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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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Jody says …

I am looking to have a diet for fibromyalgia/arthritsi. I had a horrible accident due to a drunk driver years ago a Tramatic head injury and still I have aftermath from that and now I have the 2 things above added. I don`t know where to start? I know more fruits and vegetables are great! I just need help and a new way of eating so that I can releive the problems some and help my digestive system be better. I just don`t know where to start?? it is hard when your husband brings home not good things to eat. My husband has asthma and I know help with his diet would help some to. I`m trying to get him to cut down on red meat, hard for a man, I have cut out red meat and rarely eat it. Trying alot of healthly soups. Just need some help on getting on the right track for life!!!

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@Jody I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. Of course we always want to remind that we at Whole Foods Market are just foodies, and that when changing your diet for medical reasons you should always consult your doctor. That being said, thanks for your submission to the contest and good luck!

heidi says …

I am intrigued, and mystified by bulk foods. I consider myself a healthy eater but have not figured out how to efficiently navigate the bulk food section. I love to cook and and not afraid to "cook from scratch" but need some planning, prep and shopping guidance. I am up for a challenge and have been wanting to make over my pantry for a while. I have 2 kids 8 and 10 and a husband who could all benefit from eating less processed and more whole foods. Plus I think there is a lesson to be taught to today's children in regards to "making" your own food not just buying pre made and packaged food.

Mary says …

After about a year and a half of dealing with new health issues that arent good ones at all, my husband and I are changing our ways. My husband was raised by his grandmother and she was very frugal we need to go back to that. We in this day and in our genaration waste far too much. We grewup thinking throw it away and replace it. That included food. WASTE WASTE WASTE !!!!! We are in day 5 of our quest to stop smoking. YEAH !!! We are going to do it this time. We have to for our health. We want to be here for our greatgrandchildren. Our 3rd is due in April. I want to cut down on waste and cook healthy meals, not to eatout as much. To buy only really what we need not a large amount that wont get eaten or used. I can use all the help I can get on this it is all new to us as we havent lived like this and are trying hard to change our entire life. So in closing if we win it will help us start out on the right foot to a better life and a healthy lifestyle that we all should be living in these times. Thank You so much for the chance to stock our pantry whoever wins.

John Engelbert says …

While we were aware of the need to change our diet for the better, the tipping point came late this fall when my wife was put on an elimination diet to help pinpoint the source of migraine headaches she has dealt with for years. I had lost my job about the same time and began to dedicate myself to studying Diet Solutions/ Beyond Diet (Nutritionist Isabel De Los Rios) and other literature on good nutrition. My wife and I began to embark on our new journey prior to Thanksgiving. While I have begun to lose some of the stubborn weight I have been carrying for years (down 18 lbs to date with a goal of 45 more), my wife has not had the same success and continues to struggle with her headaches. We began to visit Whole Foods in Portland ME. and are so glad to find so many of the recommended foods. I feel so much better, but as our journey toward better health continues we do realize that with my loss of work, budget is also a huge concern. I believe that by virtually eliminating harmful ingredients such as processed sugars, hydrogenated oils and soy (all of which are hidden in oh-so many commercially sold foods) from my diet I now feel and look better, but I also am not spending money on junk foods that graced our cupboards and kitchen. The wholesome foods, organic vegetables and fruits, raw nuts, hormone free/grass fed beef, free rang chickens and eggs and so much more we're eating can be found at WF and that is so refreshing. Furthermore since my bloodsugar is under better control I am far more satiated by good foods, not overeating and therefore not hungry as a lion (as I had been for so long). In the end I think it is economically viable to eat better, have a balanced diet and feel great despite the higher unit price for better foods. I can now only hope I find work soon, because I am now hooked on eating better and will never go back to the former lifestyle. I can only pray my wife's health improves and she can see the results she desires and an end to her headaches.

ck says …

I have added so many more spices and vegies to my soups - delicious and healthy!

Carrie says …

I've just started an integrative women's clinic and I must start living what I preach!

