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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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Kendra says …

Also have to say that the vegetable section is my favorite!!! Everything is so beautiful, and fresh. It inspires me to make delicious dishes like stir-fry, and salads! Yummm!

Jillian says …

I am working on reducing my refined sugar intake as much as possible.

Lorena says …

a recent surgery and the philosophy inherent in the book Eat to Live completely changed my perspective towards what eating healthy truly means. a diet rich in nutrients, low calorie intake and an exercise routine are my new lifestyle!

Luke S says …

I like to eat limited amounts of meat, and I try to eat lots of fruits, veggies, and grains. I try to eat organic whenever possible.

Marsha Dugan says …

I have just lost 86# and am getting ready to go on a maintenance plan full of vegetables, proteins, and whole grains. Sure could use the gift card.

Cassandra says …

Being a vegetarian, I love Whole Foods because they make it easy to stock my pantry while still remaining healthy and organic, Thank you!!

Alicyn says …

I'm due to have my second child in Febuary and really indulged in my pregnancy cravings causing a drastic weight gain. In 2011 I want to not only get back to my healthy weight but maintain it by eating fresh, seasonal whole fruits and veggies, whole grains and utilizing more of the bulk foods section in the grocery store. Also by planning healthy family meals and cooking large amounts at once so I can package and refrigerate/freeze for the busy weekdays instead of pick up a pre-packaged preservative packed something to throw in the mircowave and call it good.

Lance Eikeland says …

I am going on a diet. I am a 33yo male weigh 250lbs at 5'10. My wife is roughlt my same size. We are both going on a diet. No more fast food. We wish to eat healthy food. I am doing it for my 3 yo son. He needs a daddy that can run and play. Not stand and watch. Our son loves fruit. He would eat fruit over candy any day. I am proud that even though we are both big we are steering him the right way. Thank you for being in business. Thank you for the meal suggestions you provide via email! :) Have a good day. I know I am not going to win. There are already 9000 entries for 9 gift cards. I mainly just wanted to let someone know how you guys brighten our days. Even though this probably will not get read. :)

Kendra says …

I love to cook, an also love to entertain. Over the past 10 or so years I have gradually phased out processed foods from my diet. I am also gluten sensitive, so that becomes a challenge. I love to try to make everything from scratch, but can't always find the necessary ingredients. That is why I go to whole foods. They have a well stocked, and great variety of gluten free products, that are just as good, if not better than products containing gluten!

Meredith G says …

We are eating fewer processed foods, less sugar and more organic products. We want to prevent health problems, especially with diabetes in our family.

Lindsay says …

Around September I fell ill to an unknown sickness. Several months later they discovered I had gallstones & an inflamed gallbladder! A week later I was without one at all! It has drastically changed me and my body (especially digestion!) and now I am trying to cope. I decided that I would make my life, and my tummy, better by treating it right and feeding it good, natural foods that will help make me well again!! It's been a struggle, as I cannot tolerate so many different foods that I am forced to go vegan, gluten-free and organic! While it has been a challenge, I am eating healthier now than ever before! I am still learning so many things about my new diet & my new life!!! My number one resolution for 2011 is to live HEALTHY & HAPPY! Of course between missing so much work from medical issues & having the medical bills (still) piling up, money can be an issue to make this happen!! This gift certificate would help temendously!! I hope everyone of you has a wonderful, successful, and healthy 2011!!!

Amanda Johnson says …

My kids are 2 and 5 and have been brought up as "whole babies". We encourage healthy, organic eating. One fun thing we do is each trip we take to Whole Foods, I let my five year old pick out one new fruit or vegetable. The choice is hers, as long as its something new to her. Then we find a healthy recipe and as a family, we try it together. It's a great way to encourage kids to try new healthy foods.

Lauren says …

I've recently gone on a vegetarian diet and couldn't be more happy with how I feel, how easy I have adjusted, and have found such great resources. Plus, Whole Foods makes it fun and easy to eat yummy, nutritious meals! Keep up the great work!

Erika says …

Have been helping others along their journey myself. Still discovering and recently am trying to stay away from from genetically modified foods.

