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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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Cathy B says …

wow!! 11,000 entries and its not over yet... incredible response... so many of us would love to have that opp to gather more shelf staples from Whole Foods into our pantry. thank you for the opp. cathy b pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

Lana says …

I used to be 115 lb, but...busy life, stress, fast food etc and I was 170 lb by September 2010. That is when I said -"stop!" to myself. I switched to Whole Food for all of my grocery shopping, my "organic part" is close to 90%. What I got in rewards? I already lost 30 lb and continue to lose weight, I see a great improvement in my skin appearance - without any expensive creams. I have a lot more energy. Totally agreed with "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are". We are responsible for the consequences of our choices ...so, choose good!

Amy C. says …

We are a family of 4 with two young kids (age 4 and age 20 months) and have made it a priority to try to teach our kids healthy habits so they can grow up and hopefully make healthy lifestyle choices. To that end, we eat together as a family as much as possible, we include our kids in the food prep and cooking processes and we make physical activity a priority. While we eat lots of fruits and veggies, I'd like for us to be more adventurous and add more variety to our diet this year .. I tend to get stuck in a rut with the foods I purchase and meals I plan and hope to incorporate more new recipes and foods into our weeks this year.

Sherrie says …

We are striving to improve our diet with more fresh vegetables, less meat,processed food, refined products and preservatives. We are seeing evidence of improved health through our lab work and our physician is very pleased. Now we need to gain better understanding of the labels on the package or can. A pantry makeover would enhance our ability to do this. Better meal planning that will incorporate raw vegetable eating is a goal of mine this year. Our motivation for this is preventing instead of maintaining a sick boday, more energy , and increasing our energy to be with our very young grandchildren. We want our life to be filled with natural, organic, healthy foods not man made or modified. We desire to be healthier now than we were 5 yrs ago!!!

Sarah says …

We love shopping at Whole Foods but find it too expensvie for everything.

Allison Page says …

I'm trying to start eating healthier to be a better example for my daughter. She's 10 yrs old and at that delicate stage where she is starting to say she is fat bc she's not a toothpick like so many of the kids in her grade. Never mind the fact that she's 6 inches taller, too!! Anything that I can do as a parent to help her to have better eating habits, and hopefully increase her self esteem, is worth a try! And if we, as a family, feel better and maybe drop a couple of pounds in the process, well then, that is icing on the cake!

Nancy Pasquale says …

I have increased chicken and fish intake and I eat pork. I only eat whole grain breads and drink organic drinks. I have ecouraged my 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren to use good choices for balanced meals. THan you.

Jim McMillan says …

I enjoy eating by color. Red pepper, green pepper, broccoli florets, carrot sticks, sole olives & a piece of cheese, etc & some veggie dip. A piece of wild salmon and mashed squash with a rum-raisen sauce and a baked pear for dessert. Cheaper than a restaurant meal (especially if you add some wine from your own stock.

Jessica says …

We are a family of 4, and about 6 mths ago found out our 2 boys are gluten intolerant, as well as dairy allergies. My husband and I have done excellent keeping them both off the gluten, but have struggled a bit with keeping them dairy free. This year my husband and I are planning on now tackling the dairy issue as well as implement a gluten free diet for ourselves as well. We want to set a good example for our boys (and I hear that gluten intolerances can be hereditary.) My motivation I'd have to say, comes from my boys. I have always been notorious for not knowing a thing about cooking. My husband ususally does the cooking as I'm the one that works full-time so it was easy to just never learn how to cook for me. But since finding out that our boys are gluten intolerant, I had to change my mind about not knowing how to cook. I wanted to make sure that our boys never felt left out or that being gluten free was a bad thing. My oldest son is 6 and our yougest is 3 1/2 so it was definately a challenge at first. I remember one day my oldest telling me, "I dont think I want to be gluten free anymore mom" which about broke my heart. Our oldest started Kindergarten this year and already there has been several cookie exchanges, halloween parties, etc. Each party I have made cookies and snacks that are all gluten free for his whole class so he wouldnt feel left out. And each time, the cookies I've brought have always been a HUGE hit! No one can ever tell a difference and my son always tells me "The cookies you made were the bestest ever!" which warms my heart everytime. I am very happy to say that we had our first all gluten free Thanksgiving and now Christmas dinner as well. Pies and cookies all made from scratch, and the boys have had soo much fun helping me make them but the best part is hearing all the Thanks mom!! This is the BEST! comments they make :) The boys now tell me how much they LOVE being gluten free! They get special foods that are not only yummy, but healthy for them as well! I work at an integrative doctors office, and alot of the people I work with are gluten free as well. (1 celiac, and the rest are GF by choice) I always bring in GF stuff I've made at home for everyone to try, and its always been a huge hit. I've even been told that I should open up a GF bakery!! Who would have thought! Please consider our family for your help in building a healthier pantry. Thank you Whole Foods!!

