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Shop Well, Eat Well, Says Ratu Lame

Shop Well, Eat Well, Says Ratu Lame
Ratu Lame Turuva Gale shopping at the Consumer Supermarket in Namaka, Nadi on July 2, 2018. Photos: Waisea Nasokia
July 06
10:00 2018

Shopping for Ratu Lame Turuva Gale is a fortnightly ritual which he makes sure he follows through every little detail.

First the father of four will never shop unless he has a shopping list drawn. That shopping list is prepared at home as he needs to look into the pantry to see what are urgently needed and what to stock up just in case there are unexpected visitors.

All these are based on his three themes – simple, healthy and budget.

Father of four, Ratu Lame is a Human Resource Officer with Fiji Airports Limited.

Apart from his wife and children he shops for seven people.

“Then you can’t be a great cook unless you’re first a good food shopper,” Ratu Lame said.

“Shop well and you’ll eat well. It’s a small idea, but it has a big impact,” he said.the shopper 1

He said grocery shopping is where the health, value, and pleasure of cooking are.

“Always go for quality, not quantity and don’t always go for cheaper brands, identify the fresh ones, local ones are the best.

Although he shops every two weeks with a $300 budget, he also drops in at Consumers supermarket in the middle or end of the week should there be a need.

“Itaukei(s) are known for gatherings and family functions and mine is no exception.

“There is always bound to be something happening and part of us to be also part of it; that is why shopping cannot be a fixed task.

“We are bound to be at the supermarket two times a week.”

Ratu Lame shops alone but sometimes with his children.

This makes it more enjoyable.the shopper

There are few things that he keeps in mind when he spends $300 on shopping.

“Always shop with a list and this is my number one tip for a good reason. Always set a budget and pay with cash.

“Make sure to set a timeframe and choose an appropriate time of the day, I prefer to do shopping after work and always make sure that you check your pantry before shopping and list everything down.

“It’s always reasonable to shop alone, take your time, don’t rush and always enjoy your shopping, do not stress.

His message to the readers and consumers: “Always go for quality, not quantity and don’t always go for cheaper brands, identify the fresh ones, local ones are the best. Always include vegetables and fruits in your shopping list and always choose a healthy recipe, local ingredients are the best.

“You have to love doing your shopping and always read the labels, check for expiry dates, it does matters and of course be on a healthy note, check on the cholesterol content and choose salt free items.”

His favourite place for shopping is Consumers supermarket in Namaka, Nadi where he has been shopping since 2000.

“It’s convenient, they’re always on special and they have varieties, they do sell a lot of local products.”

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