I am about to have a massive beef and know that I shall be derided, vilified and put in my place by the VEGAN community but I also know that their are vegans out there that became vegan for reasons other then stated by vegan activists. Like all things in society there is good and bad in everything and as with beekeepers and vegans the bad are the exception rather then the rule.
This is the latest issue of the Australian Vegan magazine and as everyone knows I like veganism and vegetarianism BUT, I don’t like propaganda to achieve world wide veganism or control over others thoughts.
This latest issue has some good and bad arguments as to why people should not consume honey due to its appalling treatment of bees. Well coming from a beekeeping family and obviously knowing the workings of a beekeeping farm I am here to tell you that not all that is said in this article stacks up.
Starting with the overall treatment of the bees, this article states and I quote ” honey production is factory farming” and that ” some beekeepers simply kill off the bees because it is easier and cheaper than sustaining life during winter” Well honey production can be deemed factory farming this is true as there is a large number of hives kept in an area of high quality pollen and nectar sources that helps the bees to breed numbers up and sustain a healthy disease free hive for colder months. The general beekeeper also does NOT kill hives over winter as it is most certainly not cheaper and easier than sustaining them over winter, in fact it is a lot dearer to do this as you have to replace your hives come spring with what would be inferior bees as they haven’t been cared for over the colder months.
The subject of cruelty to bees also came up early in this article saying that beekeepers clip queens wings, we use artificial insemination, gassing, smoking and the big one disease infestation and euthanasia. well let me tell you there may be some beekeepers out there that clip queens wings but it is NO different to saying that all parents beat their kids it simply is not the case, it’s NOT wide spread as artificial insemination is not needed as they stated that we have queen bees that we encourage the hives to produce their own. The Gassing statement is true and falls under the euthanasia and disease infection control and humane disposal of sick bees. The Gassing is done when a hive be it wild, native or otherwise becomes sick with diseases that can wipe out a whole apiary in short time. The bees get very sick and slowly die of starvation, raiders of the hive and dehydration ( basically it is a major gut ache that they can’t stop shitting from and slowly kills them). Would you keep an egg bound chicken alive that will die slowly and painfully, would you keep your beautiful pet dog or cat alive if they where suffering day in day out with NO chance of a cure??? NO i didn’t think so! you would euthanise them as it is kinder then letting them suffer.
Oh and I nearly forgot the whole ” clipping the queens wings so she can’t leave the hive” Guess what there is NO need as the queen if happy doesn’t want to leave the hive and as for the male bees being discarded as waste that simply is a load of bollocks as the male bees called drones are born to mate with the queen and due to the high Testosterone content move fast and furiously and then die….THIS IS THE NATURAL ORDER.
Now here we come to a big BIG BIG pile of shit….The beekeepers move bees around causing and I quote “they are also shipped around and used to work different crops in different areas” and that ” the simple truth is that honey comes from a mass produced factory farm where bees are harmed and treaded as a product for consumption….
OMG please, if the beekeeper didn’t move the bees from one crop to another how the hell would your chickpeas, lentils, fruit and veggies get pollinated….THEY WOULDN’T you know why there isn’t enough wild beens out there to do the job and now all the food you eat DEAR VEGANS IS CHEMICALLY ENGINEERED TO SELF POLLINATE.… The beekeeper is one of the hardest working animal and vegetation protectors of this world as their livelihood depends on it, do you think a beekeeper wants to see land clearing??? do you think a beekeeper wants the water polluted??? do you think a beekeeper wants the bees to become infected and die??? do you think the beekeeper only works YOUR 9-5 job???? NO NO NO NO NO they work around the clock finding suitable flowers for the bees to produce honey for the beekeeper and by proxy the population and they know what flowers will give them the pollen they need to increase hive strength ( kinda like a vaccine against disease) They need clean water so the bees don’t get sick from filthy drinking water ( just like us) they spend more hours then you can imagine away from their families trying to protect the bees from predator and doing disease checks.
The beekeeper works hand in hand with the bees and have a symbiotic relationship that is mutually beneficial for all human kind INCLUDING VEGANS.
