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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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elma says …

Being recently diagnosed a diabetic I have to watch the sugar content of my food and drinks. I love the natural coconut juice with no sugar added. Instead of white rice we cook brown rice and eat more veggies. For salads we make our own dressing by sprinkling a little olive oil with citrus juices. Live healthy for 2011 and beyond!

Marge Sooter says …

I love Whole Foods - Love to shop there. One of my favorite stores.

Kayla says …

great idea!!!

Shelle A says …

I plan to eat more organic produce, less canned, boxed and bagged items even if they are considered organic. I need to eliminate gluten from my diet completely and experiment with baking with other flours more!

Kathryn Spry says …

After my husband had three stents placed in the arteries of his heart - we are working hard to improved on our already pretty healthy eating habits - we need more guidance about organic or not, what fruits, veggies to choose, healthiest grains,meat or not, etc. We feel like Whole Foods is already a good resource for us and this sounds like a great opportunity!

BARBARA MACEY says …

Since 1996 I have chosen to cook/eat healthier because my daughter was diagnosed with MS a Neurological disease with plaque lodging in the brain & disabling parts of the body. Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer & am a survivor, (so far); having Whole Foods here has been a life saver for us although since my diagnosis I have gotten lazy & have not been as dedicated as before. I am determined to get back on track this year & have found Whole Foods once again continues to have everything anyone needs for variety & nutritional sustenance---my daughter & I are prime examples of “WHY WE NEED TO EAT HEALTHIER!” BARBARA MACEY

Patricia Mete says …

I just broke the chair I was sitting in - time for some changes - more veggies, a LOT less sugar and smaller portions. Also, my husband just started going to the gym again. Help me!

Mayra Mejia says …

Thank you for bringing about awareness on not only healthy eating but also on how it can be done on a budget. There is a perception that in order to eat good food one must have a lot of money to spend which isn't true. In addition, we all need to learn to live our lives in balance no matter who we are. Spending our money wisely no matter who much we have is a key component of our wellbeing and a great tool to help us feel in control of our lives. Sometimes education and encouragement is everything we need to make positive changes in our lives. It is exciting to see this kind of thought and service at Whole Foods!

Alice Dreyer says …

I'm the mother of a toddler and determined to get in the habit of planning and preparing healthy meals for him as he transitions from baby food to regular food. I made almost all of his baby food from fresh, organic fruits and veggies, and I want to continue in that vein.

Dawn says …

We are hoping to produce 80% or more of the food for our family from our home garden and farm animals, all on 5 acres. We'll count on Whole Foods for the other 20%!

andrea says …

I would love to figure out a way to incorporate more greens in our whole family's diet, but especially for the kiddos! They're pretty suspicious of them...

peggie says …

I'm down to cooking for 2, agreeing on the same foods is a problem. We both want to incorporate better choices; more grains, veggies, different/better oils,less meat/more fish. I'd like to find some flavorful, and healthy foods, sometimes trying the new items is intimidating!!

Elizabeth Stanke says …

While I am far from a perfect eater, nutrition has always been very important to me. I take my job as a mother seriously, and have been diligent in trying to teach my children the importance of healthy eating. My daughter is a college sophomore in Colorado and I am proud to say that she is trying very hard to make healthy choices and shops at the local WF there. My son is a high school junior and is a bit more of a challenge but I still have a year and a half before he is out on his own. I have recently had to go back to work and am looking for easy but healthy meals that my family will like. A stocked pantry would be a great start! :)

Julie F. says …

My goals are to cut way down on sugar consumption, branch out to try more grains, and emphasize fruits and vegies more. I want to move toward more home-preparation and less prepared food, as well.

Kierlee Shaver says …

I do a good job of feeding my family in a healthy manner, but I have a hard time taking care of myself. I need to figure out more quick and easy ways to eat protein considering I don't eat cheese and I am not the biggest fan of eggs. Money is also an issue, so I am often stumped and give in to carbs. I am breastfeeding my 10 month old baby, so I know that I need to be healthier!

suzi w says …

I plan on learning how to cook more recipes that are quick, easy, and healthy.

Lori says …

In 2010, I made a lot of changes to the way we eat in our home. I am committed to filling my fridge with fresh vegetables and fruits. I try to eat whole grains and organic meats and dairy. However, I have trouble figuring out what to keep in my pantry! That's still filled with cookies, peanut butter and white pasta.

bn says …

what a fantastic way to begin the new year! THANKS W.F.!!

