April 28, 2017

Fat is Back and it's Epic!


If you have never tried a sweet potato — flash-fried in duck fat — it is time to explore. Fat translates mundane into FUN-dane! It nurtures our brains and bodies back to how they were meant to function! (There's that "fun" word again.) Fat is fuel to burn and flavor to love!

I cannot imagine returning to a blasé, low-fat diet again. Can you? Healthy fat is the key ingredient to low-carb satiety, pleasure, and weight loss success! After consuming enough healthy fat, I can go for hours without being hungry!

I just ordered this fatty trio from Amazon. Epic's Animal Cooking Oils Variety Pack (featuring 1 Beef Tallow, 1 Pork Lard, 1 Duck Fat) takes delicious to a new level! It is perfect for baked goods, roasted or sautéed veggies, and fabulously flaky pie crusts. Check it out HERE.

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April 27, 2017

A Wok-Up Call


Oh what fun it is to whip up a meal using only what is in the fridge and pantry! In this case, I incorporated onions, green peppers, andouille sausage, and a package of shredded coleslaw mix. All ingredients were stir-fried with bacon drippings, Bragg Liquid Aminos, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, and Toasted Sesame Oil! I then served it up with a soft boiled egg. 


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April 24, 2017

Mini Asian Meatballs in Lettuce Cups


MINI ASIAN MEATBALLS IN LETTUCE CUPS
From: Martha Stewart Living

I have been reading Martha Stewart Living for years, always tearing out the 4 recipe cards that come with each issue. I have quite a collection and the recipes are simple to prepare. Nowadays, I sort through them looking for recipes that are naturally low-carb or can be easily adjusted.

Here is one that needs no tweaking. I have no recollection of what year or issue this was from. The cards are not dated. I scanned this recipe for your enjoyment.


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April 19, 2017

90-Second Microwave Paleo Bread — Louise Hendon

90-Minute Microwave Paleo Bread | Louise Hendon
Photo Credit: Karen June Miller

Most low-carbers lament the absence of bread. I understand. Prior to LCHF, I became weak-kneed for buttered sourdough and biscuits. In a moment of clarity, I recognized that I loved the butter more. There is no butter deprivation in this lifestyle. Still, I want that occasional slice of buttered bliss.

After dabbling with gluten-free bread, made primarily of rice flour, I was not impressed. Once I committed to low-carbing, I began to explore grain-free recipes. Keto Bread Loaves (by Rule.me) was the first baked bread that met with my approval.

I then tried 90-Second Microwave Paleo Bread (by Louise Hendon).  I was skeptical because it seemed improbable that any bread could taste good with only 90 seconds of baking, especially in a microwave oven. Well, I was delighted! Not only is the recipe easy to create and quick to cook, it gives me the bread fix I crave!

90-Minute Microwave Paleo Bread | Louise Hendon
Photo Credit: Karen June Miller

I cook each 90-Second Microwave Paleo Bread loaf in a large mug (without beveled sides) and allow it to cool slightly. I prefer an English muffin style thickness, so I cut each loaf into 3 slices. I prepare the slices 2 ways: pan toasted in butter or broiled. 

The pictured slices were slathered in garlic butter and topped with Bragg Organic Sprinkle. Today, I placed the bread under the broiler. 

90-Minute Microwave Paleo Bread | Louise Hendon
Photo Credit: Karen June Miller

There is no limit to what can be done with these. Just think outside the breadbox. Whatever you can do with grain bread, you can do with these gratifying slices!

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April 17, 2017

6 Tips for Foiling Fake Followers


FAKES

I love social networking . . . except when I don't. As social media platforms become more sophisticated, so do the tactics of those who wish to intrude, manipulate, and use people.

My online socializing began in an AOL chatroom. It was a cozy hideaway and I formed some excellent friendships. Aside from the occasional imposter, we had little to fend off. Many of those AOL friends migrated to Facebook with me. I have since expanded my online presence through Blogger, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. 

I have a personal Instagram account that I share with friends and the Hipstamatic community. It includes low-carbing, but not everyone is interested. So, I created a specific Instagram account just for Everlovin' Low-Carb

I was excited by the immediate follows I received. I use hashtags generously, so I assumed they were attracting likeminded souls. I was happy to reciprocate. To my dismay, once I followed suit, they promptly unfollowed me.

Unfortunately, after you receive the initial so-and-so-is-following-you alert, there is no obvious indication that they are still on board. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, Instagram account pages do not display whether or not someone follows you. This information can only be discovered by clicking on their "Following" list and typing your user name into the search window.

