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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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Dee says …

Cooking for a family of 6 is expensive. I love shopping at Whole Foods, and wish I could afford to shop there exclusively. Our family has been trying to make some small changes toward healthier eating. In 2011, we will be moving completely away from white bread and going to whole grain. We will be cutting back on the junk food, and adding more fruits and vegetables. I will also be more mindful of purchasing chicken and beef raised without hormones. I am not a natural cook, but I get most of my inspiration from cooking magazines you sell at the Whole Foods checkout line. "America's Test Kitchen" has published a few that I have, and every recipe I make from it is met with fantastic reviews!

Karen says …

In the new year my family will eat more fruits and vegetables, continue with the brown rice and healthy grains, and lots more water for a healthy mind, body, spirit, and soul!

Anitra says …

I love Whole Foods Market! (It's my Happy Place.) I've made a resolution to be Vegan at home and sprout my own sprouts. Thank you for the healthy organic bulk selections!

Curry says …

Trying to get the freshest most natural ingredients I can helps me plan and execute great meals for me and my family.

Jennifer says …

This year i am striving to change the way that my family sees food and nutrition. I want my children to eat foods that provide nourishment and energy. I want them to not just eat healthy because I tell them that they have to, but because they actually enjoy it. I am going to limit our processed food intake and feed my family a more natural whole foods diet.

Lorelei says …

Thank you for supporting to our desire to revamp our pantries! In missing my Garden, I find my grocery bill climbing, and what a wonderful surprise to whomever wins!

Melissa says …

My family and I are striving to eat cleaner, healthier foods in the new year. We are working on eating organic fruits and vegatables as well as proteins free of hormones and antibotics. We are encorporating other sources of proteins such as beans, tofu, tempe - all of which are new for us - so we are bravely experimenting.

Terrie McCulley says …

I have been a vegetarian and now a vegan. I have been reading and watching videos on The Gerson Therapy. It has inspired me to try their cleansing and healing diet. It consists of a lot of juicing, low protein with specific fruits and vegetables.

Ruby mom of 2 hsboys says …

For us it is to go gluten free (wheat especially as we are barley and rye free already). We are going to more an organic lifestyle too. $99 gift card for stocking up on staples is a great way to start. We would even benefit from having a Whole Foods Market closer to Des Moines than 2.5 hours away in Omaha or 3.5 hours in Kansas or 6.5 in St. Paul,Mn.

Linda says …

I love your store but on one income for a family of 4, I cannot afford to shop there. I actually am shocked at the prices of some things that are organic and don't understand how so many people can afford to pay these prices unless they are just buying for one. I think it's great if they can. I just wish I could and I wish your prices were lower. If I had the money I would live organic and eat only free range chicken, etc. but I feel like you have to be wealthy to be able to afford this lifestyle. There is no way I can feed my family of 4 shopping at your store. I rely on coupons and good sales at my local grocery store. I wish your prices were a bit more competitive. However, with that said as far as living healthy, I do a lot of cooking and baking, try to eliminate processed foods and chemicals from the foods I buy for my family and myself and I work out and encourage my kids to do so also. If I won the gift card it would be a pleasure to actualy be able to shop at your store. I do come in from time to time and purchase only a few select items when they are on sale.

Susan says …

After the last few years of recovering from medical issues, drastic weight loss and then drastic weight gain, struggling through menopause and slowed down metabolism, I am ready to do whatever I have to do to become 100% healthy! My inspiration is God! Because of His love and faithfulness, I want to be the best I can be to serve Him, my family and community. My 2011 goals for eating healthier are to eat at home more often, pack my lunch for work, and eat primarily raw & whole food. Thank you for your website and blog, because I frequently visit for tips and assistance in changing my lifestyle!

Judy says …

My son and I are mostly vegetarian (fish only). I cook meals at home a majority of the time, and use mostly fresh foods. I struggle on weekdays with the time it takes to make a hearty, healthy meal for dinner. I don't want to spend all my time chopping.

Megan says …

I plan to buy less processed food in 2011 and provide healthier options for my family.

Jillian says …

I have been shopping at Whole Foods for the past 2 years now and has been wonderful. This year I am looking forward to bringing new recipes home to my family of 6. I love to cook with the ingredients I know that hasn't been put through a process that takes the nutrients away. I also am starting to dance again and the food gives me the fuel I need to keep a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Thank you Whole Foods for all that you do for your customers.

Kevin Weatherbee says …

My wife and I eat a plant-based diet so eating whole foods are important to us. We both have a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, so the plant-based diet helps us stave off some of those things in our path. It has also helped us lose quite a bit of weight. I have lost 35 pounds and my wife has lost 60 pounds, and keeps getting off more meds for her type II diabetes. While this type of eating is not for everyone, it has worked GREAT for us.