Jo Kinder says …

I began to eat a mostly plant-based diet about 3 months ago to see if I could get some weight off and lower my cholesterol. I would love to learn a few great vegan recipes that my family would enjoy and help them begin to see how a more plant-based diet can be just as satisfying as a meat and potatoes meal!

Chalee S. says …

This year we will be eating A LOT less meat. My boys and I got to endulge a lot during the holidays so this month is a like a detox from cookies!

Colleen K says …

In the process of going to an entirely Gluten Free Household.... pantry NEEDS a "make-over!"

Kishmiel says …

I recently been through a very bad break up and I want to start this year offf focusing on myself and weight goals I have. I want to learn how to make healthy eatting choices and would and would love to learn how to do it on a budget.

Rita Mausler says …

More fruits and vegetables for everyone in our family. Buy organic esp. the dirtiest fruits and vegetables. Less red meat. More whole grains.

Cyndi says …

I love eating organic, natural foods, and feeding them to my hubby and two boys! However it can be difficult to afford healthy foods on our tight budget. I am doing some serious couponing to make up the difference, but it's not easy. There is such an abundance of coupons and deals on "unhealthy" foods, that I occasionally find myself tempted to shop at less-than-ideal grocery stores and compromise my healthy standards. But the deals on natural and organic foods ARE out there, you just have to be committed to finding them and NOT settling for anything less, no matter how cheap they are! My health goal in 2011 (besides trying to lay off the sweets!) is to make sure that there is nothing in my pantry that has artificial ingredients of any kind! Thanks, Whole Foods, for making it easy and affordable to have a pantry stocked with ONLY the healthiest natural foods!

Melissa Lee says …

This year I plan on eating only fair trade Chocolate

Chelsea Hilton says …

I'm following the Eat Right America plan, and all the extra help will help teach me to turn it into a lifestyle change, versus a onetime attempt.

Marci says …

We already eat fairly healthy, but I would like to add some more organics to our pantry. I buy organic when I can, but some times it is not possible.

Kristie says …

Right now I can only afford to buy organics for my 4 year old. It is hard on a budget that is almost nothing!! This would be great to learn how to buy organic for my whole family!

linda says …

I need to think new in order to eat new. While that will take me lots of extra time getting up to speed, I hope it will save me time in dealing with medical issues. I live with a number of health issues that drag me down. Just to know I was giving 100% in my fight against these issues would energize my psyche and it couldn't help but improve my health!

Danielle B. says …

As a 3 year breast cancer survivor I began shopping at the University Heights Ohio store 3 years ago when it opened. My husband and I not only began taking steps to make ourselves healthier but wanted to be able to shop at a place where there was fresh food everyday. The mainstream grocery stores jack up their prices on fresh foods and lower their prices on processed foods which does not allow the consumer to be able to spend their dollar wisely. It was perfect timing when the store came along, I overcame cancer and healthier economical food was only 10 minutes away!

Jenni Rasmussen says …

For a healthy change, I like to stock the freshest ingredients and then add a little spice. Fresh means a few more trips to Whole Foods but it is worth it to have the best local vegetables and fruits on my dinner table. Then, I simply add fresh herbs and dried spices to give the meal a kick with out unhealthy frying or heavy oils.

Nancy Matrona Azammi says …

My plans for 2011 include learning to eat more healthly and to exercise more. I don't "exercise", I love walking and plan on increasing my walking, as I love being outside and feel so good when I'm done walking. As for eating, I love food; however need to learn to eat more of the good foods. Though I do find if I walk more, that my taste for foods differ, I don't crave things like potato chips, or "processed foods" as much as when I don't walk as much. I drink more water also when I walk more. I know it will take willpower and diligence to keep to my right eating schedule. I do already eat whole wheat bread, and love it, now have to incorporate more whole and raw foods. I'm not crazy about legumes, maybe fixed differently, I might learn to like them. I love fruit, and plan on eating more daily.