Judy says …

I start my day every morning with a hot cup of green tea, I try to drink 3 cups throughout the day. It works miracles with health and weight loss and keeps me healthy

Crystal Mae says …

Fresh juice or smoothie with my VitaMix in the morning... organic foods and grass fed beef sparingly... and I do ALL of my shopping at Whole Foods! :-)

Melanie Ryan says …

I'm a single mother of a growing baby. He is in hisself my motivation to eat better in 2012. It's very tough though since I'm on a budget, and rely on family and different charitable donations to stock up my pantry and that isn't usually the healthy stuff. Alot of canned goods and such. We make the best with what we have and the bright side is I'm learning slowly but surely how to cook more things so he is not eating alot of processed food, and is exposed to alot of different tastes. (so he doesn't become picky). I'm going to try to incorporate a veggie with EVERY meal or fruit at breakfast! Happy New Year!!

Deirdre Harris says …

I make the Dr. Oz Green smoothie every day, using spinich, lemon, celery, apple, and mix it with a healthy juice (whatever I have on hand) and add acai, any anything else healthy that I think will make it taste good. Also, I keep fresh fruit around the house to help my children make healthy choices. I try to purchase as much organic as I can afford, at Whole Foods of course. I am trying to educate myself on the superfoods, and eat as many of them as possible with my family. I just subscribed to the Whole Foods newsletters and recipes and look forward to changing my life for better health all around. Thanks Whole Foods for encouraging everyone to life a healthier life. I would love to win the contest as it's been a tough year. Anyway, Thanks Whole Foods!

merle says …

rice and chocolate is all i need.

chris says …

trying to stay away from gluten, sugar, flour and oil as much as possible this new year!

Maria Teresa Pauli says …

We have been with Whole Foods Market since they opened up in the 80's and recommending it to everyone. To improve your health and be healthy the only approach is to eat CERTIFIED ORGANIC, no pesticides at all. No artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors. To follow the guidance of the Health Starts Here program. To change the food pyramid completely. To eat more greens and minimize animal proteins, to eat fruits, to minimize salt and to hydrate yourself by drinking good filtered water. Alkalize your body too. We are working on minimize starches, oil, salt and no sweets at all only from fruits. At night we soak the steel cut oats with cinnamon tea or almond milk for the next morning for breakfast. In the morning we have a cup of organic hybiscus tea, we diced an organic green apple for my husband and another one for me. We add figs and prunes with cinnamon and turmeric powders. Later we put the oats in a blender, we pulverized chia, and sesame seeds, we add this powder to the blender and we have a great nutritious breakfast. Later we have pumpkin seeds, almond nuts and walnuts. We only cook fresh food and later during the day we have an organic green smoothie that we make at home. We follow the ANDI which help us to know which vegetables and fish have the highest nutrient points and that is what we buy. We do not eat pork, read meats, cold cuts and dairy. We buy everything at Whole Foods Market from food, spices, nuts to vitamins, whole body, cleaning products as well. When I enter WFM I feel like at home! Thank you WFM for all these great years.

Mitchell says …

Beans, oatmeal, peanut butter!

Nicole says …

all my life i have never been a meat or flour lover so i ate less of those and more fruits & vegetables. 10 years ago i cut out soda and a lot of juices from my diet. 4 years ago i added probiotics,natural juicer(made in my juicer,)natural skin care products, natural cleaners and only use chicken that is hormone and antibiotic free(I have fibroids)to my regime . it's obvious because of what i cook and use at home is what my children will eat and use. I try getting some things at the local stores but whole foods is the one place i can trust that is giving me good quality products, it is expensive for my budget but it's a sacrifice. I'm always on the go yet am energized daily. from This year i want to find natural ways to get rid of fibroids and cut out meat all together from my diet so i am looking to find some pratical recipes for a busy single mom...

Yana Rasulova says …

My healthy eating inspiration comes from wanting to know the food I put in my body. When its outside of what I can "simple good foods" such as fruit, veggies, legumes, seeds and nuts (basically when my food gets a label with a list of ingredients) I strive to know what is on that label. I chose simplicity in my strive for healthy eating, as I am more likely to buy products with a list of ingredients I can recognize, pronounce and know something about. In 2013, I want to learn how to cook with and incorporate into my eating plan different kinds of beans, grains and vegetable that I am not very familiar with.

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