Daniel Vitalis, Vegan to Modern Day Hunter-Gatherer

Daniel Vitalis is the host of WildFed. For ten years he lectured around North America and abroad, offering workshops that helped others lead healthier, more nature-integrated lives. A successful entrepreneur, he founded the nutrition company SurThrival.com in 2008. Most recently, he hosted the popular podcast ReWild Yourself. He’s a Registered Maine Guide, writer, public speaker, interviewer, and lifestyle pioneer who’s especially interested in helping people reconnect with wilderness, both inside and outside of themselves. After learning to hunt, fish, and forage as an adult, Daniel created WildFed to inspire others to start a wild-food journey of their own. Headquartered in the Lakes Region of Maine, he lives with his beautiful wife Avani and their Plott Hound Ellie.

Time Stamps:

0:11:09 Podcast begins

0:11:34 The story of how Daniel ate cicadas

0:15:39 Daniel’s story and how he ended up where he is today

0:22:24 Why Daniel transitioned out of veganism

0:28:04 The plants that I include on my diet and why

0:33:34 It is impossible to live in the wild as a vegan

0:35:29 My podcast with Alyse and Tim about transitioning away from veganism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ97NWuv_Z8&t=4038s

0:36:04 My experiences with the Hadza: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrHi6dFzl68 and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4cPT-TTpog&t=624s

0:37:29 The dogma in the carnivore community

0:38:44 Can you be a compassionate hunter?

0:44:54 The truth about processed food; how it works for real hunter gatherers

0:48:09 We eat food that we have never actually met

0:50:34 The story of how Daniel hunted and ate an allegator

0:53:34 We commonly forget that one day we will die

0:58:09 Weapons and hunting usually have negative associations for people

1:04:19 The term “dry tinder” and self-managed health

1:09:49 Does Daniel consider plant toxicity and do any detoxification?

1:20:34 We need to think about plants on a spectrum

1:24:34 Different calorie dense foods that communities around the world rely upon

1:27:59 Plants as “drugs” and the human tendency to addiction

1:41:34 Does Daniel eat the organs when he hunts his game?

1:44:34 The story about Daniel’s tattoos


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