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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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Sandy Canner says …

We always try to have a home cooked meal every night. I plan to continue this and get my two kids more involved in the menu planning. I would like to eat more fruits and have been serving them at breakfast. The kids seem to enjoy a banana and orange or apple cut up. I am using fruit for snacks at work. Also for me I am working real hard on avoiding all refined sugars, white flour and pop of any kind. I am in the process of going through my pantry and cleaning it out. Would love to win the makeover SC

Mary P. Fugleberg says …

I plan on cutting down on sodium, even more than I have already. And I plan on making healthier choices for my meals based on things I read on your website, and a lot of other healthy recipes from numerous websites. ie...free range chicken, with no antibiotics, hormones etc... I recently had a kidney transplant and am feeling much better and I want to be as healthy as possible..to enjoy my new lease on life! I want to eat more organic foods and shop at Whole Foods more often! I have to travel about 100 miles to get to a Whole Foods store (Milwaukee WI, or Madison, WI) but am there often...so I never leave the city before stopping at Whole Foods!!! Love your stores!!!

Jennie Offield says …

My husband and I grew up eating comfort foods and lots of fried entrees. Now that we have a family of our own with four children we have tried to steer away from unhealthy eating while still enjoying our favorites. This past year, one of our sons starting having digestive problems which made us all take a look at our diets. We have been generally healthy and within our weight ranges, but found we lack variety and color in our meals. This year I am hoping to "Go Fresh" more and skip the "middle aisles" in our grocery store. We need to revamp our menu and have a diet makeover. We learned my son is lactose intolerant so we have all cut back on the amount of cheese we eat among other things. I've tried to provide more well balanced meals for the family, but would love so start the year right with whole grains, fresh produce, and new recipe ideas. I love your website and enjoy following you on Twitter. Thanks Whole Foods for providing healthy choices.

Kristie says …

On January 1st my family and I decided to make the change to a vegetarian lifestyle. We decided this because we saw a special on processed meat and the slaughtering of animals and found some of the contents disturbing. Besides this, I have hypothyroidism and meat is on the list of foods that I should not consume. I recently just found this out. My family and I would like to shop healthier, eat healthier, and live healthier. Going to the gym is not enough to help maintain or lose weight, we needed to change our diets also. To help motivate us to make this change, we emptied out our pantry and freezer to make room for healthier groceries. We figured that if our pantry is empty, then we have to go buy food to restock. This forces us to go out and buy healthier items. Our daughter inspires us as well. She is 3 years old and we need to teach her early that healthier is better.

Kristine says …

I'm starting off the new year by reading books focused on healthy eating like "Food Matters" and "Savor." Reading these books reminds me to focus my diet on whole foods and gives me some great new recipes to try!

Lily says …

As a single person, I've always struggled keeping my pantry stocked with fresh veggies and fruits without having them spoil before they're gone. This year I'm resolved to find a way to plan my meals better ahead of time so I can incorporate more veggies, especially antioxidant rich dark greens and salads, and fresh fruit for snacks and breakfast boosters. I also learned last year that I'm wheat intolerant, so I look forward to experimenting with new gluten free recipes and creative ways to get my healthy whole grains without relying on whole wheat. I know Whole Foods has the quality and variety I'll need to be successful within my limited budget!

Evan says …

I plan to eat less added sugar this year. I love my chocolate and cakes and brownies and usually have a pan lying around. Instead, I'm going to keep fruits and vegetables I like to grab for a quick snack when I feel a craving coming on.

Jillian M. says …

I recently had my second child and realized that I need to ensure that I regain the body that I once had. I have vowed to myself to eat healthier and the example that my children see as far as health and food choices to start with myself and my fiancee'. We currently purchase some organic food but are choosing to make a complete change in 2011. We have a 2 1/2 year old and a 7 month old and the time is now to set the foundation for how they will live the rest of their lives. We often discuss how unfortunate it is that it takes less money to "harm your body with food choices and more money to save your body by the choices of food that we select". The time is now to make a change in your life and other's. Make the right decision for you and your family. ~Jillian M.

micki smith says …

I love Whole Foods. I have to drive 40 miles to get there, but I go when I can. Best produce, fish, meet, deli, dairy and I love the organic lips balms. I sure wish you would open another store in or near Greensburg, PA!

