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Angeline says ...
As a vegetarian, I sometimes struggle with getting enough protein. This year, I plan to make high-protein snacks and meals more accessible in my fridge and pantry by keeping a supply of nuts and seeds to add to salads or oatmeal, and by keeping a constant supply of cooked quinoa and legumes in the fridge. This way there is always something healthy to grab while on the go and I can rely less on high-carb, high-sugar snacks and meals.
01/02/2011 10:23:31 PM CST
Brenda says ...
I WILL commit to making healthier food choices for my family. This year my goal is to eat out only one time a week (which is down from our three times a week schedule now... lol). I love Whole Food's four pillers: whole foods, plant strong, healthy fats, and nutrient density. It helps simplify shopping. Cheese puffs don't fall into those guidelines.
01/02/2011 10:28:05 PM CST
Brandon Johnson says ...
I have begun my transition into a more raw, unprocessed diet. For the last 2 years since I moved away from my hometown into a new unfamiliar state I have slipped away from my healthy eating habits that I had established. I am not unfit and unhealthy. I really want to be that healthy vibrant person I used to be so my wife can finally meet the real me. Winning this pantry make-over will really give me the jumpstart I need to get the healthy options back into our kitchen!
01/02/2011 10:39:27 PM CST
Irene says ...
I'm working to eliminate processed foods and make healthier substitutions (that I actually prefer) like quinoa for couscous and trying at least 2 new recipes a month to increase my interest, cooking skills, and menu repertoire - $99 would but a lot of new foods that I may not be brave enough to buy on my own!
01/02/2011 10:49:06 PM CST
Dawn says ...
I started the healthy eating challenge about three months ago. I am working on eating way fewer processed foods, sugar and grains. I am also implementing organic, where possible. I am constantly trying to broaden my, and my family's knowledge of what is healthy and banish what the food companies have told us is healthy, in order to sell a product. I would love to restock my pantry!
01/02/2011 11:00:11 PM CST
Whitney says ...
I am transitioning to a mostly vegetarian and vegan diet so for the new year I am focusing on making sure I am eating all the nutrients I need while also being adventurous and getting out of my food comfort zone.
01/02/2011 11:47:13 PM CST
Barbara says ...
I have really fallen off the healthy eating wagon lately due to a cut in my husbands income. I would love to get back on board and learn more about eating healthy on a budget.
01/03/2011 12:32:21 AM CST
Ashley hudson says ...
This is a wonderful giveaway, my commitment is to decrease the amount of fast food I eat and to eat more whole foods. With a fast busy work life that I have, this is going to be a challenge however will be better for and the enivorment.
01/03/2011 12:43:36 AM CST
V Turner says ...
I have run a small animal rescue charity for nearly thirty years now, as a part time, unpaid endeavor. It is clear to me that the quality of food that is consumed makes a huge difference in the health, happiness and friendliness of these pets. When we receive a pet from an abused home where it has been fed table scraps or low quality food, I change its diet immediately. Within a week we can already see the difference: Smooth & shiny coat, firm stool, gleaming and attentive eyes, better stress tolerance and so much calmer and happier! Some animals that come in do better on a home-made food diet, others on high quality pet foods, and still others on specialty foods (ie: diabetic, low ash, etc) Usually we try to supplement with some kind of vitamins if it is clear the diet has been extremely poor. If this is true for pets, how much more true will it be for me and my family! Also, we are cutting down our meat consumption, instead focusing more on fewer, but slightly more expensive & flavorable meat cuts, as well as on much more vegetables, fruits and grains. I have compiled a list of easy soups and crockpot vege delights. I have seen interesting grains at Whole Foods that we have never tried before: we will certainly be sampling them this year! Also, we will be focusing on the Whole Foods vitamins, for the same reasons! This year I will be able to say that we spend as much time and money focusing on my families diet as we do with our rescue pets! (My girlfriends have agreed to let me experiment with their palates first, so as not to shock the kids, lol) And how much easier will this be with Whole Foods' Healthy Pantry Makeover!
01/03/2011 12:50:13 AM CST
Cindy Jacobs says ...
My husband and I try to eat locally, whenever possible. We also incorporate as many fresh fruits and veggies (vs. frozen/canned) and try to keep processed foods to a minimum. We have one day a week when we go meat-free, and I have been learning about various grains in order to add them more often to our diet, starting this year, as well. I hope to begin replacing regular meat/dairy with organic meat/dairy, and hope to expand this to include more organic replacements for other foods we eat, too! I know, from experience, that making lasting changes in our lives, it has to be something done gradually, and with care, but I look at it this way, improvement is success, even if it does take time and perseverance! But then, what good things in life aren't worth the effort? :)
01/03/2011 2:18:55 AM CST
Amber Hidey says ...
For 2011 I plan to slowly move myself into a raw diet and cut out all food prepackaged food with preservatives. I have been wanting to get to this for a while and well no better time to start then now. I hope to win the pantery make over so help me kick off my new year right!! Thank you AMber Hidey
01/03/2011 2:25:32 AM CST
Michelle says ...