So heres the thing, I love veganism and vegetarianism and have been a veggie head since I was 8 and fully since 16 and appreciate everyones right to eat and enjoy the food that serves them without prejudice. What I don’t like is half cocked bullshit about what ALL beekeepers do when it is simply not true and I will ALWAYS go into bat for the ones being bullshitted about and this time I have a fabulous idea of what transpires in the beekeeping community and that like every industry there is cowboys but it is not the rule it is the EXCEPTION the same as bad parenting, animal cruelty and destruction of MICRO – ORGANISMS are the EXCEPTION…. whoops, stuffed up there the ground dwelling organisms, micro-organisms and insects don’t get a mention by vegans as that would mean that you are disturbing soil without a thought to all the soil living creatures that they are killing un- necessarily so that their plant diet can be furnished or the fact that you are actually killing plants and injuring trees ( maple syrup trees get holes dug into them so they can bleed and produce your syrup ) so that you may furnish your nutrition! Do you bless everything you eat as even plants have souls or the fact that they don’t have eyes make them the lesser species??….but I am just being silly now, or am I??? hmmmm!
I started a body reset recently and this included removing all the things that I had used as treats over the last nine months and replaced it with smoothies, vegan/vegetarian dishes and more yoga (obviously) and the results have been fantastic, I feel amazing now and I am totally willing to continue this as my life once again…..before I go into the now though I do have to give you the past.
Firstly I believe that people can be born as vegetarians and that parents need to recognise this instead of force feeding the meat and three veg every night until further notice, and that as parents we need to LISTEN to our children and respect that they do have some idea about what is good for their own bodies ( obviously you have to take into account just plain fussy ) and nutritionally.
I was once a child that go meat and three veg and gagged my way through EVERY meal without fail except for the salads, custard and raw fruits/veg and as my mother has recently told me, I asked to be vegetarian at age 8… This would give you an idea that the food that you are serving is not serving this particular persons nutritional, health and spiritual needs.
I did ask my mother why she never let me become a vegetarian and she simply stated that “I never new how to deal with a vegetarian where I would now” I accept this as we all do our best for our families and try to give them the best start in life we possibly can.
Fast forward through my life ( I became a FULL vego from 17) until April last year (2017). I had my diet changed through medical measures, was diagnosed with long standing crohns ( which while vegetarian was fine) and ate meat, drank coke, smoked cigarettes and just about fully engaged in all junk food for the ensuing nine months.
Fast forward nine months later to January 6th 2018 and life started returning to pre-April 2017 as I began to eat, drink and yoga my way through the day. I feel GREAT again and my body thanked my by losing the 6 odd kg that I had gained, my hair started to become less strawy and my skin became clear again.
I then decided to take things a little further by doing a juice cleanse over the previous week and I know that a lot of people say they feel lethargic, headachey etc but besides a small headache I really didn’t see much of a change which leads me to conclude that my body didn’t have many toxins left in my body.
I am feeling amazing and have decided to add some vegan/vegetarian videos to our Yoga Hippies Lifestyle Channel on youtube so that others that have children and would like to add a little Vegan/Vegetarianism into their diets can enjoy simple, tasty foods that do include salt, pepper, spices and coconut oil for cooking.
Today I posted our Carrot/coconut soup that is AWESOME and a big hit with the kids and husband, which lets face it is a major test for anything you put on the table. So much so that they have asked me to cook it again even though they have had it before ( just called it soup ) and they also want PUMPKIN soup haha now I didn’t see that one coming most kids HATE, HATE, HATE pumpkin.
I am lucky that the family I have is supportive of what food I eat, drink and make and although Roger is incredibly fussy ( like Mum) he loves most things that don’t have meat, lentil, chickpea contents in them. He always has, and so do the others some (most) of the smoothies I make and this means I ALWAYS make a second and unless I have added a lot of the Synergy ORGANIC Super Greens they generally want lots of the smoothies made.
