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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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Elizabeth says …

I want to plan more meals in advance, so having a well stocked pantry would be great. I also want to up my vegetable intake and eat out less.

Raquel Jenkins says …

This year I plan on eating less,eventually cutting out, processed foods. My family and I deserve to eat healthy food.

Kerri says …

Simplicity and balance is our focus. We plan on eating more whole grains and fresh veggies. Finding affordable local and organic ingredients will be our goal for 2011.

Cassandra says …

It's a new year and looking forward to more positive lifestyle changes. Whole Foods has joined this journey in healthy snacks for my daughters lunch box to delicious chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. The natural hair and skin products balance out the complete personal needs to feel better and enjoy life.

Sue says …

After shopping at Whole Foods since Bread and Circus, I was just introduced to kale this year which we are trying in many different things and love it. We've made soups that everyone loves, added it to gravy and eaten it raw. Love it!

Pamela says …

We love WHole Foods and feel whole every time we eat there. I am learning to cook with intention with a healthy result.

Sonya says …

making our own salad dressings really adds variety to a bowl of greens--so quick and easy and a tablespoon of honey makes it a winner with the kids too!

dorothy harwell says …

Love whole foods, absolutely the greatest selection for staying heathly.

Mary says …

I try to cook with fresh products like lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. I try to avoid pre-made foods and products with a lot of un-natural ingredients in them.

Natalie says …

We grow and raise much of what we eat, and have almost limited processed foods completely from our diet. I hope to learn to be more creative in the coming year with preparing fresh fruits and vegetables.

Linda says …

I want to eat healthier but it is really confusing. I get the more fruits and vegetable and less processed foods but after that I am lost. I love to go into Whole Foods but once I get past the produce I am not sure what to buy. I have ventured into the middle aisles but left more uncertain than when I went in. I need some guidance.

Victoria says …

I want to make sure that I eat something for breakfast everyday. Sounds so simple, yet too easy to skip when pushed for time!

Andrea says …

We are definitely on a budget this year so I have resolved to shop more frequently and only buy what I am sure we can use without wasting. I have already started using more grains and rice mixed with fresh vegetables and just a little meat or fish. Processed foods are expensive!

Agnes Lang says …

As a family of 4 we decided to eat more greens and fruits every day.We also try to eat less meat. I cook every day at home, and luckily our kids love veggies. I like to experiment with new recipes and try vegetables, which I don't know and normally would not buy.

D. Uribe says …

I used to cook for a family of five, now I am down to cooking for one. I am looking forward to a more vegan menu this year and the introdution of many delicious recipes provided by Whole foods. I have been buying on and off from Whole Foods for almost 20 yrs and this year I would like to be an exclusive shopper!

Nicole says …

I incorporate as much fresh vegetables and as many fruits as possible direct from the 3acres of tropical permaculture I live & work in. Healthy eating and a good pantry begin in the garden, there is a direct connection with source that cannot be matched in any market. I find turmeric, cumin, mint, ginger, cinnamon, and living foods such as miso, to be quite benefical for digestion. I

Cat blais says …

I'd like to have a nice ,well stocked pantry,possibly with a whiteboard to jot down dinner ideas. Right now I have too much stuff in there,most of it not very inspiring!

Susie says …

I would like to eat more home cooked meals instead of hitting the fast food route. Cooking at home allows you to control what & how much you use for meals. For example salt, sugar, fat things that will help me & my family eat heathier. So I will shop for better meal making ingredients avoiding things like antibiotics & processed food prodects. Healthy eating here I come!

Janice Poole says …

I have a friend with Celiac's disease. She must avoid the gluten that seems to be in everything in some form or other. So when she comes over, we like to shop at Whole Foods because she can find a great variety of good foods that she can eat. It would be nice to really stock my pantry to accomodate her needs as well so I can serve her meals that have variety but will not mess her up.

Lauren says …

The benefits of eating whole, unprocessed and organic foods is so important! In fact, it's vital to helping me in my daily struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. As often as possible on my limited budget I buy organic fruits and veggies to juice in my juicer. I also appreciate the fact that I can buy products with minimum ingredients, non-GMO, and without gluten and MSG from Whole Foods. This is the best time in history for anyone with special food needs and sensitivities, as there are so many healthful, tasty and quality products available now-a-days. Thank you Whole Foods for catering to us and bringing the best to our table! Sincerely, Lauren K. :)

sarah says …

Spending more money on produce and less on boxes! Also have started making my own bread from scratch so I know what goes into it. All organic ingredients.

Regtem says …

Basically, I'm just looking forward to a healthy 2011!

Courtney says …

Eating healthily is of the utmost importance to me and I love that your stores help me do this! Thank you!

Karyn Walden-Forrest says …

Mostly we are trying to eat more fresh, organic produce to eat healthier for this new year. We plan to keep it up throughout the year!

Laura says …

Organic=Healthy Eating organic veggies, produce, and everything else will help keep mind sharp and my body energized. I love Whole Foods because they specialize in local, organic items.

shea riggenbach says …

I was recently diagnosed with very high Cholesterol (I'm only 29). I was put on meds right away and told I could try diet and exercise but the meds were more important. Needless to say I would rather put more emphasis on natural remedies. And my vegetarian best friend has encouraged me to change my eating habits to be mostly vegetarian/pescatarian. But I find that I end up eating a lot more carbs than really is probably good for me. I would love to learn all you can tell me about Cholesterol lowering foods.

rb987 says …

i want to cook more healthy and creative meals at home!!!!