Kaiulani Newhouse says …

It can seem very difficult to stock up on a healthy pantry, but if you really look into the excuses why it really is a mental block. Most people I know, like myself are on a budget. Being a single working mother of three gives me no excuse not to have healthy foods in my pantry. Bargain shopping means squatting to the shelves below eye level to find the best deals. Hey why not get some exercise while you are shopping. I would think that junk food or processed food is sometimes more exspensive. Keeping things simple in your recipes allows you the time to prepare them. It also keeps the flavor of the foods that you are preparing. Life is busy, but you don't have to cave into the processed way of life. When you are on a budget you can't get all of the lavish things you want, but you can get some really good things and from time to time afford that gem or two. Be frugal, check your coupons, sales and deals before you shop. Make a list, don't shop hungry and stay focused. Be real with yourself and the foods you eat. Don't let your foods go to waste either that can cut holes in your pocket. I'm learning some really hard financial lessons myself and even though I'm learning to go without some things your diet especially for your children should never lack nutrition. Good luck!

Sintu G says …

I have 2 high school athlete who are always encouraging me to cook healthier for all of us, so I'm substituting turkey for red meat, eating less of the bad carbs and making better food choices.

Annette Thompson says …

My family plan is to incorporate more fresh veggies into our diet. I plan on looking for new ways to use them. Whole Foods has a good variety in the produce department and everything is so fresh. I enjoy exploring in that department when I am at Whole Foods which is about 2-3 times per week.

Robin C says …

I try to eat at home, not out to eat as much, only use wholesome foods, nothing prepackaged or prepared. I like having beans and whole wheat bread as another way to incorporate extra fiber into our diets.

Joyce Jackson says …

Are you kidding? I need all the help I can get?My downfalls... I love potato chips & chocolate. Help! I need a food makeover.

Matt says …

Since I live two blocks from the Denver, Capitol Hill Whole Foods I tend to walk down and shop very frequently. I walk down every 2-3 days and fill one messenger bag of food to last me for the next few meals. My goal in 2011 is to stock my shelves and make less trips to the store, therefore allowing me to plan healthier meals and buy in bulk, rather than impulse.

patty says …

My family and I love quality food, the problem I have is not properly combining carbs and protein. We shop at whole foods all the time and enjoy a variety of different products. My problem is creating and maintaing healthy choices with food preparation. I would love it , if someone would advise us on making a change on how not to use so much olive oil when I cook. Thanks, hope to hear from you soon.

laura says …

We need to be gluten, egg, fish, and shellfish free. We need nutritous food while avoiding these allergens.

Michelle K says …

I love Whole Foods and have been trying to eat organically for the past year but it doesn't fit within my budget at all times.

Star Pollack says …

I just retired (at the age of 63) on December 21st, after teaching in the NYC school system for 30 years. With a beautiful grandson and another to be born soon, it is my desire to live as long as possible to enjoy them.

Jackie says …

I am vegan and am very conscious of the ingredients in my food, but I would love to begin eating less processed foods, such as faux meats, and more fresh foods!

Lindsey says …

I plan to eat vegetarian more often, as well as increase the variety of meals, rather than rely on the old standby meals.

Kristin Dounian says …

I started a journey to better health in 2010 using a personal trainer (which was an incredible gift from my mom) and adopting a lower carbohydrate lifestyle. I'm trying really hard to get my kids involved in 2011. We were recently told that one of our boys (age 4) has to lose weight. We're significantly increasing our excercise but I really want to bring healthier, cleaner, and more wholesome foods into our house. I need all the help I can get in this quest! Thanks!

Mary says …

Lowering consumption of wheat and adding heathly fiber to my diet from vegetables and flax.

angelique says …

Seasonal local foods and LOTS of canned beans!!

MelissaWMartin says …

I hope to eat more fresh vegetables and fruits this year. Salads are a priority. If I eat meat, I hope to use locally grown organic meat.

Angie says …

I want to incorporate more whole grains and vegetables into my families diet.

Sandy says …

Incorporate more fish and whole grains into our meal plan and try for one vegan meal a week at least - and to continue buy local produce to fill in what my organic garden doesn't produce.

