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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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Therese M says …

My nephew and I have severe food allergies so it would be great to start the new year being able to enjoy great tasting allergy food. We're so grateful for Whole Foods having a variety of options, especially for kids! Healthy, yummy food = happy, healthy kids!

Jaime says …

We're learning more about raw foods, fermented foods, and soaking/sprouting grains, but haven't ventured into much of it yet. We just started getting into whole food living back in August, and it's quite a journey! Cutting out refined grains and sugars has made the biggest difference!

Clare says …

Both my significant other and I have weight and health issues. I keep trying to get healthy, we are eating better. What we really need more than the gift card is to meet with one of your healthy-eating specialists. That would be awesome.

Kathy says …

Our family is always on the go and while eating healthy is a priority I don't know how to prepare ahead of time to make quick meals when needed. I work during the day and attend school at night while my daughters have sports and music lessons. I would love to learn what to keep in my kitchen that would help me reach for more healthy ingredients when I need to cook something fast.

Lisa M says …

I have already started to cut back on my sugar intake. I'm taking baby steps, but each one counts!

Denise says …

I'm post gastric bypass and my husband is inching his way toward diabetes. Want to be proactive about maximizing the benefits of more whole foods for both of us.

Pierre says …

I'm trying to minimize the amount of processed foods we eat, even though they're really tasty and convenient.

orlando says …

I want to include more wild caught ocean fish into my diet, for the heart healthy omega 3 vitamins. Also, I want to understand more about healthy fats such as olive and coconut oil, raw milk and dairy, not to mention getting a hold of more local and organic produce. My approach to healthy eating is that I try to eat foods which are natural, while eliminating processed foods altogether, as best I can. I believe that the state of food production and agriculture is severely misguided by excessive corporate greed, and must be retrofitted with a new more sustainable direction and attitude by consumers and companies alike. Mainly, I am motivated to achieve good health for personal reasons, which extend to my personal wellness, vitality, and quality of life. From all of the positive and engaging information about health and natural living that I have gained so far, I hope to be able to influence anybody who would take the time or effort to learn/listen to such valuable and needed information, especially my close family and friends, each of whom I am dearly concerned about.

Lori says …

I am a full-time student and a vegan and try to cook as much as possible but would like to be able to stock my pantry so I have ingredients at the ready, making it more likely that I will do so.

aline says …

Having survived the brutal cancer treatment in 2010 and eating healthy food regimen of fiber, veggies, some fruit and protein helped my energy level and maintain the weight I was losing. I am still here and 2011 can only be another great year!

Jennifer Giantvalley says …

I do not like processed foods, but sometimes they are convenient. I am trying to move to a healthier pantry, my husband is used to the boxed stuff. I guess if I don't buy it, we don't eat it!

Ani says …

I would love this! I could use the help!

Malikah K. says …

My biggest new year's resolution is to help my mother get healthy. I (24 yrs old) am the oldest of 11 children and have watched my mother put herself so far on the back burner for all of her children. She works everyday as a teacher and co-director at the homeschooling co-op that we all attended to ensure an excellent education for us. The problem is that she and my stepdad don't make very much money and feeding the household is already challenging so I am trying to show her that natural nutritious food can be affordable, and that it's time she made herself a priority! Wholefoods please help me give my mom a kick start to a healthy lifestyle!

Dianne says …

When you eat food as close to its natural state as possible, it is healthier. This means no frying, no added sugar. Eat fruit as a snack. My grandson thinks carrots are candy.

marsha gibbons says …

I cook a lot and enjoy all the fresh veggies I get at whole foods. I know my pantry could use some help. Mainly, more whole grain carbs. Thanks for a great contest!!

Kasey says …

Hi Whole Foods! I love you so much! :) I try to eat healthy by getting a variety of foods that are organic, high in nutrients, and that are served at Whole Foods. I do not spend much time in my own kitchen, I unfortunately do not spend much time at home nowadays, though I do spend many a lunchtime hour in my local Whole Foods with a friend and/or family member having a blissfully delicious healthy meal. I try to get in as many colors of fruit and vegetable as I can, which is very easy to do at the hot bar and salad bar. I think that Whole Foods is one of the best ways to eat healthy. There is always a wide selection of healthy foods to choose from and it is both satisfying and delicious. I hope to continue to eat healthy this new year. Happy 2011 Whole Foods!

