Currently we are staying in the south of Thailand in Jomtien, which is just outside Pattaya in the region of Chonburi.

In this vlog we share with you some of the foods that we have as our staples on our mostly raw vegan diet.

We also give you a tour of the local fruit market as well as a look around our new apartment and a Montessori space that we have setup for our vegan kid.

Leave your comments below!

Considering carb cycling for fat loss? Wait until you watch this video!

Carb cycling is basically about restricting how many calories you get from carbohydrates in your diet as well as calorie intake.

With this dietary approach, you alternate over a period of a few days, a week or a month how many carbohydrates and overall calories you’re eating.

So as you might expect this all calls for a lot of detailed meal planning and compliance as well as calorie restriction as you follow your this schedule.

Now the question is why would someone want to cycle and restrict their carbohydrate and calorie intake in such a way?

Well, the reason why many people turn to carb cycling is in an effort to lose excess weight.

But there are many problems with restricting carbs in your diet and these can include:

• Food cravings
• Fatigue
• Mood swings
• Blood sugar issues
• Skin issues, including acne
• Fuzzy/unclear mind

So watch the video above to find out why you shouldn’t be doing carb cycling.

What are your thoughts on carb cycling? Have you ever tried it or perhaps you are doing it right now?

Leave your comments below!

If you’re starting a raw food diet, you definitely want to make sure you learn enough about it so you can achieve success on a raw vegan lifestyle.

When people hear about raw foods, they usually think that it’s all to do with eating a few salad leaves with some sticks of carrot and so is a dull and tasteless diet.

Well, the exact opposite is true.

Starting a raw food diet actually brings with it exciting new flavours, variety, and abundance. Raw meals are super easy and quick to prepare and the health benefits are tremendous.

Starting A Raw Food Diet: What You Need To Know To Succeed

What does it mean to eat a fully raw food diet?

A raw food diet is one which is made up of whole, fresh, ripe, vegan produce, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

If you eat a fully raw vegan diet, your produce will be consumed in its raw state and not cooked.

You can find 5 healthy and easy to make raw food recipe samples here.

Starting a raw food diet: why you should do it

Eating raw foods is something that can take your health and whole life to a whole new vibrant level.

Just some of the health benefits of eating this way include:

  • Improved energy levels
  • Clearer skin
  • Natural weight loss
  • Improved digestion and elimination
  • Improved nutrition
  • Clearer mind and focus
  • 24/7 natural detox of your body
  • Avoidance of artificial food additives
  • Avoidance of unbalanced and unhealthy foods like refined sugar and oils

The science behind starting a raw food diet

Studies show great evidence for the protective and healing ability of this diet, which include:

  • Healthy Bones. A study found that people who follow a raw food, vegan diet had lower bone mass than those eating a standard American diet, yet their bones were healthy with no signs of osteoporosis. (1)
  • Lowers risk of cancer. A study found that raw food vegans had lower IGF-1 hormone levels in their bodies and so a lower risk of contracting various types of cancer. (1)
  • Better antioxidant status. A study found that a raw food, vegan diet provides significantly more dietary antioxidants than a cooked, omnivorous diet, and that long-term followers of this diet have a better antioxidant status than the omnivorous diet eaters. (2)
  • Longer, healthier life. A study found that there was a decreased in all-cause mortality, including cancer and heart disease mortality for people eating up to 7+ portions daily of fruits and vegetables. (3)
  • Improved rheumatoid arthritis. A study found that people with rheumatoid arthritis noted a marked improvement in their pain, swelling of joints and morning stiffness when eating a raw food, vegan diet. (4)
  • Improved fibromyalgia. A study discovered that subjects with fibromyalgia noted an improvement with their joint stiffness, pain and with their quality of sleep when eating a raw food vegan diet. (4)

What kind of raw food diet is the healthiest?

If you’re starting a raw food diet, you need to follow the right one.

Generally speaking, there are two approaches to eating a raw food diet:

  1. You’re getting most of your calories from carbohydrates in fruits.
  2. You’re getting most of your calories from fats and restrict your consumption of fruit.

The mainstream raw food diet is based upon fat and this would include eating lots of foods like nuts, seeds, coconut fat, oil and avocadoes.

Even though these kinds of foods (except for oil) can be very healthy for you to eat, they don’t work well when eaten in large quantities and are being relied upon as your main source of calories.

