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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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Sunny says …

I am cutting out some of the refined carbs. I have such a sweet tooth. I'm replacing some of those sweets with fruit.

Michelle says …

Getting ready to start my eatrightcanada 28 day challenge. Looking forward to renewing a natural/unprocessed eating plan to assist in weight loss, detoxification and overall wellbeing.

Ila Hjelle says …

We are going to try to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Nathan Hill says …

Awesome. My wife and I were part of an organic food coop, but we quit because we needed to stretch our dollars. We hope in this New Year to recapture healthier eating through traditional Korean foods like bibimbap.

Anne Goodrich says …

I do a better job of planning our meals so that we have less waste and spend less money on eating out. Healthier and cheaper so it's great on both fronts!

Jeff says …

I'm going to cut back on the meat I eat and find new and tasty ways of making plants the center of most of my meals.

Susan C. says …

I cook most of my meals using organic products and bring lunch to work, often using Amy's frozen organic dinners. For a treat I'll pick up dinner at Whole Foods food bar.

Debra says …

Being of Eastern European background, the Meditereanean diet is what I grew up with. Busy with 3 teenagers and work I have fallen victim to convenience cooking. Now it is time to get back to it.

Jen says …

I'm planning on eating more whole foods, fresh foods and less chemicals. Portion control is something I want to watch also.

Chris says …

I want to lead a healthier life style. My goal is to add more whole fruits and vegetables to my diet and decrease my processed food intake. My sister has been a great inspiration, she shops Whole Foods often and always makes delicious meals!

Leonthyn says …

I am in the process of becoming a vegetarian. I need help with how to incorporate a variety of raw fruits and veggies in my families diet! I also need help with snack foods, thanks!

Caroline B says …

I would like to increase my use of organic products. Reduce foods that contain added sugar.

Marilise says …

Goal #1: My husband and I want to incorporate more whole grains into our diet. We bought some farrow recently to experiment with that, and are interested in trying lots of fiber-rich & protein-rich grains. Goal #2: to exclusively buy sustainably caught and properly farmed fish--which I recently found out is pretty simple to do if you just add a bit of forethought to your meal preparation beforehand. We love to cook together and make most of our dinners at home; Goal #3: To home-prepare-and-brown-bag all of our lunches too. Goal #4: To have a few all-veggie-and-grains days incorporated into our week.

Sheila says …

Eat real food--not processed with additives. Kale is Kale -- Blueberries are blueberries. Who knows what sausage is? Drink more water. No pop or other sugar drinks. Go organic. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Switch to whole grains. Loads of legumes. No artificial anything--especially sweeteners and creamers. Take time to prepare and pray.

mbashaw says …

I adore the idea of eating a wholesome, healthy diet. It's delicious and I feel great when my diet is good. But I'm still tempted by unhealthy options. Everyday is a challenge, and when I have a healthy eating day I feel good physically and emotionally!

April says …

We have recently started changing our food and lifestyles to be as chemically-free as possible. Making our own food has been a fun adventure! We change little bits at a time, as we can afford it, from organic fruits and vegetables to homemade breads, soups and more. The kids love the better taste of organic fruits. Their new favorite snack is our homemade organic applesauce.

Angela says …

I want to cook healthy meals for myself and my daughter. I rarely cook and we eat too much fast food and do not have a healthy balanced diet. I grew up eating a lot of fast food and I want to stop the trend that I have been on with my own child. I'm interested in buying organic foods and learning to try new things. Here's to a healthy 2011!!

Melissa says …

At the age of 39, I decided to get a Master's degree while working full time. I prefer a vegetarian diet and have always loved to cook - almost every day I would prepare my meals from scratch. Now that I am in graduate school (I go directly from work to school in the evening), I don't have time to prepare all my meals from scratch. Last week I found myself eating potato chips from a vending machine for dinner! Am looking for ways to eat healthy, quick meals. . . have stocked up on canned beans, frozen veggies, cheese, yogurt, and hummus.

Brei says …

We really want to start using portion control, not eating so much! And cooking healthier meals.

Vera Struck says …

I would eat healthier while reducing my carbon footprint if I had a Whole Foods closer to me. I live in Amesbury, MA and drive 30 miles (40 minutes) to purchase healthy foods from your Andover store. Congrats to John Mackey for being voted one of Top 100 Trustworthy Business Behavior Exec's with his "conscious Capitalism".

Patsy says …

I am a senior who lives alone. Cooking for one makes a lot of mess for a little meal quickly consumed. I love to eat and eat out a couple times each week. I do not make food to freeze for later as it frequently doesn't get used. Organic is too expensive and sometimes not really organic. My goal this year is to find healthier snacks, more filling healthy food, stop eating after 9pm and simple to fix foods, cold or hot. I do not believe in vegan or vegetarian (why do we have pigs, chicken, cows if we aren't going to eat them?) but do believe moderation is the key.

