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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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Erin Ballou says …

We just continue to try our best to eat whole foods with as little processing as possible. A gift card to go towards a pantry makeover would be very, very helpful in doing this....especially at Whole Foods. Why oh why is it so much more expensive to eat well!? And I've read all of the "how to eat healthfully for next to nothing" articles/posts....it's just not true. In American it is much easier to save money on CRAP... and that is a travesty.

Janet Yung says …

In May, I was diagnosed with cancer. Through the Block Medical Center I became aware of how important a vegetarian nutrient dense diet is to the cancer patient going through treatment and who does not want it to recur. Thus in August I began overnight the whole new lifestyle of organic vegetarian eating. I've lost 30 of 100 needed pounds to lose. I hope to learn more recipes and become more aware of places within WF to shop that meet the requirements of this diet. Hopfully, my sons and husband will join me in this quest for health.

Zahra says …

In 2011 our goal is to eat less processed more natural foods. fruits, vegetables, home cooked meals so we know what ingredients are in it. We plan to spend more time being aware of what we eat instead of eating "unconsciously". Cheers to a healthy & prosperous year!

Nora says …

I would love to stock up my pantry with some great organic items. Over the last few months we have been moving to a mainly organic diet to ensure we are not eating GMOs. Whole Foods has a great selection of organics for my family.

Nola Nanni says …

2011 is our family's plunge into healthier eating, for better health, loosing weight and feeling better. We are thrilled to have a Whole Foods opening near us very soon so that we have access to the Whole Foods Lifestyle.

Ashley Rogale says …

I would like to eat less highly processed foods and eat more organic and natural foods and find a way to be able to afford to do so on a budget.

kelley blaine says …

In 2011, I plan to incorporate alternatives into my diet. I am going to wake up from the unconscious choices I make of cow's milk products, grains, and meats. To do this I am going to branch out and mix it up with goat, soy, coconut & almond milks, grains like quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth & others, along with meats like rabbit, pheasant & buffalo. I think this variety will be both fun and healthy.

Irene P. says …

I want to slow down and notice my food while I'm eating. Hopefully I can stop the mindless munching and actually know when I'm full.

Tina Bolin says …

I want to actually pass on the gift of a well-stocked pantry to friends who are trying to learn the concept!

Sharon says …

I've dubbed this year "take care of mommy". Life's been hectic with two kids under 3 + working full-time. I'm going to sleep earlier, exercise regularly and most importanly, eat better. My kids love to SNACK and I want my eldest to revert back to loving fruits AND vegetables. I need to minimize the amount of sugar/processed foods they eat. I figure, I need to lead by example and eat well myself so they can do what kids do and copy me (and my husband)! WE NEED TO EAT BY EXAMPLE! =)

Cristina says …

We have food allergies in our home (wheat, dairy, egg, oat, barley, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, legumes) so we have lots of limitations with what our family can eat. Trying to find alternatives is always top on the list to ensure that there is a variety of things that we can eat. The kids are 6, 3 and an infant so accommodating for the allergies can be a challenge. Also, as a cancer survivor, it's important that I also am mindful of more cancer-fighting foods in our diet. My goal for this year is to spend more time working on more healthy ways to eat for the family.

Cayti Burch says …

We finally got our own house after living with in-laws for several years. I'm having to re-learn to plan the menus, cook, and plan healthy snacks for us and the boys and I was diagnosed with a dairy allergy so I try to fulfill my guys' need for cheese and make something I can eat too. My goal for this year is to learn more about organic food, what's available in my area, and how to make stuff 1.) I can eat!, 2.) We can afford, 3.) That my boys will ask for again.

Lillian says …

I have stopped counting calories and am concentrating on nutrient-dense foods such as nuts, fruit, quinoa, beans, and other whole grains in general. Since changing to this style of eating, I have lost 60 pounds without dieting. I eat almost no meat at all, but I do eat fish around once a week.

Amos says …

No more fast food!

Kari says …

I need to make sure that my family grows up eating healthy so that they have a good food foundation to build on. I don't want my daughter to have to deal with making the promises and resolutions of weight loss and eating healthy that her parents have. I want to be healthy and happy for my myself, my husband and most importantly my daughter.

peggy says …

Whole foods has become my replacement for a pub, or restaurant. It helps support my efforts toward healthy living in both it's local, organic food choices as well as it's festive atmosphere.

