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General Discussion / Re: America's obesity epidemic
« on: July 20, 2014, 01:20:10 PM »
Suzanne, thanks. I found an online test that I took. All the ailments I had could be from anything but the score came up as "Extreme" for candida. I just found the saliva test that I'll do tomorrow.

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General Discussion / Re: No sugar, no starch diet.
« on: July 20, 2014, 09:33:41 AM »
Wonder about the bouillon recommendation. I'd love to be able to have a convenient broth that doesn't require refrigeration, but I haven't found bouillon crystals or cubes, even the gluten free versions, that don't have additives like sugar, maltodextrin, msg, and the like.

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General Discussion / Re: America's obesity epidemic
« on: July 20, 2014, 06:28:14 AM »
Suzanne, how does one know if he/she has candida? Seems like I read a book years ago about it.


If there's a test, I am certain my PCP wouldn't test for it.


After having given up grains, added sugar, and being low carb, I should be losing weight. Have tested for stress related factors (cortisol, etc.). Thyroid issues are mainly, not completely, under control.


I used to be able to lose weight, but it came back on and then some. At least I'm maintaining the modest weight loss I've made.


Maybe candida is something to investigate.

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Food Elements / Re: Dietary Fiber
« on: July 19, 2014, 08:45:43 AM »
Barb, I also thought a lot of fiber is quite counterintuitive to what you might think appropriate with diverticula. But maybe it is the notion that fiber equates to regularity and so what's in there doesn't hang around. But I don't know.

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Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Coconut Flour Cheese Biscuits
« on: July 18, 2014, 04:59:14 PM »
I've seen a couple of recipes in the past few days that had only coconut flour.The photos look as if the finished product has the consistency of real bread more so than almond flour. The recipe I saw yesterday was for a cinnamon coffee cake (it was a Swerve recipe). Looked like the real thing.


I might make these for breakfast on Sunday!!

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Food Elements / Re: Dietary Fiber
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:23:32 PM »
My DH just had a routine colonoscopy and they found diverticula and a tiny tiny polyp (NOT precancerous, praise be!). They said to eat more fiber (it is not diverticulitis). We eat a lot of fiber in lettuce, broccoli, coconut flour, etc.--don't know how to eat more.


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My DH loves avocado baked with eggs "in the hole"! I really don't care for avocado--for some odd reason I don't like the greasy feeling in my mouth. Odd because I eat a lot of other greasy things, like Kerrygold butter.


Tonight for our happy hour snack we're having seriously sharp cheddar cheese crisps. I didn't get fancy & put other things in the cheese. Just straight cheese sliced very, very thin and baked. I haven't ever used the microwave, but some of you have. How long do you cook in the microwave?




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General Discussion / Re: America's obesity epidemic
« on: July 18, 2014, 01:10:03 PM »
I would hazard a guess that many (if not most) obese folks think of themselves as lazy but they have undiagnosed hypothyroidism instead and don't have the energy to do much. <she speaks from experience>

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Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Parmesan Cripss with Zucchini and Carrots
« on: July 18, 2014, 12:49:14 PM »
I didn't get the message either (I use a Mac). I'm going to make the recipe this afternoon for happy hour. Thanks!

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General Discussion / Niaspan + Statins
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:41:03 PM »

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Wheat Free Recipes / Re: "Fried" Parmesan-Crusted Chicken
« on: July 14, 2014, 07:00:41 AM »
That may be dinner tomorrow night!! 

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I had some for breakfast this morning...just heated it up with a little bit of Kerrygold butter. Yummy!!


Speaking of food processor--I used mine to shred the zucchini and DH said "what did you do before you had that?"


Although I think the liquids might need to be tweaked a bit, I'm thinking this recipe would be excellent made with carrots.

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Wheat Free Recipes / Walnut Zucchini Bread from Gourmet Girl Cooks
« on: July 13, 2014, 12:38:24 PM »
Y'all, you have to make this bread! I didn't go back out to get real buttermilk (Gourmet Girl says she buys her whole milk buttermilk at Publix) so I used heavy cream.


