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CBD oil versus Copaiba Essential Oil

I would have to say it was about two years ago when I first heard the word CANNABIDIOL.  Have you heard of it?  Do you know what it is?

“Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.
CBD does not appear to have any intoxicating effects such as those caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana, but may have a down regulating impact on disordered thinking and anxiety.” (Wikipedia)

I first understood it to NOT have the psychedelic effects but then my teenage son informed me that it absolutely does.  Apparently I have a (teen) relative who was using it for “pain” but then I discovered (through reading a text message) that he liked the “high”.

Listen, I’ve not done a lot of research, I’m not hip to the lingo but I do know that it has to do with the amount of THC in the CBD.  I only know that from watching the documentary “The Sacred Plant”.  I think it’s an awesome “tool” to be used wisely for people who suffer from cancer and/or some type of chronic pain.  That is if you can find a supplier to make it for you because buying it on the “open market” is extremely pricey.

I ain’t gonna lie, I considered it for my TS son thinking it could possibly be an answer to eliminating his tics but there was no way I was going to encourage him to smoke it (big eye roll) so now what?  Well, I found that you could get it in oil form but the price tag for approximately a 5mL bottle was over $200, needless to say we never attempted that route.  I was never going to be a serious “buyer”, I just wanted to check it out, maybe give it a try.  We’ve done well with using essential oils to help him and they’ve done wonders so it was just something I “looked into”…very briefly.

But what if you could have the “effects” of the CBD without any of the psychedelic attributes AND pay ⅙ of the cost?!  Would you be willing to give it a try?

I’m here to tell ya, there’s something else (and no I’m not referring to the after world like Prince was lol)… it’s a new essential oil that doTERRA released last week called COPAIBA and there seems to be a lot of hype surrounding it.

Copaiba

First of all Copaiba essential oil is a unique blend of four different species.  It is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree which can grow upwards of more than 100 feet and can be found in tropical South America. Copaiba oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Since the 16th century, copaiba essential oil has been utilized in traditional health practices by the natives of north and northeastern Brazil.

Copaiba can help soothe anxious feelings and it can be applied to the skin to promote a clear, smooth complexion. Copaiba essential oil comes with a wide range of other supportive qualities including: nervous system, cellular support, cardiovascular health, digestive health, emotional balancing, immune support, inflammatory response, respiratory system and reducing neuronal excitability.

The most prevalent compound in Copaiba is the cannabinoid beta-caryophyllene (BCP). In fact our Copaiba essential oil contains 60% beta-caryophyllene.  Caryophyllene may be neuro-protective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that promotes immune health.

Copaiba and Cannabis share the same chemical compound however they are NOT to be confused as one in the same!!!

This is one time you don’t want to tune out as I talk about chemical compounds 🙂
CBD – interacts with CB1 receptors
THC – interacts with CB1 & CB2 receptors
BCP – interacts with CB2 receptors

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Cannabis and psychoactivity deals exclusively with CB1 receptors, which are concentrated in the brain and the central nervous system. Copaiba interacts with CB2 receptors, which are concentrated in the immune and endocrine system.  There is no THC in Copaiba therefore it is physically impossible to feel “high” like you would with Cannabis because the two simply don’t interact with the same receptors.
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CB2 receptors are found all throughout the body and have wide impacts on health. BCPs bind to these receptors and have a mountain of evidence to backup their support against temporary inflammation, easing tension and discomfort, providing protective effects on kidney and liver systems, provide protection against auto-immune disruptions, easing anxious and depressive feelings and even helping to abstain from unhealthy habits such as alcohol dependence!

CB2 activation is correlated with the concentration of BCP’s.  CBD oil is 35% BCP while Copaiba is 60%. This means that even if you are using high quality cannabis oil, it may be the BCP’s that are doing all the work in easing your health issues and you could switch to Copaiba and get even more relief.  Uh heller?  Do you need to read that again?  MORE BCP IN COPAIBA THAN CBD = POTENTIALLY MORE RELIEF!

But hey, listen if you’re already using essential oils, caryophyllene IS a cannabinoid and is in other oils, you just may not be aware (Black Pepper, Ylang Ylang, Melissa), of course nowhere near these concentrations or purity.  Another fact you may not be aware of (I wasn’t) is that BCP’s are also in plenty of foods.

Want to read more about caryophyllene? Check this out!

Using various usage models, beta-caryophyllene-rich Copaiba essential oil, through its activation of CB2 receptors, has the ability to positively influence our health in ways we are just beginning to understand!

Following is a phenomenal testimony shared on Facebook this last week:
Jim D / September 15 at 4:39pm
“Holy mother of all oils!!!
I was spending $385 a month on another oil (yes a 30 day supply for $385) that dōTERRA does not sell to get relief from the years of abuse my spine took through sports and a terrible auto accident. It’s effects would wear off after about 14 hours. But, wow! This oil here is $35 with your wholesale account and 2-3 drops 2-3 times a day is giving me the same results. I am blown away. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system similarly to other options that I mentioned above but for a fraction of the price and with zero negative side effects.
If some days you just wish you could make those nagging over stimulated nerves just stop, this is the oil for you. I wish I could say more but because I sell doterra oils I have to limit the way I share my personal experience. This is so good for so much.
Straight, undiluted 2-3 drops under my tongue three times daily and direct to the location.
And the other oil made me drowsy. Not so with this oil.”

