During the early part of my life, cookies and potato chips were staples of my diet. I wasn’t interested in any kind of vegetables and rarely ate any fruit. I was eating all the wrong kinds of foods, but it was simply a bad habit. I’ve learned that a nutritious diet, full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants is vital to a healthy lifestyle. Eating properly makes me feel better, look better and reduces the risk of various chronic health problems. I’ve changed my eating habits and added superfoods into my regular meal plan. Superfoods supply large amounts of what the body needs. Included in a well-balanced diet, they encourage heart health, weight loss and elevate energy levels. Superfoods even help to slow the effects of aging. Introducing these nutrient-dense superfoods into my diet wasn’t all that difficult. I started small, with a few gradual changes here and there. As I noticed the many benefits, I became more determined to stick to a better diet. Fewer calories, less cholesterol and more stable blood sugar levels make a big difference in overall wellness. Plus, these superfoods protect the body’s organs from toxins, reduce inflammation and help to regulate metabolism. With the help of nutrition counselling, I made some easy substitutions to lessen the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other health concerns. Plus, I lost some weight and increased my energy levels. I switched out tuna with salmon, butter with avocado and started eating almonds instead of candy. I now have quinoa rather than rice and sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. I’ve added kale to my salads and started cooking with tofu. I like variety and that way I can be sure I get all of the different nutrients my body needs.