Kristie Lorman says …

This year my goal is to prepare more raw meals for my son and I. I have looked into raw food recipes, but have not prpared many. My son is now two and has been eating organic from the beginning with green smoothies, tons of fruits and veggies and he is so healthy. He already eats some raw, but I would like to incorporate more meals that him and I can share together! I love having Whole Foods to turn to for amazingly fresh produce, great recipe ideas, supplements,the best 365 diaper wipes, cloth diapers, grass-fed beef, goats milk yogurt and much more. Thank you Whole Foods for offering so many amazing healthy products as well as obtaining team members who are so helpful and extremely knowledgable! 2011 will be a great year! Cheers to everyone's great health!

Ardis Lawrence says …

My husband is retired and I work full time. We still eat some animal protein, mostly chicken and fish, and I would like to be better versed in preparing meatless, quick cook evening meals. I live in Russellville and get to the LR location about once a month. I try to stock up on grains and beans to include in dinner dishes. I also make my own granola using grains and nuts from Whole Foods.

Peggy says …

I eat very healthy now .. for about the past 10 years. I get my motivation from all the things I've learned over those years about what healthy AND unhealthy foods do in our bodies. And from wanting to teach my daughter about it, so that she develops healthy habits to take with her into adulthood. But I'd love to win this because I lead a weight loss program that teaches a healthy lifestyle as a means to losing weight and keeping it off. It'd be great if I could take one of my groups on a "field trip" to WF with one your Healthy Eating Specialists!

Chantel Giblette says …

I am in the process of changing the way my family eats and shops. Having run across some research about where typical grocery food comes from, I was not happy with what I found. I have 3 children, and I want them to eat healthy meals and snacks...free of harmful byproducts. My husband and I are implementing an exercise routine into our life, and would like a healthy diet to go along with it. We have developed the habit of eating to fill up, rather than eating to nourish our bodies and are making great efforts to change these habits for ourselves and our children.

Pam says …

Eating more healthy organic greens, vegetables and fruit. Also, start cooking on a regular basis versus eating take out. I'm so thankful there is a Whole Foods within 60 miles of where I live. Organic is the best way to provide one's body with nutrition.

Linda Weissert says …

I cannot WAIT for the new Whole Foods to open in Wexford to shop for gluten-free products, organic yogurts and dairy products, fruits and veggies and your scrumptious fresh-made sausages from the fresh meat case. My pantry is looking forward to being healthier more often when I can get there several times a week. Welcome to the North Hills, Whole Foods!

Candy Holman says …

Hi, My husband and I are retirees and shop at Whole Foods and love it. He has diabetes and has had heart surgery. We eat pretty healthy but could learn more. It would be great to know how to better save time shopping and have the help of a Healthy Eating Specialist to help even more with his health issues. Also budgeting would be of great help in this economy too. Our motivation comes from wanting to be as healthy as we can in our later years.

Hilary Shaw says …

I'm diabetic and newly retired, so I definitely have to watch what I eat and how much it costs! I'd really like to learn more about foods that will help me balance my blood sugars and my budget. I'm ready for a remake!

Angeli says …

I am currently on chemotherapy and am determined to give my precious body the foods it needs to be healthy and cancer-free. Organic foods - from oils to fruits and vegetables, to whole grain pastas, and more. These are the items I am trying to stock my pantry with. I love being able to go to the different bars (salad, hot foods) and being able to choose amounts I want, seeing all ingredients carefully listed. My motivation is my caring family and WF has inspired me to learn all I can about healthy living with the education they offer (Andi scores, how to cook and buy bulk foods, and much more). Thank you, WF, for your wonderfully inspiring information, newsletters, signs...everything!

Christine says …

Oh Whole Foods I am eating healthy and would love to have a gift card for $99 to help me out.

Rebecca says …

In the past year I've been trying to eliminate processed foods and foods with artificial sweetners. I want to continue to eat more natural foods and I am trying to buy more often at stores like Whole Foods and Earthfare and local farmers markets. It has helped me to loose over 20lbs and that is my motivation to continue eating healthier.

Michelle D says …

We will be trying to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables each week, as well as eating as many local foods as we can.

