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.
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.
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