My family and I already are eating a mostly vegetarian diet and I am learning how to make more homemade foods including breads, rolls, tortilla's, my own pizza crust. I already enjoy using herbs and spices and want to incorporate more into my own homemade creations. But the main thing I want to accomplish this year is more organic, fair-trade coffee, juices, teas and cut out all soda (including the 'healthier' brands we like to drink).
01/03/2011 2:27:58 AM CST
Marianne says ...
Eating helathy is not a new resolution for our family, it is a necessity for my life. I have an auto-immune disease and the antibiotics, pesticides and perservatives that are added to our foods are detrimental to my health. It is so important to everyone's health that they are aware of what they put into their bodies. Whole Foods provides all the necessary ingredients to living a healthy life. When people ask me about the expense I ask them back "How much is your life worth, and how much do you have to spend on medical bills?" Our lives are priceless!!!
01/03/2011 3:59:04 AM CST
Angelee Sterling says ...
Last year my husband and I researched organic food and free-range meats. We really are into this healthy way of living. Throughout last year we started to eliminate processed foods, artificial ingredients and foods that could possibly contain GMO's. This year we look forward to continuing this way of thinking and starting fresh by learning new recipes and finding new favorite healthy foods. We are so happy Whole Foods Opened in Maui - it has truly changed our lives!
01/03/2011 4:18:08 AM CST
Tiffany says ...
New Year! New Me! I am grateful for the advise and instruction for the Whole Food staff. Through the personal attention I receive at Whole Foods, my life has changed forever. Happy New Year and thank you for your caring support.
01/03/2011 5:18:02 AM CST
Laura says ...
I'm trying to incorporate more whole grains and flavor into our meals. Our food options are limited by food allergies, but Whole Foods always has something for us!
01/03/2011 6:36:57 AM CST
DK says ...
We as a family are trying to set a healthy pattern of eating for our boys. We have a 6mo. old and a 3 1/2 year old, and we want to give them the building blocks for a healthier life pattern. We've tossed much of our "Junk"and have educated ourselves on ingredients. Trying to avoid HFC's, and most processed sugars/sweetners, and eating more Organic fruits and veggies. We're also striving to be more organic in our meat and poultry selection, trying to stay away from growth hormones, anti-biotics etc... Better vitamins, probiotics, natural cure stuff... All the good stuff that our local Whole foods supplies! We also are trying to buy more locally and LOVE that Whole Foods helps us with this by telling us where a lot of our food is coming from. All this can be quite a bit more expensive, but it's worth it to invest in my families health. Thanks for helping us out with these giveaways!
01/03/2011 6:50:49 AM CST
Nan says ...
The low-GI, low-carb diet that I'm on for my cholesterol focuses on grains and legumes. A healthy pantry makes my meal planning much easier.
01/03/2011 8:24:31 AM CST
Dana says ...
Having a well stocked pantry can mean a few different things....I have a lot cans in there, but would love to learn what your Healthy Eating Specialist would have me replacing those with! I already eat fairly well, try to make more bread, cakes, grains etc than buy pre-made. I would love to continue-and expand-this trend in 2011 by gaining a better understanding of "the basics" and getting some fun, staple recipes. As a side note....in addition to the cost of our bodies that pre-packaged food has, there is also the cost to the environment...all that packaging!! I would love to see more people use recycled materials for their shopping; like the salad bar...bulk buying, etc. Can you all do something to encourage that? It would save the company tons of money as well! Thanks!
01/03/2011 8:33:41 AM CST
Tonia says ...
To continue introducing healthier food options to my family and cut back on empty carbs. Late in 2010 I started making protein fruit smoothies to replace empty breakfast cereals. In December I actually got my family to eat rainbow kale in a pasta dish. They're coming around! :-)
01/03/2011 8:39:55 AM CST
Heather McDonough says ...
I'll be looking for more recipes to make and freeze wholesome meals ahead of time instead of relying on unhealthy processed dinners.
01/03/2011 8:53:00 AM CST
Amanda Wallace says ...
2011 is the year I plan to get my family on the right track to healthier eating. More vegetables, more organic. More exercise. I'd like to do that in a way that doesn't negatively impact our food budget.
01/03/2011 8:58:07 AM CST
Polar says ...
My 2011 goal is to loose 73 lbs before the end of the year, using a combination of diet and exercise. Redoing our home pantry would be a great start on this goal. I have lost 30 lbs in 2010 already...so on the right path I believe. Thank you!
01/03/2011 9:01:06 AM CST
kettlesmith says ...
I'm challenging myself to fit more vegetables into my diet. Most of them I am "sneaking" into foods I regularly prepare, but I'm also eating more pasta dishes and putting a wider variety of vegetables into the sauces. My pantry is especially challenging, since there are still stocks of food in there from before I decided to cut out overly processed foods. I'm still eating down stocks of pasta dishes and rice dishes and non-organic vegetables and sodium laden soups.
01/03/2011 9:02:24 AM CST
Laura says ...
I’ve resolved to center my meals around the vegetables, not the protein. This is one way to help ensure a better, more balanced diet. Plus it will make me more creative with my cooking (so I hope)!
01/03/2011 9:02:43 AM CST

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