Casey says …

I cook about 90% of our food from scratch. We have multiple food allergies, so it's the easiest and tastiest way to stay healthy.

Kelly Balachanran says …

I am focusing on The Body Type Diet. I have found so much more energy now that I am eating meat again. But I want it to be all organic, free-range and grass fed. I want to keep everything organic. No processed junk anymore!!!

Karen says …

Motivation to choose purer, whole foods is what I have been lacking; not making excuses but because of allergies and asthma, I had become lax and lethargic. My plan is to make the time, better preparing hunger busters such as take along snacks, mixing raw nuts/dried fruits, etc.; incorporating different grains, proteins and vegggies, and getting back to the basics of eating right to live healthy.

Ronda Van Horn says …

I am challenged to regain a healthy weight and a healthy body after a son's 2 year long illness. The healthy habits and healthy choices that I left behind during these critical years, have resulted in me taking care of myself last instead of first. Taking total care of myself physically and mentally is my resolution for 2011.

Rachel says …

I am planning on creating a diet with at least 80% whole foods (not processed), and I am starting that by incorporating at least one clean eating day per week into my diet and building from there.

Yara says …

I want to cook meals at home more than I have in the past. No more fast food!

Marcelle says …

This year I plan to eat more fresh organic veggies and fruits, ideally from local producers. I've noticed that Whole Foods does a great job of offering local organic options, which helps to inspire me every time I walk through the produce section!

Sharon says …

Increase: Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, beans, omega-3s. Decrease: White foods, sugars, sodium. More: Exercise and calm. Less: Stress and anxiety. I am inspired by friends and acquaintances in their 80s and above who are healthy and content. I am motivated, honestly, because this is the only life I have.

Tanja says …

I Love shopping at Whole food market. I try to eat as healthy as possible and love learning new things. My family loves eating healthier too and my husband and I are both losing weight. I want to try and eat more veges and fruit and find healthier snacks.

Jackie S says …

My husband had a stint put in his heart and I have been trying to following the DASH diet. I am going to make more changes to eat healthier meals. Cooking at home is the best way to stick to a game plan!

CindyLou Castro says …

My husband was at the VA hospital today for a physical and came home with prescriptions for Diabetes Meds, High Blood Pressure Meds and Meds for pain. Needless to say he is devastated, and had a rude awakening. My husband is not over weight but clearly needs to step up his game, more juicing, more whole foods. I have also started to sport extra baggage in the belly. Cleaning up our food closet is not a choice anymore but a lifeline. We have two teenage boys and have been able to stock some healthier choices but the fact that there are still proccessed treats is unacceptable for us. We could clearly benefit from some additional guidance :)

Martha says …

I need help! I am trying to go Vegan but I keep backsliding into eating cheese, not to mention ignoring the ingredients label when I get the urge for a candy bar. I want a healthy alternative, vegan nacho recipe. The gift card would be great but having some one help me shop would even be better. All those bins of bulk ingredients intimidate me. But I am sure that they are full of healthy delicious items that I would love if I just knew what exactly they were.

Andrea says …

Every time I go into Whole Foods I am tempted by um... everything. I usually come out with some buckwheat noodles, maybe a bar of good baking chocolate, or an herb or spice that I run out of frequently. With a gift card... I might just splurge on a jar of vanilla beans. I love Whole Foods.

Amy Gardner says …

My baby just turned a year old and is off of her formula. She is now eating table food and I want more than anything for her to learn how (from a young age) to eat healthy so I can keep her immune system strong, but mommy has to learn how first to be able to teach it to her so she will want to make good choices! My nephew was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last year and my husband has a severe case of psoriasis. I truly believe that eating healthy is a life style and is the basis of people staying energetic, clear minds, toxic free and "healthy" etc... I know that type 1 is a lifetime, but it is my goal to be able to know what to make for him when he comes over to my house to eat healthy and to be creative with the food so its not boring and my husband has agreed this year to take a food allergy test which will eliminate a lot of the food we currently eat. I also strive to make good tasting food that everyone will enjoy and want more of!!! However, right now it seems overwhelming. I know its because I need help getting organized in my kitchen and I need to learn what to cook and have on hand. This is why being one of the 10 winners of Healthy Starts Here would be a HUGE help!!!! :)

Michelle says …

I would like to try new healthy ingredients and learn to incorporate those into my recipes for a healthier start.

