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Guiltless Nutritious Treats

 

 

 

Baking away, daily is what I do. Along with marketing, finance, janitorial, speeches, and so forth.

But, I never thought that my product was touching  the lives of those with eating disorders. One day, I had a woman with her mother come into my bakery in Miami. She proceeds to tell me that she purchased my product at a store in South Beach, FL.

I listened as to hear how the ingredients on the back quinoa, millet, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, protein, apricots, honey plus the information “Why We Use These Ingredients” on the website educated her on how these foods work for her and not against her.

At 26 years and 10 years of bulimia, her mother tells me that she no longer has this problem and has proceeded to start cooking for herself and understanding foods.

We spent a few days together, as for they flew in from Paris, France to meet me. I was honored. I was amazed. It is things like this that keep me going daily as a small business owner. Some can say, well isn’t it money that keeps you going. NO, because we can quit at any time.

That day, 4 people were blessed.

I still keep up with the girl from Paris. I still keep doing what I do.

http://www.skinnysouth.com

Tracy Knight is the owner of Skinny South Incredible Treats. Has several national articles written has been on television, and radio.

Why we Use these Ingredients!

Agave

Helps with weight management, enhances immune system, improves: energy level, bone density, reduces risk in heart disease & Type II diabetes, lowers risk of lower intestinal cancer, low glycemic index number, high fiber, calcium and iron

Almonds

Rich in Manganese, Vita E, Magnesium, calming properties, rich in potassium, lowers blood pressure, Vitamin B2, may help protect against diabetes

Amaranth

High in Protein, iron and calcium as well as B vitamins and fiber

Apples

Rich in vitamin C, antioxidant, regulates blood sugars, rich in fiber, health teeth, B vitamins, energy, rich in calcium, magnesium

Apricots

Rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, low in sodium, rich in potassium, rich in phytosterols, antioxidant, rich in protein, Helps with healthy skin, eyes, builds immune system

Avocado

Heart Health, anti-inflammatory, reduces or prevents arthritis, cancer prevention of the: mouth, skin & prostate gland

Banana

Protects heart, controls blood pressure, strengthens bones, quiets cough

Blueberries

Good Source of Fiber, can improve urinary tract health,

protects your heart, stabilizes blood sugar and boosts memory

Buckwheat

From a thistle plant, contains 20% protein, fiber, B vitamins, potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, phosphorus

Carrots

antioxidant, healthy skin, improves eye sight, anti-cancer, reduces strokes by 68%,

blood sugar regulation, prevents macular degeneration in older adults

Chia Seed

Prevents Sugar spikes, improves cardiovascular health, fights belly fat, contains fiber (also helps you feel full), Omega-3 (fights belly fat), stronger bones (contains high amounts of calcium), high amounts of manganese & phosphorus, and protein

Coconut

Boosts thyroid, increases metabolism, promotes a lean body and weight loss, supports a healthy immune system, rich in antioxidants, treats skin disorders, healthy hair, and strong bones

Dark Chocolate 60% and above

Anti-oxidants, anti-aging

lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, increases sex drive, muscle repair, calming properties

anti-depressant, mono-unsaturated fat, reduces risks of heart disease

Dates, Medjool

Rich in calcium, Beta Carotene, potassium, low in sodium, Magnesium, iron, helps with healthy bones, and teeth. Helps utilize carbohydrates and fats, helps repairs tissues and cells, growth and maintenance, helps in the production of protein synthesis and the production in nucleic acids in DNA and RNA. Helps with the fat emulsification. Helps with muscle contraction, regulates heartbeat

Flaxseed Meal

High in Omega 3’s, Rich in Fiber, Protects against: breast, prostate & colon cancers, Protection against: cardiovascular disease, diabetes & inflammation

Hemp

GLA, ALA.. essential fatty acids, 9 essential amino acids, easily digested, 35% protein, calcium, iron Vitamin E, phosphoruss, magnesium, phytosterols, phospholipids (lecithin), zinc

Omega 3 and Omega 6, low carb and low sugar

Gluten Free Oats

Stabilizes blood sugars, complex carbohydrate, oats used are gluten free, healthy heart properties, 15% protein, great source of fiber, folic acid, niacin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid as well as a good source of iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, calcium and copper

Honey (local, bee-friendly)

Immune booster, natural energy booster, may reduce the risk of cancers and tumors, healthy hair, health digestion, weight loss, lowers cholesterol

Lentils

Rich in iron, protein, fiber, calcium, good for the heart, bones, weight loss, easily digestible

Millet

15 % in Protein, high in fiber, sweet is extracted from the grain to produce sorghum, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, high in iron, potassium and magnesium.