Wendy C says …

I am trying to eat less meat and processed foods. I eat a lot of whole grain and organic vegies. I want to continue heating healthy and have less cheats! :)

rosebud says …

Love your Rose City, NJ store! I shop their for all my food and other natural products. Eat your grains everyday, and keep the doctor away during this cold and flu season! I try to eat and make for my toddler a varierty of grains everyday, use a variety of vegetables of all different colors, making the plate look visually fun and to ensure we are getting the vitamins we need. Our meats, we try to eat all grass fed, no antibiotic or growth hormones. The butcher shop at the Rose City store is wonderful and ful of a variety of meats. We add flaxseed into alot of our foods including cereal, baked goods, etc...A multivitamin everyday as well as probiotic (my hsuband and I use the 365 brand,for my son we use either Primadophilus or FLorababy. We will continue our health "habits" throughout the year and hope for another healthy year ahead of us. P.s. I make most of our foods but when life gets busy we take some whole foods prepared food shortcuts!

Diane says …

Well, you said you wanted to hear it all, so here goes...the first time I ever went to Whole Foods was probably a year ago. I walked in and was shocked by the prices, thought to myself, "I'm never going in here again." Since that time, I have had a transformation in my thinking, which I am very grateful for! It started when me and my son, age 15, were over a friend's house for lunch and they shared some of the nasties about the food system. Then we watched the documentary "Food, Inc." We were both fascinated, but disgusted, too. That led to watching other documentaries - The Future of Food, FoodMatters, the Gerson Miracle, and more. Had no idea the food system was in such a mess, or that we were destroying ourselves bit by bit! Big changes...after watching the documentaries, I went to Whole Foods again, this time with new eyes. I could see the value of the food, not just the prices. Then I took my son with me. It was a regular field trip! So, we are starting off the new year with a commitment to eat well. Fresh ground peanut better, organic pasta, organic produce, and more to come! The coupons help soooooooooooo much. Every penny counts!

Dani says …

My husband and I went on a all natural kick for Jan 2011 just to detox and feel better about ourselves after the holidays. Although we do eat decent year-round I would like to include more natural and organic food in my diet more often (and that would also fit my budget of course). It is a challenge to find a variety of natural and organic in a regular grocery store. I was introduced to Whole Foods by my mother when she was here for the holidays. I really liked the wholesome, quality foods that they provided in their store.

Katrina Kruczko says …

Ive been cooking at home alot more than eating out. Ive been buying better quality food. Going to whole foods once a month and trying to incorporate seafood into my diet at least once a month.

LoveBrownSugar says …

One of the things I plan to do this year is eat less meat, up my intake of fruits and veggies, and drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day. Really hope I win this Gift Card! It would SO help me with my goals! :) <a href="http://www.lovebrownsugar.com" rel="nofollow">Cece from LoveBrownSugar</a>

Dorothy Chamberlin says …

We have been into good nutrition for 50 years and made the biggest changes in 1992 when I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Going to Dr. Nicholas Gonzales in NYC really changed our lives. We began then to eat only organic foods and follow his detoxing program and I have been cancer free for 18 years. I am always "preaching" nutrition to all my friends and am happy to say that I have influence a good many people to change their ways. My husband is 85 and I am 72 and being retired, we don't spend much on entertainment or restaurants, but we buy all the best food and take the best care of ourselves as we can. We used to buy in Wild Oats until Whole Foods opens and now you are our favorite healthy store.

Autumn says …

My plan is to dramatically cut sugar intake as well as only eat whole foods, nothing processed.

Ruthie says …

Rather than completely overhaul my diet, my health-related goal for 2011 is to choose more mindfully because I think I can be successful if I pay attention to the smaller details and choices I make on a daily basis. I will consciously portion out a healthy amount of food at each meal, instead of getting a huge restaurant-sized portion and eating more than I meant to before I even know it. When something's good and I want, but don't need more, I won't keep eating just because. When the opportunity arises, I will substitute healthier items (e.g., milk instead of half and half, olive oil instead of butter). I will incorporate more fruits, veggies, and whole grains into my meals, and avoid whenever possible processed foods or foods with additives. This one will be a tough one for me, but try to eat less dessert overall, or at least less of it when I do, or better yet rely upon nature's dessert -- fruit. I have to work on disciplining myself and keeping myself accountable, along with finding motivation and inspiration to help me choose correctly.

