• Dec

    Top 10 Stocking Stuffers

    by Rachael Lamb
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    It’s crunch time!  The big day is only 5 away  - – are you still scrambling for gift ideas?  Check out this list of super-cool stocking stuffers that will have you one-up on Santa this year!

    10. Trail Blazers Gear!

    Check out their merch: www.trailblazersfanshop.com










     9. Keychain Cable

    On the go and forgot your charger?  Bet you didn’t forget your keys!  This USB attaches to your keyset and makes charging on the go NBD.











     8. A Fun Shower Curtain

    Check out others at: http://www.dotandbo.com/category/bed-and-bath/bath/shower-curtain





















    7. Sriracha 2 Go!

    This is pure Genius. http://sriracha2go.com/














    6. A Multi-Tool

    Perfect for the bike commuter in your life –  A multi-tool like this one from Crank Brothers can perform 19 different functions so that a cyclist doesn’t need to have 19 different tools handy for a variety of repairs.

    Check out more bike gear:  http://www.bicycle-touring-guide.com/bicycle-inspired-stocking-stuffers/










    5. A Gift from Oregon!

    Portland is home to some amazing local artisans and small businesses.  Show your Oregon Pride and get them something made from here! Check out this Oregon-made sea salt!

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    4. Zippo Hand Warmer

    Also, genius. Check it out!










    3. Game Night

    Get a gift that’ll bring you together .  ’Cards Against Humanity’ also offers a free download version ! http://cardsagainsthumanity.com/








    2. Mushy Stuff

    How about an “I Love You Cuz” book – - buy a fill-in-the-blanker or make one yourself!







    THE #1 STUFFER OF THE YEAR:  Health, Convenience, Flavor!

    Let us cater to your loved ones this holiday season – Get ‘em a Farm to Fit Gift Certificate! http://farmtofit.com/shop/gift-certificates-2/





    Healthy, delicious meals delivered to their doorstep – because, what is more valuable than health and time?!







    Happy Holidays!




















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  • Dec

    Friday Lunch Highlight : Falafel Sandwich

    by Rachael Lamb
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    Farm To Fit Falafel Friday

    Served with warm pita and drizzled with tazitki or tahini sauce, this traditionally middle-eastern dish is usually eaten with “meze” (appetizer).  The name ‘falafel’ (with it’s origin in Arabic)  has been spread and translated in other languages as ‘pepper’ , ‘long pepper’, ‘small round thing, peppercorn’,  ”to be round, roll”, “rollers, little balls”.   Falafel’s true origin is controversial – though most believe it dates back to Pharaonic Egypt.  Origin aside, these crispy little guys are so popular that McDonald’s introduced a ‘McFalafel’ in some countries!  And, though not a specifically a Jewish food (but popular because considered pareve under Jewish dietary laws) , falafel is the national dish of Israel! What’s all in it? Falafel is prepared by soaking chickpeas, fava beans, (or a combination), then mashing the beans with herbs like parsley, garlic, cumin and coriander.  The batter is formed into small patties that are traditionally fried, but can also be baked (as our Chef Jeremy has prepared them).  Falafel is high in protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. Chickpeas are also low in fat and salt and contain no cholesterol. Key nutrients are calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, thiamine, pantothenic acid, vitamin B, and folate.  Falafel can be eaten alone or in a salad, but is most often enjoyed sandwich-style in a pita or wrapped in a lafa.  Whether you’re eating from a stand, cart, or restaurant, a ‘toppings bar’ is typical – and stuffing your falafel-filled pita is encouraged, though eating it may prove to be  difficult! Check this out! The current record for largest falafel ball is: 74.75 kg (164.4 lb), set on 28 July 2012 in Amman, Jordan.


      If you missed Farm to Fit’s rendition of Falafel this week, give Portland’s Wolf & Bear’s a try – on SW 10th st, NE Mississippi, or SE 28th!

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  • Dec

    Meet Your Crew!

    by Rachael Lamb
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    Team Member: Madi Taylor
    Position: Food Packager and Delivery Driver
    Delivery Route: Downtown NW

    How long have you been with F2F: “7 Months”

    Favorite Music to pack bags to: “90′s hip hop/R&B”

    Favorite F2F dish to eat: “All of the salads”

    Best part about working here: “The crew is awesome, and…it’s fun!”

    If you could deliver F2F to one person dead or alive who would it be?: “All of the spice girls”

    Favorite Holiday activity: “Cutting down Christmas trees! – Also, dressing up- you know, nice bow tie”

    Best place in Portland to get a non-healthy snack: “The burger at Bar-Bar”






    Headin’ out

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  • Dec

    Portland 3 Month Weight Loss Journey {Week 6}

    by G. Scott Brown
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    Can you lose 20 pounds in 12 weeks? This woman did!