Betty says …

Replacing processed foods with fresh foods, after seeing Michael Pollan's documentary on Food, Inc.

Alisha Case says …

More raw foods, or foods that require the least amount of cooking. To help keep the most amount of nutrition in the food.

MacKenzie says …

I want to learn more about clean eating. I have always been a healthy eater but have realized over the past year that consuming "clean" foods leaves both my husband and I feeling much better physically. We have more energy during our workouts and find that our digestive systems are working efficiently again. I would like to learn more about food in general so that I can provide healthy and nutritionally balanced meals for my family.

Theresa says …

This year I plan to knock off the excessive snacking between meals. I eat 3 healthy meals per day but it is the in-between meal eating that derails me. It's not that I'm hungry between meals either; it is an emotional thing that I need to work on.

Deanna Ritacco says …

Thanks for this nice article it had been just what i used to be yearning for today! I even have my own blog on hypothyroidism yet and if you've got the possibility please take the time to envision it out as I even have some very fascinating data on these topic's.

marlon braccia says …

H! I'd soooooo love to win a gift card to stock my pantry. Here's why. I just finished my first cookbook, The Enlightened Cook: Protein Entrees. I'm on to the next book now. Because I am wheat-sensitive but not gluten-sensitive, I'd like to do my next book in this topic. In particular, I miss baked goods and breads with chewiness. It seems every wheat-free recipe is also gluten-free, which so often sacrifices texture. I'd love to stock up on every kind of wheat-free flour out there and start baking. With an estimated 25% of the population being wheat-sensitive and a great number them undiagnosed, I think its a worthy project. Any boost to the pantry budget would be awesome! Thanks so much for considering me. Cheers!

Suzie Crews says …

I love eating healthy. This year I am trying to have a diet based more on eating fruit, vegis, beans and whole grains.

Billie Crews says …

I eat healthy and would love a Whole Foods healthy pantry makeover.

Dillon J says …

I want to learn how to eat healthier by cooking all of my own meals and not eating out! I know starting with natural/organic foods is the best way to start, though I need advice on what foods to buy and tips on how to cook delicious & healthy meals.

Nancy says …

I plan on incorporating grains I've never tried before into my family's meals. I get my inspiration from my family.

Sabina says …

This year I will be eating healthy by cooking more of my own fresh dishes instead of eating out. I will be creating salads that have so much delicious natural flavor within the vegetables and fruits, cheeses, etc that they will not need salad dressing (and even if they do, something simple created with olive oil will suffice)! I have also learned how to make really healthy pancakes as well as healthy pizza, both tasting extremely great! I will make sure to eat healthy portions of food every day. I don't think calorie counting is the way to go, instead, it is important to check the amount of sodium, sugar, and cholesterol that goes into a product. I literally began eating healthier because of whole foods. You guys have inspired me to take the time to cook and eat healthy foods that are not only good for you but are also just as tasty as junk food! I am also inspired by the fact that eating healthy doesn't just change your body physically but it also does mentally. It gives you a lot more energy and you feel a lot more positive. I also having a horrible immune system and have noticed that since I've been eating healthier I don't get sick as much! All in all, there are just too many benefits in eating right!

Diana says …

Really want to incorporate more raw foods and fiber into our diets. Simple foods without too many carbs.. Happy & Healthier New Year 2011!!

Rachel says …

I need a diet that will help lower my cholesterol naturally and will supply enough energy for me to make it through the day without 5 cups of coffee. I am active and thin, but I have genetically high LDL, and I battle extreme fatigue.

Amanda says …

I'm lactose intolerant and it's very difficult to find good, healthy foods that are dairy free.. so I tend to overdose on lactose pills. Also, my mom is diabetic, and its difficult to find good snacks for her that actually taste good.

eysel carattini says …

I have always wanted to change the way i feed my family and have always wanted to shop at whole foods but for years i have put it off becaause i am a single mother of 4 and am on a tight budget and eating better and healthy is expensive but after watching the movie Food Inc, it has seriously opened my eyes and made me understand that it is important to change so finally yesterday i did a lil shopping at whole foods and it may be a lil more expensive but i know me and my family will benefit and im so used to eating processed foods and fast food that when i went home and ate a lil of everything i bought and IM A BELIEVER i will Never grocery shop at walmart and dollar stores again. Thanks whole ffods for providing healty foods that taste sooo good. new year new me!