Pecans

lowers blood pressure, prevents breast cancer, lowers bad cholesterol,

prevents prostate enlargement, weight control, regulates moods, high in Protein, regulates blood sugar,

delays the onset of age related motor neuron diseases.

Pumpkin Seeds

Healthy prostate, improves bladder function, anti-depressant, lowers cholesterol,

prevention of cancers, prevention of osteoporosis, increases bone density,

Rich in zinc, increases sex drive, anti-inflammatory, treatment of tapeworm and other parasites, high in magnesium, high in protein

Raw Quinoa (not flour)

Provides more oxygen release into the blood, it contains high source of protein, iron and calcium with a mixture of B vitamins and other minerals. It is considered a superfood from all its amazing properties. Contains more powerful nutrients rather than grinding into flour; so we kept it whole and raw

Sweet Potato

healthy bones, prevention of degenerative diseases, prevention of heart attacks,

high in vitamin C, boosts immune system, helps with stress, anti-depressant,

healthy skin, mood stabilizer, supports thyroid gland, anti-inflammatory

Walnuts

Decreases fat in blood, improves cell function, highest in antioxidants among nuts, fights fat,

prevention in heart disease, certain cancers, gallstones, controls blood sugars, rich in Phytonutrients,

high in omega 3, anti-stress, anti-depressant, supports weight loss

Pea Protein Isolate

Body digests 98% of the protein, healthy hair, cells, brain, calming properties, aids in weight loss, b vitamins, rich in increases muscle thickness, No chemicals, regulates blood sugar, healthy heart, less allergens, complete protein, builds lean muscle, helps regulate hormones

Spices

all spice

Rich in calcium, iron, potassium, beta carotene, C, folate, Omega 3 & 6, protein. Rich in antioxidant

cardamom

detoxification, eliminates: bloating, nausea, gas, constipation

clove

anti-microbial

cumin

insomnia, some cancers, antioxidants, respiratory disorders, colds

fennel

can reduce bad breath and body odor

ginger

anti-nausea remedy

nutmeg

strengthens immune system, prevents leukemia, improves circulation, strengthens cognitive function, detoxifies body, skin health, oral conditions, indigestion, pain reliever

oregano

helps smoothe stomach

antioxidant, helps with digestive problems

rosemary

antioxidant, helps with circulation, relieves headaches, and respiratory problems

sage

helps with sour stomach, helps with detoxification in kidney and liver, antibiotic

turmeric

anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-stress

Nutrient

Function, definition and pairing

Calcium

Body is 99%, fat burner, increases LDL (with the help of magnesium), helps balance acid and alkaline, aids in digestion, healthy nervous system, healthy teeth, bones, stress, pair with magnesium, phosphorus, A, C, D, helps with PMS, osteoporosis, cramps

Iron

Paired with protein. Transports oxygen from lungs to tissues, combines with protein and copper yielding healthy red blood cells, helps with stress, antioxidant, helps with myoglobin (transports oxygen)

Choline

Pair with sodium and potassium to create healthy cells, corrects acid and alkaline balance. Regulates the sodium / potassium in the cells. Stimulates production of hydrocloric acid; aids in digestion, detoxifies liver, aids against hepatitis

Magnesium

Within the bones 70% and 30% in soft tissue and body fluids. Found inside cells where it activates enzymes for metabolism of carbs and amino acids. Pairing with Calcium: it helps with the nervous system, muscle contraction and acid-alkaline balance in the body. Helps the body absorb: Calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium. Enhances B, C, . Have to have to convert sugar in the blood for energy.