Shannon Ditto says …

I am so excited about getting healthy in 2011. I have put on a whopping 50 pounds from having to be on high dose steriods. This medication makes it very hard to loose weight. I decided this year was going to be different and I am making some huge changes already. I now eat mainly fresh fruits and veggies. I do eat lean chicken. I am starting to feel a big difference in the way I feel already. They only problem, is that I am not able to always buy organic and all natural produce and food because of expense. It would be great to learn new ways to eat all natural, healthy, and frugal. It is so fun and exciting creating recipes and meals with fresh organic foods. I am so excited to try out all the fresh flavors!!! Shannon

Gretchen says …

I try not to eat any processed foods. I also want to know my meat is not shot up w/ antibiotics or other horrible things. The reality is, it does cost more money up front to eat this way. It makes me sad because everyone should be able to eat good foods without spending a ton of money, but sadly, that's not the case. It makes me angry that it's cheaper to buy unhealthy foods versus fruits, vegetables, etc. No wonder our country has so many health problems. With that said, I am glad that Whole Foods has some great sales & I like that they offer tips on how to get the most bang for your buck yet eat foods that are good for you. We need more of this education out there and stores like Whole Foods who do pay attention to people who have budgets but who want to eat well. I am on a budget and I am thankful that I can find some great deals at Whole Foods on "good for you" food and not break the bank.

Lauri says …

This year we will be cutting out processed foods and high fructose corn syrup from our diets. We are going eat foods that are close to the Earth. Whole foods can definitely help us revamp our pantry and get rid of the processed junk.

Jennifer says …

Getting older CAN mean getting better. Although I've worked for years to stay healthy, fit, and trim, the years do make a difference, and I need to be more conscious of keeping my diet in line with what my body really needs. Whole Foods can help me do this as I shop for good, natural, healthy foods!

K says …

As women age, I've read that they can face hormonal changes that can be helped by broccoli/cruciferous veggies and by avoiding soy. Broccoli has several other benefits, too, which is why I'll be adding more of it to my diet as well as continuing to buy new Chino Valley Ranchers soy-free eggs I just found in the Arroyo Pkwy store!

Jen says …

This year is it all about healthy whole grains, fruits, vegetables and no processed sugar!

Dottie says …

I started eating healthier in 2010 and have a good start but realize that eating and buying healthy is an ongoing process. In 2011 I would love to stock my shelves with some wonderful staples to inspire me to try out new foods and recipes and live a healthier lifestyle. I have found that regular grocery stores do not stock all the pantry supplies that it takes to reap the benefits of a true healthy diet. I look at Whole Foods as an adventure when shopping there. It's like eye candy for the aspiring cook and someone looking to change their lifestyle. My budget doesn't allow me to go crazy in the store but it is definitely a place I love, and supports the style of eating aspire to.

Anita says …

Stay away from the processed foods. Drink plenty of water. Go for the green.

Pam Fenton says …

After school, marriage, and children I'd found my shopping habits to have gravitated more toward "time-saving" strategies. Saving time isn't always the healthier and/or wiser route. So, I've found myself returning to past routines: making yogurt, baking bread, (observing new salads and ideas) cooking more grains and beans, limiting the proteins, but increasing the variety by research and experimenting, and shopping more for seasonal products, regardless of availability. These changes have proven to be more economical, enlightening, and healthier for my mind and body.

megan says …

My family and I are eatting healthy in 2011 to improve our well-being, set a healthy example for our toddler son, and give our new addition arriving at the end of summer a healthy start :)

Marianna says …

My husband and I are looking forward to starting this year in a healthier manner by getting back to the basics, more fruit and vegetables and less preservatives. Looking forward to starting the new year right with Whole Foods.

Julie Geistlinger says …

I've been working on having my family eat healthy for several years. We've already taken out sodas and most processed foods in our diet, gone organic and added supplements. My focus for 2011 is to to add more variety into our diet by adding more vegetables (we rarely ate vegetables 2 years ago!) and spices that aid in overall health ie: tumeric, cumin, etc. Since I am not working any more due to an autoimmune disease, I have the time to experiment with new recipes and I am looking forward to new dishes. Of course my inspiration is my family, but since I have become ill and my oldest daughter has asthma I really have been focusing on what can ail the body and eliminating some of the toxins in our diet and in our house. I discovered Whole Foods about 6 months ago and now am a regular shopper...I really appreciate the organic, non-hormone dairy and meat products (especially having the option of grass fed beef). The last 2 years has been a process and I look forward to continuing the process in 2011!

