Daniel Vitalis can point to his vegan lifestyle as the reason for his rise to prominence, but now he’s flipping the story, aiming instead to teach people how to live a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
“I discovered veganism in the early days of the internet, and I was emotionally overwhelmed by the ethics of it,” the influencer told the Boston Globe.
Vitalis had been a vegan for nearly ten years when he read Nutrition And Physical Degeneration by Weston Price, which he says convinced him to add animal products back into his diet for optimum health. That was several years back. He got kicked off the stage at pre-arranged speaking engagements for denouncing veganism, but he has since found new platforms to share his ideas.
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Harvesting wild cranberries on a floating, peat moss island. You’ll be able to see the whole process in episode 7 of the forthcoming WildFed show! Season 1 is coming very soon, it’s 8 thirty-minute episodes where we hunt, fish, forage and then bring that food back to chefs and cooks to prepare amazing meals! Have you seen the season trailer? If not, check it out at wild-fed.com or click the link in my profile. The first episodes of the WildFed Podcast will be going live next week! I’ll also be announcing how you can see the WildFed show and the details of a new, 9-week interactive course I’m offering too! Go over to wild-fed.com to Join The Subsistence (the WildFed newsletter) to get a first look at all the details. I’ve been working on this project for two years now, and it’s finally ready for you to see. If you like this Instagram feed you’re gonna love the show and podcast! Now… I have some cranberry sauce to make. Let me know what you think about the show trailer!
His podcast, ReWild Yourself, produced over 150 episodes up until 2017, promoting the concept of returning to a foraging sort of lifestyle.
Now Vitalis has a new project, a web series and podcast called WildFed, that teaches lessons in hunting and gathering to others who want to learn. He also posts information about the lifestyle on his Instagram account.
“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,” he explained to the Boston Globe.
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The seasons are changing. The days are growing longer and my ice fishing season has now come to a close — as the 60 maple trees I’ve tapped will be keeping me plenty busy in the coming weeks. I set aside a good portion of yesterday to do gear maintenance on my hard-water fishing equipment to prepare it all for storage. I like to tear down my ice fishing traps, lubricate them, and tie new leaders with shelled hooks before putting them up until the lakes freeze again next winter. Now they’re ready to go when the season begins again. I prefer to do the work preemptively rather than hustling to get it done when I’m ready to fish next year. Living a year-round hunting, fishing, and foraging lifestyle requires a lot of equipment and all of that needs to be taken care of if it’s going to last. Gear maintenance, testing, and organization take up a considerable amount of time. Discipline in this area is really important to me since I can’t imagine being nearly as productive otherwise. My strategy is to get out ahead of it so I can be ready to go at a moments notice. It’s hard for me to sleep if I have dull knives, dirty guns, or broken off lines. It’s been an incredible season of fishing for brook trout, lake trout, salmon, cusk, and smelt — a bit of which you’ll see in a forthcoming episode of WildFed — but now it’s time to shift my focus towards spring. Already I’m thinking about next winter though, where I’ll fish and what I’ll do with the catch! But also, what gear upgrades I’ll make to become more efficient and productive. While I doubt I’ll ever be able to hunt, fish, and forage all my food — I love chocolate too much to give it up — I’m always looking to increase the amount of foraged food I can bring home. To that end, I’m committed to the work, not just the fun parts. Chop wood, carry water. #WildFed #RatherHuntGather
Still, it’s an extreme lifestyle change–going from being a person who preaches the benefits of a raw vegan lifestyle to being someone who is not only convinced veganism is a bad idea, but actually uses their platform to teach people to hunt animals for food.
But Vitalis’ interest lies specifically in the idea of “rewilding,” a term that refers to returning something back to its natural state. In this case, that means people.
“It’s something we talk about with landscapes,” he told the Boston Globe. “I was interested in if it could be done with humans.”
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H/T Boston Globe