Manganese

grains

Now known for helping lactating moms with let down. Manganese paired with choline. Helps synthesize fat and cholesterol. Helps B vitamins. Helps with sex hormones, nervous system and brain

Phosphorus

nuts, grains, seeds

In every cell. Pair with Calcium. Body musts maintain a ratio of 2.5:1 phosphorus respectively. Aids in carbohydrate, fat and protein digestion. Helps with the contraction of muscles like the heart. Has to be paired with niacin and riboflavin to for those two to be even digested. Important for cell division and reproduction, kidney function, transfer of nerve impulses, growth of bones, tooth development. Acid and Alkaline balance

Potassium

Aids in diabetes, alcoholism, insomnia, bones, healthy digestive system, allegeries, muscle contraction, gout, RA, acne, stress. Combined with potassium helps regulate water balance in the body, decreases bloating, helps with the conversion of glucose to glycogen for energy.

Selenium

Found mostly in the liver and kidneys. Pair with E. antioxidant, helps with anti-aging, elasticity of tissues

Zinc

pumpkin seeds, quinoa, almonds

Anti-aging, anti-stress Aids in other nutrients absorption in the body. Helps breakdown alcohol. Helps ward off bugs, mosquitoes, heals wounds, and burns, helps with the synthesis of DNA, detoxifies body. Helps with healthy heart. Healthy sex hormones, reduces cholesterol

 

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Cleansing foods, clean foods, eat this not that!

All of these titles but what really is the message?

Clean food are foods not in a box, or are they?

Bottom line, cleansing process should not be from a box instead, food Rx is recommended. Up to four times per year is recommended that you come clean. Literally!

Come clean from what?? I eat healthy!

You may eat healthy; however, the toxins are everywhere- you can’t escape them! Your immune system starts in the digestive system and is vulnerable to many toxins, not just in food, everyday.

Daily regime is like a cup of coffee. Take warm water, lemon juice and cayenne and knock it out, start fresh and begin your day.

A short list I compiled for a daily regime in foods that naturally keep you cleansed.

Nuts: provide b vitamins, zinc essential for the immune system, healthy fats, rich in minerals for the absorption process of other nutrients and not to mention it beefs up the sex life.

Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews, Pumpkin Seeds, Pistachios, Sunflower Seeds

Fruits: Fiber … Detoxify. Rich in vitamins and minerals for the immune system like C and Calcium.

Apples, bananas, blueberries, pears, strawberries, kiwi, raspberry, cranberry, papaya

Vegetables: amazing no fat containing power food, rich in lots of A, C, Zinc, Calcium… magnesium, and so forth.

Carrots are really the number of fruits and vegetables that can tackle anything from cancer to eyesight. Broccoli, Sweet potatoes, hardy Green Leaf like Kale and the lettuce kind like Red leaf and spinach which cleanses the toxins from the bloodstream.

Tomatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, avocados, green beans each with an large amount of antioxidants.

Complex Carbohydrates:

whole grain, brown rice, quinoa, millet rich in niacin, manganese, and some are gluten free like brown rice, and quinoa.

Combine carbs grains and veg together for a complete protein.

Meat: low fat or nonfat; also containing important essentials like tryptophan and when you combine these with vitamin C containing fruits yields more calcium in the body. Benefits those with anxiety, depression, and other mental issues that may affect the immune system, and digestive system.

Turkey, chicken, eggs, cold water fish, bison, deer.

Quarter detox: combine a rich vegetable and fruit combo for 14-21 days for a complete detox cleanse.

 

tune in next  topic: ” hormonal foods … men and women”

TK is the owner of Skinny South Incredible Treats, Inc and Love Life Nutrition. Over 20 years running experience, 10 years nutrition. Nationally published, television and radio guest on several stations.

Why on earth and how on earth did I come up with this? Well, I call this the ketchup / french fry approach; it just fell into place.

As an avid athlete, like many can relate, the bars have way too much sugar. I was inhaling many of a particular kind. As a person on the go, a new mom and marathon runner I needed something fast.  I was tired of the fact the energy from the bars was sugars, then carbs, then fat, then protein. This ratio was not going to help me with recovery hence I would not eat these heavy things before.

Like a bad relationship, I felt like it was weighing me down. This coupled with clients wanting moderation, my daughter starting kindergarten and a few family members with celiac, diabetes…etc, I thought maybe there is a way to change this approach.

