today, inspiring us to live and die more consciously.

Dr. Scott Eberle is a medical director of Hospice of Petaluma in Petaluma, California, as well as an experienced teacher and author, and a wilderness guide.  Together with Meredith Little of the School of Lost Borders, he co-created “The Practice of Living and Dying,” an innovative wilderness curriculum exploring the human experience of being a mortal animal.

In this interview, we explore the practice of living and dying and what it means to be a mortal animal. Consciously approaching life and death calls for us to "confront the difficult questions" and "have the difficult conversations" right now, and Scott shares how he has integrated these practices into his own life. We discuss Scott's experiences working in hospice, thoughts on death acceptance, the common regrets of the dying and much more. If you’re a mortal animal, you’ll want to hear this conversation!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Hunt + Gather updates: Transitioning to autumn, wild cherries & trout fishing
    • Reflecting on the Moon Dance
    • Q&A: Beard-scaping
  • Introducing Dr. Scott Eberle
  • What is hospice and how Scott came to work in this field
  • What it’s like to interact with people in their dying time
  • Denial of death
  • Lessons learned from the bedside of the dying
  • The top five regrets of the dying
  • What led Scott back to the natural world
  • Experiencing the AIDS epidemic
  • The practice of living and dying
  • Blending holistic wellness with our modern healthcare system
  • Being a mortal animal
  • Confronting the difficult questions and conversations now
  • Thoughts on the soul and life’s purpose
  • What Scott has come to hope for his own dying time
  • Scott’s prognosis for the future of the human species

Aug 09 2017

1hr 32mins

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Tales from the Wild Table - Connie Green #155

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What a pleasure it was to speak with lifelong forager and pioneer in sustainable commercial wild food and mushroom foraging, Connie Green. Connie founded one of the very first and largest wild food businesses in the U.S., Wine Forest, where she still resides as “head huntress,” overseeing a beautifully rich and diverse selection of wild foods furnished to top chefs, restaurants, retailers and consumers. Friends of the forest, Connie and her team believe that wild food harvesting goes hand in hand with a love and respect for the ecosystems where these delectable wild edibles grow.

In this episode, Connie takes us back in time through the landscape of foraging over the past few decades and shares how she got her start in the commercial foraging business. She illuminates the commercial side of the foraging world with a focus on what she considers to be the secret ingredient in bridging the ancestral practice of hunting and gathering with modern gourmet cooking: sustainability and ethical harvesting practices. 

We also explore some tactical “in the field” topics, such as Connie’s indispensable foraging equipment and her recommendations for how to get started foraging. Tune in and be inspired — or re-inspired — to participate in your local ecology by hunting and gathering from your landscape!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
  • Show Introduction:
    • Got a question for Kim Anami about healthy human sexuality?
    • Hunt + gather updates: Freediving in Florida
    • Q&A: Back support on long car rides
  • Introducing Connie Green
  • How Connie came to this way of life
  • The landscape of foraging over the decades
  • On Euell Gibbons - the great grandfather of foraging
  • Wild food in restaurants
  • Crossroads between wild foods and agriculture
  • Eating invasives
  • The sustainability of hobbyist and commercial foragers
  • Level of processing for the commercial forager
  • Connie’s indispensable foraging equipment
  • Plant people, mushroom people, animal people
  • Getting started foraging
  • A message to aspiring foragers
  • Connie’s prognosis for the future of the human species
  • Where to find Connie’s work

Aug 02 2017

1hr 35mins

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