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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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Carah E says …

In 2011 I'm trying to incorporate a more plant-based diet. More whole grains, fresh veggies and less processed foods and dairy.

Amanda H says …

My goal is to be healthier by incorporating more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in my family's diets. I want to establish healthy eating habits as an example for my little girl.

Angie says …

I plan to juice more this year. I have lots of sources of inspiration... Hallelujah Acres, Dr. Fuhrman, several raw foodists. Great healthy ideas are everywhere if you take a good look around! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

Sharon Wong says …

I would like to use more vegetables in our main dishes and eat sustainable fish more frequently.

Melissa says …

My big change for 2011 is to go Vegan! I've flirted with it for the past few months and have joined the 21 Day Kickstart Challenge. I'm so excited! I've also cut out Coke...the last of my caffeine addictions. :D I find my motivation and inspiration from a few books, authors, and speakers. Most importantly I find it from myself. I've lost 56 lbs so far and have 104 to go but I feel healthier than ever!

Kristen DiNicola says …

Avoid trans-fat! a few years back, i waged war on high fructose corn syrup and this time i'm going after trans-fats. Trying to educate myself on their hiding places and do my best to cook with as few as possible.

Hector says …

I was diagnosed recently with a kidney deficiency which is dramatically modifying my diet. I'm a Mexican and my cuisine tended to depend on fattening content a lot. Not anymore. I've switched to a more balanced and gluten controlled menu. It is challenging, but I'm glad that I have a chance to correct my eating habits for a healthier lifestyle.

Allison Schulz says …

Drink tea daily! Green in the morning, chamomile at night.

Darnetta says …

My husband and I started weight watchers in oct '10 and have lost a good amount of weight. we like the program because now fruits and veggies are free which encourages us to eat more.Our family eats more fruit and veggies as well.

June says …

Each new year I do a little more to improve my diet as well as my family's. Now that we're eating whole grains, lots of fruits & vegetables and have eliminated most junk & fast foods, this year's goal is to make fabulous homemade breads & rolls.

Lois says …

With the help of my friends at Whole Health, I now buy and eat lots of organic greens and fruits which I purchase at Whole Foods!! So many oils and seasonings have changed in my pantry due to my change in foods which I prepare in my home.

Adrienne says …

We're trying to incorporate healthier whole grain products - pasta, kasha, brown rice, etc. Foods taste richer, more complex than when using refined grains. Love whole grain pastas. We bake our own bread, so healthy seeds, fruit and nuts add loads of flavor, nutrition and fiber. It's a great way to use up odds and ends.

Shirley Landry says …

In 2011 I'm going back to basics. I'm giving up all that chemical laden food. I want a pantry that's healthy and organic. After all, you are what you eat, and if you eat organic it's a win win outcome. Thanks Whole Foods for always taking care of us.

Joanna says …

Health is the fundamental block of happiness and I cannot imagine enjoying a single day without sufficient amount of stamina and energy to fulfill daily commitments. That is why, in 2011, I would like to exercise daily and purchase my entire family's diet at Whole Foods, especially it's produce section, because I know that it's the best choice when it comes to nutrition value and freshness.

Susie says …

This year I want to cut down on sugar. It’s not that I eat a lot, but I have many temptations at work, so I snack on a few chocolates here and there. I’d like to add more meals with vegetables and lean meat. My plan is to bring lots of healthy snacks to work, so I can resist the temptations of sweets at work.

Cheryl VR says …

I Love Whole Foods Markets! I wish one were closer to me. Healthy eating is always a challenge its a shame it costs so much more. In our family we have many meal making issues due to allergies and preferences. I am always looking for menu suggestions. That is why, I feel your web site is a great resource.

Marie DeRoy says …

This year I will have 3 raised beds for growing a succession of veggies. Inspiration shopping at Whole Foods helps me to create more interesting dishes.

Christine says …

Our Family is in makeover process to Healthy Living and Lifestyle and a Healthy Pantry Makeover would be a delicious learning tool. Overall my teenage and young children along with my husband are on board with these changes and really have enjoyed the delicious new dishes I am learning to create. I am grateful for there support and there desire for our whole family to be Healthy, and would more than welcome a Pantry Makeover, Yay!!!

Rebecca says …

I have had an at times a severe autoimmune disease. This year my husband, toddler and I made a radical switch to eating only organic and fresh foods. We had a hard time at first finding affordable prices on produce and meat and everything in between, but we are now doing well at Whole Foods. We are also looking into doing a farm crop share with local organic farmers this spring. We have also started taking probiotic supplements, drinking Brita purified water and eating Kosher foods. I have heard alot of people have success with improving their autoimmune diseases with this diet. We can say that after almost 2 weeks of eating this way, the food definitely tastes much better! Even if it does not make much of an improvement on my health, I don't think we will ever go back to regular food again!