Rosalyn says …

My New Year's Resolution last year was to go organic for me and my family. This year, my resolution is to go vegan.

Brandy Fisk says …

I plan on getting away from processed foods and building an organic pantry. I also plan on learning how to make more food from scratch.

erin otto says …

My family and I want to eliminate ALL herbicides, pesticides, and all other processed food chemical from our diet...Our Goal is to make the switch, slowly but surely, to a 100% organic kitchen - especially since we have small children and a new baby- this will help provide them a healthy long life. :)

Mia says …

My 2011 goal is to cook more. Preparing meals heightens my consciousness to ingredient variety and quality. I'll use the gift card to jump start my efforts- restocking my pantry with Whole Foods!

Roseann Giannone says …

I'm love to win a gift card to stock my pantry. I live in the local Whole Foods market because I have lots of food sensitivities. My diet is very limited and Whole Foods Markets make the task of finding unusual products a lot easier for me.

Patricia says …

My whole family is trying to eat healthier. We are eating more vegetables and trying to incorporate more whole foods into our diet. I would like to get them to try some grains they have never tried before.

Ted Hubenschmidt says …

I need to win the makeover,because I have no teeth and use juicer to help process what i need,and need help choosing the right combinations of things to use. Also had cancerous tonsils,and dozens of lympnodes removed and was told if i didn't do chemo AND raidiation i wouldn't live. By following guidlines in your "Prescription for healing" book,i am still here,with no "treatment" done. I need more nutritional guidance. Ted H.

Erin Noelle says …

No more HFCS, and eating healty grains.

crystal l says …

I would love to teach my kids eating healthy is yummy and good for you. I'm sure all their friends would like it too... for some reason everyone loves to eat at our house.

Joshua says …

I am vegetarian and want to get more into the vegan side of cooking. I use alot of grains including quinoa, millet, and forbidden rice, but want to have a little guidance. I'm excited about this New Year. 2011 is going to be Awesome!

Melanie says …

I love incorporating fresh vegetables and fruits into my everyday life. I love starting off the day with a fruit or veggie smoothie, oatmeal with dried fruits and nuts, or a bowl of high fiber organic cereal with chopped up strawberries or blueberries! Whole Foods makes it easy and delicious to eat healthy and have it be delicious! I would love to win one of the gift cards so that I can stock up my panrty with delicous and nutritious foods that will keep me going day to day and help me feel great.

Birute Matutis says …

My son and daughter-in-law tell me that organic foods are a scam. I would like to show them otherwise.

Angelamaria says …

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease in December by my holistic doctor. She suggested I follow a gluten-free diet as much as possible, in an attempt to deter my body's self destruction of my thyroid gland. My goal this year is to continue to find gluten-free alternatives to eating, especially when it comes to eating pizza. I get most of my cooking inspiration from the Emeril Green show on Planet Green, but would also like to see my local Fair Lakes Whole Foods carry Gluten-free carry out products for nights when I'm too pooped to cook, and want to get some healthy carry out!

Dawn says …

Since we are a one income household, I have cut down on the amount of meat we eat, eating out has become a once in a while treat, and I look for creative ways to cook with various grains, beans, etc. Making great tasting and affordable meals has become a joy.

jalarson says …

last year I had a great great time learning about eating whole foods, dark leafy greens, and "new grains" I hope this year to add more grains, better quality whole foodsd, and clean happy meat into my diet a few times a week. Also exploring some sustianable new fish and seafood.

Lauralee Retzlaff says …

After having bariatric surgery, I need to rethink and redo my eating habits. So I have to learn to eat smarter and healthier.My daughter Alex has been a great help in helping mr stick to eating mostly fruits and veggies with some meat and cheese. we love to go to whole foods because the people are really friendly and helpful when we have questions about products and how to cook certain foods. I would like to know how to cook different types of grain and get more ideals for recipes incorporating them in myt diet.

Beth says …

my father has cancer and i've learned that many of life's health struggles (MANY MANY MANY) are food related. it's a shame that a country as "first world" as the USA doesn't have better standards. i think everyone should be able to purchase and have access to healthy, non gmo, organic, and maybe unusual foods. it's my new year's resolution to make sure that my children know foods such as quinoa and flax seed, and that we are all pesticide free! i would LOVE to know how to do this on a budget...

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