Christine followed me. She has 43,379 Followers. I could feel flattered that a prominent account was interested in me, except that I was suspicious that she only follows 3,220 people. She unfollowed me soon after I followed her. She was obviously only interested in beefing up her numbers. Even if she was using an automated app, it reflects poorly on who she is. Bye-bye, Christine.

6 TIPS FOR FOILING FAKE FOLLOWERS
  1. Follow your interests... There are celebrity and high profile accounts that I follow because I am interested in their brand and/or content. I do not expect them to follow me back. However, if they pull the pretend-follow-trick on me, I can live without them.
  2. Monitor activity... I picked up the "Followers" app in iTunes. (There are similar options.) This gives me the ability to see: new followers; who has unfollowed me or is not following me back; those who have blocked me, deleted likes and comments, etc. Once I know they have unfollowed me, I unfollow them, but beware. They often come right back with another follow!
  3. Look at the numbers... If you see an enormous amount of followers on an account that barely follows anyone back, think twice. Often, they have purchased followers or have an app doing their dirty work. They may be totally unaware of you. If they do know you exist, you are just a number.
  4. Check out profiles and posts before you follow.
  5. Bait and ditch... A fake follower might bait you by complimenting your posts. Still, once you follow, they unfollow.
  6. Minimal posts... A small number of posts is often a giveaway that you are dealing with a spammer.
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April 14, 2017

Shelf-Help and Instagram


SHELF-HELP

Having spent 53 years in Southern California, I never had the impetus to take on spring. Compared to Idaho, seasons tend to blur into one another. After a record-breaking winter here, which included 9 snow days, I was understandably eager to be productive. (We even had snow this morning.)

One project was to reorganize my 2-tiered Lazy Susan cabinet. When I began low-carbing, I did an initial purge, but there were still some culprits. So, I emptied the shelves and reordered my low-carb life. I was quite pleased with the results and it seemed to reinforce my progress and continued determination. 

GOOD NEWS!

Everlovin' Low-Carb is now on INSTAGRAM! I have had a personal account for some time. Although I share low-carb adventures there, most of my followers are friends and Hipstamatic enthusiasts who are not into LCHF. So, I created everlovinlowcarb. You are welcome to join me there. I will follow you, too. You can also connect with me on my Facebook Everlovin' Low-Carb Page.
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Another Bonanza at Grocery Outlet!

Grocery Outlet {Click to Enlarge}

In anticipation of today's paycheck, I circled Grocery Outlet ads using my iPhone Flipp app. Of course, I had some knowledge of what I would find. Even so, if you have any experience with Grocery Outlet, you know that there are always surprises. 

I love healthy products! I do not appreciate the high-end prices of a natural market. I have been spending $4.79 for one Bragg Organic Sprinkle with a local mom-and-pop grocer. I found it for 99 cents today! The only difference was that the label was written in both English and French.

Here is a summary of my bonanza...
Retail value: $125.01
Total savings: $66.69
Balance due without tax: $58.32

What I bought...
  • 3 - 12 oz. packages of Natural Applewood Smoked Uncured Bacon
  • 3 jars of Bragg Organic Sprinkle
  • 2 - 2 lb. packages of Organic Valley Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 - 1 liter bottles of Tejava Tea
  • 1 Earthbound Organic Baby Spinach and Spring Mix
  • 1 Earthbound Organic Baby Romaine
  • 1 jar Kordatos Kalamata Whole Olives
  • 1 jar Organic Peanut Butter
  • 1 carton of Meadow Gold Whipping Cream
  • 1 package of Aidells Organic Cajun Style Andouille 
  • 1 package of Wensleydale & Cranberry Gourmet Cheese
Just a 2 lb. package of Organic Valley Sharp Cheddar Cheese was over 50% less! I would have spent around $19.00 for each brick at a natural store. I also try to stock up on nitrate and nitrite free bacon whenever they have it . 

I was told that the owner of my local Grocery Outlet loves Tejava Tea, so it will probably stick around. It sells for $1.29 each! This makes me smile.
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I stopped dieting...


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April 1, 2017

And the winner is...

The Cookbook Giveaway ended at midnight. I placed the names of giveaway entrants on slips of paper and had my son draw the winner.

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
JUDITH FULTON!

Private message your address to me on Facebook and I will send "The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook" your way.

Big Blessings,
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March 30, 2017

Low-Carb Resources

I have pooled together many low-carb resources for your convenience. You will discover inspiring blogs and websites; and a bevy of LCHF food products! These resources can be found on the right sidebar of this blog. Scroll down to locate them.

