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Shop Smart, Eat Healthy

Shop Smart, Eat Healthy
Ronita Lal shops at the Suva Municipal market. Photos: Losalini Rasoqosoqo
May 15
13:14 2015

Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan. Every step taken towards eating more fruits and veggies helps you and your family be at your best. One of the reasons for  eating fruits and vegetables  is that it may reduce your family’s risk of many diseases.

This is the advice given by our shopper of the week who emphasized on the importance of eating healthy. Twenty-five-year-old Ronita Lal says vegetables and fruits must always be included in one’s shopping list for a family’s healthy diet.

And this is not surprising given that Miss Lal is a registered nurse by profession.

“I am used to this lifestyle even before I became a nurse,” Miss Lal said.

“Eating vegetables and fruits should become a habit for us because it keeps us away from sickness.”

Miss Lal, who is now receiving her first posting at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital said she visits the Suva Market at least twice in a week to stock up on her fresh supplies.

“My visit to the market depends on my work schedule whether I am on day or night shift but I always come here twice a week. If I am busy during the week then I usually have my second trip to the market in the weekend.”

“Visit the market often like twice in a week ensures that my supplies is always fresh,” she said.

Originally from Labasa, she said she has now gotten used to visiting the Suva Market because of her frequent visits although.

“I am just here for the last three weeks but I am well versed with this place,” she said.

Living only with her flat mate makes shopping much more easier for her.  “I can visit the supermarkets every fortnight unlike coming to the market.”

Miss Lal revealed that her grocery shopping for a fortnight is usually around $100 which includes her toiletries. “To be honest, my meals mostly consist of vegetables and fruits which is the reason why my budget is less.”

She said she also loves her meat and fish but she doesn’t consume it as much as she eats her vegetables.

When it comes to clothing, Miss Lal she shops at least once in a month for this. She usually buys her clothes from Jacks and Tappoos. Spending less on food has allowed her to save enough for her clothes and shoes. She buys her shoes only from Deluxe.

“Most of the time I am at work in↔ uniform which is the reason why I don’t shop for my clothes often. Every now and then I treat myself to clothes from Tappoos and Jacks,” Miss Lal said.

“When it comes to my heels, which I love wearing whenever I dress-up, I shop at Deluxe. Nearly all shoes that I have I bought them from there.”

Her main advice to other shoppers is to eat healthy and to ensure vegetables and fruits are included in their shopping list. She also encourages others to have a shopping list when they are out shopping so that they do not miss out on the necessities which are out of stock at home, avoiding a double trip to the shops.

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