Valerie Malla says …

I definately live on a budget, sometimes not properly eating at all... ...I could definately use a boost to my pantry and in terms of health. Healthy food is so important when on a tight budget because that's when it's next door to impossible! Happy 2011!!

tcs says …

We plan to eat healthy to make a baby in 2011!

Karen Neill says …

I have a little one with many food allergies. I rely on Whole Foods for wholesome options for her. Our whole family has made a commitment to eat more options that are healthy, including products that are less processed and more nutritionally complete.

melisa says …

i want to focus on the nutrient-dense foods. i love the ANDI score list posted above the bulk bins at my WF!

Jessica says …

I am determined to eat healthy, organic foods as much as possible. It is difficult to buy these foods on a budget, but I want to live a healthier life. My inspiration comes from my dad who has diabetes and is losing the battle. I don't want to get diabetes and having my pantry stocked with healthy foods and good ideas on how to use them is a good start!

Stefannye says …

Our family needs to lose the refined sugars all together, and up our veggies especially those that are green! I want to learn to stock a healthy pantry and make great meals.

Lori R says …

3 years ago I had a very productive midlife crisis and went back to school to earn a nursing degree. My family coudn't afford to lose my income so I went to school nights and weekends and worked days. I also have two young boys and a wonderful husband. What I haven'd had is a lot of time to make good health choices. On one of my last clinical shifts in school, all the patients I cared for were younger than me! This was such a wake up call. I graduated in December and my new year's resolution is to take better care of myself and my family and that starts with a health diet! I'd love a pantry make over!

Cinda says …

I am trying to introduce less meat to our family dinners. This has been a bit of an effort to be honest because I have to get around my notion of meat, starch and veggie as the dinner combo. I would love the help of getting started with a patnry makeover.

Nelson G. says …

This years resolution is for me and my girlfriend to start eating a more Paleolithic diet. And less of the refined stuff. I'm very good at eating lean during the week but come the weekend my girlfriends pantry is a mess of Junk foods that I'm trying to rid of. Please HELP me motivate her! THANKS!

Anne says …

While we never eat junk food and I do not add salt in dishes as a rule we have implemented changes to eat better, reducing the amount of meat per meal, having a meatless day and more vegetables than carbohydrates. My lunches are mostly salads with as much variety of veggies and colour as I can think of.

Catherine says …

I don't like how people say that it is too expensive to eat healthy, my family and I do it and we stay on our one income budget. A healthy quick meal my family likes is a indian curry sauce over rice, takes 15 minutes and is delish!

SuzannaK says …

Knowing how important it is for young children to learn healthy eating habits, I only provide healthy foods for my children. Unfortunately, sometimes they find them very boring. Therefore, I started to explore new recipes by visiting Whole Foods recipes page and reading Whole Story. I have tried many recipes and my children love them all. They even said "mommy, you should open your own restaurant". These recipes really helped me a lot in preparing simple healthy meals for my children. Their friends at school are always interested to find out what they bring for lunch everyday.

Kareen says …

My blood pressure, weight, and stress level are too high, and I know it's due to what I eat. I want to cut out all fast and junk foods. I want to return to the diet I used to eat when I lived on the West Coast... whole, raw, organic foods. I want to become healthy again. And I want to set a good example for my toddler.

Christiane says …

I would like to win a healthy pantry makeover because I think there is too much junk in there. My husband likes to hold on to things for too long and I would prefer some newer staples to ensure the best healthy quality of foods in our pantry. We buy most of our food at Whole Foods, raise a vegetable garden each spring and compost. We try to live a healthful lifestyle and we could do better.

Sarah M says …

In 2011 I'm going to try to get rid of a lot of the processed foods we eat!

Heather says …

I'm cutting out processed foods. Only eating the freshest, organic foods and definitely piling on the fruits and vegetables.

Amy says …

I'm working on getting my husband to make healthier dinners since he's the cook in our family!

Valerie says …

I eat a lot of vegetables, but buy a new vegetable each week to get some variety in my diet.

Diana says …

What an awesome idea! I'm always looking for ways to make my pantry healthier.

kc says …

if you want to lead a long healthy life, exercise and eat healthy. once you start, it just all falls together and you'll never turn back.