I welcome feedback on any low-carb food items that you have tried, as well as sites that you enjoy or would like to recommend. Use the "comments" below to communicate with me.

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March 29, 2017

Holy Moly!

C'mon now. We all have horrible diet-food memories that have scarred us. I anticipated that a low-carb lifestyle would affect some of my favorite comfort foods, I was never willing to settle for bad?

I have observed my husband, Barry, and 17-year-old son, Brock, gobbling pancakes with gusto. Memories of Saturday morning pancakes or high school kidnap breakfasts raced back. I found that I missed the comfort food connection. 

George Stella's book, The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook, features a recipe for "Maple Silver Dollar Pancakes". The ingredients include eggs, maple extract, almond flour, milled flax seed, and substitute sugar (I use a stevia blend). Until today, I had not flirted with a low-carb pancake. It was time to change that.

Neither Barry or Brock are strictly low-carb, but they both eat what I prepare. As pancake lovers, they knew ahead of time that these pancakes were not traditional. With maple extract and a sugar substitute in the recipe, it is not necessary to use syrup. Nonetheless, the guys wanted some maple syrup on top. 

I had them rate the pancakes.
Barry-o-meter: 10
Brock-o-meter: 13

What did I think? Holy moly! It felt like I had been reunited with an old friend. Nothing tasted fake or compromised. The flaxseed added enough fiber that I was full after 4 3-inch pancakes. The texture was wonderful; and the baking powder and baking soda added enough fluff. All I added to the top was butter and a squirt of whipped cream.

Guess what! I'm giving one of these cookbooks away! To enter, click HERE.
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March 22, 2017

This or That?


I confess. I still look for ways to fudge while low-carbing. I employ requisite effort by carefully reading labels and menu descriptions. Still, there is not always enough transparency in explanations. For instance, I ordered this...

Mushroom Burger

Brimming with crimini mushrooms sautéed in red wine, caramelized onions, lettuce, and mozzarella cheese. Holy mouthwatering, Batman.
I added waffled sweet potato fries. My son, Brock, was the designated eater, meaning that I would have 2 to 3 fries and he would whisk the balance out of my reach. (Brock understands my weakness for potatoes.) The rest seemed innocuous. 

Yet, my first bites were a surprise. Sugar had been added to the sweet potato fries and to the caramelized onions. I have never added sugar to either because I think both are sweet enough. Being sugar-free, my tastebuds did cartwheels. The sweetened onions affected the mushrooms, so I ended up eating only a few — along with the bun-less burger. The "Coke" glass contained unsweetened ice tea.


I was going to get this Cobb Salad and I wish that I had. For a low-carber, this salad really deserves a "Holy Mouth Watering, Batman." 

Cobb Salad

A tower of fresh greens topped with grilled diced chicken, crumbled bleu cheese, bacon, egg, avocado, tomatoes, and black olives. Served with bleu cheese dressing.
I have had ordered this several times. There are no hidden surprises. I devour every morsel and I don't feel hungry for a many hours.

So, what did I learn from this? If I don't want a surprise party, ask questions before ordering.

Surprised by Fries,
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March 14, 2017

COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!

THIS GIVEAWAY 
HAS ENDED.

Everlovin' Low-Carb was launched on June 28th of 2016. I am approaching my first year anniversary! If you are familiar with operating a blog, you know that the hardest work is in the building and decorating. Once that is accomplished, the fun begins!

This is my 66th post. I have not invested in paid advertising, but I have shared my enthusiasm on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This exposure alone has generated 6200 visits to my blog. I may be tootin' my own horn, but I think this calls for a GIVEAWAY!

George Stella, veteran Food Network chef and author, recently published The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook. I have the digital version on my iPhone. Now, I am giving away a hardcopy version!

Amazon writes...
The Complete Low-Carb Cookbook is not just George Stella's best collection of recipes, but his definitive word on low-carb eating. With hundreds of helpful tips, you aren't just following along; you are learning how to use Stella's techniques to reinvent any of your own recipes without the use of processed foods. You are also learning how these techniques helped his family of four lose over 650 pounds. 
Over 60 full-color photos will help you present dishes that look as good as they taste. All 130 recipes are made without any wheat or added sugar, making them gluten-free, and great for diabetics as well.
How you enter...
  1. CLICK "COMMENT" BELOW.
  2. LEAVE A MESSAGE.  (a.) Mention your favorite Everlovin' Low-Carb posts. (b.) Leave your NAME and STATE. (c.) Enter only once.
  3. PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT.
  4. EARN EXTRA ENTRIES. Have your FRIENDS mention you in their comments and I will give you a bonus entry!
  5. DEADLINE TO ENTER:  Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. PST. The winner will be selected on the next day through a random drawing.
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March 13, 2017

Spaghetti Squash and Basil Dried Tomato Pesto


Whether we fall back or spring forward, 
it takes me 6 months to get used to it.
~Karen June Miller

What is it about springing forward? We never complain when we gain an hour in the fall. We can even stay up too late and not kvetch. Yet, when 1 little hour disappears, people yawn through the workplace and murmur fatigue. 

