27 Sep Real Foodie Interview – Amy Gibson Wilder And Hunt
Amy created Wilder And Hunt after becoming fed-up with the lack of nutritious convenience food on offer at mainstream outlets in Auckland, New Zealnad. So just like that, she hired some rad people, decked out a shop and started a business! Having grown up on a farm, Amy was confronted by the difference between real food and the mainstream diet when she moved to the city. Chef, turned Marketing graduate, turned mother and now business owner, Amy has a very real desire to introduce New Zealanders to real food and lure them away from the processed junk. Amy loves spending time with people and hearing their stories, which is why you can regularly find her at the shop chatting with customers! Spreading a fabulous message about real food and doing an amazing job with her spreading the message about real food, and making it easier for people with her Wilder and Hunt Health Store.
Who is Amy Gibson and what is Wilder and hunt?
Hi there I’m Amy Gibson and I’m leading the ‘Real Food Movement’ with Wilder and Hunt. Having two children, a hard working husband and working full time I realised it was impossible to eat healthy on the run! It was an absolute nightmare, I was feeling guilty about not being the perfect mum and wife staying at home in my pinny picking organic veggies in my garden and making food from scratch!! (haha I’m not really the domestic goddess kind of woman)! However I wanted it all… so I figured others wanted convenient health food too. Wilder and Hunt was born…
Wilder and Hunt is all about convenience health food. Specialising in real food that is nutrient dense, void of grain, sugar, and anything artificial. The ethos underpinning Wilder And Hunt recognises that the human body demands a high plant-based and fat/protein diet for good health. Before mass food production introduced grains, legumes, and refined sugar to the human diet, people largely ate what they could hunt and forage for. Back to the basics!
At Wilder and Hunt we have delicious take home meals and have created a shop full of divine tasting goodies that will make your life not only easier but more beautiful!
What was your turning point that made you search for real health?
I was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and told that I had to be on medication for the rest of my life to ‘cope’. That didn’t seem right to me so I seeked out natural alternatives, having chronic eczema and digestive issues I needed to find a whole body healer and tried many supplements and all sorts of treatments and diets. Through the process of elimination and lots of research I learnt that a whole food diet was the best medicine. In fact now if I have any refined sugar or grains I immediately feel rubbish. I want to help others that are feeling helpless and show them that there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
Would you say you are a “live to eat,” or “eat to live” kind of person??
Both… I eat to live (as stated above), but boy do I love my food. I believe you can have it all, delicious, fun convenient food that inspires your taste buds and makes you fall in love with Real Food all over again.
How do you like to move your body?
I grew up on a farm riding horses and working the land. The term exercise is kind of funny to me as it should just be built into everyday life. I prefer to do things that are fun or productive… walking with my children and playing on the beach, dancing and lifting heavy things (like boxes in the kitchen and children)! I’m trying bikram Yoga at the moment but to be honest it is just an excuse to catch up with my girlfriends!
How would you describe your philosophy around food?
Life is too short to eat bad food.
How would you describe your philosophy around exercise?
Have lots of fun and don’t ever make it a chore.
What does your typical days food look like?
Breakfast: Veggies, protein, fat
Lunch: Veggies, protein, fat
Dinner: Veggies, protein, fat
What was your last workout?
Funk dance class with a group of sassy and inspiring woman.
Whats your go to meal to cook?
Wilder and Hunt take home meals! hehe I don’t have to cook anymore. Just sit back and enjoy the deliciousness!
Name your top 3 people you admire the most?
Vicki Taylor, Trelise Cooper and Karen Walker… they have taken NZ fashion to the world. They are hard working, passionate big thinking babes and I hope to do for New Zealand food what they have done for fashion.
Whats one of the biggest health myths you would love the world to really understand?
That sugar is actually poison.
What does being foreverfit mean to you?
Having good mental health and a body that allows me to live out my dreams.
What is so great about this recipe you are sharing?
The kids LOVE it!
Where can people find you?
- 1/4 cup Cashews
- 3/4 cup Almonds
- 1 cup Shredded Coconut
- 1/4 cup Cranberries
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil (melted)
Middle Layer Ingredients
- 2 tablespoons Coconut and Almonds
- Pinch Sea Salt
- 38 grams Cashews
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (melted)
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- 45 grams Lemon Juice
- 25 grams Frozen Berries
- 1/4 tablespoon Vanilla
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Cream
- 1 tablespoon Almond Butter
- For the base, place all ingredients in a processor and blend until a dough forms. Press into the base of a pan.
- Press cranberries and almonds into the base and sparsely scatter some coconut over base. Make sure there is a reasonable amount of the base viewable, otherwise the top layer won’t stick to the base. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt flakes.
- For the topping, place all ingredients into the blender and blend till smooth.
- Pour over the base. You will need to tilt the baking tray to make sure the topping covers the whole base.
- To remove any visible bubbles, lift the tray a couple centimeters off the bench and drop onto the bench.
- Freeze until firm.
- Serve with fresh berries and whipped coconut cream.