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Win a Healthy Pantry Makeover

To celebrate the New Year, we’re giving away ten $99 gift cards to help stock healthier pantries in 2011. Why? Because eating healthy can be done on a budget, and we’re going to show ten winners how! Each of the ten winners will be chosen at random from the comments below. Each winner will receive a $99 gift card, a list of suggested products, and will be put in touch with one of our Healthy Eating Specialists.

Our Healthy Eating Specialists are well versed in our Health Starts Here program and can help guide a shopping trip, suggest recipes and give cooking tips, or simply answer your questions about making healthier choices when it comes to food. We’ll notify the winner by email during the first week of February to let them know how to get their gift card, and how to get in touch with a Healthy Eating Specialist at their local store. The $99 gift card will cover your shelf-stable basics for stocking a healthier pantry. You'll need to shop for some of them two or three times a month, depending on how many people you are cooking for. Then, once or twice a week, you’ll shop for perishables and specific recipe ingredients. So tell us, what healthy eating changes do you plan to make in 2011? Where do you find your motivation and inspiration?  We want to hear it all! Share a bit about your approach to healthy eating in the comments below by January 31st for a chance to win.

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Carla says …

We're trying to get on the green juice a day habit. We love how yummy they are & how good they are for you. We're doing away with frozen meals and cooking as much from scratch.

Jennifer says …

My spouse has Diabetes, and I try to cook as healthy as I can. So far, they have lost almost 80 lbs, but we still have a lot to go. I would love to be able to outfit my pantry with staples that would make it easier for me to put together healthy, reasonably quick meals when I get home before we head to the gym we joined a 2 months ago. It would definitely make it so I don't have those nights where I say, lets get a burger on the way to the gym, knowing I can't justify working that off!

Miriam Imerman says …

I want to go back to making my own soup from scratch, and to use fewer prepared foods overall. That way, I will have more control over the ingredients I eat. Trying to drop ten pounds too (like everyone else does, in January!).

Liz says …

In 2011, I want to try introducing color into my meals... dark green vegetables, red fruits, orange sweet potatoes, white turnips, brown and black rice, purple eggplant, blueberries... wherever the color wheel and season takes me. Seeds and nuts. And, back to the spice cabinet to add layers of taste. My hope is to try something new each week, and to add my favorites to a regular cycle of meals.

Emily says …

I want to add more greens to our diet!

Sarah says …

I'm going to try to eat more of a rainbow every day, really letting the fruits and veggies shine on my plate or in my bowl.

Ellen says …

I need to eat dairy-free, gluten-free foods. I am so glad Whole Foods is in Chattanooga!

Sheila says …

I have committed to increasing my households use of vegetables, fruits and nuts. I also gave up baking and am cooking more especially with beans and legumes. They are nutritious, easy to prepare and if you purchase them dried they are cost saving as well.

Marilyn says …

My husband is sensitive to wheat and many other foods. I believe some of the problem is the GMO foods. Would love to restock without all the GMO.

Linda Dietz says …

With 2011, comes the realization my husband & I are growing older. While we can't stop the aging process, we CAN control how we take care of our bodies...to be the best we can be at any age! We are excited to adventure into the "land of untried super foods." Whole grains have resided in our pantry for a long while now...but could I get "whole-er" by using steele cut oats instead of old fashioned? We vowed to drink more water & are thinking about filtration systems. Kale is at the top of my "must try" list...as is quinoa. 2011 is shaping up to be a year of adventures in the "land of untried super foods!"

Anne says …

I am trying to cut down on simple carbs and incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into family meals.

Robert Harris says …

My wife and I try to eat healthy whenever posible. Weekly trips to Whole Foods Market helps keep us on track.

Larilyn Garland says …

i already love whole foods! a $99 gift card would be welcomed on my next grocery trip.

Missy Lopez says …

I've been making big changes in my family's diet especially in my twin infant boys, and my daughter. My daughter is in elementary and she is doing great with the changes. Her friends eat lunchables, and other nitrate's and fillers yuck. My daughter always takes home cooked food and always asks me "mom, this is organic right??" Ive made the switch to organic for my whole family. My motivation is really my kids. Since ive had my children, I am very careful of what they eat. I hope I win so I can have a healthy pantry and I would love to be put in touch with one of the healthy eating specialists!!!

Laura Scobey says …

Less meat. Less sugar. More veggies. It's hard though!

