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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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Kelly says …

I ate horribly in 2010! I lived off of carbs and had rarely bought fresh fruits and vegetables. Even if it costs more to have a balanced diet, I really want to change what I eat! I live such a busy life with work and law school, but my health is going to take priority in 2011. I am also interested in improving my health so my body will be better able to train for a half-marathon!

Mary says …

I've cut out sugar and sweets and am eating even more whole grains and vegetables than I was before.

Jenna says …

The goal this year is to eat more fruits and vegetables--especially ones I'm not used to cooking with. Looking through cookbooks and walking through grocery stores or farmers' markets always inspires me to try new foods and recipes.

Jen hurley says …

We are a family of three that live on one income. We are proud that we only buy organic and do 99% of our shopping at whole foods. getting some expert advice on our shopping routines would be a great help. i feel like we constantly hear from others that buying good for you food is just "too expensive"! I just refuse to take that as an excuse not to try! best of luck to everyone and happy 2011!!

Katelyn R. says …

I am cutting down on "bad" carbs, processed foods, and lowering my sodium intake. The way I am doing that is not eating fast food anymore! That has been huge so far, and we're only 12 days into the year. With that, I've almost eliminated diet soda from my diet. Instead, I am increasing my vegetable intake and making easy recipes that are better for my waistline, as well as my wallet! My motivation is my new found confidence in myself, as well as a new job. I want to be the best "me" I can be.

elissa binion says …

I want to eat healthy to live longer and have more energy. I would like to lose weight. This past year has been tough on my family. We r a family of 2. We both were laid off and I injured my knee and can't do aerobic exercise. We would love to win this card, it would be a blessing and help us get on the right track with healthy foods.

Sherry Lesikar says …

I have recently been diagnosed as needing a gluten free diet in Dec. along with a reduction in simple carbs like corn, rice, beans, and potatoes if possible. Frankly this stumps me. Last year I got rid of high fruitous corn syrup. I have minimized food with preservatives for over 20 yrs. I'm have eaten a fairly organic diet for about 15 yrs. I can and bake and eat minimal processed foods. But I am still stumped on this. The $99 gift card would be so useful for setting up a glutten free pantry. Talking to a heathy eating specialist would be even more useful and wonderful. Thanks.

Brooke Baker says …

I have three small children, one of whom is autistic. I spend a great deal of time and energy attempting to give my children nutritionally appropriate foods, from making my own baby food to baking home-made chicken "nuggets" for my 4 year old. My kids all love to drink Kefir, which is a nice vehicle for hiding things like liquid vitamins and flaxseed oil!

Anna Baros says …

I would love to get the pantry makeover. I mainly cook what my husband likes but am curious to try new foods. It would be a fun adventure.

Tammy Elrod says …

We are starting our lunch and dinner with a large salad with homemade light dressing. It fills us up and gets in our vegetables and it is filled with fiber! Tammy Elrod

Caitlin says …

In 2011 I am aiming to make small monthly changes toward a healthy lifestyle. I want to meet the recommended servings for fruits and vegetables, try new whole grains, and try to really commit to eating whole foods for the majority of my meals and snacks. I would especially appreciate the tips from the Healthy Eating Specialist for how to incorporate recipes/foods into my daily life.

Roxanne says …

I have already lost 60+lbs by changing my eating habits, I plan to go vegan in 2011 to help lose the rest. I was diagnosed with hbp a few months before I turned 30, trying to lower it so I can stop taking the medication for it.

Elfriede says …

I would love to change the eating habits of my family. I would like to eliminate HCFS from our diet and eat more whole grains and brown rice. I also would like to know how to use and find the great new items we are going to use in recipes that are easy and tasty! Losing weight would be a plus if we could eat healthier!

Andie says …

In August, I finally put my foot down regarding my diet after years of back and forth between vegetarianism and non-vegetarianism. Since then, I haven't eaten a bit of flesh, and I don't plan on looking back. After eating a vegetarian diet for 6 months, this year I plan to transition to vegan. It will be a slow process, as I relearn how to cook but I'm excited about the changes I am facing. The pantry makeover will help me stock what I need on hand to continue my goal.

Tracy says …

I have lost 20lbs in the last 6 months and have found that it is very hard to continue cooking for a husband and 3 children that don't enjoy my jeal for new and better foods. I shop for organic items that I can eat and sneak into their meals as well. Sometimes that works and sometimes that backfires. I would love to have the advice of a Healthy eating specialist on how to incorporate more organic/healthy foods into teenagers diets without them specifically knowing it!