After surviving the lethargy, I decided to keep dinner simple tonight. I served this dish with hamburger patties.

SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND BASIL DRIED TOMATO PESTO
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 6 oz. container of Rising Sun Farms Basil Dried Tomato Pesto
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  1. Poke holes in a medium spaghetti squash. (I use a small screwdriver used to repair eye glasses.)
  2. Microwave for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking. 
  3. Allow the squash to rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Slice in half and scoop out the seeds. 
  5. Pull apart with a fork and place in a bowl.
  6. Add the pesto, salt, and pepper. Toss and top with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve with a protein of your choice.
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
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March 6, 2017

Blistered Eggplant With Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta | Martha Stewart Living


If you have ever read Martha Stewart Living, you know that there are 4 tear-out recipe cards featured in each edition. I have been saving these recipes for years. Most recipes are already low-carb or can be easily adapted. This one will have you salivating just by reading it.

Blistered Eggplant With Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta
Martha Stewart Living
(Slightly adapted for low-carb)

Active Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 50 min.
Serves: 4
  • 1 large eggplant (about 1 3/4 pounds), cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 3/4 pounds mixed tomatoes: small one halved or quartered, or large ones cut into 1/4-inch-thick-rounds
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup mixed olives
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  1. Preheat broiler with rack 6 inches from hear source. Place eggplant rounds on a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil until eggplant is blistered and deep brown on one side, 10 to 12 minutes. Flip and broil until blistered on other side, 10 to 12 minutes. Immediately transfer to a large bowl, toss with oil, and cover with a plate. Let stand until softened, 10 minutes.
  2. Arrange eggplant and tomatoes on a platter, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper and drizzling with oil before adding next. Top with feta, olives, and parsley.
  3. Serve with low-carb bread.
Smiles,
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Provolone Taco Shells


Can we taco? You bet! 

Traditional corn and flour tortillas add substantial carbs to a meal. Even low-carb tortillas add up quickly. Lettuce wraps or lettuce boats are a nice alternative, but have you tried baked provolone taco shells?

I  discovered these taco shells through Kathryn's Low Carb Kitchen in a recipe called "Bacon Taco's". I was intrigued by the use of cheese for the shells because carbs would not be an issue. After trying them, the texture and taste satisfied anything I had missed with conventional tacos. 

Pictured here are 3 tacos filled with ground beef, sautéed onion, cheddar, and avocado. The shells are seasoned before baking and become golden in the oven's heat. Here is the adapted recipe from Kathryn's website. 

PROVOLONE TACO SHELLS
Adapted from "Bacon Tacos"
—a recipe from Kathryn's Low Carb Kitchen

Ingredients
  • Round Provolone cheese slices
  • Garlic powder
  • Mexican spices
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place parchment paper on a pizza stone. (You can spray the parchment with cooking spray, but I found this unnecessary.)
  3. Evenly space 4 slices of Provolone cheese on the parchment. Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder and Mexican spices.
  4. Bake for 10-11 minutes until color is golden.
  5. Immediately pick up each shell and drape it over the peaks of a non-stick taco rack. Allow to cool.
NOTES: 
  • Drape the cooked cheese quickly so they won't crack as they cool.
  • I make these ahead of time and store in a ziplock bag until I'm ready with my preferred fillings.
For Bacon Tacos...
Fill with bacon, cheese, cilantro, avocado, sour cream, and taco sauce.

Nutrition for each shell... 
Calories: 50
0 Net Carbs
Fat: 12
Protein: 11
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March 5, 2017

Pili Nuts | Low-Carb Perfection!


Once upon a time, I was a sugar burner. After going low-carb, my body fell headfirst in love with FAT! In fact, my body burns fat for fuel. I can happily indulge in plenty of high quality fat and feel full faster. So, it behooves me to search for fatty foods that will satisfy me in ways a low-fat diet never could.