DSimmons says …

I am on a quest for eating healthier. This is wonderful that Whole Foods should offer such a nice way to start with the basics. That is where I have been the last several months with the basics. Basics is your starting point and here are some of the steps I have embarked upon so far. First I purchased the Whole Foods cook book. I started asking in the produce department how to choose selected food items, how to cut a mango etc... I found that such an interesting experience I suggested that a class might be created and have found women interested in attending if one would be available. We know eating raw vegetables and fruit is healthy the knowledge would be of great benefit to all. Lastly, I have been checking out books at the local library. Thank you Whole Foods for you encouragement and mission for quality!

Debbie says …

My health is on the decline especially my gut area. I don't really have an approach to healthy eating but really need to start one. Bottom line...I need your help.

Pam says …

My family motivate me to make healthy meal choices. The results from eating healthier foods inspire me to keep going to Whole Foods. This year the plan is to eat more fruits and vegetables. To gain more knowledge about what is considered a healthy meal. To keep moving forward to a healthier lifestyle.

Aimee @ Chickcnville says …

Bring on the food! I love to cook and prepare all kinds of new things for my family. As an assistant at Salud (Whole Food Cooking School) I have learned all kinds of new recipes and techniques for cooking. Who knew kale could be so yummy? After having baby #4, I am ready to lose the baby weight and really eat healthy. Each dinner I try to prepare 3 veggies instead of our usual one. I would love to learn more about the lesser used vegetables and how to cook with them.

Sabrina Fitzgerald says …

Having two preschoolers, I keep a small cooler of healthy food with me whenever I leave the house. Being prepared eliminates poor choices for convenience, and packing lunch saves money, too!

Sabrina Fitzgerald says …

I keep frozen veggies on hand for the kids. That way we are never more than a few seconds away from a healthy snack!

Linda says …

It is past time for us to kick it into gear, and eat a better diet. More veggies, less sugar & starch! We started our new "lifestyle eating plan" two weeks ago, and already feel better! Thanks so much for providing ideas for how to keep us on track, for a healthy "2011"! Also, for all of the wonderful recipes. At 60, and 65 we need to do this, and stay with the program. You are helping to make that happen! Thanks again, Linda

Bonnie says …

As a new mom, I plan to eat even healthier than I did during my pregnancy by incorporating a greater variety of whole grains, fresh produce, and lean meats into my diet. My motivation comes from my desire to provide the best food for my baby, and my inspiration comes from healthy and unique recipes. I love cooking, and I'm excited to try fresh new healthy recipes :)

Paula says …

At the beginning of each year I try to incorporate one healthy habit. I already have pretty good eating habits. I think I would like to start adding more yogurt with active cultures to my diet.

Andrea says …

I am a member of the Holistic Moms Network, and strive to change our family diets on a holistic level - every food should help rather than hinder the body's ability to fight disease and infection.

Kelsey Powers says …

I've always been a healthy eater but have recently started to stray so this year we decided to really try and stick to organic healthy foods and meals. Whole foods has always provided us with very fresh and delicious products that we know are good for our bodies!

Janie Moroz says …

I REALLY need to change/improve my diet; so many times I let fresh veggies "soften" in my frig, growing science projects, instead of ingesting the nutritional value. I've started visiting farmers' markets more often, but need to up that ante, also. I do not know how to cook with spices other than salt and garlic, although I AM substituting Mrs. Dash and dried spices for more of the salt. I know WHAT I should be doing, but not HOW to shop/cook a healthier way. I pantry make-over is JUST the ticket!!

Katy H says …

Eating more small meals throughout the day with veggies and fruit incorporated into each. Trying to minimize overly processed foods!

Aramis says …

Wow! I never knew there was a whole nother way to eat. lol. I know it sounds funny but man... I decided to visit North Market in my home town of Columus, Ohio and learned so much! From the difference fresh herb, spices and veggies make, to supporting local farmers. My friends and I all agreed if we could eat healthy on a college students budget we would eat at home more often. I hope it works out seeing that I bought a spaghetti squash and all...lol!?! I'm so excited!

Cindy Collins says …

Since losing 30 pounds last year, I've discovered that it's true: you are what you eat. In 2011 my goal is to eat more organic foods. A diet comprised of whole foods has dramatically increased my energy, my health, and even my appearance. Now my focus is also on pesticide-free foods, so eating more organic and local is my goal for 2011 and beyond.

Chilly says …

I was watching an eye opener Nat Geo documentary in which they tell about the transgenic ingredients that technology has introduced in our food chain. I have therefore resolved to switching to the organic foods from now on.... Good health, happy mind !!!

Laura says …

I would love to learn some new healthy recipes for myself, my husband and my 28 month old son. I want to include more fruits and vegetables into our eating and my husband is especially picky on the vegies:) The extra help would be awesome, especially when we are working with a tight budget. I looked through the recipes on the web site and I'm inspired to try something new this week!

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