Carrie says …

My husband and I both work full time and find it challenging to come home and prepare a healthy home cooked meal for us and our two young children. My goal for 2011 is to order less take out and to cook and eat more organic, locally grown healthy foods with my family. I want to model healthy eating habits and teach my kids that you can work full time and eat healthy too!

Dana says …

I want to buy items with less packaging (because it's better for the environment), so mostly fruits and vegetables. I'm a vegan and I don't eat nearly as many vegetables as I should, so this should help!

SarahSak says …

We are/planning to eat healthier portions, more raw/fresh foods and healthier treats(on occasion).

Bianca says …

Working on decreasing my blood pressure this year. Veggies and fruit is the way to go, I hear :)

Lee Ann Melchor says …

After spending the last 2 years buying budget foods to weather us through job losses, graduate school and our special needs children going through some medical issues, we are finally getting back to eating "real meals" again. My goal is to rediscover cooking, embracing new flavors and cultures in cooking and to be creative and unafraid to try new things. I also want to lose 10% of my body weight gained from juggling full time grad school + a full time job and family.

Rachel says …

I am trying to eat healthier. Have been doing pretty well, but this would definately help! I love whole foods, and wish i could afford to shop there for all of my groceries!

Jessica says …

I want to cut down on all the sweets I crave. I think by slowing removing some sugars from my diet, I won't feel like I NEED a treat as often, and eventually I won't need that type of snack at all! I've also been working on cutting out white flours and moving to brown rices, wheat products so I can get those whole grains and fiber!

Sarah says …

Healthy eating changes: Meatless Mondays! Plus more veggies and way less processed foods. Cooking healthy without losing flavor. Motivation & inspiration: twitter! It sounds silly but following health nuts, vegetarians, whole foods, etc. is inspiring and I'm getting great ideas for recipes and ways to be healthier. Also, I am motivated by the way I feel after eating a great for me meal.

Erin Crump says …

I try to eat greens for breakfast. I also like to make a pot of whole grains a week so I always have some in my fridge to add to my breakfast. Try sauteing onions in a little butter and adding greens with some sea salt and whole grains. Sprinkle with nuts! Try this recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Wheat-Berries-with-Pecans-106373#ixzz0wiVKdKcZ Also, I encourage the kids to "eat a rainbow"

KO' says …

In 2011, I plan to shop more frequently for the freshest, in season ingredients and plan to menu plan weekly. The ideas and knowledge Whole Foods shares are motivating and inspirational. My view and passion for healthy food has completely changed because of it. My husband and I will forever be grateful. And everyone close to us knows it too! Whole Foods, I think you are a revolution . . . :)

Justin H says …

Being Vegan I already feel that I eat pretty healthy, but I've been thinking this year I'd like to start out going Raw once a week and gradually move it up to 2-3 times a week. In winter it tends to be difficult but I think by spring/summer I can hit that 3 times a week mark, especially with a great Farmers Market here in town. I also think I may try and kick my energy drink habit, although I do try and stick with the healthier ones... maybe even switch to Tea or Coffee at least I'd be saving some cash. All in all I feel that this new year I need to make some important changes in my life to ensure that I am able to have a happy, healthy and long life. I just hit 30 and I see friends and family falling apart (for lack of a better term) due to poor life choices and although I probably have a head start on them I would like to continue pursuing a healthier me.

T says …

I would be so thankful to win this contest. I could use the help of a specialist. I am allergic to most uncooked fruits and vegetables and find it hard to find ways to eat those healthy options on the go. Money is definitely tight with only one income in our household currently so any aid in a pantry makeover would be greatly appreciated!

erica parton says …

As vegetarians with various diet restrictions meal planning is tough. I want to make more mindful food choices in 2011. And I want to make more ethical food choices, like buying cage free dairy, etc. I want to learn more about how this works. My inspiration for these changes is my husband, who is type 1 diabetic. Seeing how hard this disease is on his body motivates me to make sure he gets the most out of his food as possible. And with our two sons watching I want to live by a good example :)

Karen says …

For 2011, I'm working on a "better" me. As far as food, I want to be better at shopping, not making too many impulse purchases and making sure I have ingredients that I need to cook at home and snacks to eat on the road so that fast food become non-existent in my life.

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