The reason I use the organic synergy super greens is we do live along way from town, greens in shops are not always the freshest, it carries spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass and Wheat Grass, These four carry the natural balance of wide spectrum whole foods, are easily digested and are absorbed quickly into the body. Without going into the micro nutrients and compounds found in them ( like a salesperson) I can simply say that they are awesome for me and the kids don’t mind them in small doses.
So there you have it I feel amazing, love the energies I have, the foods great and lifes AWESOME. That has to be a great feeling in anyones point of view.
Love & Light to all
So I don’t usually review cloths but, as I needed some new leggings with winter coming up in Australia I decided to check out some new styles beside the usual brands and wanted to really try something different from a different type of store.
We I found what I was looking for, classy, sexy, movable and black and white. This comes with bra and leggings and are only $32.95USD Check them out at Rebel Goth How cute and awesome are they.
So I thought picking up something clothing wise online would be difficult as sizing is different everywhere but, I grabbed the medium and they fit like a glove.
This website gave fabulous service, the lady that I emailed Krystina Johnson has not long taken over the business after it had been let deteriorate over a few months, from what I have seen it is an amazing store that sells a variety of products that people will love and the service is AMAZING.
Would I recommend this store to anyone and everyone…..HELL YES, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, these yoga leggings and bra and can’t wait to shop further in this store.
I give this online store a GOLD award for AWESOMENESS.
Have you ever wondered if you should just relax and enjoy the good vibes of your yoga practice instead of trying your hardest to get those perfect lines of the yoga teacher up there at the top of the class…..????
Well people I am here to tell you right now that you need to relax and enjoy your own personal yoga lines that you create instead of trying to achieve more then what your body, mind and spirit is ready for.
In fact next time you do and online yoga class like the ones on our Yoga Hippies Lifestyle Channel or any other online or in house yoga session you choose to visit try to flow with your breathe and embrace the good vibes of the place you are in right now. You will find by changing your mindset and embracing this way of thinking you will enjoy going to or doing yoga daily instead of once a week/month/year like you do now.
Did you know that even yoga teachers become a little sensitive about their form when around far more bendy/Flexi versions and can feel inadequate??? Well we do and then we put into practice the teaching that we received like I did from Carrie-Anne Fields of My Health Yoga where we have to put our ego aside and realise that we are “exactly where we need to be right now”
I was taught by My Health yoga a fair while ago now and did the level 1-2 and Yin yoga teacher training through Carrie-Anne’s studio and found the profound wisdom of allowing your self to embrace and surrender to who you really are and accept who you are is more important than how bendy you are.
With all this information I have been able to embrace my true self and allow my self to enjoy the good vibes of my yoga practice and have found that over time and with practice the yoga lines have followed. I am still no pretzel and am fully surrendered to the universals decisions and guidance of where my body is and where it needs to be now and in the future.
It is always loads of fun to enjoy doing yoga with your children…yes it can be frustrating as you become the latest jungle gym but, if you can manage to put all that aside and relax you can really have some fun.
Love’N’Light to all
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So Stuart is in the apiary and here is a video from our Youtube Channel Enjoy learning about the bees and subscribe to us on youtube if you like our videos.
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When you marry a beekeeper you start to learn so much about the ecology of the land and just how important bees are to our native fauna and flora and not to mention the fruit and veggies we like to grow and eat ourselves.
Did you know just how much work goes into looking after these little guys??? It is defiantly not your standard nine to five job I can tell you that now. The maintainence alone where the have to go through each frame of bees to check for disease and make sure that the hives are healthy and clean, well feed and watered.
The beekeepers job is not just a job it really is a labour of love and we as a worldwide community of people that eat, use and enjoy honey, beeswax candles, waxes for furnishing and saddlery should say a massive thank you for the labour they put in for the small price and honey they get from their jobs.
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This quick 6 minute flow is ideal for everyone that needs a little stretch in between life’s hectic scheduling. Hope you enjoy the natural flow and if you love our videos Subscribe to our youtube channel or become an *Exclusive member of the Yoga Hippies community at http://www.patreon.com/yogahippy and click the Become a patron tab on the top right hand side.
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