Some of the health issues that can result from eating a high fat, raw food diet include:

  • Brain fog/lack of mental clarity
  • Depressed mood
  • Fatigue
  • Food cravings
  • Constipation and digestive issues
  • Blood sugar issues, including candida

A healthy raw food diet is one that will be high in carbohydrates and lower in fat, with 10-15% maximum of your total daily calories from fat.

A high fruit, raw food diet will not negatively affect your blood sugar levels, which is contrary to many people’s belief.

In fact, it can actually help you balance and heal issues with Candida, hypoglycemia and type 2 diabetes, as stated in this video.

This then ensures that your body’s cells are getting the fuel (glucose) that they need to work to their optimal level and achieve healthy and balanced blood sugar levels.

But will you be eating too much sugar on a fruit based diet?

Many people erroneously think that if you eat too much fruit then it has to be bad for you because it contains lots of sugar.

But this, in fact, is wrong.

Indeed refined sugar is unhealthy for you. It’s a single nutrient which has been processed and separated from all the other nutrients, which makes it an unbalanced food that’s detrimental to health.

In stark contrast, the sugar from whole fruits is combined with all the other nutrients, which all work together to give the human body exactly what it requires.

In fact, a study was carried out on 17 people over a 3 to 6 month period eating 20 servings of fruit a day.

They found that the participants suffered no ill effects from eating a diet that contained so much fruit and instead concluded that the diet had possible benefits for a number of health factors, including blood pressure, body weight, insulin levels and blood lipid levels (5).

Another more recent study that again fed participants with 20 servings of fruit a day diet for several weeks came to similar conclusions and also found that the participants achieved an amazing 38 point drop in their LDL cholesterol levels (6).

Calories: how much to eat?

If you’re starting  a raw food diet, you need to pay attention to the calories that you’ll be eating.

As a high carb raw food diet is typically lower in calories per bite than a standard western diet, you have to make sure that you are eating enough calories every day.

If you fall short of calories on a continuous bases, you’ll experience cravings, unwanted weight loss and health issues.

If you’re under eating on calories, it will also mean you are under eating on nutrients that your body needs to be healthy.

After coaching people on a raw food lifestyle for 5 years now, under eating on carbohydrates and over eating on fats is the biggest and most common mistakes many raw foodists make.

If you’re a female who was eating 2,000 calories on your previous diet to maintain your weight and activity levels, you’ll need to be eating the same amount of calories on a raw food plan.

How to start a raw vegan diet in 4 steps

So here are our top five steps that can help you transition to a raw vegan diet.

  • Step 1: Transform your kitchen

Start from your fridge and clean out all the old high-fat foods, animal foods, salty foods, cakes, pizzas, burgers, fries, sodas, milk shakes.

If you don’t have those tempting old foods around you, it will be much easier for you to transition.

Beyond all the amazing benefits for your mind, body and soul, this lifestyle also gives you the opportunity to save a lot of time in the kitchen, which you can invest into other health activities of your choice.

  • Step 2. Stock up on raw fruits and greens and learn how to count your calories

Make a menu plan for the week ahead, create a shopping list for yourself and head out shopping for fresh produce.

Start logging your daily food intake in free online food tracking software like cronometer and nutridiary to make sure your raw nutrition is balanced.

  • Step 3: Go high-carbohydrate, raw or highraw vegan

We recommend a rapid transition to a high-raw and all vegan lifestyle.

Animal products can be loaded with additives, hormones, and antibiotics. They contain excessive levels of fat (including cholesterol) and sulfur-containing amino acids (protein) such as methionine – all of which burden your body and lead to ill health.

The abundance of low-fat plant-based foods that you will be consuming will help your body start cleansing itself of previously stored toxicity and excessive fat, resulting in natural weight loss and improved health.

So from now on, choose only plant-based foods and include as many raw fruits and vegetables as you can.

  • Step 4. Learn how to substitute

When starting a raw food diet, to avoid craving old unhealthy foods, substitute them with new and healthy ones!

If you find yourself craving sugars, include more sweet fruit in your diet, such as bananas, dates and persimmons and make sure you eat enough calories.

If you crave salt, make sure you eat enough calories and use both fresh and dried tomatoes, celery and green leafy vegetables to obtain enough of this mineral.

If you were addicted to chocolate in the past, swap it with raw carob powder and add it to your smoothies, such as a banana-date and carob powder smoothie (super yummy!).

How to start a raw vegan diet

Weight loss on a raw food diet

The great thing about eating a high fruit, low fat, raw food diet is that you can eat even more food than you did before, yet still lose excess weight.

How is this even possible? We’ll, for example when compared to a standard American diet the number of calories per bite is significantly lower.