Carol White says …

I battle with weight issues. A few years ago I lost 85 pounds by eating better, eating less and exercising. This past year I gained back 55 pounds by eating lots of sugars and fats and being sedentary. I want to stop the yo-yo dieting and make some lasting changes. I have been diagnosed with Type !! diabetes, hypertension, sleep apena and hyperlipidemia. I'm sure all of these conditions would improve with some positive changes in my diet along with an exercise program. I enjoy cooking and want to create more dishes to incorporate more vegetables and fruits. I'm middle-aged now, and need to do something before it gets anymore difficult to change my lifestyle. My motivation is not only for my health, but to help my husband get healthy as well. The Healthy Pantry Makeover would be a great way to kick start 2011.

Betsy says …

I've recently begun baby steps into whole food eating. It's enormously overwhelming and so many labels are misleading so I've been doing my best to research and make better options for me and my family. I've been overweight my whole life and I see the eating habits that have been passed down through the last generations of my family have made healthy eating feel like trying to go in a busy exit door. I want to do it though. My goal this year is to master healthy bread making and make our grains whole. I even learned to sprout grain and beans last month. Who knew that was so easy? I would love a stocked pantry because I love to cook and healthy cooking needs to start from a healthy base of ingredients.

tallcapp says …

I plan to cut out eating potato chips, tortilla chips and other salty snacks. I know that doing this, along with my normal healthy diet will allow me to lose weight and feel better

CAROLYN says …

would be ever so excited to fill the pantry with basics to make healthy meals to better my health.

Crystal says …

We are starting small - switching to all organic meats from now on!

Kerry says …

I enjoy having a pantry of healthy basics available and creating meals with them in combination with fresh, ideally local, produce. I would love an opportunity to bulk up on my stores of beans and whole grains! Thanks.

Rebecca says …

My 2011 nutrition goal is to get my teenagers to realize healthy food DOES taste great. As a single mom of a college student and a high school student, we're always on the go and grabbing whatever is quick and easy. Would love to change that for the new year!

Kim says …

Over the past year I have struggled with post-partum depression and an overal sense of anxiety. After 3 babies in 5 years, my health has really taken a back seat. I decided I needed to take control of my health in order to beat the "blues" that I have been feeling. I have been exercising almost every day and trying to eat healthier. This would be so awesome to win a gift certificate, not only for myself, but for my family. I am committed to making fitness and nutrition a priority in my life so that I set a good example for my children.

Sara says …

As a professional dancer, I need to make sure I am getting excellent nutrition. I plan to use the whole foods website recipe finder to plan my weekly meals...so fresh, healthy and yummy!!!

Lauren says …

Pregnancy is an important time to eat healthy and maintain a healthy diet for a breastfeeding Mom too. Already a Mom of one and awaiting our second boy/girl (we do not know that sex), and a whole foods gift card would help myself and my family maintain the healthy lifestyle we love to live!

Deborah Roll says …

Fourteen years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am now 57 years old. With the help of cleansing methods, one being the eating of whole and organic foods as my diet, I was healed of that cancer. During that time, even though I live in a city that's located two hours drive away from a Whole Foods Market, I made that drive to purchase a wider selection of organic foods which weren't available at our small health food store. My daughters are now aware of the benefit of nutritious foods that are in their whole state as well as fresh produce,organically grown, if possible. Any of us could appreciate winning a healthy pantry supply!

Kim says …

I stopped eating meat on February 17, 2010, so I am very new at this "vegetarian thing!" Although my family still consumes flesh, I have been trying to create delicious, healthy and economic meals. I'm still learning about stocking a pantry and fridge full of whole foods. As a family, we are dedicating mealtimes in 2011 to more fruits and vegetables, new recipes, family time together, locally-grown and cruelty-free foods, and gratitude for the many, many blessings bestowed upon us.

Monte says …

drinking more water, and trying to not snack after dinner

Kimberly says …

I am trying to cut out excess sugars, processed foods, and add green smoothies! My inspiration are all the healthy vegan blogs I read that show me I can make healthier food.

Sharon says …

Over the past couple of years, I've changed what I eat for the healthier. The only changes I want to make are to be a more adventurous baker/cook and eater. Whole Foods is really inspirational as are farmers' markets and small local grocers with the ingredients they stock. Also, food magazines, shows and websites help me information and recipes.

Christina Jeffries says …

Trying to eat more local and organic foods. Using less prepared food.