Jennifer says …

Moving towards a full 100% organic diet with more vegetables and for the adults a vegan style

Amanda F says …

I would love a pantry makeover. Trying to stretch a dollar and provide healthy meals seems unmanageable to me. When you can get a frozen pizza for a couple of dollars,it seems unlikely that you can eat anything healthy somewhat conveniently and inexpensively. I know people are doing it, I just truly don't know how.

Melinda says …

Being unemployed currently, I have had to make dollars stretch a lot. Vegetarian meals a few times a week have made a great difference both in the budget and the health. This year I am focusing on learning more about diabetes and controlling my blood sugars naturally. I also plan to plant an organic garden this summer (extras being donated to the food banks). Whole Foods have great people that are so helpful with ideas and information to make living our lives easier and more healthy.

rebecca says …

I am going after artificial food colorings, thbq, bha, bht, vanilian, artificial colors and flavors. I have had enough! I'm afraid I have done really bad things to my kids by not paying attention. Now, I'm on it!

Maureen says …

We limit eating out to about once a month, and at home we have balanced meals using chicken, turkey, or fish with a salad almost every night. We keep whole grain pastas and breads on hand instead of "white", and eat lots of green veggies instead of the ones high in starch.

Elsa says …

I teach a food politics class, and I constantly try to walk my talk, but of course, time and money stand in the way more often than I'd like. I always try to cook at home and cook vegetable-based dishes. I am a vegetarian, so one would think that doing the above would be easy for me, but in fact, it's harder than one thinks. I often find myself cooking fake-meat-based dishes (not that those are bad) or dishes that use one vegetable sparingly and end up full of dairy and something like whole grain pasta or polenta or quinoa. Even though this might be better than the average diet, I still want it to get better by expanding my cooking repertoire and making dishes that are full of vegetables and full of whole grains, legumes and beans. Yay for a new healthy pantry!

D'Andrea says …

For 2011 healthy eating and cooking for me will be all about portion sizes. I will try to eat small meals throughout the day and lower my sugar intake. I'm going to look for fat free or low fat substitutions to my everyday diet and then treat myself on occasion to foods with sugar or a little fat (once every 2-4 weeks I may go out to eat). I already put down the 1% milk and made the switch to skim. Most of my condiments and side dishes are fat free (cottage cheese, sour cream, cheese).. and I am eating a lot of fresh foods and cutting back on processed foods. 2011 has been great so far and I feel great!

Victoria says …

I plan to add more veggies into my diet and to add more variety into our family dinners.

Ashley says …

I'll keep up with planning healthy menus for the family and cooking more instead of eating out as we'd done for much of last year.

Melissa Wrobel says …

This would be so awesome! I try to eat as healthy as possible and shop at Whole Foods as much as possible but I haven't worked in 2 years so just being down to my husbands income and feeding a family of 4 has made it difficult to eat healthy. I hope I win!!!!!

Jayne Boston says …

As a relatively new vegetarian, I am constantly trying to find new and tasty ways to bring healthy and eco-responsible foods into my household. I would love to know how to select and prepare foods that will appeal not only to me but to my non-veggie husband.

Kathy Davis says …

My family of five is always on the go. We don't all eat at the same time because of our schedules. The kids always want something "good" (read, unhealthy), while I just want something fast (usually also read, unhealthy). HELP!!!

Anita Antoinette says …

Last year I stopped eating meats, sugar, and white flour products. I lost 30 pounds and began feeling better phyically. I am still waiting on the increased energy. I now watch the amount of carbohydrates that I consume and eat more protein to hopfully increase my energy level. I LOVE shopping at Whole Foods Market and will benefit and appreciate the gift certificate.

Amy W says …

I would love to have the opportunity to speak with a healthy eating specialist. It's hard to find healthy foods that everyone in the family likes I feel like we've been stuck in a rut lately and are starting to eat convenience foods "just this once" way to often. Please help! :-)

Vandana Deep says …

Just converted recently to a whole food shopper and love the store and the variety of healthy organic stuff we can purchase.

Erica Shearn says …

Although we have changed our lifestyle to organically grown foods, I would love to learn how to effectively change to a gluten-free diet for my son. He was diagnosed with Austism last year and I understand some parents have seen positive changes in their children on this diet. Thank you.

Shea says …

I'm resolving to eat something that's fresh, colorful, preferably organic, with each meal to "wake up" my diet. Seeing reds, bright yellows and greens on my plate makes the meal more enjoyable for me. This morning I put purply-blue berries into my oatmeal and added some canned yellow peach slices. For lunch today I have slivers of fresh sweet peppers in my apple and greens salad and I'm adding some raw grated beets and carrot to my lunch plate - I'm going to eat it too, not just look at it!=-) Tonight for dinner I'm having my favorite raw kale salad with bright red dried cranberries along with my entree.

