WHEN it comes to shopping, Jokapeci Cati's first choice is always fruits and vegetables. The mother of four who hails from Nukunuku, Lakeba, Lau said her family shopped on a weekly basis.
She said her family preferred to shop at MH Superfresh Tamavua, MHCC, Cost U Less and Shop n Save Lami since it was convenient to them.
"I think sometimes we look at MHs as the most expensive supermarket but I think they have fresh and quality foods," Ms Cati said.
"We have a small family. Buying rations on a weekly basis is just our way of economising and seeing on a weekly basis what we need rather than buying fortnightly. So for me it's just strictly cheaper that I do my shopping on a weekly basis."
In a week Ms Cati they spends about $150 — $200 on shopping. "We don't have a standard menu on what to eat in the week but my children are vegetarians so no meat, it's just basically vegetables. I try to be creative with vegetarian dishes so that they continue to enjoy being vegetarians."
She said more awareness was needed to be done on healthy living in Fiji.
"We really need to invest on what we eat consider our health as the saying goes health is wealth.
"I would suggest we eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and foods from the farm and minimise on processed foods."
Ms Cati urged the Health Ministry and relevant stakeholders to assist her in her bid to promote healthy living.
"More empowerment is needed. People need to be directed to go to the market rather than supermarkets," she said.