Glenn JB says …

My wife and I just started our "healthy eating" plan on New Years and we visited your store for the first time this week. We were impressed with the affordable options, friendly service...and everything we tried on the hot & cold bars were delicious! Plus, we found the olive leaf complex that we'd heard about. We're newlyweds and now that I've got a new job, we're hoping to adopt better habits. This is a great one-stop shop and the first time in a long while that I haven't been in such a rush to get out of the store. Thank you, Whole Foods! (my wife thanks you, too:)

kivdevi says …

My resolution as a college student is to not live off Ramen and pizza! I've come to understand how hard it is to be a health conscious individual in the land of meat and potatoes.

Deanna Reardon says …

I eat mostly raw, unprocessed food and feel great. I love green smoothies and soups and salads. Avocados and nuts are my staples!

Dea says …

I love the fresh produce at Whole Foods. As a broke college student, a gift card for groceries can save me from a week of PB&Js .

Cheyl Gee says …

My New Years resolution is to pack my lunch. Stopping by Whole foods to stock up on delicious and healthy lunch opptions will keep me out of the fast food lines. I love the options that are ready to grab and go like the greek salad and yellow fin tuna salad!

moira haynes says …

I want to increase the fruits & vegies that my family is eating. Packing a variety of lunches is my biggest challenge.

Sheila A. says …

I've always been a vegan at heart, but to please everyone else I would eat meat. It was more convenient for them. I tried not to think about where it actually came from. I saw a pig in the back of a truck being hauled off somewhere the other day. I have just decided to do what's best in my heart. There are so many new products and recipes out there now. I'm on a quest to de thrown my self as the queen of horrible cooking!

Kathy says …

We are trying to eliminate processed foods, sugars, and most grains from our diet. Focusing mostly on veggies and lean meats as our staples.

Robin Ward says …

It began after I was hospitalized for 2nd degree burns. I changed my eating habits to assist my healing and it was a speedy recovery. I've just moved to California and eating healthy is a lot more expensive but still necessary, however it's not easy to do on a small budget. I want to continue to eat right for "myself" and show others it's easy, fun and taste amazing.

Heather Pierucki says …

My husband and I have found that working five jobs combined makes healthy eating rather difficult. However, we strive to cook together when we can. When we cannot, we focus on making sure the food we put in our bodies can sustain us for the work we do. When we go to the grocery store, we focus on shopping on the outside aisles, and we try to avoid shopping in the highly processed aisle. Our grocery store has spent a lot of money highlighting foods that are sustainable and less processed. We also shop at our local Whole Foods when we can. This year, we got an organic, free range turkey for Thanksgiving, and made a completely organic Thanksgving (with the exception of the crescent rolls). It was delicious!! I also work out four days a week and remember the good fuel makes for good running! Happy New Year!

Dan Entenberg says …

With a new baby in our lives, now just 5 months old, we have decided to change our eating lifestyle. Beginning in 2011, we have decided on a healthier approach to eating inclusive of organiz fruits and vegetables, hormone free meat/poultry and more fish in our diets. We believe beginning this new culture with our baby girl will help her grow into a healthy child with positive eating habits.

Jennifer says …

In an effort to be healthier, I make all of our meals and baked goods using all-natural ingredients so I know everything that goes in them. I'm always looking for healthier recipes and ways of cooking.

Ann F. says …

It's time for change and a new pantry.

Susan says …

I am urging my family to try new foods in the New Year. We recently had teff, an Ethiopian grain, and millet, a ceral grain. Both were delightfully yummy!

Lynda says …

My daughter is now able to eat regular food so I want to make healthy food for her sake and so I can be a good example.

kelly says …

Eating healthy requires a lot of efforts when you have children because there are so many processed and prepackaged products out there. I would love to have more whole grain, healthy veggi and fruit snacks in my pantry.

Cassandre says …

I have recently told by my doctor that I need surgery in a few months. I unfortunately have to go on medication for 3 months beforehand that will throw off my hormone balance. I am currently looking into a raw food diet. Need help!

Jen says …

Since I don't really eat meat,I want to start eating healthy foods oppossed to grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese quesadillas. I have no idea what non-meat things there really are that I would actually like. My motivation- I need to lose about 130 pounds.

Lea says …

I don't eat fast food (ever) and bring my lunch to work everyday, so I know what I am eating. I don't keep bad foods in the house, because then they would be eaten. I do allow myself indulgences (vegan desserts) at least once per week. At least I know it's not loaded with cholesterol. :)

Holly H says …

I confine myself to shopping only around the outer edges of most grocery stores and avoid the processed food aisles. You can't go wrong with fruits and vegetables!

Julio says …

We'll start the year by making soups at home and freezing them. We're also going to bake brownies and/or cookies for the freezer. This partly an economic choice, but also a healthy choice. Our soups and treats are much healthier options than what we would get off the shelf. Plus, it just tastes better!

Fern Russell says …

We've been eating way more grains, brown rice and veggies with almost no red meat. Eating lots of fish and chicken and trying new recipes has made a real difference in stamina and lots of fun in the kitchen.

rushingfunds says …

I want to eat more "clean" foods and stay away from foods that are overly processed. Happy New Year!

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