MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Eating healthy is one thing, but some Lowcountry shoppers say buying healthy is a completely different challenge.
"It's very hard to shop for items in a regular grocery store," said Wayne Bishop.
Saturday, Bishop and many others, attended a grocery store tour as part of a how-to guide on shopping healthy on a budget.
The hour-long tour took place in Whole Foods Market, in Mount Pleasant, and was hosted by Naturopathic Doctor Tiffany Jackson, of EcoHealth Wellness Center & Detox Spa.
Jackson shared tips on buying fresh, local foods complete with all the health benefits without breaking the bank.
"It amazes me how many patients go through the grocery store blinded," she said. "They don't have a grocery store list. They don't even have an idea of what they're going to eat for food that week."
Among her biggest tips is to always have a plan, before walking through the door.
Jackson also offered healthy alternatives to favorites among weekend shoppers, and advised them to "eat clean," avoiding artificial and genetically engineered items.
"I just really get into my element when I can get someone into a grocery store," Jackson said.
Kathy Brooks, who took part in the tour with her husband, is hopeful the added strategies will strengthen both their health.
"My husband and I both, we're getting to the age where they start prescribing more and more prescription medicine every time you go into the doctor," Brooks said.
"I just didn't want to do that."
Jackson offers the free grocery store tour every month, on the third Saturday.
For information on how you can sign up, visit the EcoHealth website, at ecohealthwellness.com
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