Ready to give Copaiba Essential Oil a try?  Head over to my website and order yours today!  You can pay retail OR become a Wholesale Customer for $35 (like a Costco membership) and receive a 25% discount for one year (no purchase requirements).  Remember if you’re ready to fully jump on board this essential oil train you can purchase any enrollment kit and your enrollment fee is waived ❤

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of  Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤

**I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Vios ~ Plant Based Nutrition Review

There’s a new kid in town….
Vios Nutrition! Vios is Greek for LIFE ❤

I’m always looking to better my health and the health of my family so when I hear “Plant-based nutrition” (though we do eat meat) it always peeks my interest.  And then I hear the word “convenience”…well heck yeah, count me in (y)

THEN the real kicker—- “All Víos products contain quality certified organic ingredients, are gluten-free, non GMO and 100% vegan. There are no preservatives, nothing artificial, no fillers and no sugar added. Pure quality ingredients… the way nature intended.” so y’all know I was gonna check that out!

Vios Nutrition is a new, LOCAL (to me, NC) company and if I recall correctly they were just established in April, 2016 and reached $1 million in sales within their first year!!  WOW!

Víos currently only offers 2 products, PHYTE and Matrix.  With all the key words I look for in nutrition products I ordered “samples” of these products and anxiously awaited their arrival.

PHYTE is a phytonutrition greens supplement that contains a powerful proprietary blend of cereal grasses, spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa leaves, and other greens. This unique combination of greens provides essential vitamins, minerals and proteins, and promotes overall good health. PHYTE is rich in chlorophyll, which is vital for the synthesis and function of healthy oxygen-rich blood, boosting stamina and endurance. PHYTE also contains essential enzymes and fiber that aid in digestion and help maintain healthy pH balance.

It’s a concentrated super, whole food, grown without pesticides and harvested at the plants’ peak nutritional level.  There’s no added yeast, sugar, salt, egg, fats, flavors, gluten, dairy or preservatives making it a perfect fit for my family’s dietary needs (no beef, corn, dairy, eggs, gluten, sugar, wheat or yeast).

MATRIX is a complete, plant-based meal replacement shake with a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, natural vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, branched chain amino acids pre and probiotics, and high quality fiber. Matrix is whey-free, with no added sugar, salt, synthetic vitamins or minerals, fillers or preservatives. It is also dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and is USDA Certified Organic.

Matrix’s protein blend promotes muscle strengthening and conditioning; its fiber and carb blend helps boost stamina, energy and endurance; pre- and probiotics promote digestive health and support the body’s immune system; and its revolutionary adaptogen mix helps the body’s resistance to stress, anxiety and fatigue. Matrix is only 140 calories and contains 21 grams of protein.

Ingredients list is long but ALL REAL INGREDIENTS!! The protein comes from a blend of pea powder, millet powder, quinoa powder and pumpkin seed powder.  The adaptogen (herbs) blend consists of ashwagandha root, maca root and schizandra berry (uh yea, I had to look that one up too, it’s a real thing) powders.  Fiber in the mix is from golden flax seed, apple pectin, psyllium and aloe vera herb powders.  Then there’s a list of pre & probiotics as well as enzymes but those are some words that you won’t understand unless you already know what they are so I’m not gonna go into listing them 😉  Matrix also offers extracts of  vanilla, luo han guo, licorice and stevia.  Again, this product contains NO added yeast, sugars, salt, egg, dairy, synthetic vitamins or minerals, fillers or preservatives.

In the days leading up to arrival, I took a look at the owners and staff, and the business opportunity in the form of investment options.  Just think, what if YOU had gotten in on the bottom level of Facebook or Whole Foods, where would you be today?  I don’t have a plethora of cash laying around and there are lots of opportunity to spend what little there is on much needed repairs to our house but I started thinking…. “I’ve tried a lot of “vegan” proteins that leave a LOT to be desired, IF the Matrix was something I and my children could drink and would actually enjoy then there’s other people who are going to get excited about this product.  I mean look at our booming health food industry and the circle of “alternative options” is getting bigger, people are becoming more interested in “organic” products and wanting a “better way”…what if this is it?  What if I could take this high risk opportunity in a new company and it got BIG? What if my minimal investment actually paid off?”  I’ve never considered myself a dreamer and I’ve never (EVA) been a risk taker but my mind has been spinning with excitement, anticipation and what if’s!

THEN IT CAME!! My products arrived and I joyfully….sat them aside!  What was I waiting for?  I’d done all the research, I knew the products were good for me, all the anxious, giddy, excitement I had waiting (& studying) for them to get here and then I was afraid lol (yep that’s me, crazy like a fox).  BUT TODAY I BIT THE BULLET, I DID IT!

The PHYTE is your typical “greens” type powder, a dark, rich green that smells like…well, honestly, smells like grass haha (what else would you expect).  It contains barley grass, wheat grass, alphalfa leaf, sprouted barley, spirulina, chlorella, spinach leaf, nettle leaf and dandelion leaf with apple pectin, brown rice bran, beet juice powder and licorice root.  I have NEVER had a greens powder that I could drink in plain water so I did NOT attempt to do so this time either (though I may try it again just to see).  I added 1 c coconut water, 1 organic apple and juice of a 1/4 lemon with the greens pack and got it down with no problem!  Now, I ain’t gonna lie, I wasn’t as excited at the idea of trying the Phyte as I was the Matrix….I mean greens is greens am I right?  It looked rather disgusting but truly it didn’t taste bad at all.  I noticed almost immediately that I “felt” good, I felt healthy, I felt like I had gotten adequate “green” into my dietary which offered me a boost of “energy”.  I noticed I was being silly with my little, not my usual sarcasm but unbeknownst to me silly on her 9yo level haha.  Only downfall was that just including 2g protein I was still hungry.