Nuts have always been a favorite snack of mine. Granted, I was first enamored with peanut butter which is actually a legume. It was an introduction nonetheless. I went on to appreciate the entire nut family.

I never knew about pili nuts until I heard Jimmy Moore feature them on Livin' La Vida Low-Carb. I was curious, so I ordered a 5 oz. bag of this nutrient-dense supernut. Jason at Hunter Gatherer discovered pili nuts in the Philippines and his company is the first in America to offer them.

The smooth buttery taste is addicting! Yet, by eating them slowly, I need very little. The high fat combined with coconut oil quickly satisfies.

The Hunter Gatherer website lists the following attributes...
  • Perfect Ketogenic Snack 
  • Paleo 
  • Vegan 
  • Raw 
  • Highest Magnesium of any nut 
  • Naturally Gluten Free 
  • Sprouted 
  • Highest Oil/Fat Content of any nut 
  • Sustainable 
  • Hand Shucked 
  • High In Manganese 
  • Excellent Source of Vitamin B1 
  • Non GMO 
  • Lowest Carbs of any nut 
  • Hand Harvested 
  • Wild Harvested 
  • Good Source of Phosphorus and Copper
You can purchase pili nuts directly from Hunter Gatherer HERE. You will get 10% off of your first order if you use Jimmy's Promo Code: LLVLC.
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February 22, 2017

Chipotle Cauli-Rice


Cauliflower rice is a staple in my home. It is the beginning of anything you can imagine! Everlovin' LowCarb has already featured 3 riced cauliflower recipes:
Whether you are a riced cauliflower enthusiast or still on the fence, I think you will enjoy Tracy Saelinger's piece, Is Trader Joe's cauliflower rice better than homemade? Tracy compares 2 popular prep methods to Trader Joe's Organic Riced Cauliflower. She also includes 2 how-to videos for stir-fry rice and a cauliflower pizza crust.

Chipotle Cauli-Rice is simple, yet perfect for variations. I love to pick up a roasted whole chicken at the natural market, tear it apart, and stir it in. This takes little time to prepare.

CHIPOTLE CAULI-RICE

Ingredients
  • 2 12-oz. packages of frozen Trader Joe's Organic Riced Cauliflower
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 green onions
  • 1-2 teaspoons of chipotle seasoning (I get mine in the bulk section of a natural grocer.)
  • 2 Tbsp. Organic olive oil
  • Maldon salt or sea salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Microwave the riced cauliflower according to the package directions and allow to cool.
  2. Juice the lime and cut the onions into small pieces.
  3. Add the olive oil, lime juice, chipotle, and salt. (If including roasted chicken, add it now.) 
  4. Toss everything together and refrigerate.
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February 20, 2017

Saving Money


Do high prices keep you from eating healthier? I am sometimes stunned by the investment. If I were the only one eating in my family, maybe I could justify it. It is true that cheaper products are often inferior because manufacturers have cut corners, added sugar and chemicals. It costs more to do it right, but is this a reasonable explanation for huge markups?

I occasionally shop at Whole Foods. The store inspires me despite their preference for carbs. I buy hard-to-find products and food items that are on sale or have a store coupon. My aim is to leave without having spent $40 for just 3 things.

I tried couponing in my early 40's. I was never extreme enough to become a ninja, but I worked up a sweat. Just my low-level commitment gobbled up my life. Even then, I rejected junk and I had no interest in storing up needless bulk items. I also had a pet peeve for being stuck behind the shopper with 50+ coupons. If patiently watching the scanning process was not enough, there were always discrepancies between coupons and what was actually purchased.

Couponing is no longer a hobby, but I still use them. I have found that I can buy high-quality, healthy products in discount stores — even those without membership fees. Grocery Outlet is a prime example.

Here are some of my recent Grocery Outlet finds . . .
Chosen Food's Avocado Oil Mayo with Harissa; Tejava bottled tea; Bragg's Liquid Aminos and Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil; bacon, andouille and beer brats without nitrates and nitrites; organic chicken thighs; natural avocado dip without additives; huge packages of chicharrones; Chobani Mezé Dip with Smoked Onions and Parmesan; grass fed ground beef; and provolone cheese slices. (I make taco shells out of the provolone.)

I paid $62 after $54 was deducted! I bought a variety of items without buying too much of any one thing. I read labels for carb counts and hidden sugar. If one of my favs had gone up in price, I chose a less expensive similar product.

Unless the aisle is crowded, I usually make the NOSH isle (above) first on my agenda. I then head for the meat and cheese section. After I have selected things from these locations, I check my budget before moving to other sections.

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