OMG, OMG--this recipe is fabulous!! DH and I had a piece for our lunch with a bit of Kerrygold butter. It may be better than any zucchini bread I've ever had.


I used walnuts but I am certain it would also be good with pecans.


http://www.gourmetgirlcooks.com/2014/07/best-ever-zucchini-walnut-bread-low.html




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Food Elements / Buttermilk
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:52:49 PM »
I am going to make GGC's walnut-zucchini bread tomorrow and went to Kroger to buy buttermilk.  Think again. Ingredients include tapioca starch.  I asked her what brand she gets and it is from Publix--whole milk buttermilk.


Who knew--tapioca starch.  Like DH said, "boy if you don't read the label"....

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Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
« on: July 09, 2014, 03:51:46 PM »
OMG---I love pad thai!! AND I have a big zucchini I will use instead of spaghetti squash (so it will be green, no worries)i!  Tomorrow night.....

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General Discussion / Re: Deciphering the numbers
« on: July 08, 2014, 08:16:51 AM »
Indeed you want to keep him for awhile! Congratulations! I wondered where you were.


My primary care doctor has finally come around to the fact that total cholesterol is not what one needs to be looking at. He does a NMR lipids every six months and he now only looks at NMR LDL particle count. I also look at the NMR LDL small particle count because those are the really bad guys. It also turns out (Dr. Davis points this out as well) that a person has a lot of control over LDL small particles using diet and niacin supplementation. I'm living proof of this: with my last two NMR tests, where my LDL particle count went from around 1400 to under 1000 and the small LDL count went from about 425 to 96. HDL also increased to 98. Triglycerides went from in the 90s to 75. I am hoping to get the triglycerides down to around 60 and the small LDL particle number down to zero, or close.


My husband's small LDL count was over 700 (which concerns me a lot) but his LDL particle number was just over 1000, so his doctor wasn't worried. I have started him on niacin supplements. He is on a statin and it very well could be that due to heredity he needs to be on one, but we can get those small LDL particles down.  (Slo-niacin, 1000/day)


I'd be most worried about your DH's triglycerides--most likely his LDL particles are plentiful as well.


My doctor tells me that fasting glucose should be under 100. Mine is nearly always 90 and doesn't go up much or any after I eat. I'd like it to be under 84, but isn't. My PCP and endocrinologist aren't worried.


My DH loves the wheat free eating, but he does eat too many carbs--likes his dark chocolate and he likes fruit. I don't buy anything except strawberries and blueberries, but he eats too many of those. At least he's grain free.


Quote Dr. Davis to your DH and make some delicious almond meal bread. Yummy substitute for the real thing.




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Food Elements / Re: Where to buy almond meal?
« on: July 06, 2014, 02:56:39 PM »
I also use Honeyville. You can order directly from Honeyville (link is in Barb's email), Amazon, or buy from Costco. It is excellent. Like Barb, I stock up when it is on sale. I keep extra bags in the freezer.


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Off Topic Discussions / Happy Fourth of July!
« on: July 04, 2014, 08:34:53 AM »
We're spending the holiday weekend at our mountain cabin in North Georgia. Beautiful weather and mild temperatures today and forecast for tomorrow!


We had our grain free french toast breakfast on the porch this morning and it was wonderful. Tonight we will have rib eye steaks, cauliflower mash, and a salad.


It is great to be an American! Land of the Free!


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Food Elements / Re: Magnesium
« on: July 04, 2014, 08:21:44 AM »
Barbara,
I'll give the liquid magnesium a try. I hate those big pills I've been taking. I'm also thinking about changing to a liquid fish oil but the taste of that is so nasty...memories of cod liver oil when I was growing up.


Reading about the ReLyte, I'm sure I would benefit from the selenium, but since I have Hashimoto's, the iodine supplementation wouldn't be a good thing, at least according to what I've been reading. My thyroid meds are a lot higher dosage than yours: Synthroid 137mcg and Cytomel 10mcg (and I could probably move to 15 or 20). My TSH was higher (2.8 up from 1.9) last week when my endo did tests again. Free T3 and T4 were much better though, so she did not adjust my meds this time. Aside from not losing weight, I feel great.