Approximately 30-45 minutes later upon opening the Matrix I thought if it tastes half as good as it smells we have definitely picked a winner here.  Other vegan proteins I’ve had no matter what I added I couldn’t make it taste good enough to finish (bleeeeck) but I actually tasted this one just mixed with plain, unsweetened almond milk and it was “ok”, I mean I could’ve gotten it down and probably even finished it but wouldn’t have “enjoyed it”.  Like I said, OK, it had some what of a “dirt” taste BUTTTT once I added 6 cubes of ice and JUST a tsp of natural peanut butter….OHHH MYYY WORD!  I loved it!  Literally, it smelled like birthday cake (now my Dr. Axe whey protein smells like birthday cake and I love the taste but my son can’t have it because of the dairy), it didn’t have the “vanilla” taste I expected and there was no nasty aftertaste.  As a matter of fact the aftertaste was somewhat of a “sweetness” in my mouth 😀  Not only was it satisfying to my tastebuds but it was also pleasingly satiety (I never can use that word right)satisfying.  Didn’t make me feel FULL but satisfied…like I could’ve added another ounce or two with a tad more peanut butter and woulda been too much but just several more swigs woulda been good.

And added bonus which some will consider a TMI (but if you’ve stuck w/ me for long you know I’m all about sharing too much information haha) but within 30 mins (heck maybe less, because if was BEFORE this paragraph) I had my second BM today 🙂  (If y’all know my story, I used to go WEEKS and not have one but once I started watching what I ate and supplemented correctly I’m regular…but not regular like a “healthy body” should be.  Every time you eat, you should poop!  I’m typically 1-2x/day but it’s just now noon time and I’ve been 2x so whoop whoop)

I could’ve added the PHYTE and the MATRIX together rather than having two separate drinks but I wanted to be sure I tasted them individually

Bottom line, I will order MORE!
Not sure yet about the investment but it’s now something I’ve become MORE interested in since trying the products.  Just have to figure that out pretty quickly as that option is only available 6 more days (yikes)

OH…one more thing about the company…
“A key aspect of living The Víos Life is to help improve the communities where we live and serve, and to assist those who are less fortunate in the developing world. We are proud to partner with Hydrating Humanity, a faith-based non-profit humanitarian organization providing clean, safe water, hygiene training and hope for people in developing nations.

Each year, inadequate access to safe drinking water and improper sanitation cause an estimated 1.9 million deaths in developing countries, mostly among young children. Hydrating Humanity’s core purpose is to help connect resources to needs in developing nations throughout the world. It does this by first recognizing the strengths a particular community has, then partnering with that community to empower the people for a change, at a local level, that is sustainable long after Hydrating Humanity has left.

Víos is committed to supporting Hydrating Humanity’s critical mission. Each time a Brand Partner joins the Víos revolution, we provide six months of clean drinking water and hygiene training to a person in a developing nation, helping the organization to spread hope throughout the world.”

I ❤ ❤ ❤ working with a company that GIVES BACK!!

 

*Disclaimer – This review was written by hotsparkmama with no outside influence or any compensation from this company or their representatives.  I tried a new product that I enjoyed and wanted to share with others.  I will however, be looking into the investment opportunity with this new company, Vios Nutrition.

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Day #11 AdvoCare 24DC & cookie recipe

Where’d she go..go..go..go..goooooo?
Welp, she was up there in them hills a few days and there was all that catching up to do!

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10

Well…… here I am!  Coming humbly before you with my failures and my faults.  What kinda dumb dumb am I planning a cleanse when I’m going out of town?  Oh, I thought “I’m strong, I’m motivated, this is easy!”  Ummm… what was that about NO SUGAR!!! I did carry snacks and plenty of water everywhere we went and I stayed on track for breakfast every day (except the day we had Paula Deen’s fruit dip and “sweet piggies in a blanket”) :/ but then it pretty much went downhill from there HaHa  Seriously, I didn’t have a lot of sugar but I did have it each day… and the dairy? Well, I didn’t have icecream but I had this delicious grilled chicken with avocado, bacon, lettuce & tomato that I didn’t even realize had swiss until I was almost done!  I failed! Not miserably (because I truly enjoyed every minute) but I admit defeat.  But ya know what, GOD NEVER FAILS!  His love for us was the same when we were lost and throwing our lives away 🙂  He forgives us when we ask and loves through the hills and the valleys ❤
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I normally don’t check weight until Day #11 but because I was going out of town I wanted to know how well (or not) I was doing in order to determine how much it changed while out of town.  Easter morning (the day we left) I got up to find I’d lost 3 pounds (day #5), I didn’t have time to measure.  At my return (checked am on day #10) I had gained 2 lbs BUT ya wanna hear something funny?? I’d swear to you that 2 lbs was muscle!  We walked 6-9 miles, up and down hill every day (I always wall sit while brushing my teeth)  and my leg muscles feel every bit of it.  I don’t FEEL the 2 lbs (as strange as it sounds; I know because I used to laugh at people when they said it, I can FEEL when I gain/lose…).

Day #11

It’s time to change things up a little and add in the MNS! Helloooooo metabolism boost = energy!

Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
S/2 eggs w/ tenderloin 16 oz (2/meal MNS/2)
16 oz
E/Cabbage & quinoa w/ grilled chicken 16 oz
16 oz
S/Almonds 16 oz
Spark (16 oz) & Catalyst/3
S/Chocolate chip cookie (12 oz)
16 oz
E/Cabbage & quinoa leftovers 16 oz

The S-cookies recipe can be found here  🙂

For dinner I spent an hour and a half prepping for a homemade pizza!  I was super excited…cutting up fontina and mozzarella cheese, smushing tomatoes for sauce, chopping onions and spinach, even cutting pits out of olives for my husband… but THE DOUGH?!?!  I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!  I may have had too much oil on the parchment paper and it got mixed in with the dough but it wouldn’t flattened and the more I tried the worse it got, so I decided to ball it up and start over…then it got “hard” and when i tried to stretch it, it tore :/

It takes a little longer to get in the swing of things w/ the MNS because of the “30 minute before meal” pack.  IF you should happen to forget the “before lunch” you can take it before anything (snack or dinner) (y) you just don’t wanna leave it on an empty stomach.

I take the MNS-3 for overall health and weight management, it’s a couple $$ more expensive than the MNS-E or MNS-C but I don’t feel I need that extra E-Energy or C-Control.  If you’re completely unfamiliar w/ the MNS it’s a comprehensive multinutrient dietary supplement system that focuses on energy, wellness and appetite control.

“MNS® 3 is AdvoCare’s most comprehensive metabolic nutrition system. Not only will you benefit from appetite control and enhanced energy, you will also receive the best core nutrition with Coreplex®, CardioQ, Calcium Plus and OmegaPlex®.* lt’s a fantastic alternative for anyone looking for a lower-caffeine MNS® system in comparison to MNS® C or E.* For energy, appetite control and overall outstanding core nutrition and wellness, MNS® 3 is your answer.”

All day I’ve been singing a Dolly song (Why’d ya come in here looking like that w/ your cowboy boots and painted on jeans?  All dressed up like a cowgirl’s dream.  Why’d ya come in here looking like that?) HaHa but now there’s that “second verse, same as the first” (remember that from GHOST? lol).  I feel like I’m “stuck” here…like I’m starting over AGAIN, ON DAY 12! Pray for me y’all, I ain’t gonna lie, closer I get to 50 the more I realize it’s getting a little harder to drop than the first time :/  But that’s OK!  Weight is just a number, as long as I’m HEALTHY, I’m happy 🙂

Regardless of whether you are FOR OR AGAINST vaccinations this documentary is a must see!  Click here for access—–> The Truth About Vaccinations  THIS IS A REPLAY FOR THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

 

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24DC is over…now what

Your 24DC is over!!!!  Did you re-measure and weigh this am?  How were your results? Were you pleasantly surprised, right where you expected or disappointed?

My results weren’t phenominal but I’ll take it!  I have a total 6” lost (2.5 bust, 2.5 waist and 1 hips) and 6.6 lbs (clap clap clap) but I FEEL GOOD and that’s the important part.  All of my loss came strictly from eating as the only workout I did was wall-sits and squats while brushing my teeth and tric-cep dips.  Imagine how good results could’ve been if I had WORKED OUT!  

Breakfast was a celebration——–> CHOCOLATE WAFFLE

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30 minutes before breakfast 1st MNS, Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1

BREAKFAST: Chocolate Waffle/E (Pg 265 Cookbook) w/ coconut whip and strawberry pieces (both with meal MNS pks) *doubled the recipe for 3 belgian waffles and the whole family was happy!! ❤

SNACK:  Grilled nuggets/FP

30 minutes before lunch last MNS

LUNCH:  Leftover “perfect pizza”/S

30 minutes before snack ½ scoop of Spark

SNACK:  Apple slices w/ PB and few grapes

DINNER:  Chicken Tortilla Soup/E

Of course my celebration continued and took a turn for the worst :/  That neglect bug hit when I left for school, not only did I forget my snack bag, I forgot to give the kids their lunches.  After hitting Whole Foods and finding their organic fruit a lil’ too organic (meaning rotten) I decided to run by Harris Teeter.  As of late HT has had a great organic section….but before I could get there my hunger kicked in and my shopping morning was just getting started (uh oh).  My buggy started filling will organic apples, romaine, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers AND zucchini….but then I couldn’t take it any more.  See there’s a Starbucks in this store right next to bathroom (which I absolutely couldn’t avoid any longer) AND I had a freebie on my SBX card that was going to expire so YEP, I HAD to do it!  Immediately thereafter the headache started raging.  THEN at the ballgame I succumbed to the pressure of a friend not wanting to eat alone so I joined her 😦  I have never been tempted by the nasty ballgame concessions even though everyone around me is coming in w/ corn dogs, bbq sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers and chicken sandwiches.  Not to mention all the candy bars and soft drinks.  I know they have to feel rotten, bloated and themselves a lil’ deep fried.  But standing in that line those fries looked so good smothered in cheese…….THEY WERE NOT GOOD!  The fries were limp and the cheese has NO flavor!! However, I ate them because I paid for them and I regretted every minute of it.  Especially when some of my friends looking to me for guidance caught me! #ohtheshame  Needless to say I will NOT be stepping on the scales in the morning, I already FEEL bad!