Rachael Cruz says …

Both my husband and myself have lost a lot of weight in 2010. He has lost over 100 pounds and I have lost about 75. For 2011, our healthy goal is to maintain all of our hard work while still being able to enjoy healthy foods.

loni says …

I am paying more attention to food that contain hydrogenated oils and are eliminating them. trippyjanet at hotmail dot com

Becky says …

When I turned 30 in 2007 I determined that I would no longer “diet”, but make health and wellness a part of my lifestyle. I did not want to reach my middle age years overcome with health issues such as diabetes or high cholesterol caused by my poor food decisions and lack of exercise. Over the last four years I have lost approximately 40 pounds and ran a half marathon this last October. Daily exercise is definitely a part of my life. However, my eating habits could definitely use an overhaul. I fluctuate between eating healthy and clean for a period of time to binging on sugary/high carbohydrate processed foods. For 2011 I would like to be more disciplined about the type of foods I am putting into my body. I would like to eat healthy, clean and whole foods for the rest of my life. My motivation and inspiration comes from the numerous health and wellness blogs I follow, the numerous healthy food recipes I’ve clipped and how great I feel when I’m eating well. I’m looking forward to testing lots of recipes over the next year as I make healthy eating a part of my lifestyle.

Aaron Dees says …

For 2011, I plan to re-boot my healthy eating and meal planning that has been pushed aside because of my busy/ stressful schedule. At the top of my list: more fruits and vegetables. I also plan to explore healthy vegetarian dishes more, and try to reduce the amount of fatty meat I cook with.

Diane says …

I get soo inspired by the dedication of Whole Food customers I come in contact with when I visit this store. This year I'll be eating less beef and porkand more seafood. I also plan to make a switch from purchasing high-end department store cosmetics to the more natural products sold in Whole Foods.

Beth S. says …

I want to continue to try to find ways to reduce meat from my diet. I don't want to eradicate it altogether, but I do recognize there is a need for Americans to reduce their meat intake. I'm trying to find ways to create more hearty veggie dishes that are just as satisfying as a roast chicken or steak supper.

Robin Key says …

I plan on eating more fresh fruits and vegetables,getting more exercise so that I can be healthier. I have a 3 year old grandson that is so full of life and I want to be able to share all his adventures.

Lyndsey says …

I plan on joining a local CSA and challenging myself to not let anything in the share boxes go to waste. I also plan on integrating more vegetables in my meals and make meat more a side dish versus main course.

celeste says …

I would 200% be more than greatful to get to fill my pantry up this year. Its hard to find specific foods anywhere else but here considering my allergies to yeast, whe_at,soy, milk,rice, sugar, chocolate, coffee, some veggies, some fruits, I mean the list goes on! Please pick me!

MARY says …

I have been working on getting my body in better shape for the new year. I'm planning to run a marathon this year and want to be in the best shape possible so this prize would really help me reach that goal. Thanks Whole Foods!!!!!

Jennifer says …

We've been vegetarian for a couple years and would like to move closer to vegan. My mom is starting to have kidney failure, and she's been my inspiration for finding alternatives for healthier eating. I've taken her old recipes and remixed them to healthier versions so I can eat them guilt-free and it may help her stick around longer. A pantry redo would be a great way for me and her both to start the new year right!

Melanie Jade says …

My husband and I LOVE Whole Foods. It is a total myth that you have to spend lots of money to shop there. We cut out all packaged foods and now eat strictly from the bulk bins and fresh produce departments. We did that to stop buying any plastic or excess packaging, but it's also been a lot of fun and improved our health. Whole Foods is such a fun, loving place to be. Everyone who works there is awesome, and we always enjoy visiting. In fact, we're moving to CA this month, and one of the requirements for us was that it is in walking distance of Whole Foods. Keep up the great work!

Therese says …

This is a great way to start off 2011!!

salina says …

After cutting out wheat and dairy, and all refined sugar my next step is to experiment with different grains. we are also bumping up the daily fruits and vegetables to 9 servings.

Brenda says …

I would love to win the $99 gift card, but much more importantly, I would be thrilled to learn about the "Health Starts Here" program and learn about the healthiest way to eat from a Whole Foods perspective. Over the last year or so, through watching documentaries and reading, I have discovered the importance of eating foods that are "grass fed and chemical free." It is wonderful that Whole Foods provides a variety of foods that fit in those categories, especially grass-fed beef. Thank you, Whole Foods, for what you do and for offering this chance for me make educated decisions about my health and improve the health of my family.

Cassie says …

I love to shop and eat healthy, my husband does not. I eat mostly vegeterian and he eats all meat! This makes cooking a challenge to say the least. Not too long ago, I decided to make my husbands health my responsibily as well as my own and our daughters. Since we have a 3 year old daughter I've made it a priority for the last year to have a healthy dinner on the table during the week. Let it be said that I just started cooking in the last year or two so I dont have much experience. Although I have yet to buy them, I want to incorporate quinoa, spelt,and nutritional yeast to my pantry and learn how to use them. I think I'd like to cook with less cheese this year. I try to customize every recipe to make it my own and use the healthiest ingredients I can. I love the WF newsletters and recipes. But since I am pretty new to cooking I'd love some help on stocking my pantry and I love trying all the new healthy things. I often sneak flax seeds into our food, and have heard about chia seeds so I'd like some advice on that too! We are a 1 income family since I'm a stay at home mom so all of the above has to be done on a tight budget! I want to eat more vegetables and fruits this year, and much less processed foods. Sweet potatoes are going to be my new go to item as a side dish I've decided. I'd also like to use avacados more. I get my inspiration from my vegan/vegeterian friends as well as my friends in California. Up until a year and a half ago I lived in Los Angeles and feel that eating healty is more a way of life there. I'm now in Omaha and more often than not people think I am a little wacky when it comes to eating. But I am ok with that. ;)

Vicki Slocum says …

I am a vegetarian and I love the variety of items at Whole Foods. The prepared food section has excellent tofu dishes. Your fresh vegetables and fruit are better than other stores.