Diane says …

I'm going to equip my pantry with healthy indulgences. Facing the fact that life is filled with surprises, some more pleasant than others. And to battle the sponteneous poor choices, I am arming up! Packing my pantry with the better choices, effective asap!!!

Barbora says …

As a vegan, I want to eat less vegan junk food and more the healthy stuff but still enjoying myself. That means, I'll be doing lots of research and testing new recipes! This year is my year of making myself a better and healthier vegan to be a better role model of how a plant based lifestyle can do magic :)

Michael McDonald says …

I plan on eating at home more often, eating more salads, and eating less sodium and fat.

Danielle says …

I have always been a pretty good eater...not a lot of eating out or junk food. But sometimes I get bored making the same recipes. I love Whole Foods because there are so many samples to see in the store to give me ideas of new things to make. I also get so many wonderful recipes in your emails &amp; I use them! I am going to start eating more greens &amp; incorporate them into almost every meal in 2011! I love the feeling of being healthy and having energy. There's no sluggishness happening when you eat right! Thank you Whole Foods!

Brian says …

It's not easy to eat healthy--especially if you're trying to save money in the process, but I found a fantastic meat market near my house that specializes in organic, farm raised, grass-fed products! As a diabetic, it is imperative that I learn to do better and constantly look for sound advice about healthy products that keep my A1C in check.

Pamela says …

I plan to eat a lot less. Enough is enough, I say and less is even better. I find a lot of my motivation from listening to the radio and powerfully positive people who are so in tune with life and helping other people trying hard to survive. I need to do this and get my body running again.

Diana says …

We plan to eat more vegetables, even though currently we are eating healthy, our diet is heavy on meat and beans and carbs, fruits and veggies are lacking. So more vegetables for my two year old would be a great thing, especially since she is a allergic to many things and is a very picky eater.

Christine Chesko says …

I already consider myself a fairly healthy eater, however I know that there is so much more I can do to better myself through my diet. In 2011, I plan to try new foods. I am a college student living in the dorms, and, typically, I definitely do not consider myself a cook of any sorts. My main goal for 2011 is not only to continue to learn about healthy living, but also continue to learn to try new things in the kitchen. I want to learn to cook myself better meals, both tasty and healthy. I would use the gift card to buy the healthiest, organic products that I know Whole Foods has to offer. Thanks :)

Ashley says …

Getting home from work at 6:30 makes it hard to avoid a quick, and unhealthy meal. Looking to start buying easy, quick but HEALTHY meals to make after work for me and my husband!

Amanda says …

My brother has to eat gluten free food which cost 3 times more than regular food and we love whole foods so much! we would love to win this. please pick us!!

Brionne Griffin says …

I aim to eat as many colors everyday as possible. I eat foods that inspire me and I give myself the gift of healthy eating.

Linda says …

I most certainly need to replenish my pantry since I am on dialysis.

Jennifer Sullivan says …

We are going to eat grass fed meat products as well as more fresh veggies.

Beth says …

My New Year's resolution is to see myself back at my physical peak, where I was before an injury that I suffered about 6 years ago. Due to an improperly healed ankle and resulting problems with my gait, I ended up unable to keep up the active, calorie-burning lifestyle that I'd had, and ended up with 20 extra pounds. I have a very small frame, so that weight took an extra toll on my healing. My vow this year is to take the next step from my mostly vegetarian diet (ok, I'm addicted to Jamaican snapper and broiled, herbed Mediterranean-style Branzino). This year, I plan to eat in more often, and prepare lots more fresh vegetarian foods, include more healthy, fat-burning, vitamin- and mineral-rich "superfoods" in my own cooking (meaning flax, quinoa, spinach, beans, etc), and include more raw vegan food (yes, the dairy has to go--even my beloved goat's milk will be replaced with hemp and nut milks!). My inspiration was thumbing through an old photo album, where I saw how great I used to look, and realized how far I've come from that ideal. I'm not a supermodel, but I am a beautiful woman. This year, my goal is to uncover that woman and to enjoy delicious, healthy home cooking in the process!

Stefanie says …

I find a lot of inspiration and motivation in the recipes I find at Whole Foods as well as the great products available. I am a vegetarian so this year I am vowing to add more vegetables to my diet and cook more often. I love experimenting with recipes in the kitchen and would love to try out more of the vegetarian products at Whole Foods.

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