Hamilton says …

I have been dealing with IBS problem for the past 8 years the more I read and learn it is sad that so much processed food is realy making us sick.My wife and I are glad you are in Baltimore, Whole Foods makes it easier to try to eat healther and more organic. I wish eating healthy didn't have to be so much more expensive then regular food.I would also like to say the altitude and environment just feel more positive then other stores. Thank You,Hamilton

Sabrina D says …

1) I'm a budget-strapped college student (reason enough to eat healthier and be thrifty!) 2) Recently learned that what's making me ill is a gluten intolerance. Plan of action basically involves a revolutionary overhaul of my diet. Goodbye scrumptious pastries, heavenly pizza slices and fresh French bread....mind you, i have a reasonably healthy diet and consume whole grains almost exclusively with the exception of a few inescapable trips to the dark side in search of a favourite cookie, pub burger or croissant. But I'm a little anxious to go gluten-free and overwhelmed by more reading of ingredient lists and the refusal of temptations it will require--discipline is not my forte. Said gift card would kickstart my 2011 journey of eliminating gluten and finding tasty substitutes be they the right type of flour, tortillas, crackers or waffles. I've found a number of wicked gluten-free blogs that motivate and reassure me....I know it'll require a lot of time cooking, shopping and finding new recipes but I'm ready for it!

Amy Bogart says …

My big New Year's change is that I've gone Vegan! So now I am really paying attention to what I'm eating, and I'm eating healthier than ever! I start the day with a fresh fruit smoothie: papaya, mango, pineapple banana with a little orange juice and ice in a blender. For lunch, my new favorite soup is so easy and so healthy! I slice firm tofu into cubes then saute them in a wok, add some chopped fresh spinach, a little soy (or the Bragg brand liquid aminos, WF's sells with the soy sauces). After the spinach is wilted, I add mushroom broth or Miso soup (WF sells both in boxes). Finally, I snip pieces of dehydrated mushrooms off and add a bunch of those, then let it all simmer on low for a while. These two recipes are my mainstays! I make them just about every day, they are so yummy and so healthy! Amy

Nosepingirl says …

I've never been too much of a home cooking person. With job stress and time constraints, its easier to pick a meal on the go rather than cook at home. However, my goal this new year is to try and cook at home-in advance, so that I'm not grabbing the first thing I see when I get hungry.I love the inspiration and the chance of being taught!!

Diana says …

I'm slowly but surely transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. I've switched all my cleaning products to organic goods in the last couple of years. My focus for 2011 is to change how my family and I eat. As a mother of two, 7 and 2, I want my children in tip top health; avoiding harmful chemicals found in foods. I do buy organic produce; however, its not as consistent as I would like it to be, mostly due to the high cost of buying organic. My inspiration is my best friend. She turned vegetarian a couple of years ago due to health issues, she experienced a lot of stomach pain. She took all type of exams and went to a few hospitals; however, no one could find anything wrong. She began doing a lot of research and found the food she was consuming was causing her more harm than good. Last year she became vegan and feels better than ever. I want to feel good. I want my family to feel good. "Healthy Eating" and living a "Green Lifestyle" is my focus for 2011 and the rest of my life.

Katie says …

After first entering a Whole Foods as a college student, I fell in love with all of the products that tasted SO good! I have been slowly eating better by including more fruits and veggies in my diet, as well as buying as many products as I can organic. My transition to a healthier lifestyle started when I gave up eating red meat as a college student. I have eaten Buffalo one and awhile, but that has been the only exception. About a year ago, I found out I was unable to eat gluten. Recently, I have limited my dairy intake, due to stomach issues. All of this has made me rely on Whole Foods, and its great staff even more. I am still attempting to eat healthy and gluten free with my husband. It has been hard to find recipes that are tasty, healthy and gluten free for the two of us. My goal this year is to start making more dinners together that are organic, healthy and gluten free. I also want the meals to have more variety then they currently do. Thus, I hope to try at least 2 new recipes a month!

Danielle says …

My husband and I have decided that instead of making a new year's resolution to lose weight, we wanted to make a lifestyle change. We picked up the book called "CLEANSE" by Junger, and have truly been amazed and have had our eyes opened to the contents of the food we have been eating up to this point. I would love to be able to make the transition to eating whole and organic foods to better our lives and the life of our daughter. This would be a great opportunity to jump start this lifestyle change!

Stella Seviour says …

I love your shop and could easily spend the gift certificate if I won. I am at a Weight Watchers programme for the past few months and this encourages us to eat healthy. I am always looking at your recipes for ideas, especially as I dont like to eat meat, and I need more ideas for protein and calcium and Vit D foods particularly. love your cheeses but that uses up the points, too quickly. I am trying to eat more quinoa and lots of fruit.