Have you ever supplemented selenium (other than what you get in ReLyte)? Occasionally I eat a couple of raw brazil nuts, but I don't really like them much.


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Food Elements / Re: Magnesium
« on: July 03, 2014, 01:08:00 PM »
I am tired of those big pills (Magnesium Malate, the kind recommended by Dr. D.)


I may try the drops, but they seem a bit pricey.

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General Discussion / Re: Has anyone given up dairy?
« on: July 03, 2014, 01:06:08 PM »
Randal, be careful about specifying your restrictions. I learned the hard way that when you are very specific, you may end up with a big box of lettuce and dry grilled chicken. Every.Meal.Every.Snack.


It does indeed get old. As it turned out, the food service did have a lot of gluten free meal elements and I could have (mostly) found something that wasn't so bad.

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Food Elements / Re: Resistant starch
« on: June 30, 2014, 04:56:13 PM »
Butter on potatoes! What a concept! :D

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Food Elements / What Not to Eat...from Mercola
« on: June 30, 2014, 10:32:00 AM »

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Food Elements / Re: Resistant starch
« on: June 29, 2014, 08:06:10 PM »
I can't trust myself with potatoes. :-(

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Personal Diaries / Home again
« on: June 29, 2014, 08:07:14 AM »
After a grueling two weeks in Cambridge, walking 20K+ steps nearly every day (my hotel was 1.5 miles away from the classroom building and I chose to walk instead of riding the shuttle), and eating as well as I could, I'm back home again, 4 pounds heavier. Amazing...don't understand it at all.


Will be working this week to undo what is probably water weight due to forgetting to take my T3 mid-day most days. Hopefully will be back in ketosis in a few days.

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Personal Diaries / Re: I'm baaack!
« on: June 29, 2014, 08:03:08 AM »
I feel that way about my closet.

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Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Monterey Jack Dipping Chips
« on: June 29, 2014, 08:01:31 AM »
I love them--a restaurant where I sometimes eat serves them as faux croutons in caesar salad. Only they use asiago cheese. Yummy.


So nice, but I haven't done them in the microwave. I need to try that.

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Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Eggs - by NomNom
« on: June 29, 2014, 08:00:04 AM »
I made a delicious 2 egg omelette this morning...onions, tomatoes, spinach, a little extra sharp cheddar! I love eggs too.


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I am fortunate that the hotel has a refrigerator. Agreed about the Whole Paycheck thing---I had breakfast there today and was amazed at how expensive eggs and bacon could be. I think I will just eat at the hotel buffet tomorrow. At least then I can get eggs cooked to order. But the bacon probably won't be uncured nor the eggs cage free.


Beautiful day in the Boston area, though.

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It is so hard to be at conferences/workshops. Tonight the participants at my higher ed leadership institute cruised Boston Harbor. Lots of beer/wine, food choices included salad (with super sweet dressing), an eggplant parmesan casserole thing, breaded and baked haddock. Not much to eat so I just nibbled. They had been doing a really good job trying to accommodate my meals but not so good tonight. The eggplant said "gluten free" but definitely wasn't sugar free and low carb.


But there's a Trader Joe's and Whole Foods nearby so I can eat simple food over the weekend. And walk. I have been walking 6-8 miles per day, something for which I'm pretty proud!


Mostly proud that I can actually do it!! This would not have been true a year ago.


One more week and I'll be a "Harvard graduate"!


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Personal Diaries / The trouble with special dietary instructions...
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:22:19 PM »
I'm at a two week institute at Harvard and I had several emails from the organizers about my dietary requirements prior to coming. While I have enjoyed some of the choices they have made such as sugar free deviled eggs and boiled eggs--cage free--strawberries & blueberries with unsweetened whipped cream, and many gluten-free, albeit not necessarily low carb, selections. A lot of chicken.


So far my "special" lunches have been HUGE boxes of lettuce. This afternoon's snack was another salad.  Yesterday there is no way I could put a dent in the lettuce. The unrestricted meal was a variety of very nice sandwiches and I could have just taken some meat off the sandwich. I told them that I really didn't eat snacks much, but they're making sure I have something, even if I end up not eating it.