Christian Imani says …

I had a health scare just before Thanksgiving which forced me to finally quit smoking (Thank God) and become more health conscious in general. I'm stocking my pantry with more healthy staples now. Forcing myself to cook at home, take lunch to work and even schedule one vegetarian day each week. As a result, I'm continuing the weight loss I began during my 5 day hospital stay. I'm beginning to have more energy which helps me be more productive and have less depression. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised that I can shop at Whole Foods more often since I’m not wasting money on fast and processed foods.

Jenn says …

I recently started subscribing to Whole Living Magazine and Real Simple and obsessed with collecting healthy recipes and trying new things. I rarely make the same meal twice. I collect your Whole Foods "The Whole Deals" and plan my weekly meals and shopping lists around them. I love coming into your store and challenging myself to buy something that I never have before.

Lynda VanLeeuwen says …

I need this.....please.

Kirsten says …

Trying to eat healthier this year: less animal-based products and more organics.

Quelina says …

Makeover my pantry!

Barb Capeletti says …

We changed our eating habits 2 years ago to a healthier diet (more fruits, veggies and whole grains). My husband lost 90 pounds and is now off blood pressure meds. We both feel better, but resolved this year to eat more raw foods and less glutin. I spend more time in Whole Foods and less time at Publix choosing organic foods and gluten-free ingredients. I bought a juicer and new mixer and food processor and am looking for raw and gluten-free recipes to ensure a healthy retirement with little or no meds for us both!

KEL says …

I have Crohn's Disease and it has disabled me. I am about to go into remission after two years. Why now? My neighbor and good friend has been cooking fresh healthy meals for me lately. She has been doing all my grocery shoppping the last few months and buys fresh fruits and vegetables first and anything else last. She has a medical background and tells me that the the processed foods I've been eating is what has prevented me from getting better. As soon as I started eating all the meals she would prepare from scratch and snacking on the fresh fruits, I started feeling much better. Sure enough, just this last week, the doctor gave me good news, that I am going into remission and that I should continue this diet of fresh fruits and vegetables when preparing any of my meals! The only problem I have is that the fresh fruits and vegetables can get expensive. I'm hoping that someone can show me how to prepare the fresh meals as my friend did for me on a budget so that I can stay healthy.

Gayle says …

As a cancer survivor who went through chemotherapy and radiation treatments, I've been working on getting my body back. I'm learning about all sorts of nutritional ways to eat that can help build the immune system and stave off other diseases. But it's been very hard. It's expensive to eat the way we're supposed to eat, for one. But now I'm learning that I might have diabetes - or am close to it - that I am suffering from GERD and it's causing hives to break out all over my body. So I know that food and healthy eating, changing my life completely, is the way I need to follow. I've been researching the living/raw food diet, for one, and I'm reading about whole grains and organic vegetables. There's a lot of information out there and I find my excursions to Whole Foods becomes an educational event. I would love to win this makeover for my pantry! It would really help me start the new year on the right path towards gaining control over my health.

Moitreyee says …

I spread my veggies around on the table like a fruit bowl, and even my kids loves munching on them when they look so beautiful. Also, I am cutting down white rice from now, and sticking to brown.

A. Baxter says …

This year I plan to continue my healthy eating habits by incorporating more veggies, especially green ones and continuing to choose organic food and body products. Organic, natural skincare is so important due to much of it ending up inside of you. This is an oft neglected fact. Plus I can’t go wrong by actually utilizing the affordable Whole Deal recipes instead of just saying to myself, oh wow that’s a good idea. Here’s to seeking health on all levels D---|

Tresha A says …

my goal in 2011, is to continue eating more and more health foods. I love the fact that stores like whole foods provide more healthy alternatives for consumers like myself. I definitely want to eat more colorful fruits and vegetables giving me the nutrition i need, but also more whole grains as well.

Lauren says …

My daughter is turning 2, and it is my duty to make sure she is as healthy as possible, which means fresh fruits and veggies. No icky processed foods.

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