So now that your challenge is over—WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?  The best advice I can give you is to keep up your momentum and MAKE A PLAN for the following months!  If you don’t have any support I’m more than willing to be you accountability partner and help you keep on track.  I’m pretty sure I’ve shared my 25+ regimen but I keep up w/ my MNS3, Catalyst and ThermoPlus (I have the FiboTrim and CarbEase but I haven’t made any conclusions about how well those work just yet).  Depending on your needs there are several options to choose from.  If you don’t already have an AdvoCare advisor to turn to let me know and I’ll help you get together your own plan but if you already know what your next step is going to be just head on over to my website and get your orders placed ❤

 

**DISCLAIMER: This website (including any/all site pages, blog posts, blog comments, forum, videos, audio recordings, etc.) is not intended to replace the services of a physician, nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Information is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating a medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have an urgent medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider. Any application of the recommendations from this blog is at the reader’s discretion. AdvoCare is not liable for any direct or indirect claim, loss or damage resulting from use of this website and/or any web site(s) linked to/from it. I am an independent distributor of AdvoCare and I simply share my personal experiences with said products

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Day 24 ALL IN 24DC & THM

Well here we are…we’ve reached the end of our Challenge!  Give yourselves a pat on the back (y)  How do you feel?  How well do you think you did reaching for your goals?  DON’T recheck your weight and measurements until TOMORROW morning!!!  Ewwww I got tingles I’m so excited, I can’t wait to hear your results! What goodies did you plan for rewarding your success?

 

Day 24 / February 4

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.  

BREAKFAST –  MRS or Pumpkin Smoothie/E (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets)

SNACK –  Tapioca Pudding Shake/E

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:   Mixed greens salad/FP w/ rotisserie chicken and slim belly dressing

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30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed 😉

SNACK:   Organic cheese stick and strawberries/E (and nibbled on chicken bites shredding for dinner)

DINNER:  Wipe Your Mouth BBQ/E (Pg 43 Cookbook), Swiss Bread/FP (Pg 196 Cookbook) and Roasted Sweet Potatoes/E (w/ coconut oil and cinnamon)

Pumpkin Smoothie
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 frozen bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie seasoning
2-3 drops Protective Blend essential oil
1 cup ice
*for dairy free option, nix the yogurt (creminess) and add water, the ice will give you the smoothie consistency you want (y) However if you leave out the yogurt which is your protein source be sure to add some protein (and I only used ONE small banana).

Dinner was a very quick and easy process because I pulled the chicken off a pre-cooked rotissere and the sauce was simply all the ingredients thrown in the Vitamix (woohoo).  I was so excited about it thinking “ALL my family loves BBQ!” but sadly I must admit it wasn’t nearly as good as I’d hoped.  I think I warmed it so long that it was almost soupy :/  Little bit took maybe 3 bites and then opted for plain chicken.  Son looked at it and said, “Nah, I’m not hungry” and the husband, well….

Well now you all know what I eat in a day…or in 24 days rather 🙂  I hope you’ve enjoyed all the good foods (and even the not so good ones) during your 24DC.  Did you feel deprived at all?  (If you’d have let me know I’d sure have given you “better” options for whatever you were wanting).  Were you brave enough to implement the THM plan/meals or did you stick strictly to meat and no taters?  What’s your next step now that your challenge is over?

I don’t know about you but I ain’t gonna lie—-I did NOT put in enough exercise to really have the amazing results w/ this challenge that I had intended :/  (hey, at least I’m honest about it).  On average there’s a 10 lb, 10” loss during a 24DC but I’m pretty sure I didn’t reach that!  We shall see tomorrow!  If you didn’t either DO NOT FRET!  You have removed some built-up toxins and you should be feeling like the hot mama you truly are!  Do your clothes feel loose?  Do you need new panties cause your grannies are falling off? LOL~  Don’t give up!  It took you more than 24 days to get to where you are (or were 24 days ago haha) so it’s gonna take more than 24 days to get it all off!  Good health/nutrition is a constant work in progress!

Total water consumption 104 oz
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Day 23 ALL IN 24DC & THM

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Day 23 / February 3

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST – MRS or PB&J Greek Yogurt/FP (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets) **See note

SNACK – Costco Samples

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH: Chipotle Chicken Bowl w/ Brown Rice & Black Beans (because I ate it ALL and added light cheese and light sour cream I’m pretty sure I was pushed in XO)

30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed 😉

SNACK: ½ slice of birthday cake

DINNER: 1 slice of pizza

Big day, big day, big day!!! My husband’s 50th birthday AND my little FINALLY goes back to schools with a two hour delay (loud, crazy applause)! Breakfast was honey’s favorite scrambled cheesy eggs (I had lots of extra egg yolks but only two eggs therefore I did not get to partake I had another yogurt cup w/ peanut junkie butter & slim belly jelly), natural sausage and gluten-free toast. Although there was a two hour delay the little doesn’t get in any kind of hurry for anything. Meaning we were in a usual hurried rush out the door, however I did grab my water bag knowing that I needed to make a trip to Costco. You know what that means right? Chipotle! I neglected to grab snacks not realizing that I had a couple of other errands to run that would wind up keeping me out until pick time at school (insert sad face, about the snacks, not the pick HaHa). I thought well I’ll just make a quick run thru Chick-fil-A for more grilled nuggets and fruit cup (I have become slightly addicted to those—-that’s why they made it the freebie for the January calendar card!)….but then I decided to just opt for an early lunch.