Honestly, if I had to eat this all the time I would not be able to stick with it. Clearly they are making an outstanding effort, but also clearly they don't know how to make a restricted diet the least bit interesting. Part of me wishes I hadn't told them I needed anything special and then I could pick and choose as appropriate.


Tomorrow night I will go to Legal Seafoods for a nice seafood dinner.

A positive thing is that the weather has cooperated and I've been able to walk the 1.5 miles (each way) from my hotel to the Graduate School of Education campus. Over 12K steps per day, according to my fitbit.


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Personal Diaries / Re: Finally weight is moving!!
« on: June 15, 2014, 11:38:18 AM »
Mine is slow moving too. But it is nice to be able to sit a bit more comfortably in an airplane seat, buy clothes at Macy's instead of Catherine's (although still in the woman's size section), and to walk most anywhere until my bunions start hurting.


Not sure what's holding back my weight loss. I diary everything and myfitnesspal says I ought to be losing based upon calorie intake (which I realize isn't all it is cracked up to be, but still).


But let's hang in there.

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Personal Diaries / Re: I'm baaack!
« on: June 11, 2014, 06:04:31 PM »
I love Rome and North GA! Happy move!

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Food Elements / Re: Which Bacon do you buy?
« on: June 11, 2014, 05:28:00 PM »
I buy Hormel, Smithfield, and the Kroger (simple something?). All have sugar but I haven't found any sugar free around. I believe the ones I use have the turbinado sugar, which is, I believe, a cane sugar.

I always feel sad when I read your posts, Linda R, when you remind us about how badly these poor animals are treated. :( [size=78%] Keep doing it.[/size]

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Personal Diaries / Re: I'm baaack!
« on: June 11, 2014, 05:21:44 PM »
Oh yay! I was worried about you. Hope all went well with your exams and that you get this dissertation knocked out ASAP!

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General Discussion / Re: New & Improved Wheat Belly Blog....
« on: June 09, 2014, 04:19:57 PM »
It is nice. A bit harder to read the comments, which I enjoy at least as much as the main articles. I'm still considering the Cureality membership but haven't taken the plunge yet.


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General Discussion / Re: Vitamin K2
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:42:17 AM »
Thanks, Jan. I just ordered some.

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General Discussion / Vitamin K2
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:10:07 AM »
I was reading on Mercola's site today that if one takes a vitamin D supplement, h/she should also be taking vitamin K2.


My doctor reduced my vitamin D from 45K/week to 20K/week but I've never taken any K2. Do any of you supplement with K2 and if so, what brand & dose do you use?


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Food Elements / Re: Swerve
« on: June 07, 2014, 05:52:23 PM »
We don't eat sweet much, but when we do, Swerve is it!!!


I order directly from Swerve and every now and again it is on sale. I try to stock up then.


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Off Topic Discussions / Re: Obese operatic performers
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:24:07 AM »
And probably a lot cooler!!

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Off Topic Discussions / Re: Obese operatic performers
« on: June 07, 2014, 05:39:09 AM »
You're not in KW anymore, Jan?

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Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Fruit Pizza?
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:45:37 PM »
KareMI, I used a modification of the sesame seed bun recipe from Gourmet Girl Cooks. http://www.gourmetgirlcooks.com/2014/04/sesame-seed-sandwich-buns-low-carb.html


I decreased the golden flaxseed by half and added that much blanched almond flour. I spread the dough out on parchment in a pizza pan. I cut it into 10 slices.


And Lynda, I had no problem cutting it, LOL. It was yummy. Need to do it again. DH and I came to the GA mountains this weekend and the cling-stone peaches are ready. Although I don't want to buy a basket full, I would like to have one or two to slice onto a fruit pizza.

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Off Topic Discussions / Obese operatic performers
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:14:12 PM »
DH and I had a rare mid-week date night last night. Went to the performance of the Verdi opera Aida performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & chorus and a cast of phenomenal soloists. Although we often go to the symphony, we rarely go to operas and I must say this was an amazing performance.