Lisa S says …

If ever there were a time for a pantry make over it would be now. My mom just had open-heart surgery and we would like to start choosing healthier and less processed and low fat foods! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to enter!

Julia O says …

I've realized that I eat out too much. Consequently, I don't know what is in my food. I try to avoid processed foods, but even that isn't enough. I'm eating blindly and I want a change; to be conscious of what I put into my body. I would love to build a pantry with a plethora of jars in all different colors, sizes and shapes. Cooking from scratch is not only theraputic, it's healthier. I don't get nearly enough protein and nutrients in my diet. I would love a place to have wheat germ, faro, quinoa, grains, and variety legumes. I could finally flip through all of my cookbooks and bookmarked blogs without the hassle of preplanning and constantly running out the door to fill up on supplies. With a medlodious melange of ingredients in my pantry, I could become my own creative chef. My kitchen would turn into a canvas; cooking would turn into a peice of art. I would prouldy appreciate my meal and experience the gastronomic delight of la joie de vivre.

Alexzandra Celestino says …

i would love a pantry makeover so we can start 2011 off right!

Susan D. says …

I have been a loyal Whole Foods customer for over seven years. It is my favorite store! I only buy nitrate/nitrite free lunch meats, bacon and hot dogs for my family of five. I also stock up on the 365 canned beans, tuna, soups and kids ravioli. The 365 croutons without MSG are delicious and the only kind I buy. My dogs even benefit from Whole Foods dog treats and natural dog chews. I only use the Mrs. Myers, Bon Ami and Biokleen cleaning products. They are wonderful! The 365 lavender shower gel and 365 vegetable glycerin soaps are perfect for keeping my family clean. One of my favorite Christmas gifts was a Dr. Hauschka skincare gift set. Whole Foods has it all! Your body is your temple. Feed it and treat it right!

Heather S says …

I would love to have healthier snacks for my daughter. I eat fairly healthy by default due to my food allergies, but my husband and daughter eat a whole lot more junk than I do.

N Miller says …

I luv W F, even more if U'r buy'in!

Heather says …

We are focusing on eating more fruits and vegetables. Also getting more fiber/whole grains, and less empty calories.

Julie R says …

I'm learning to feed to baby boys a healthy, real food diet, in order to create healthy eaters for life! Whole Foods definitely helps me achieve this goal!

Tracy says …

Our goal for this year is to eat more healthy. We are clearing out our pantry and starting over. My daughter and I have allergies to wheat, dairy and certain fruits and veggies. I can not believe how much stuff has wheat in it - it is amazing. As a family we are going to try our best to eliminate these foods and go towards more fresh food and making our own meals (which we do most of the time). Wish us luck!

Roz says …

I've been on weight watchers for 6 months and have lost over 30 lbs. I'd love to stock my pantry with all kinds of seasonal and healthy foods so I can continue on this weight loss journey!!

Heather says …

I plan to continue to ensure I don't skip meals. I've also made it my goal to eat local as much as possible. I love how Whole Foods is now really highlighting locally sourced products as it makes it so much easier when I go shopping. If I had one closer to me I'd go more often. Instead I'm lucky living in the Fraser Valley I go to Farmer's Markets and farms as much as possible to get it direct.

Tammy says …

I'm trying to incorporate eating seasonal foods according to my season to feel better. Usually I'm eating exotic fruits and vegetables year round and discovering it's not the best idea-unless I'm living in these exotic locations. So now in winter I'm trying to eat more root vegetables etc, to get my body used to living in Vancouver. But I need help with recipes and definitely a pantry makeover!

Martha says …

This would mean so much to us. We are completely overhauling our family's food! We went from Captain Crunch and McD's to: no sugar, no white flour, no processed foods, no bad fats, no commercialized meats at all to: Whole Foods Market! We are SOOOO overwhelmed, and trying so hard cold-turkey. I have fibromyalgia, my sons have special needs (Aspergers, severe PTSD), my daughter has a rare bone disease & ulcerative colitis now, my husband has kidney stone attacks, but most of us are doing better already!! woo-hoo! It's so confusing, but we're determined. We're spending $200/wk on the five of us (2 huge teen boys!!!), and our house was just foreclosed on this fall, so any help would be awesome! We have great hope that this will literally heal this family; it already is. You help us already so much by the kind workers we meet there...some more guidance would be A HUGE help while we figure out what the heck we're doing! Much love & thanks.

Dianne says …

I'm on a mission to create the perfect vegan rice pudding - I promised a friend. And to make my own seitan. And to eat scratch-cooked beans at least twice a week.

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