Now my lunch delima was do I make this an E or S meal? My yogurt/FP breakfast was wearing off quickly as I was already somewhat hungry and it being my husband’s birthday we might go out to dinner so I just went all out and got all the toppings….then ate the entire bowl (what? YES I DID!). Usually when I got to Costco I’m not tempted by the samples….because they’re not out yet lol but today O-H M-Y G-O-O-D-N-E-S-S they were everywhere! I had my snack there 🙂 (1 bit of GF bread w/ smear of salmon dip, 1 GF rice cracker w/ sliver of salmon, 2 bites of kielbasa, 1 bit of Healthy Choice fudgesicle, 2 bits of a potato skin, 1 bite of nasty chicken patty and 2 bits of a veggie patty. All in all this was actually just a FP).

I had all intentions of fixing my husband the THM Basic Cheesecake but because I was out all day and thinking we’d go out before church I got itchy and ran by my cousin’s restaurant to buy a ¼ Strawberry Red Velvet cake (talk about wide-eyed look). This bad boy is FULLA sugar, margarine, gluten, unhealthy fats and bad carbs but the taste is oh so good….at least until the sugar headache kicked in then I wanted to take a long walk off a short pier :/ Luckily tho I only ate the top layer and shared the rest w/ the little (y) THEN to top off the whole foodie fiasco of the day (oh foodie fiasco, that’s a good recipe website) hubby did NOT want to go out but wanted a frozen, GF pizza with ham and pineapple so I had a slice of that for dinner

Total water consumption 88 oz

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Day 22 ALL IN 24DC & THM

Oh what a wonderful, wonderful day, day I shall never forget (haha I always have a song in my head and this is just the ONE that’s sticking this morning—-way better than the lil’ mexican restaurant diddy I started with)…  I DO feel absolutely amazing this morning!  This is gonna be a lil’ TMI so if you get easily offended jump ahead 😉  What is it about this way of eating that keeps me “going” so well?  It’s those good healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil and omega/fish oils) with lots of non-starchy, high fiber veggies that truly are keeping things moving but there’s also the magnesium (y)   I know from experience that when making drastic diet changes sometimes the digestive system takes a huge toll and can take a week or two (and maybe even longer for someone coming from a high processed, high sugar diet).  When all the other tricks seemed to fall short I found that constipation was easily alleviated with the addition of a magnesium supplement (citrate or oxide).  Magnesium is depleted from modern soils and is essential for nerve and brain health.  It is also a natural relaxant and loosens the bowels without causing addiction to laxatives (we do NOT want to take laxatives!!!).  Magnesium citrate is a more expensive supplement and typically used more for a chronic constipation issue (it’s actually in the that nasty stuff you have to drink before having a colonoscopy) and the oxide is more easily found and rather inexpensive.  DO NOT take too much magnesium as it can cause diahrrea.  A funny side effect I found when I started taking the magnesium is that it also helped me sleep (whoop whoop)

My tips for relieving occasional constipation:

Start your morning regimen with a Cleanse & Detox Smoothie

Drink a fresh squeezed lemon in warm water first thing in the morning

Chia or flax seeds to every shake, smoothie or oatmeal

Eat 2 stalks of celery each day

If you make puddings the addition or gluccomannan or gelatin are beneficial for the bowels

PRUNES!  I even add to smoothies for my kids because it helps “hide” the taste (which truly isn’t that bad)

Consider adding 1 Tbsp of Psyllium Husk to a recipe or glass of water (I recommend adding it to eggs because “drinking” it is worse than chugging the fiber drinks)

Exercise

For more information on Magnesium refer to this blog post——> https://hotsparkmama.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/what-do-you-know-about-being-busy-and-magnesium/

 

Day 22 / February 2

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST –  MRS or Greek Yogurt/FP (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets) **See note

SNACK –  Choc Skinny Chip Muffin/S (Pg 279 Cookbook)

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:   Grilled chicken nuggets and small fruit cup/E

30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed 😉

SNACK:   (too much) Popcorn

DINNER:  Smoothie (spinach, ½ banana, handful of strawberries & protein)

Today was a GGMS day for me!
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I woke up feeling so fantastic I didn’t feel like I really needed a Spark to get me going and because I’ve just come out of the meneires fog I didn’t want the added caffeine (y)

I fixed the family some THM Pancakes however I only seemed to have the yokes of eggs and these pancakes are an E meal with the use of egg whites only so I altered the recipe but then decided it wouldn’t fit into MY schedule.  So I decided to switch up my ½ c yogurt snack into a 1 c meal.  My lil’ said, “These are the best pancakes ever” and I added some pumpkin and pumpkin spice for the hubs.  His response, “Goodness honey, these look like for real restaurant style pancakes” lol~  As exciting as it was for them to be so pleased I was even more excited about my own concoction (which he shared and also loved, wished he’d had it as a pancake topping).  Just before the snow hit I got some Fage 0% Greek Yogurt (1 cup has 0 fat, 9 carbs and 23 protein!  We do not count the carbs in our protein source so this is considered FP) and I laid in bed last night thinking about that slim belly jelly I’d made, which turned to peanut junkie butter and I thought wow PB&J yogurt would probably be really tasty :p  I added 1 tsp of each and then of course the idea of the handy dandy chocolate sauce hit and Boo-yah! a yummy, healthy and delish quick breakfast was created 🙂

Today marks day 8 of no school for the lil’ and being cooped up in this house so I told her we HAD to get out.  She is a true homebody and never wants to leave so I had to remind her that daddy’s 50th birthday is tomorrow so it is a necessity that we go buy a card (she makes all our cards and “shops” in her room so she is prepared but I totally have not kept up w/ the date and have to go BUY a card!)