Kerry says …

This is a great idea! Wish I had a Whole Foods close enough for easy shopping! Thanks for the great recipes online!

Jessica says …

In 2011 I want my family to get on board with me and switch to a whole foods diet. I have a lot of heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis in my extended family and want to keep those things at bay as much as possible by switching to a whole foods diet. Eating whole foods is one of the best things we can do for our health. I am so grateful for the Whole Food Market and wish there were more locations closer to me.

maureen says …

i am vegetarian so i eat lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes. this year, i want to focus eating breakfast and more consistent meals throughout the day (i tend to skip breakfast and sometimes lunch), cook more frequently and continue to reduce processed foods from my diet.

Heather McDonough says …

I'll be looking for more recipes to make and freeze wholesome meals ahead of time instead of relying on unhealthy processed dinners.

Amanda Wallace says …

2011 is the year I plan to get my family on the right track to healthier eating. More vegetables, more organic. More exercise. I'd like to do that in a way that doesn't negatively impact our food budget.

Cindy Jacobs says …

My husband and I try to eat locally, whenever possible. We also incorporate as many fresh fruits and veggies (vs. frozen/canned) and try to keep processed foods to a minimum. We have one day a week when we go meat-free, and I have been learning about various grains in order to add them more often to our diet, starting this year, as well. I hope to begin replacing regular meat/dairy with organic meat/dairy, and hope to expand this to include more organic replacements for other foods we eat, too! I know, from experience, that making lasting changes in our lives, it has to be something done gradually, and with care, but I look at it this way, improvement is success, even if it does take time and perseverance! But then, what good things in life aren't worth the effort? :)

Brenda says …

I WILL commit to making healthier food choices for my family. This year my goal is to eat out only one time a week (which is down from our three times a week schedule now... lol). I love Whole Food's four pillers: whole foods, plant strong, healthy fats, and nutrient density. It helps simplify shopping. Cheese puffs don't fall into those guidelines.

Dawn says …

I started the healthy eating challenge about three months ago. I am working on eating way fewer processed foods, sugar and grains. I am also implementing organic, where possible. I am constantly trying to broaden my, and my family's knowledge of what is healthy and banish what the food companies have told us is healthy, in order to sell a product. I would love to restock my pantry!

Marianne says …

Eating helathy is not a new resolution for our family, it is a necessity for my life. I have an auto-immune disease and the antibiotics, pesticides and perservatives that are added to our foods are detrimental to my health. It is so important to everyone's health that they are aware of what they put into their bodies. Whole Foods provides all the necessary ingredients to living a healthy life. When people ask me about the expense I ask them back "How much is your life worth, and how much do you have to spend on medical bills?" Our lives are priceless!!!

Rose says …

As a family, we have cut down on refined sugar, red meat, processed food. We drink soy, goat and hemp milk and eat green leafy vegetables, beans, whole grains and most of other products found in organic stores. We are open to ideas and tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Thanks.

Margo Landon says …

Yes! Please help me get my act together!

Sharon Hunt says …

I recently read Jillian Michaels' Master Your Metabolism book and watched Food, Inc. It convinced me that I needed to radically change my eating habits. I've been trying to eat healthy for a while, but hadn't realized the importance of organic meat, dairy and produce nor the dangers of processed foods. Starting in December of 2010, I removed anything with high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and/or artificial sweeteners from our home. I went organic on dairy and most produce (aiming for all, but budget is an issue). I'm now ready to go to organic meat. Refined sugar and white flour are out, and organic, minimally processed sugar along with whole grain flours are in. We are a single income family with an autistic child. I recently became aware that I am insulin resistant (a big motivator to change my eating habits). A pantry makeover would be a godsend! I'm looking for organic/whole foods recipe ideas as well.

Denise says …

My family eats too much processed and fast foods. I would love to come up with a nutritious dinner plans that the whole family would eat.

Rebecca says …

my healthy eating change for 2011 is to actually prepare food by myself instead of ordering in or eating out all the time.