Alyson says …

This year I am trying to go as raw as possible and drinking more green tea. We have a 7 year old son which makes it more challenging but we just want to eat more healthy and would greatly appreciate any tips.

Jean says …

I am very interested in the raw foods way of eating. I live in Kissimmee and find it difficult to find all the fresh, organic ingredients that I need to do this. Whole Foods market provides these for me, and is worth driving the extra miles. I am grateful for this store.

Carlos Roman says …

I decided that the only way to help change my eating habits is to change my environment and Whole Foods seemed like the best place to start besides my pantry. Yesterday I stopped into Whole Foods and purchased ingredients for a cod fish dinner Rachael Ray was cooking that afternoon on one of her segments and I was able to find all the exotic things that I was not able to find at my local grocery store. I plan to plan my healthy dinners and change my pantry for better health habits that will improve my life, my partners life and our 4 dogs.

Tina Watson says …

I'm planning to eat more fruits and vegetables. I'm also going to do more organics foods and stay away from the badly processed foods that are out there. I'm going to exercise more and stay away from the bakery...

Elizabeth says …

As a family we have been trying to cook healthy for the last 30 years, but there is always room for improvement. I remember the days of buying fresh tofu at the co-op and trying to make everything out of it...meat balls, meat loaf, sloppy joes, fake bacon , fake fish sticks. Life is easier now with the substitutes but still, nothing like fresh tofu in a stir fry.

Stephanie says …

As I would guess many folks feel, I need to start cooking more for myself. Being single its easy to relay on frozen or prepared foods. Prepared foods from Whole foods though, are certainly a good inspiration - a pleasure and not even a guilty one ! I will make it a point to buy and eat more fresh fruits and veggies.

jill stephenson says …

I'm moving towards more -- green vegetables, fresh, organic foods and whole grains and less -- empty calories, salt, fat and chemicals (artificial sweeteners, preservatives etc.)

Jane Kloner says …

In a time when our family is going through substantial financial challenges we are trying to get the best "bang for our nutritional buck" and I am cooking, rather than eating out more than ever! Using high quality ingredients has always been a hugh priority and using this website helps me and my family be aware of the best ways to fulfill that goal and continue our active and healthy lifestyle.

Philip Mandel says …

After seeing "Forks Over Knives", I'll be shifting more towards a whole foods, plant based diet.

Sharon says …

I want to bake all of our baked goods (bread, muffins, etc.) from scratch using healthier ingredients like unbleached flour and sucanat.

Jennifer Erwin says …

The timing for this offer is fabulous! After reading Tosca Renos' book, "Your Best Body Now", I am motivated to clean my pantry out of processed and/or packaged foods, and to stock it with whole grains, nuts, beans, healthy oils & various kinds of non dairy milks! Since my hubby is sensitive to wheat, I also want to stock up with some healthy wheat free options to traditional pastas!

Jill H says …

I plan to steam more veggies and/or saute lightly in olive oil and drink lots of water! I find motivation and inspiration from watching health programs on TV and exercising with my Wii!

Reba says …

I'm expecting my second child this spring and already have a young toddler at home. We generally eat healthy now, but I am resolved to get a plan in place so we can stick to healthy eating with two little girls under 3 in the house. Plus, we need to be budget conscious as we are on a single income while I stay home. I would LOVE a simple to follow and budget-friendly plan!

Tisha says …

My husband and I made a decision in early January to eat organic, go green at home, and make healthier choices for ourselves and our family. In the last few weeks we have primarily eaten fresh, local and organic foods - we feel so much better already and are amazed as we didn't actually think we would feel better physically. It really is making a difference for us. Thanks Whole Foods!

ninette Garland says …

As the year has begun, I wanted to become even healthier, as I am preparing myself for competitive water skiing, this spring. So going thru, my pantry, I have made a few changes. The most significan change that has been made is completely not using sugar, in my coffee. I simply changed to Honey. And the best part of this change is finding out the different flavors of honey, that come from different parts of our Americas! So give it a try, and explore the different Honey companies...because each one taste a little different. What a Delight!

ava says …

Eat locally and eliminate as many processed products from my diet as possible. Cook more often!

AnnaMaria says …

I have been a vegan for the last ten years and I eat a very clean diet, which excludes the majority of processed food. However, I do hope to expand the variety of my meals and introduce some new products into my repertoire.