What’s the deal w/ popcorn?  How does it fit in?  Good or bad?  Popcorn is a great snack IF YOU’RE POPPING it yourself!  Popcorn is an E snack that should not be consumed daily and should not be had as a meal!  Portion should be kept at 4-5 cups of popped kernels. BUT that’s without butter (no more than 1 tsp) and just using seasonings (I like nutritional yeast).  But that’s NOT what I did! :/  I had the GMO, over-salted, over abundant MOVIE popcorn and I’m betting it WAS in excess of 3 cups!

 

Total water consumption 88 oz

 

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Days 18-19 ALL IN 24DC & THM

Day 18 / January 29

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST –  MRS or Fussless FP Quiche (Pg. 151 Cookbook) (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets) **see note

SNACK –  Cocoprotein/FP

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:   Rotisserie chicken w/ Troodles and Spinach/S  (this would’ve been FP had I not included Olive Oil for cooking)

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30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed (or uh wanted) 😉

SNACK:    I did have lunch however it escapes me WHAT it was lol~

DINNER:  (leftover) Creamy Chicken/S

**This morning we already have over 1” of snow and it’s supposed to keeping falling through the next two days which makes me think I NEED SATISFYING S meals.  I had planned the FP Fussless Quiche for breakfast but opted to make it an S by using the whole egg, not just the egg white!  The addition of the psyllium husk made it “bready” Mmmmm (you can totally make this dish without that ingredient but it may leave you wanting a slice of toast)

Seriously the cocoprotein drinks have saved me!  I try to keep these on hand for last minute and on-the-go (ballgame) fillers but days like today when I’m sitting in front of the computer all day and I cannot find the time to get up and prepare or even warm.  WIth my lil’ being sickly I’ve gotten THREE classes behind on my nutrition course and then Facebook has made some changes on how often you can post so my Paparazzi Bling party was interrupted last night so I’m having to wait 3-5 minutes between post but make sure I get all 100+ pictures uploaded.

Total water consumption 96 oz

 

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It occurred to me upon waking this morning that I haven’t shared the GGMS or Shrinker Tea w/  y’all!!  Where have I been? GGMS aka good girl moonshine (Pg 397 Cookbook) is great to get you going in the mornings (because sometimes I just do not want the caffeine of the Spark or the tart of just lemon water)!  Contrary to the name of this drink it does NOT contain alcohol so don’t worry about going to work loot HaHa  The ACV (apple cider vinegar) is the only buzz you’ll have going on 😉  ACV and ginger are both considered superfoods and powerful digestive aids.  GGMS detoxifies, clarifies, alkalizes your body and aids in weight loss.  The pinterest link above will give you so many flavor options for the GGMS but my favorite is the Strawberry-Lime (though I typically use lemon) (y).  Also GGMS is considered FP so you don’t have to worry about switching fuels (but careful when adding extras like fruit–i use strawberries–because too many will put you into E territory).  The Shrinker Tea/FP is another favorite of mine and what I used (originally) to help me get off the Starbucks kick a couple years ago (that I stupidly picked back up when the Pumpkin Spice showed up in the fall). Shrinker Tea is praised for it’s ability to help shrink fat cells (what??).  It’s combined thermogenic-boosting ingredients promote energy and help speed your metabolism.  It is NOT to replace a meal or snack but it helps resist the urge to nibble during prep times or to not OVER-snack.  Someone asked me “if this is considered a thermogenic booster should I still take my ThermoPlus”.  YES!  Only taking ONE ThermoPlus in the mornings sometimes I find I need another “kick” later in the day and this drink is a great one (but the oolong tea DOES have caffeine so just be aware of when you drink one of these if you’re planning to have Spark in the afternoon).  I have JUST this morning ordered my Vitamin C powder to try the Singing Canary…more details to come.

Day 19 / January 30

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST –  MRS or Pumpkin Waffe/E @ahomewithpurpose.com (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets)

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SNACK –  **

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:   Tuna w/ cukes and babybel cheese

30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed (or uh wanted) 😉

SNACK:    Skinny chocolate/S

DINNER:  2 slices of UDI’s bread (1 w/ cheese and 1 w/ natural peanut butter)

Lil’ bit woke up EARLY but feeling much better today (woohoo), good enough to fix breakfast for everyone!  But basically the rest of the day was a total BUST!  Shortly after breakfast rather than making oat flour, almond milk, almond flour and mixing all-purpose gluten-free flour I was IN THE BED!  Praise the Lord for my oils because my body has definitely been fighting against the sickness that has gone through my home w/ the kids these last 2.5-3 weeks.  I’m NOT sick but my head feels “off”.  Let me explain that my meneires disease doesn’t tolerate barometric pressure and my head can tell when there’s drastic changes or a “front” pushing through!  I know, I know, you’re wondering what the what?  Ménière’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear. It makes my head feel heavy and what I call “FLOOPY”.  It was once explained to me by the neurologist as a severe sodium-potassium imbalance.  I have found (other than the weather) a couple of my biggest triggers are STRESS and NUTRITION!  Today episode seemed to be paired w/ stress!  I have discovered that my lil’ doesn’t tolerate antibiotics!  They make her rather mean, extremely moody and dangerously brave (w/ her attitude) and another weird thing is that she CANNOT take antibiotics and acetaminophen at the same time or else she breaks out into a rash :/

The ONLY thing that alleviates the meneires symptoms is REST!  If I can catch a spell coming on before it hits me, I use my oils to help.  I can keep nausea at bay with Ginger and Peppermint then I use a blend mixed with Grounding and Calming oils to help me relax enough to doze.  My lil’ checks on me periodically and brings me the oils or tells me which one I need to be using 🙂  She’s pretty smart about em!  (Wondering where to buy essential oils?)

