coconut sap

Masuyo and Hotaru Chiba.

Been thinking on Noboru’s Mother, I wanted to take some inspiration from Japanese horror films for her, I wanted to give her long black hair that probably gets tangled around the kids when they try to hug her.
She has a very strong sense of justice and wants only what is best for the people. She would happily sacrifice her own well-being to help others if she believes it would benefit the majority.

Her deal is that she’s a woman deeply attuned with the more spiritual side of their world, she is a figure in their little town who works as a healer, helping people to recover mentally more-so than physically.
Dealing with deeply disturbed people, she has seen some serious shit and ironically may be losing her own marbles.

theunicornsorceress  asked:

What's wrong with eating honey? My dad owns a bee farm and on his first harvest got 70 pounds of honey. He has only one hive. I thought farmers always left enough honey for the colony. Wouldn't they die if we took all their honey? Also, what alternatives to honey are there?

Most of the honey we get at supermarkets and stores don’t come from natural hives.

Honey is an animal product, produced when bees digest nectar they have collected and then regurgitate it. It is an animal product, just like an egg or milk. Yes, a bee is an insect and not technically considered an animal by many people, but a bee’s body changes the composition of what it ingests, just like other animals.

However, there is another reason vegans won’t eat honey, and that is because it is harmful to another living creature. According to Daniel Hammer, bees do experience pain and suffering while they are being exploited for their products (not just honey but also beeswax, royal jelly, and more). There is simply no way beekeepers, humane or otherwise, can avoid harming or killing bees while they are extracting the bees’ products. Many vegans choose their lifestyle because they wish to avoid harming any other creature, and so they choose not to eat honey.

Beekeepers usually take all the honey, or most of it, and then feed the bees on sugar water over the winter. (They also tend to kill off most of the bees during this time, too. And we were saying that honey was vegan how… ?) See, if humans are take this supposedly “life-giving” honey, then the bees are not getting it, they’re getting an inferior substance to the stuff that they have been “designed” to produce for themselves throughout millions and millions of years.

Take a look at this article, they even explain how many beekeepers cut their wings!

About the substitutes I have a couple of alternatives that might work:

  • Bee-free honee: This sticky “honee” is made with apples, sugar, and lemon. It’s lovely drizzled on vegan yogurt and granola! The only con with this “honee” is the high added sugar content, 16g per serving (1 Tbs.). As with all concentrated sweeteners, you’ll want to use this in moderation.
  • Date Paste: Making your own gooey date paste is easy! While high in natural sugar, dates contain numerous antioxidants and minerals, and are high in fiber. To make date paste, simply soak pitted Medjool dates in water, orange juice, or apple juice for an hour or more, then blend in a food processor. Use more or less liquid, depending on how thick you want your paste. I like to add ½ cup liquid for every 1 cup dates. You can store the paste in your refrigerator for one week. Try it on warm vegan biscuits. Not into making your own? It’s also available online.
  • Coconut Nectar: Literally the reduced sap of coconut palms, this sweetener is high in amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Coconut nectar is made up primarily of  insulin, but adds a mild coconut flavor. It is low-glycemic, and will not spike your body’s blood sugar levels. One to try: Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Nectar.
  • Agave Nectar: The granddaddy of honey substitutes is definitely agave nectar. Agave is so similar in look and feel to honey, that when I worked at a vegan restaurant as a waitress, I would occasionally have customers who were mistakenly offended, thinking I had given them “real” honey! Though agave is not healthier than honey, or any other concentrated sweetener like sugar, it is a fine replacement for honey. One to try: Now Foods Certified Organic Agave Nectar.

Hope this might be useful.