Incredibly, One day long long ago in 2008, the land of the unknown after a huge change in my life, I was making cookies. Catering to my daughter’s kindergarten class, I made chocolate chip cookies, but all the while and at the same time I was working with a few doctors regarding attention deficient and children;. Then a light bulb went off and I asked my self the million dollar question, “why in the world am I putting all the ingredients which may cause attention deficient disorder into the very cookies I am going to give MY daughter and her class?”.
… healthy cookies were now a possible idea for a hobby.. not a business. haha!

In 2009, during the day, I worked as a general manager at a small fitness gym, at night I would bake at Miss Cordelia’s in Memphis, TN to create this cookie made with all healthy ingredients… I tried the usual like applesauce, yogurt, which are great but mold quickly on the shelf.

The kindergarten kids were sold and the parents purchased my cookies outside of the bake sale by the dozens and my fellow running buddies at races would ask to purchase these cookies … literally selling them out the back of my Jeep.

Finally, they started being sold in the grocery store where I baked the products Funny part is since my last  business was bull-dozed by the financial fall of 2008,  I did not see myself getting involved with another entrepreneurial idea.
Well… Ha!Ha!
In 2012, The protein cookie company was born and the name Skinny South Incredible Treats was created thanks to my incredible best friend’s contribution to the name “Incredible” … its the little things that change your perspective.

The bars where popular but not like they are today… Again, I didn’t want a bar, I wanted a cookie. A food item shaped like a cookie….my thought,  a cookie makes one happy to eat.

On a quick side note, to my Family and friends, I thank you for putting up with me during this long journey/ dream… which is still being built. Yes, this business has been built with sacrifice, blood, sweat, tears, long nights and challenges.

How guiltless are the products?
Skinny South Incredible Treats is a company that is free of junk and full of flavor. All natural Protein cookies made into delicious guiltless flavors of Carrot Cake, Walnut Crunch Cake, Banana Nut Bread, Coconut Cake and Chocolate Chip.  We also carry, 90 calorie all natural chia brownie, walnut brownie, Memphis soul brownie (contributes to the children’s music scene), almond cup cookies (like reese’s but reversed), brownie bite cookies, skinny dips of strawberry shortcake, lemon drop, dipped dark chocolate, and chocolate covered cherry.

The thing is they have these names, they look sinful but in reality with the right ingredients and process they honestly aren’t. The fact how I do it and what I use allows for your body to process the foods quickly either utilize them and to help cleanse the body.

Again, How ???  spices, natural sugars, spices… did I say, spices? Food pairing is important to help with any carbs, protein and fats Naturally found in the foods.

I am a mom, certified clinical nutritionist and former personal trainer as well as avid athlete.
I am conscience what goes into my body from minute one of the day.

We Make protein cookies from southern family dessert recipes.

… Southern Recipes made into Protein Cookies : Pumpkin Pie Latte, Chocolate Chip, Carrot Cake, Walnut Crunch Cake, Chocolate Chip, Banana Nut Bread, Coconut Cake, Lemon Coconut Cake …
Dark chocolate Brownie, Walnut Brownies, Memphis soul Brownies ( made with almond butter and dark chocolate). The brownie took 4 years to perfect to make it 90 calories and delicious. It has been said, that this is…. “The best vegan brownie ever tasted ! ”

“Thank you for the samples, everyone at the office got to try them and loved it! “, raves John Ruiz from Swarm Inc. Miami, FL

CHOCOLATE CHANGING LIVES program

Raised between Woodstock, GA and Memphis, TN, as a southern blood runs through my veins,  I am sure most can relate to the Memphis soulful music scene and the delicious southern desserts. So, in honor of my hometown, we support the Memphis Music Scene through children’s programs and healthcare programs.
To date we have sold over 2000 Memphis Soul Brownies thanks to the ladies at Delta Groove Yoga and their patrons! A nice percentage of those sales will be used for the programs to enhance the beautiful music scene that has impacted the world.
…. the Memphis Soulful line supports the Memphis Music scene.