Andrea Honore says …

Now that I have gotten my husband off of lunchmeat (that he ate every workday!) and we got handed down a microwave for him to use at work, I want to find more good things for him to eat for lunch. I would also like to find healthy non-perishable snacks for my girls that we can take with us.

Mary Ann Crain says …

My husband and I have decided to eat more healthy and organic foods because I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last year and he had a Triple Bypass in November. I feel that all of the chemicals and hormones in our foods helps contribute to all health conditions. Wish we had a Whole Foods closer to our home.

Susan says …

Our LO has multiple food intolerances - dairy, corn, soy, gluten, nuts, canola - so i've cut out processed foods. Whole foods has been my savior. They have a potato chip we can eat as well as Namaste mixes which LO likes. As I am breastfeeding, I have to maintain this diet. I would like for my husband to also start following a less processed diet. The healthy eating specialist may benefit both of us.

Lisa says …

My goal is to cook more so we eat out less often. I've struggled with meal planning and shopping on a regular basis, especially with my toddler.

Anna Redding says …

I LOVE Whole Foods! It feels good to shop there because it is consistent with what I believe. On a personal and global level it is vital to eat healthy and use natural products. I have met the most interesting vendors at WF whose products I turn to again and again. Like WIll Harris of White Oak Pastures Beef. In 201 I plan to continue to eat colorful foods. I want to learn more about whole grains and how to make meals from them.

Stephanie Vining says …

I have been trying to walk at least 30 minutes a day and I really want to stop eating late at night after dinner. I will also try to eat more fruit and vegetables and less starchy foods. I also want to get pregnant someday and want to be healthy and fit for my children.

Andrew says …

Slowing down and paying attention to what I eat. Not multi tasking and truly enjoying what I am eating.

RoseAnne says …

After years of eating processed, fatty, sugary foods I finally realized how out of whack my body was - 60 pounds overweight and completely out of shape. Tired of not being able to take part in the life God has created me for I have decided to mend my ways. A few months ago I got rid of most of the processed foods in my life and have tried, as often as my budget will allow, to switch to organic foods. I am now trying to seriously increase my vegetable and fruit intake in an effort to naturally get all the nutrients my body needs.

Rich Hrazanek says …

This year I'm trying not to eat or buy any mega corporation food. I want to try and incorporate more things like Quinoa into my meals to replace things like rice and pasta. I will cook with olive and grapeseed oil. I will eat yogurt with active cultures and I will try to add sprouts to my sandwiches.

Rachel says …

This year, my husband and I are eating more plants, including whole grains, eating fewer animals, and not eating after 7:00 p.m.

Joe Shirk says …

More organic veggie & fruits for 2021,

Laura says …

I need all the help I can get. I hope I win :)

Ruth Hanson says …

I am trying to become a healthier person. I am drinking more water, no more diet drinks and eating lots of vegetables. Exercise is my challenge, but I'm going to try my hardest to make it a habit. I love shopping at Whole Foods to get the healthiest, organic products and support local growers as well.

Heidi says …

We strive to eat a rainbow diet of many different organic fruits and veggies. I'm raising my children to appreciate that which comes from the farm and garden. We grow a lot ourselves. We also eat only grass fed beef, not conventional corn fed. Our eggs are local-from our own chickens. Working on canning and putting more foods up each year!

Vicki says …

I try to eat as many "whole" foods as possible, serving foods that do not come in a package or if they do, have few ingredients. I run out of ideas to please picky children and a husband with sophisticated tastes and end up with the same menus recycled over and over again. I would love a food make-over!! :)

Peter Braasch says …

I am going to make sure we cook some healthy veggie stews and have them around all the time so that we do not fall back on lazy eating.

Gwyn says …

I'd love a gift card; I spend too much income on trying to get my children to eat healthy. I was successful in getting them to accept kale in broccoli soup, I hope I can get more soups in them this year.

Chrissy says …

We're going to try to set aside time for preparation. Almost every fresh and healthy food kick we go on requires prep work, and with our continual busy schedules, we always let that fall to the wayside. We got engaged this Christmas, so there's a whole new commitment to be healthy for ourselves and each other! My personal goal is to set post dinner time for chopping, blending and proportioning the next day's (or week's!) healthy meals.

emnet says …

i want to replace the breads, starches, and sugars i eat with vegetables and fruits.

