Healthy choices

letters

As a young mom, I thought I was doing all the right things, cutting out sugar, adding a high fibre diet to our intake as well as not drinking coffee or tea, only hot water. We walked a lot and ate plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, which we grew. Meanwhile we continued to consume alcohol and many times fell off the healthy diet by having impaired judgement when drinking, ordering in pizza or Chinese food when sometimes we couldn’t afford to and was not part of our healthy diet, by driving and many other day to day decisions.

One day, after a party,where alcohol had been consumed by family members, I was making spaghetti for our sons and thought, I think I’ll have a beer and tomato juice. Our five-year-old son, asked for some too, and I said ‘no, this is not for children.’ He looked at me and said, ‘when I grow up can I drink all the beer I want like my aunties and uncles and be silly too?’ I looked with amazement at the perception of this sweet little boy and thought about some of the horrid experiences observed in the previous days and said ‘no and neither will mom ever drink alcohol again.’

It is not a healthy choice, it destroys our respect for each other, our families and our brain cells, is the cause of many illnesses, and creates the need for more policing and justice systems, but it also impairs our decision making skills as well which will imprint on our children’s minds when they are parents.

My sons and I emptied the rest of the 24 beers down the sink, and this was the healthiest choice I have ever made.

I choose not to impair my thinking and make judgements based on what I hope is a sound, healthy mind. Support Dry Grad, lead by example. Show the children there are other choices and to be sober is the first step of making healthy choices for their lives.

Ellen Lewers

Sooke

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich Police respond to petition for new police agency on Lindsay Buziak murder case

Petition asks Public Safety Minister to to help find justice for slain realtor

Third time lucky for Freedom Mobile cell tower in Sooke

Council approves tower after cell provider applies multiple times

Petition calls for suspension of Victoria councillor Ben Isitt

Isitt says petition ‘does not provide a reliable barometer of public opinion’

Grave site at Ross Bay Cemetery vandalized overnight

Graffiti found on grave of Sir James Douglas

T’Sou-ke First Nation mired in legal woes over gas station development

Claims and counterclaims leave sub-contractors unpaid

Health officials confirm sixth COVID-19 case in B.C.

Woman remains in isolation as Fraser Health officials investigate

Study says flu vaccine protected most people during unusual influenza season

Test-negative method was pioneered by the BC Centre for Disease Control in 2004

Saskatchewan and B.C. reach championship round at Scotties

British Columbia’s Corryn Brown locked up the last berth in Pool B

Resident discovers five discarded hog heads in Vancouver Island ditch

WARNING: Graphic image may be upsetting to some readers

Canadian Premier League announces 2020 home dates for eight-team circuit

Pacific FC hosts FC Edmonton on April 11 in Langford

B.C. lawyer, professor look to piloting a mental-health court

In November, Nova Scotia’s mental-health court program marked 10 years of existence

COLUMN: Not an expert on First Nations government structures? Then maybe you should calm down

Consider your knowledge about First Nations governance structures before getting really, really mad

Meet the Wet’suwet’en who want the Coastal GasLink pipeline

Supporters of the pipeline are upset only one side is being heard nationwide

Most Read