Now having a location in Miami Beach, we will support the community there as well. Right now, Tracy has been on radio Life FM 90.9 discussing nutrition. Also, she is a regular demo chef at Fairchild Garden who teaches how to prepare meals healthy. She has been on television….
The next step is for the brownies sold in each city the product is sold to have that support the Children’s music scene and raise awareness to the importance that music has on our mind, body and soul. It is highly influencial and important for everyone to understand the importance of how we impact our environment.

Our plan is to have our products in New York and LA in 2016, which the a portion of sales will go to support programs in those communities as well.

Take the Chia Challenge with us… Chocolate Chia Balls are growing faster than ever!

Join us to take the Chocolate Chia Ball Challenge and
Sign up for our Nutrition news letter and learn how foods given to you on this earth are for you, not against you!

Also… Why not Challenge your local stores and have them contact us today to get Skinny South into your area now!

ALL THE RAGE !!!

 

Healthy Heart, healthy blood sugar levels and Peaches!

 

The peach is like a beautiful sunset sitting in your hand, the colors ranging from orange to yellow to white blended in a picturesque form. The peach has been at many times in ancient oil paintings as an vibrant contrast.

On the Inside, Peaches having one seed nestled in the brownish red center containing a fleshy, white to yellowish orange with either a fuzzy skin or smooth skin.

The characteristics of the peach have a significant eye-catching health benefits.

The nutritional value of a medium peach contains 75 cal, 6 g sugars, 1g protein, 1 g fiber and incredible amounts of A, B vitamins, E and K, choline (water-soluble, B vitamin family and essential nutrient for the body to convert fats). Healthy hearts contain diets that are rich in potassium and low in sodium; thus the peach contains 200 mg of potassium and 0mg of sodium

So to remember these health benefits without being a scientist. Look at the peach. The rich reds which make up the sunset remind me of my heart. The arterial wall being the color of the pit of the peach, healthy heart.

The skin of the peach being firm let’s me know that eating foods containing high amounts of C will increase my collagen production decreasing the signs of aging. Since the peach is fleshy, it reminds me of the banana which is high in fiber and will move foods through. When eaten with a spinach salad, I know this combination will cleanse my system naturally and gently reducing the risks of colorectal cancer.

Peach with the high amounts of potassium and no sodium which can reduce hypertension. Those with anxiety disorders will find this to very effective when wanting to feel calm. A nice peach tea would be perfect. Rich in antioxidants, the peach will effectively help with the removal of free radicals which has been associated with sun damage, skin cancer, heart disease and other forms of cancers.

The peach has successfully within the tests conducted by the University of Texas,

has been found to reduce LDL(bad cholesterol, help with metabolic issues, fight off obesity (fiber),

help prevent certain cancers, wrinkles in the skin (Vita C),diabetes and heart disease.

Just a side note, diabetes and heart disease go hand-in-hand.

Try peaches in your salad, or muddled into your drink.

Allergens: protein produced in the peach have been associated with those who suffer from tree nut sensitivity.

 

 

 

 

side notes:

  • Mitchell SC, Smith RL (2001). “Trimethylaminuria: the fish malodor syndrome”. Drug Metab Dispos 29 (4 Pt 2): 517–21. PMID 11259343.
  • Side note if you have Trimethylaminurial or TMAU a fisher odor in sweet or reproductive organs which can cause a more pungent smell during or before your menstrual cycle. Odor varies based on diet, hormonal change, amount of sweat. Get tested if you suspect
    Avoid foods containing: choline, carnitine, nitrogen, sulfur and lecithin
  • BV: Bacterial Vaginosis: which can be caused by the imbalance of bacterial flora and can be confused as bacterial yeast infection or TAMU. Get tested and ask specifically. If you have douched or have had multiple sex partners. This bacteria can be associated with redness or itchiness in the vagina area.
  • Forney, LJ, Foster, JA, Ledger, W (2006). “The vaginal flora of healthy women is not always dominated by Lactobacillus species”. Journal of Infections Diseases 194 (10): 1468–9. doi:10.1086/508497. PMID 17054080.
  • Define choline: Merrium-Webster Dictionary

 

My cross fit day starts out by catching the early bus to take my daughter to school but as I hear the rain pour down in South Florida, it motivates me more. 

grab my gear, headset, bus pass, light rain coat … its cold in South Florida 67 is cold. 