Basically this means that the raw foods you are eating typically contain significantly less calories than the kinds of highly processed, fat laden and sugar laden foods and drinks that make up so much of many peoples diets.

Add to this the fact that so many processed foods are full of unhealthy and toxic, chemical ingredients that cause damage to the body, including excess weight gain and hormonal imbalances, then it’s easy to understand how a high fruit, raw food diet is a win, win!

For example, one of our clients, Della Upsher, lost over 40lbs on a high fruit, raw food diet and healed many of her past health issues, as she explains in her interview.

Protein on a raw food diet 

Many people starting a raw food diet are under the false assumption that you need to consume animal foods to get enough protein.

Well, this is completely untrue.

In fact, the World Health Organization recommends that as an adult you should get 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight (7).

And guess what? On a high fruit, raw food diet that also contains lots of green leafy vegetables and some nuts and seeds this is easily doable.

What it means to be fully raw

Avoiding the 2 most common raw food diet deficiencies.

Because there is no vitamin B12 in plant foods, which is a vitally important nutrient for human health, it is highly recommended to supplement with this vitamin when you eat a vegan or a raw vegan plan to avoid a deficiency.

Vitamin D is also a vitally important nutrient.

On a high fruit, raw food lifestyle the main way for you to obtain your vitamin D is normally from sun exposure.

But if you don’t get enough sun exposure, then you’ll need to monitor your vitamin D levels and are best supplementing with it when necessary. This is especially important if you live in a more northern climate where there are long winters with little or no chance to expose your skin to the sun.

Should you only eat organic raw foods?

If you’re starting a raw food diet, you may have concerns about organic vs conventional.

Everyone wants to eat the healthiest foods and eating organic is undoubtedly great for your health.

But, if for some reason you cannot source all of your produce as organic, then make sure that you source as much as you can, especially your vegetables and fruits that you cannot peel.

So our recommendations for getting your fresh produce would be:

  • Buy organic whenever you can.
  • If at all possible, grow your own food.
  • Inform yourself about produce growing practices and ask the growers the relevant questions, such as: “What fertilisers and pesticides do you use?”
  • Use veggie wash, bicarbonate soda, grapefruit seed extract or apple cider vinegar for soaking your produce to help remove pesticide residues, if you need to.

Cutting back consumption of fruits and vegetables is never a solution to minimizing exposure to chemical residues and is a false economy in the long run.

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Sources:

  1. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/486478
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7491884
  3. http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2014/03/03/jech-2013-203500.full
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10943644
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/5573330
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11288049
  7. Protein And Amino Acid Requirements In Human Nutrition. Report Of A Joint WHO/ FAO/UNU Expert Consultation. 2007. Accessed here.

From time to time, we come across stories on the internet about people no longer eating a vegan diet.

Grabriela Ranzi has a very interesting story. Her mom, Karen Ranzi, went raw vegan over 20 years ago.

Karen transitioned her kids to a raw vegan diet and Gabriella ate this way for many years.

However, when she became a teenager, she wanted to do things her own way and started trying vegetarian processed foods that her peers were eating.

This eventually lead to various health issues, which encouraged her to return back to a mostly raw vegan lifestyle, which she maintains to this day.

Today, Gabriela Ranzi shares with us what it was like to be brought up on a raw vegan diet, go off it, but then make a conscious choice to come back to it.

You can find out more about Karen Ranzi and here work via her website: www.superhealthychildren.com

And you can contact Gabriela Ranzi via her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gabriela.ranzi

Are you raising raw vegan or vegan kids? What challenges are you facing right now?

Post your comments below!

If you’re craving that savoury crunch with rich flavours, then this kale chips recipe is a must.

We’ve been making this kale chips recipe several times a week because they’re just so tasty.

Our 2.9 year old daughter Elanie totally loves them and she likes to watch these kale chips being dehydrated.

It’s really easy to make with just 6 simple ingredients. You’ll also need a dehydrator to make these kale chips.

I show you how to make kale chips in this video:

These chips are made with raw food ingredients, are vegan and ridiculously tasty!

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It’s rich in vitamin A, C, B6 and manganese.

Kale is also one of the highest sources of vitamin K, as well as antioxidants and other vital nutrients.

We personally don’t like really spicy flavours, however if you wanted to make spicy kale chips, then simply add some curry powder. The recipe below include it as an option.