Because most of my day was spent in the bed my bouts of getting up was specifically to eat but when I feel this way I have a hard time being up for longer periods of time….therefore my nutrition was put on the back burner!  Slept through the first snack.  Managed to be up long to throw together a quick lunch and then for dinner the kid had some cheese toast and thought it might be good for me ❤  I don’t typically eat bread unless it’s some that I’ve made but that wasn’t happening today!  But I’m not gonna beat myself up about it!  Tomorrow is a new day and I’ll be back on track (y)

Total water consumption 80 oz

 

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Day 17 ALL IN 24DC & THM

Here’s a few tips for preparing your next meal plan…

#1  Be sure to have your calendar handy (already filled out w/ school-vacation days, ballgames and other misc. appointments).  I know on away game days it will not be feasible to have a sit-down family dinner so I must plan for a crockpot meal or prepared meal that can easily be warmed up and/or something easily portable.

#2  Be realistic!  Don’t try to “out do” your last good meal.  If you’re unsure if it’s suitable for your kids don’t attempt a new dish.

#3  Give yourself some grace.  Just like I do!  I may not fix what’s scheduled for today or I may not fix anything that’s ON plan.  This is just life and things happen.  Ya know that saying “Choose your battles”, don’t let what you eat stress you out.

#4  Prep as much as you can ahead of time.  I’m telling ya this is where I big time fail.  I’m notorious for NOT looking at a new recipe and realzing there’s something that needs to be prepared ahead of time (aka the DF cheese sauce for enchilada casserole).  I am however pretty good about chopping and dicing veggies when I bring them home.  I’ve even gone so far as to pre-cook a lot of meat and freeze them for quicker meals.  I also make a large batch of quinoa and freeze in individual size pkgs according to E or S meals.

#5  Look at your plan every morning and every evening.  Before I go to bed each night I look at it to see what’s for breakfast and if I need to have something “setting” in the fridge or crockpot—well I don’t ALWAYS but that’s my intention lol~ But even though I do forget to look at night sometimes, I usually do check it out in the morning because there’s always meat to thaw.

 

Day 17 / January 28

With your morning Spark you will take your 1st packet on the MNS sleeve, marked “30 minutes before breakfast” and if you’re using Catalyst/3 and ThermoPlus/1 you’ll take these now.

BREAKFAST –  MRS or Cinnamon Bun Muffins w/ Whipped No-Cream topping (take both “with meal” MNS/White packets)

SNACK – Cocoprotein/FP

30 minutes before lunch take your last MNS/Yellow packet

LUNCH:  Pork loin steak over Troodles/FP (no oil)

30 minutes before snack take Catalyst/3 and spark if needed (or uh wanted) 😉

SNACK:  Tapioca Chia Shake/E

DINNER:  Turkey Chili w/ (leftover) Cheddar Biscuits/S

SNACK:  Poop—-Macaroon Cookies/S 😉

I have a delima!  There’s snow on the ground, minimal at present but we’re about to get dumped on the next couple of days.  I’m in a panic!  “What if I don’t have enough food?” LOL~

Another delima—-today’s breakfast of choice may be a THM Crossover (not conducive for weight loss) but it’s well within the realm of AdvoCare friendly!! ❤ This delish muffin from thebigmansworld are yum-O

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I’ve calculated the numbers!  I whole heartedly think that even though there’s oat flour, coconut flour and the use of flax eggs in this recipe of 10 muffins, keeping your serving to TWO muffins puts you in FP territory and depending on the amount of Whipped No-Cream topping you could move into S.  But yay go Advo friendly muffins and make your topping with the vanilla meal replacement shake thinned with water for “icing” Mmmmm :p  http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/10/21/healthy-flourless-sticky-cinnamon-bun-muffins/

Though we’ve been oiling the lil’ and she seemed on the uphill path, with the impending aspect of a blizzard haha, hubby wanted me to take her to the doctor today to get checked out.  She tested positive for strep :/  We haven’t had antibiotics in THREE YEARS!  The doctor told me that strep DOES go away w/o treatment (just takes longer) but basically the only reason they “treat” it is to prevent complications.  Her left ear has clear fluid but all is well there.  So we’re STILL implementing oils to boost her immunity and to offer symptom relief but we’re administering medication to kill the bad and good bacteria 😦  (She asked can we just take HALF of what they say? HaHa)

Ya know that saying when life gives you lemon make lemonade?  Well that’s how I feel about my tapioca chia pudding…when it don’t “set”, make a shake!  It still tastes good, you can drink it like a smoothie but I added some frozen strawberries to put me in E territory and give it the consistency of a shake (y)

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My “freestyle” method for THM is not pleasant (you can see the struggle I had w/ my breakfast this morning) so it works best for me to eat strictly THM recipes.  But some THM mama’s have the bigger struggle of getting stuck in a rut with the same fuel type.  I desperately try to switch things up a bit but I tend to like me S/Satisfying meals

Total water consumption 92 oz

 

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