Born in New Hampshire, Daniel Vitalis had an unsettled childhood. His father left when he was young and his mother suffered from mental health problems. Vitalis has lectured for a decade about the benefits of reconnecting with nature. In 2008, he founded the nutrition company SurThrival that has a line of natural nutritional medicines to support immunity and overall health. Vitalis hosts an internet TV series about foraging in the wild called WildFed and he also hosted a podcast called ReWild Yourself that ran for 200 episodes before ending in 2017. He created the website FindASpring.com, a resource to help the public locate clean, fresh, wild water. He has tens of thousands of followers on social media and is considered to be an influencer. He is a registered Maine guide, which is where he lives with his wife.
Daniel Vitalis’s Diet
As a teen, Vitalis became a vegetarian, and then he moved on to raw veganism for about a decade. After reading a book about how meat is essential for health, he switched his diet again and calls himself a conscious omnivore. He eats from the 4 kingdoms: animal, plant, fungal and bacterial. He hunts and gathers virtually all of his food, including things like wild rice (yes, wild rice grows in Maine). He also advocates foraging for water.
- Low Carb 20% 20%
- Medium-High Fat 50% 50%
- Medium Protein 60% 60%
In his 20s, Vitalis was fairly famous as a vegan, and was regularly speaking at conferences and other events. When he switched back to eating meat, it more or less ended his speaking engagements.
Who Needs Starbucks?
Vitalis likes yaupon tea, the only type of caffeinated plant that grows in North America.
Taking Foraging to the Next Level
Vitalis found a mentor in botanist Arthur Haines who runs a primitive life-focused organization in Maine. Haines was the first guest on Vitalis’ ReWild Yourself podcast.
Relearning How to Be Primitive
Vitalis discovered that learning to hunt when you’re not born into that lifestyle is actually quite challenging. His WildFed series is a practical guide for those people who are interested in knowing where their food comes from.
What to Eat
Wild caught Meat
Fresh-picked Herbs & Spices
Water, preferably Wild-sourced
What to Avoid
Any food not found in nature
Industrial Animal Products
Vitalis on Eating Food for Comfort
‘To stem the chaos, I turned to food because it was a way to alter yourself, so I saw it as a way to alter my destiny.’
Vitalis on the Vegan Diet
‘I discovered veganism in the early days of the internet, and I was emotionally overwhelmed by the ethics of it.’
Vitalis on his Food
‘What people miss about all this is that I’m not into eating bad-tasting food…That’s simply not true. It tastes better and it’s more nutritious.’
Vitalis on Squirrel Meat
They taste like the best chicken wing you’ve ever eaten.’
Daniel Vitalis’s Fitness Routine
Vitalis calls himself a health motivator and personal development strategist who helps people incorporate ancestral activities into their modern lives.
Relearn How to Move
Vitalis believes many of us move improperly, compounded by unnatural movements of sitting too much and driving all the time.
Vitalis says efficiency in movement is one of his key principles, rather than using brute force.
A Daniel Vitalis Routine
Rewild yourself by getting outside and into nature daily.
Practice moving in every way ancestral humans did: crawling, walking, standing, jumping, climbing, etc.
Vitalis on Walking Early as a Baby
‘I feel like I rushed it.’
Vitalis on Humans
‘My concept is that human beings are a domesticated form of homo sapiens.’
Vitalis on Domestication
‘Domestication is not an evolutionary process; it is a degenerative process.’
Vitalis on Modern Humans
‘Human beings haven’t really been getting better. We’ve been getting sicker and weaker and less adapted to our environment.’
Daniel Vitalis’s Supplements
Vitalis has his own line of natural supplements called SurThrive. One of them is the protein-packed bovine colostrum to support immune healthy, improve cognitive function and increase endurance as well as reduce recovery time.
Vitalis recommends Chaga mushrooms for its immune-building beta-glucans and its calming terpenes.
Vitalis’ pine pollen reduces fatigue, increases energy, improves the skin and supports weight loss.
Elk antler is another supplement in Vitalis’ line. It is meant to improve stamina, reduce recovery time, and boost lean muscle growth and sexual prowess.
Vitalis also has a non-GMO, USA-grown CBD oil in his line that has 0% THC. CBD can reduce pain, anxiety and depression and alleviate side effects of cancer. He also has a CBD oil for pets.
Daniel Vitalis’s Lifestyle
The Bed for the Discriminating Hunter-Gatherer
Vitalis endorses the Samina bed which is made in Germany from organic fibers, natural tree latex and silver mesh. It plugs in so you get an electrical signal ‘from the earth,’ and it also has magnets orienting your head toward North, no matter which direction your bed actually faces. Warning: it doesn’t come cheap.
Nature Deficit Disorder
Vitalis advocates everyone getting out in nature more, to reconnect and recharge our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Vitalis says teeth and gums are living things, and that you can regenerate yours and improve oral health by using natural cleansers like coconut oil and activated charcoal. Same goes for your eyes (although it doesn’t involve coconut oil).
Vitalis says most skincare and beauty products are laden with toxic ingredients that are detrimental to our health and environment. For anyone who wants to look good while staying natural, Vitalis recommends starting from within with the microbiome in your gut.
Vitalis on our Getting Back to Nature
‘A lack of nature in our lives makes us crazy.’
Vitalis on Modern Trappings
‘We’re isolated from our world by our clothes, shoes, homes and cities.’
Vitalis on Rewilding
‘It’s something we talk about with landscapes.I was interested in if it could be done with humans.’
Vitalis on the Chances of Humanity Returning to the Wild
‘We’re living in a factory farm and we can’t go back to our wild environment, so we might want to turn this factory farm into a zoo.’
Vitalis on the Seeming Contradiction of Marketing a Wild Life
‘I get that. But there needs to be somebody who gathers this into the modern world, and I care more about getting this message to soccer moms than I do about living in a teepee.’
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