Melissa says …

I am a recent college graduate, starting out in my first job as a teacher and I also have celiac disease. I try to eat healthy but find it difficult to not spend a fortune on foods that are gluten substitutes, so I end up cutting out a lot of grains. I want to try to bake gluten free, but have a hard time spending money on something I am not sure will turn out well.

Maddie says …

I'm cooking for myself for the first time. (I'm a 20 year old student.) I'm using whole grains and vegetables (no meat if I can avoid it) and really enjoying the experiment of cooking as organically as possible on a budget and a tight schedule. Staples are homemade granola (sooo much cheaper and you can make it just as you like it) and big batches of soup in the freezer.

katie m says …

My biggest challenge is getting my husband on board. He's about 25% on board, but mostly because I do all of the grocery shopping. My inspiration is finding new and exciting, and healthy products at Whole Foods. I can always find something new at Whole Foods. I would use the gift card to take him on a mini-shopping spree and have him pick out products that he would enjoy.

Fiona says …

Eating a different coloured veg/fruit everyday! and also trying more and more to eat local.

Mart says …

Less processed, more raw foods.

Vicki Montgomery says …

Our family has been on this journey of slowly eliminating the processed foods and eating more whole foods. I am always looking for ways to do this within our food budget. It is definitely more economical to eat the foods that are unhealthy! That is a terrible reflection on our society and where our priorities lie. I would love more ideas on eating right on a budget! Thank you. I love shopping at Whole Foods!

Stacey Moberly says …

Eat more organic produce, especially of the "dirty dozen" type.

Julie says …

I joined Dr. Oz's 11 week diet plan, which is free. I am going thru my kitchen an tossing all unhealthy food items. I will be starting an exercise program working out 30 minutes a day. I will be buying all organic foods. I will be getting my support from the Dr. Oz website, which offers direct access to personal trainers at no charge. I want to help Nebraska move up from being number 147 out of over 150 healthiest cities in the United States. My 1st goal is to loose 10% of my current weight in 6 weeks. My cousin and I are in a contest. Whoever is first to loose the 10% gets $50.00 Also, Nebraska has an abundance of organic products to choose from. What we need is a drive thru which servers healthy and organic foods. I think the business owner could get government funding for a business that served healthy foods, at a fair price, and serve the meals quickly. Look out all you fast food chains, Nebraska will pioneer this new food industry. Nebraska was made great by our pioneer heritage!!

Joe Nichols says …

I have been shopping at whole foods for about a year and have been making some changes to my eating but there is more that I want to do. I have heart and high blood pressure problems in my family and had a stinit implanted 8 years ago. I thought I was eating well but the weight has stated coming back even though I work out. The seafood department is great adn the only red meat I eat now is bison. I recently started on probiotics at the advice of a clerk and have been able to stop one prescribe med as well

Mollie says …

In 2011 I'm going to stop snacking late at night and snack on fruits and veggies instead of cookies! I'm motivated by wanting to feel better and fitter.

Ashley says …

We set a goal for our entire family; mom, dad, and 3 kids to try a new fruit or vegetable once a week this year!!! We love Whole Foods. The food bar is my kids' favorite place to eat in town.

Teresa says …

I am eliminating sugar, not just the sugar in candy which I dearly love to eat, but 99% of the sweet stuff from my diet. I plan on having less inflammation in my body by paying attention to sugar content even if it means I have to cook and prepare everything I put into my mouth myself.

Terrill says …

We are cutting back on dairy and fats. We already eat lots of fruits and veggies so will try to incorporate more grains this year. Inspiration comes from so many places and so many choices (like Whole Foods and great ATL restaurants)available to us.

Hal Wade says …

I will be eating more greens both cooked and raw and greatly reducing processed foods. I feel the variety available at Whole Foods will keep it exciting and the abundant organic choices will help me meet and exceed my health goals. Access to a Healthy Eating Specialist would be such a blessing, especially in making healthy choices and having a variety of delicious recipes.

Karen says …

I've been pretty much been off of processed foods for 2 years now. I've never felt better and enjoyed eating more. You don't have to be vegan to embrace healthy eating. Whole Foods supports healthy eating however you wish to do it. Now, if they would please open one in the Kingwood, Tx area, I (and my neighbors) would be delighted!

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