Leanna sorcar says …

five years ago I had gastric bypass surgery. I successfully lost 100lbs and want to keep it off. I plan to eat mostly orgaanic foods and unprocessed foods, besides continuing with my vitamin regimen. I prefer the produce at Whole Foods as it is consistently delicious and the store has a great variety of fruits nand vetgetables. I also eat a lot of whole grains and prefer to buy in bulk. My plan is to avoid the sugar as much as possible and the carbs and to concentrate on the proteins.

Molly says …

2011 is THE year in this house hold! We are going-gluten free and nothing processed! I have over 100 pounds to loose and WILL do it! My husband could loose a few pounds too and we want our 2 year old daughter to grow up eating health so she is less likely to have the weight problems we have.

Rachel says …

Our family finds our inspiration from talking about food & sharing our thoughts & ideas. I love "healthy eating" books & speaking with friends.(about recipes and the best products to buy...hemp oil and such) I really get motivated by reading NEW ways to put together food. Our goals this year for 2011 is eating as much in season & organic produce as we can. And growing a bigger and better garden as well as trying new foods with the kids. One major change we made last year was making our own bread, and this year 2011 we will try to get away from the idea of a snack being a "packaged" item. At the same time we will work towards a "slow food" school of thought. This means spending more time in the kitchen together as a family & with friends. All of this is moving us and others that we spend time with to choose wisely... when it comes to what we put in our bodies.

Cydni Tavarez says …

This year I plan to cut back on the amount of processed foods I purchase for me and my family. I have a 17 month old and a new baby on the way so I would like to learn how to cook more creative, healthy meals that don't take a lot of time and are budget friendly. My goal is also to find creative snack and meal ideas for my daughter that incorporate more whole foods that she will be excited about trying.

Julie Everson says …

going to try and make my own baby food this year - never tried it with the twins. we also have a little organic garden that we will continue this year. we will make family meals a priority and i will continue to cook and bake with my kids as they love to help!

Jules says …

Will continue to eat fresh, unprocessed foods; no meat, no wheat, and plenty of water!

Mary Beth says …

I am a 20-year cancer survivor who is NOT one of the fortunate ones able to continue working and run marathons on the weekends to fund a cure for my disease. (Kudos to survivors who can! But please don't forget us who are homebound.) In 2011, my goal is to keep living independently in spite of many chronic diseases considered to be "Long-term Effects of Cancer". I have found the way to stay healthy and strong enough to struggle on is to eat a highly nutritious anti-inflamatory diet and exercise very gently. After years of fits and starts due to bouts of accute illness, I began to maintain this process about 5 months ago and have lost 50 lbs and gained more "good" days on which I can spend more time out of bed and sometimes even out of my apartment! Winning a Whole Foods gift card would be a wonderful boost to my budget as I live on disability. I have received much criticism from family and friends as to how I can afford to buy organic at "such an expensive store" as Whole Foods. I tell them how I take advantage of sales, 365 store brands, coupons and buget recipes published by WF. There is so much less temptation for me to buy easy, but unhealthy prepared food products at WF--because you don't sell them! I do often try a small portion of the "pricy" deli foods as a treat and jot down the ingredients (Love WF's labels) to duplicate the recipe myself at home for a fraction of the price. After so many years of ill health, I found I had forgotten how to cook, but now I am re-learning to prepare healthful foods in quantity (thanks, WF for the recipes!)so I can freeze portions for my "bad" days when I am not feeling well enough to cook.

Amber says …

I've been eating from a vegan restaurant every day for lunch but I'd really like to start making similar things at home

Aimee F says …

I plan on eating more raw foods, discovering more local vegan restaurants and delving into the world of green smoothies!

Jennifer M says …

We're trying to make more stir fry with organic vegetables.

Jennifer Saleem says …

I am moving towards making my own chicken and veggie stocks. I am fermenting my own veggies and making my own yogurt! Quite the undertaking but well worth it. I am also only going to be using full fat products from now on...the way nature gave them to us!

Kandy Williams says …

The most important decision we make everyday about our health is what we put into our bodies. Eat more veggies and fruit, grains and beans, and stop eating meat more than a few times per week. Get at least the dirty dozen organic, and slowly but surely, you can stock up on organic beans, spices, pastas, rice, etc. Mother nature put everything here we needed to eat. If you look at a list of ingredients on a label and you see things you don't recognize as food or spices, it was cooked up in a laboratory and you should steer clear.

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