Crunchy Kale Chips Recipe – Raw Food, Vegan

Kale Chips Recipe - Raw Food, Vegan

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Crunchy Kale Chips Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound (450g) fresh kale
  • 1½ cup fresh tomatoes, any variety
  • ¼ cup chia seeds, pre-soaked in water for 6 hours
  • ½ cup cashew nuts, pre-soaked in water for 6 hours
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon curry paste
Instructions
  1. Wash the kale and chop into 3 inch pieces.
  2. Place the kale into a bowl.
  3. Blend together tomatoes, chia seeds, cashews, turmeric, lemon juice and optional curry powder.
  4. Pour the sauce over the kale and mix together well.
  5. Place the kale onto the dehydrator trays, spreading it evenly.
  6. Dehydrate for 6-8 hours, depending on how crunchy you want them to be.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

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If you want to look younger and be more appealing to the opposite sex, then eating more plant foods fruits and vegetables in your diet could be key.

The US beauty and cosmetics industry, which is the biggest in the world and is estimated to make around $60 billion in 2016, is a good example of how much value people place on how they look.

People will go to great lengths to look more appealing to the opposite sex and that includes using cosmetic surgery to attain a more youthful, healthy look, which more and more people are now doing in a bid to defy the natural aging process.

However, not every one of us can afford or wants to have cosmetic surgery and botoxes.

How Eating More Plant Foods Makes You Younger And Sexier …

Is there a natural way to enable you to look hot, feel great, boost your energy and protect you from illness and disease?

Yes, there is! It’s the food that you eat.

How Eating More Plant Foods Makes You Younger And Sexier

Carotenoids — a type of plant nutrient (which are the coloured pigments found in fruits and vegetables) — are known to aid many aspects of your health, including:

  • your eyesight
  • cardiovascular system
  • skin
  • fertility
  • protection of your body’s cells from oxidative damage and disease

So what does science tell us about how eating lots of whole fruits and vegetables can make you more appealing to the opposite sex, looking younger and healthier?

Researchers from the St. Andrews University in Scotland and the University of Newcastle in Australia discovered that women who consume fresh plant produce are healthier and have a more attractive glow than women who eat less or don’t eat any.

They did an experiment where they monitored the diet of almost 220 women aged between 18 and 30 for nine months.

At the end of the period, taking fruits, vegetables or a combination of both, daily was associated with having healthier skin. (1)

Another study was done on 35 students for a period of 6 weeks and it was discovered that eating 2 extra portions of fruits and vegetables a day created detectable skin color changes that made them look significantly more attractive. (2)

It is believed that in nature animals use carotenoids to make themselves more attractive to potential mates.

It also appears to be the same for human beings as studies show that men who eat large quantities of fruits and vegetables each day have the most attractive smell, which is described as floral and sweet by women. (4)

A study in Japan looked at the eyes of 700 women to rate their crow’s feet wrinkles around their eyes and they found that women who had a higher intake of green and yellow vegetables which would of course include plenty of carotenoids, had decreased facial wrinkling.

So in conclusion a proven, following a plant-based diet with plenty of raw foods on the menu is a natural and safe way to not only look amazing and boost your overall health, but also be more appealing to the opposite sex.

Eating more plant foods makes you younger and sexier and you just have to do it!

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Sources:

  1. http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/7/7/5251/htm
  2. https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/news/archive/2012/title,82727,en.php
  3. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0032988
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20085665
  5. http://www.ehbonline.org/article/S1090-5138(16)30193-3/abstract?cc=y=

One of the most popular requests we ever receive is for videos about what we eat and do as a mostly raw vegan family.

Learning how to live a raw powered lifestyle consistently in our modern world is the key to creating the health and life you deserve.

Something that we always like to remind you about is that you’re on this planet for a reason.

What you eat and do everyday matters.

It matters because it affects the way you look and feel.

It matters because it helps you liberate yourself from the daily aches, pains and degenerative diseases so many people suffer from.

It matters because it helps you realise your true potential, build self mastery, attract brand new and exciting opportunities and change the world.

Being able to structure your meals, your day and stick to a healthy lifestyle are all skills that you need to learn and master.

So today we’re showing you what we eat as a mostly raw vegan family with healthy recipes, tips and inspiration to help you transform your health and life the sweet way!

The best part about living a plant-powered lifestyle is that you don’t have to figure this out by yourself.

And you CAN make it work for YOU.

Ready to get started?

You get to go through a 5 week course with other people, meaning that you no longer have to struggle all by yourself!

We’d love to see you give the strategies in our program a go. They’ve helped to change the lives of so many people and we would be honoured to help you too.