She arrives at school 7:40 am… I kiss her goodbye and head out with the Miami motivational sounds of Pitbull and JLo. I run my goal.. not distance, not really time but to beat the bus back to my house. 

I run. Rain coming down… it eventually stops. I warm up, taking off my rain coat and continue to run… looking over my shoulder. I see the bus coming towards me, good now I know I have at lease 25 minutes before that bus catches me. Game on. 

I run through the grass, stop lights (well after stopping for traffic)… passing women waiting on the bus. I smoke pass up the hill, over the bridge… the sun rises the body temp, sweat pouring off my body. 

The sun is getting higher in the day. The motivation of the horns honking, not even knowing if it is for me… I don’t care- but I act like it is. Pushing harder. I look over my shoulder from time to time- I need a rear view mirror! 

Passing LA Fitness and heading through town… No Bus still – awesome! 

I sprint through the last light- forward home! Sprint to my street. 

Now its time for abs and since you don’t want to lay down right after a hard run- for a quarter of a mile I do knee ups- to get the lower abs. I am excited as I post my post workout pic on Instagram. Fit. 

At 36 I never knew that I would be in this good of shape. I thank God every day for my health and I hope that I can inspire others to understand all you need is the motivation, time management and the rest is passion. Get out there and make a difference and make your own story. Inspire yourself… inspire others. 

Only person stopping you is you. 

For breakfast I had my favorite- scrambled eggs and toast. For snack- yogurt. For lunch peanut butter and honey with banana.. I may be from Memphis and yep, we actually eat fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. .. dinner will be a spinach salad- with red bell pepper, croutons, dressing, banana peppers, black beans (protein) no breads now… its after 2pm and not running anymore today. 

I am on a budget but it doesn’t stop me from eating right, working out and getting the job done. 

If I can do it- know that you can do it ! 

Off to work to bake cookies! 

I have added Hi Life cookies for the manly man.
No beer in these cookies but a lot of my musician friends drink some serious MGD so because of them I am calling these Hi Life. Yes, southern musicians love their MGD High Life and I love their music so with respect I am amping these cookies up with Protein 15 grams per cookie. Of course they have to have delicious manly taste or my musician friends would be pissed.
Variety in the bag, we will have two different cookies one containing non-dairy chocolate, which is the Chocolate Stout and the other an Amber Beer cookie. The Taste: walnuts added to bring forward a “meaty” boldness and chocolate which further assists in muscle recovery after a hard workout or performance. Almond Butter Blend gives it a healthy “peanut butter alternative” to curve the appetite between workouts and performances. So the beer bellies are trimmed down also to have the “beer” taste, barley is added so the chocolate will be like having a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and the Almond Butter will be like having a Amstel Light. But I love the name Hi Life because its high in protein. So Hi Life wins.
Enjoy
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Rave reviews about the new holiday cookies are being heard from coast to coast and has gotten me thinkin’about more holiday cookies besides the popular Chocolate Pecan Pie and Holiday Spice… Carrot Cake and Pumpkin Pie have just been added.
Each cookie has been designed not only to taste like you are diving into sin but they have also been designed to sizzle fat and boost your metabolism.
Low in Fat (less than one gram) for a devilish Chocolate Pecan Pie, Pecan Pie, Carrot Cake, Pumpkin Pie… I only use the best ingredients all natural, nothing artifical about them and absolutely no artifical sweetner nor stevia… Natural Vegetarian Protein is added to each cookie to power through your day.
Pumpkin seeds provide a ample supply of Zinc
Pecans help out when you have PMS and help the brain waves connect for test day or just in general
Flaxseed Meal that each cookie has gives you healthy omega fats, protein and fiber so taking the carbs and substract the fiber from the carbs you get true carbohydrates, which is what really counts when adding up the carbs.
Carrots are vegetable carbs and excellent source of Beta Carotene
Cookies are cooked at a low temperature so we can keep the important nutrients locked in the each cookie.
Also probiotics are added to give you and your kids healthy belly bacteria.
Sweet potato has anti-inflammatory properties as well as great source of B vitamins and low Glycemic index level.
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