Emily Corral says …

I resolved to drink more water, and to eat healthy! I downloaded some neat apps on my iphone to help me achieve my goals. I would love to win this challenge because I am a college student and I have a refrigerator and a microwave in my room. Finding recipes without using an oven/stove etc. is difficult! I LOVE WHOLE FOODS! :D

susan mann says …

i want my pantry to look like the one in the pic! i went vegan this year after 2 yrs of stomach issues, that no doctor could figure out how to fix, other than give me a lifelong prescription for drugs. i feel so much better. after reading so much in tryin to heal myself, i realize there is so much misinfo out there from the food industry. we are led to believe that we are lactose...gluten -intolerant, etc...when the issue isn't us and our allergies, it is that the food that they are selling us and promising us that it will supply our calcium, and nutrients that we need is not food at all. when we feed their "food" to our bodies, our bodies don't know how to process these chemicals and we are then labeled "lactose-intolerant" etc.. when i see countries that have low presence of osteoporosis,diabetes, heart disease and don't eat the meat , dairy that we do, i know i have made the right decision to go vegan. my goal is to learn how to make more recipes this year that incorporate mostly items from the first 2 aisles of whole foods(veggies and fruits).

Becca B says …

I plan on incorporating more non-meat products into my diet and potentially making the switch to vegitarian/pescatarian (i am not sure i can give up sushi!) I also want to take advantage of the bulk bins more for my grains and cooking products to save money and maximize health! i want to steer clear of artificially processed foods and whole foods is the place to help me do that!!

Linda Cassavant says …

With diabetes as part of my family health background am always excited to shop Whole Foods extensive variety of vegetable and fruits. Best quality, endless variety to make meals more interesting and presented with such beauty as you enter the store! My eating habits include smaller portions of meats or fish, larger on the vegetables and moderate amounts of fruits! Always a joy to visit whole foods with the helpful staff and great offering of natural products!

Samula says …

Trying to get my significant other to stop eating McD's, BK and Wendy's. Having to cook at home to make that happen! More fresh food - less frozen and fast food.

Kara says …

Since my 4 1/2 yr. old son finished cancer treatment in 2009, we've drastically changed his diet to help strengthen his body. The trick I find now is how to afford to cook meals that he can eat as well as the rest of my family of 5. In 2011, I'll continue to pursue whole food, sugar-free, gluten-free meals for us all. I figure if it's good for my son's health, it's good for the rest of us.

Jo says …

With a recent surgery under my belt, I must include more fiber in my diet. I'm looking daily for recipes and foods to make this happen.

Roberta says …

I was diagnosed with MS in the fall of 2010. My husband, son and I also committed to a macrobiotic diet in the summer of 2010. I believe in the healing power of food, and credit my ability to deal with my MS symptoms to my healthy diet. Whole Foods has greatly assisted me in finding the whole foods that fit into my diet. I love shopping for high quality foods at Whole Foods, and will continue to do so in the future. The staff at the Palatine Illinois store making shopping a pleasure.

Anne says …

I just finished reading Erin McKenna's Babycakes cookbook and am ready to start some healthy baking! But all of the ingredients are pricey! The gift card would really help!

Tee says …

I love kale right now and its so good for you. I would love to win a giftcard

Allison Lincoln says …

I have switched to a vegan lifestyle in the last couple months and have lost 20 lbs. I am trying to stay mostly raw and am learning non-stop on how to achieve this. I started out by drinking only raw juices I made at home for 10 days. My husband saw how energetic I was just on juice and joined me after 5 days. He is now vegan also! My main objective is to get off all my asthma medications permanently. I have cut down to about 1/4 the amount I used to have to take. I am trying to reverse the age clock right now as I am 44 years old and need to up my health! I have two teens we are trying to convert, lol... I am determined to get them to vegetarian by using the taste factor as this will surely be the greatest motivator. I love, love, love Whole Foods Market!!

lisa says …

I need to purge my pantry of all of the holiday naughty foods. This would be a great incentive!

Majka Woods says …

My 2 year old has motivated me to get back in shape and clean up my eating act. I don't feed her junk so why would I make it for myself.

Tanya says …

I am commiting to eating healthier whole foods. Trying to stock my pantry with dry goods that we need to eat more of, cleaned out the fridge and stocked with colorful, healthy veggies and fruits, stocked the freezer with soups made ahead of time so that I wont go through the drive through when I have a lack of time and commiting to brown bagging my lunch more often. I want to be a healthier 'me' for myself and for my kids. I want to show THEM the best ways to eat to avoid future health issues for all of us.

Kim Roberts says …

2011 is the year that I will shoot for 5. Five servings of fruit and veggies daily, and no purchased foods with more than 5 ingredients. I need to re-vamp my pantry to stock it with less processed foods. If only I could find recipes that I could throw together in 5 minutes!!

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