If you become part of it, you’ll start receiving action packed emails, modules, meal plans with shopping lists, personal and group support, and so much more!

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Do I ever binge on cooked food eating a mostly raw food diet?

Many people suffer from binge eating and the cause can range from unbalanced, restrictive diets, low self esteem and a lack of confidence through to a person feeling dissatisfied with their body or suffering from a traumatic event in their past.

I myself  suffered from binge eating in the past and know how damaging it can be to your health.

In this video I talk about my past problems with binges and how I tackled them.

Do you experience problems with binging? What steps can you take to balance your relationship with food? Post your comments below!

We’ve got a rawsome treat for you today with 5 delicious raw food recipes for weight loss, delicious energetic treats and vibrant health.

They are all fully raw, vegan and really simple to prepare.

Here’s a video that showcases all the recipes.

5 Delicious Raw Food Recipes For Weight Loss And More Energy

The  great thing about our raw food recipes is that they are really easy to prepare and contain simple to get hold of ingredients.

Raw food recipes that have a healthy level of fat are great for helping you achieve natural weight loss and also boost your energy levels.

They’re great for helping you cleanse your body, restore your digestion and overall health.

So here are the 5 raw food recipes that you are going to discover today:

  • Raw ketchup sauce
  • Cucumber noodles with creamy avocado sauce
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Taco kale wraps with salsa and avocado cream
  • Savoury veg okra stew

The first meal we’re going to make is by far our family’s favourite dressing – ketchup sauce. Eating big salads with an abundance of greens becomes easy when you have a delicious dressing to go with them.

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Ketchup Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • ½ cup of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 mango
  • ½ cup chopped parsley for decoration
Instructions
  1. Place the tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and the mango flesh into a blender and blend together until smooth.
  2. Place into a bowl and decorate with fresh parsley.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

raw food recipes for weight loss
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Raw vegan cucumber noodles with creamy avocado sauce
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Ingredients
  • 3 medium cucumbers
  • 1 head lettuce
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 medium celery stalks
Instructions
  1. Chop the lettuce and place it on a plate.
  2. Peel the cucumbers and spiralize them.
  3. Add the cucumber noodles on top of the chopped lettuce.
  4. Blend together the orange juice, avocado and celery until smooth.
  5. Pour the sauce over the cucumber noodles.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Raw Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
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Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup walnuts (soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup dates, any variety. If they are too dry – soak them in warm water for 1-2 hours
  • 1 cup dried figs (soaked)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
Instructions
  1. Rinse walnuts, place them into the food processor and pulse
  2. Pit dates, add them into the food processor and pulse
  3. Rinse figs, add into the walnut-date dough and pulse
  4. Add cinnamon, ginger and vanilla into the dough and pulse until well combined
  5. Get the dough out of the food processor
  6. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin
  7. Use cookie cutter to make cookies or roll into balls
  8. Mix the coconut flour and carob powder together
  9. Roll the cookies in the coconut-carob mix
  10. Sprinkle more coconut flour over the cookies
  11. Sprinkle with ginger powder, if desired
  12. Place in the fridge for 4 hours to set OR place in the dehydrator and dehydrate for 4 hours on each side
  13. Serve and enjoy!

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Savoury Okra Veg Stew
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 medium celery stalks
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 5 okras
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon or lime juice
Instructions
  1. Cut the bell pepper into 2 halves and de-seed it.
  2. Cut one celery stalk into approximately 1 inch pieces.
  3. Make the tomato stew base by placing the tomatoes, half the bell pepper, one celery stalk. lemon/lime juice and the coriander into the blender.
  4. Blend together until smooth and pour it into a serving bowl.
  5. Chop the remaining celery stalks into small pieces.
  6. Chop the remaining bell pepper into small pieces.
  7. Chop the okra into pieces.
  8. Put all the chopped veggies into the tomato base.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


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Looking to do a 7 day raw food diet cleanse? What a great way to detox your body, energize and kickstart healthy eating habits for a lighter and more vibrant 2017!

Today is day 1 of  our free RAWvolution challenge. Have you joined it yet?

We’re having so much fun inside our private Facebook group that we’ve created specifically for this challenge. You’ll get daily emails to guide you through this challenge with tasks, recipes and inspiration to help you create a brand new you!

Here’s where to join it.

If you’re in the challenge already — let’s get the RAWvolution started!

Today you’ll learn about how to do the 7-day raw food diet cleanse with strategies that will assist you in getting excited, organized and clear about what to focus on.

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