It was the case, perhaps not surprisingly, that the lead actor and actress (both truly virtuosos) were both obese, not just pleasantly plump. Big. It is not all that unusual for operatic performers to be large and I found myself wondering why. Is it that they are so focused on developing their talent that they are mainly sedentary? I know that there is a huge amount of practice and breath control--I wouldn't doubt they have better lungs and breathing capacities than marathon runners.


I really enjoyed the evening and performance. But just goes to show how you can think about such things even in the context of a beautiful (albeit sad) opera.


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Off Topic Discussions / Re: WFF acting strange?
« on: May 31, 2014, 03:17:38 PM »
It is working well for me now, Rita. Thanks for your good work on this!!


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Personal Diaries / No bariatric surgery pour moi!
« on: May 31, 2014, 01:49:57 PM »
My doctor is affiliated with the Piedmont Hospital network in Atlanta area. When I checked in for my appointment yesterday, I noticed a flier about their bariatric procedures. Today on my twitter feed, Piedmont Fayette was hawking their gastric sleeve surgery.


Now I have a friend who had this surgery. She said she would have taken a 2nd mortgage on her home to do it if her insurance had not paid for it. She had absolutely amazing results. Did I say amazing? Absolutely amazing.


BUT, she had 75% of her stomach removed.


Although I would like to lose 100 pounds, and really need to so my BMI won't be in the bad range, I'm just not going to do that.

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Success Stories / Re: NMR Results. Ta da!
« on: May 30, 2014, 08:16:14 AM »
Delighted with my PCP visit this morning! He always "grades" my lab results (he knows I'm a teacher) and today's report card was A+. AND he said "cholesterol is great and you're not on the zocor anymore." He also said that with my NMR HDL so high at 98, it is nearly impossible for total cholesterol to be under 200 so "that's not a problem."  He liked the triglyceride number (75), but I've never had a real problem with that, relative to the "normal" range.


My next visit (6 months instead of 3!) will be to get LDL-P down to around 600-700 and triglycerides down around 60. Gotta pay more attention to carb counts before things go in my mouth (to avoid an unpleasant surprise yesterday I got with the "all-fruit" spread I talked about in the Food Elements forum).



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Food Elements / "All Fruit" spread
« on: May 29, 2014, 12:13:28 PM »
So this morning I toasted one of my faux english muffins and thought--Hey! I have some Polaner's blueberry all-fruit spread in the fridge! Wouldn't that be great on my muffin!


Without thinking, I got it out, stuck my knife down into it to get some (it wasn't much but I didn't measure). It was good on the muffin that had melted Kerrygold.


Later in the morning when I took a break to update my myfitnesspal diary, I was astounded (astounded!) to find that 1 Tbs of this all fruit spread has 10 carb grams and 1 gram of fiber. Ouch! It is criminal to waste 9 carb grams on something so miniscule. Since I didn't measure, I credited myself for 1 Tbs even though the amount I got was more likely a teaspoon.


Did I say ouch?!?




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General Discussion / Re: Wheat Belly Cureality site
« on: May 29, 2014, 10:06:32 AM »
I have perused the site but don't really want to spend $20/mo (and that's at half price until May 31). Looks like a lot of good apparently well-organized information there, but information that could possibly be found for free elsewhere on the web (although it would take effort to find it).

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Success Stories / Re: NMR Results. Ta da!
« on: May 28, 2014, 01:26:46 PM »
Also just got good results on calcium (which had been high) and vitamin D (which had been low). Corrected and I got instructions to reduce my weekly vitamin D supplement. Thyroid hormones are better, but T3 and T4 still not in the optimal range (but improved over last time). TSH is the lowest it has ever been at 1.90 and I have fewer hypo symptoms. My endo thinks the improved cholesterol results are because thyroid numbers are so much better.


Still don't know about liver enzymes but will find that out on Friday. My endo did not say anything (and she could certainly see them in the medical record system) so I imagine they are OK.



Now if I can get off the BP meds, I'll be happy. I don't mind staying on the thyroid medications because I feel so much better on them.




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