Blake F. says …

Ever since finding whole foods by accident, it has become my favorite food store, and of my favorite markets in general. My family is starting a long coming diet of health foods and Whole Foods is proving go be a great resource.

s.a. says …

I have started substituting all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for almost all the recipes that call for it. I eat lost of fresh vegetables and make it a point to have at least 2 servings of fruit in a day. I have also recently started cooking with healthy proteins such as quinoa and whole wheat couscous and have switched to have old fashioned rolled oats for breakfast. I make it a point to have breakfast everyday nowadays, as i always skipped it before.

Stacey Couser says …

I am trying to cut out soda's and eat healthier by cooking at home.

Nila says …

I'm hoping to get back on track with healthy eating, since letting myself derail over the holidays. I'm gradually reducing my carbs, and I can't wait for warmer weather so that I can walk more.

Ailea Pringle says …

I am a Vegetarian who hardly knows how to cook! I am really trying to explore new, easy recipes that I can make at home using Organic/Free Range dairy and egg products, whole grains, nuts, berries, fruits and vegetables! This would be really a wonderful thing for me if I could get some new healthy ideas and tips and some help with stocking up my bare cupboards as I am a poor college student, so low budgets are what I'm all about! Haha! Thanks Whole Foods for providing me with a very Organic and Vegetarian friendly place to shop! =D

Maliaka English says …

I actually started on a journey to becoming physically and emotionally fit around June 2010. I got pregnant in August of 2010; therefore it has been even more important ensuring that I put the right foods in my body. My husband, our fetus child, and I eat mostly organic foods, and when I do eat conventional I notice that my body feels a little drained a sick. Therefore, as we kick of 2011 my family wants to try to work even harder to not only eat organic, but whole foods and no processed foods. My family gets most of our motivation as we have on both sides of our families’ high blood pressure, and some family members with some unhealthy habits. We want to do everything we can to ward off preventable diseases. We have read books and magazines such as "The Botany of Desire," "Food, Inc," "Natural Health," "Clean Eating," and "Fit Pregnancy" for some background knowledge. We are always looking for ways to ensure that we are eating the right foods to be healthy.

Beck Ann says …

Last year I successfully transitioned from my favorite hygdrogenated brand of peanut butter to non-hydrogenated peanut butter. Wasn't easy! This year, my goal is to eat more fresh produce rather than cooking/freezing so much. For my busy lifestyle, this will require weekend prep if it is easily going to be eaten during the week.

Teri says …

I plan on introducing more grains into my diet. My inspirations comes from the food I buy at the deli @ Whole Foods ... love their salads made from whole grain and ancient grains. I try alot of different things as I am a daily shopper @ Whole Foods and it is my favorite store for buying groceries.

Maggie says …

I live with a meat eater that sees vegetables as garnishes to meals. I'm hoping to lead by example with my boyfriend this year, so that he will learn to crave healthier meals, like I do, other than meatballs, blue cheese & bacon stuffed burgers, etc. I've been inspired by Heidi Swanson's 101cookbooks.com blog where she uses whole foods, such as beans cooked from scratch, making my own pestos for salads (pesto doesn't only mean basil!), soups from scratch, and learning to cook new grains such as amaranth, or quinoa. The satisfaction I get from eating her recipes inspires me to cook like that everyday. I'm slowly building my pantry with the items she suggests so that I can whip up a recipe quickly. Sometimes I think people feel daunted when trying to cook super healthy when their pantries don't have the items that are called for. The recipe could seem ingredient-searching time consuming, or expensive. As I've slowly started to stock up my pantry with dried beans, sunflower seeds for dressings, etc, the recipes seem easier to make for me. I now try to make one of her recipes a week, and have been introducing my friends to different grains, different ways of thinking about salads, etc. I believe a well stocked pantry is like a well edited wardrobe: you must spend a bit of money in the beginning to have the basics (little black dress = dried beans, classic trench coat = quinoa, etc) so that you can accessorize and experiment with your style & tastes.

Joellyn Aldrich says …

I'm trying to eat healthier by cooking more from scratch and eating more whole grains and fruits and veges.

amira kelly says …

Hi, I love to cook and I love to eat and make healthy foods but i never stay consistant with it, but during this year and from now on I will stay consistant with being healthy and setting the proper example for my younger sisters. Having the money to do this In order to be successful will be a great help. Thanks Whole foods for making anything possible

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