Valerie Weiss says …

I am trying to give up sweets (tough because I am definitely addicted!) I am inspired to do this by the idea that I will be healthier, may lose a few pounds and may get clearer skin as well.

Laurie says …

I have made a greater commitment to eat organic and all natural foods as often as possible, even though there is such temptation to eat junk food everywhere I look. From bill boards to city bus ads, temptation to step off the path of a healthy lifestyle is great. I am grateful that Whole Foods has made this commitment easy because I and my husband can do one-stop shopping for everything we need: meats, fish, poultry, veggies, fruits....even organic wines are available at the store in Valencia. So thanks so much for making my shopping needs effortless so that I can maintain my healthy eating habits. :-)

Mia says …

Along with my elimination of sugar from morning coffee, I am going to try various alternative sweeteners. I have a small bottle of agave nectar, which I used recently to sweeten a batch of homemade baklava. Indistinguishable from white sugar, tastewise. Worked fine.

Jane S. says …

I have fibromyalsia and six months ago I discovered that fibromyalsia is an allergic TYPE of reaction to dairy and all dairy protiens. I have been pain free for about 5 months now (and no medications)but I need to eat a propper diet. I also really miss cheese and I'm dieing to try the soy cheese that I often hear about. I'm still learning and trying to figure out which foods are safe for me which can be very time consuming as I have to read the ingredients of everything. It would be fantastic to have someone with the knowledge to help me find an easier way to shop and eat healthy. Thank you for your time!

Heather says …

I live alone and do not know how to cook, so at night it is much easier for me to order out or just snack for dinner. It is my goal in 2011 to make healthy meals for myself. I plan to start slow, try one new recipe a week and dedicate myself to the kitchen. I hope this can save me time and money as well as jumpstarting a healthy new year!

Elizabeth says …

I *so* need a pantry makeover! I love most kinds of fruit, so I'm really good about getting my required servings in there. I try to minimize the processed foods and make a lot of ingredients on my own.

Jen Kuck says …

I'm trying to make more vegetarian meals. I'm not trying to go vegetarian or anything, I"m just trying to prove to my family that you CAN have a complete meal without meat! I also want to learn how to make use some of the healthier grains - quinoa, spelt,etc.

Kim says …

This year, I'm going to make SURE I incorporate more salads and vegetables into meals. I plan my meals as far as the entree goes, but I tend to forget about side dishes until the last minute.

Chantal Thompson says …

I could use a healthy pantry for me and my kids!

Laura Lee Kelly says …

My two daughters both have thyroid issues so this year I'm going to learn flavorful gluten-free recipes to help them!

Penny R says …

I tend to live off of Lean Cuisines and would love how to pack an easy, healthy lunch for work that is easy to prepare.

Marilyn says …

Like many other people, I started a new diet on January 1, 2011. It is the Macrobiotic Diet. I'm glad that there's a Whole Foods nearby to keep me supplied with the specialty items that this diet requires.

Fran Solomon says …

I LOVE Whole Foods!!!!!!!!!! (But it's a little pricey!) I want to lose weight, eat amazingly delicious and healthy food, and stay healthy!!!!

Cyndy says …

I plan to buy mostly grass fed meat and move away from processed foods. And buy as many organics as we can afford.

Ann Muth says …

I plan to eat more organic food

Teia VanHorn says …

I need help with meal that are able to be premade and just heated up, a one yr old and a kid being born anyday now. We will have our hands full, and this would help out tremenduslly. We need a lifestyle change in our pantry.

Tricia says …

My father died of lung cancer a year and seven months ago. I quit smoking for good a year and five months ago. As a result I turned to food for comfort. I am a single mom and I know how important is it for me to be a good role model for my 12 year old son. Over the past year I've been making changes to our diet and lifestyle. We now walk around our neighborhood and go to the gym together. I try to follow his spirit toward exercise while modeling healthy eating habits for him. I take him shopping with me and let him choose his own organic breakfast foods and school snacks. We now examine & discuss nutritional labels. I traded sweet tea for water and green tea and he now drinks water and milk with only an occasional soda. I've started to expose us to new foods, like quinoa, rice crackers, and even starting making my own soups in our new Vitamix. I would love some help in transforming our pantry and ultimately our future!

Jeanne Byrd says …

This year I'm trying to cook less processed food and have more fresh and healthier dishes. I love to cook and would love to have more clean dishes that taste good too!

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