    Portland  3 Month Weight Loss Journey {Week 6}

    Hello there weight loss journey readers! Is anyone else happy that it wasn’t a holiday this week? Fewer holidays = less obligatory eating, boredom eating, stress eating…and all those other things that usually make us eat more!

    This week I was able to kick back, heat up my delicious meals, and focus on life. My hand wanted to type “focus on food”, but honestly, since I’ve been eating Farm to Fit, my focus hasn’t been on food (Thank you farm to fit!!!!)

    My days and time are a little freed up. I don’t have much of a reason to go to the grocery store (my hubby is left to his own devices in the food department right now), I haven’t had to plan out recipes and I’m not doing a bunch of cleaning and cooking. So, I’m a happy camper! Oh and in case you are wondering…I lost 1 more pound this week!


    • Anyone else wondering what happened to “daylight”?? Less light has left me with a little less motivation to get my buns to the gym (or maybe that’s just my excuse).


    • One pound down this week!
    • I put my jeggings on!! If you don’t know my “jeggings” back story, check out my week 1 blog post. I’m not quite sliding into them, like I’d like, but I think in a few weeks, I’ll be back in ;)
    • I have a wedding to go to in Chicago this coming weekend and I’m not afraid of getting a picture taken of myself (if you’ve struggled with weight, you know what I’m talking about)

    Do you have a struggle or triumph to share? I’d LOVE to hear about it! I’ll be back next week after taking a 4 day break from Farm to Fit whilst traveling to Chicago. Wish me luck!!

    Farm to Fit Plan: 7 days at 1200 calories

    Weight Lost: 4 pounds

    Weight to lose to reach goal: 16 pounds

    Weeks Left to Reach Goal: 7

    XO, Anna

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  • Dec

    Meet Your Crew!

    by Rachael Lamb
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    Team Member:  Ernesto Pong

    Position:  Dishwasher and Prep Cook

    How long have you been with F2F:  “3 months”

    Favorite Music to work to:  “Rock”

    Favorite F2F dish to eat:  “Paella”

    Best part about working here:  “Getting the dishes done”

    Favorite Holiday dish:  “Flan”

    Favorite non-healthy food:  “Pizza”


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  • Dec

    Tricks of the Trade!

    by Rachael Lamb
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    It’s the most wonderful time
     of year again! Where holiday parties and other celebratory get-togethers seem endless – where Food, Glorious Food, calls us to gather and enjoy.  And that is how it should be! For, what is Christmas without grandma’s sticky buns – or Hanukka without Bobi’s crispy latkes?! Food brings us together because it’s comforting, and in unwinding we are able to take stock of the things and people we are thankful for.

    This time of year can also be stressful, however, as healthy food options fly right out the window in the face of traditional favorites. And the rain and cold don’t help matters- “a crisp green salad…. or some baked mac and cheese?” The answer: Duh . So yes, it is that time of year again, where dieting and choosing healthy food can feel extremely difficult.  But do not fear! This holiday season, take back some of the control AND enjoy your hearty casserole!  It’s really as simple as substituting healthier ingredients for the ones high in fat and calories. For example, take scalloped potatoes - 


    A 10 oz serving  has 378 calories, 20 g of fat, and 78 g of cholesterol – and that’s just a side dish!  Add some sweet potato casserole, green beans and fried onions, baked honey ham, creamed spinach, warm buns & butter- what have you, and, well, what you have is an entire day’s worth of calories sitting on your dinner plate.  (And, before we move on, let’s be real:  indulging in good food during the holidays is not a bad thing.  But, for those who are determined to stay on track this holiday season, indulging can be dangerous ground – especially when there are more than just a one or two opportunities to do so.)   But when we substitute fat-free milk, for whole milk, or omit ham altogether, we can come up with a recipe that we can enjoy without the guilt.  For example:

    Scalloped Potatoes                  

                                                                                                                                                                                          5-6 meduim potatoes, pared and sliced
                                                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup butter                                                -  instead use: 2 TBSP butter and olive oil spray
                                                                                                                                                                                          1/2 cup flour                                                   - instead use: no flour
                                                                                                                                                                                          salt and pepper to taste
                                                                                                                                                                                          3 cups whole milk                                          – instead use: 1 cup reduced fat milk
                                                                                                                                                                                          3 cups ham, cooked                                      – instead use: herbs like nutmeg, thyme, garlic, sage
                                                                                                                                                                                         1 large onion, chopped
                                                                                                                                                                                         1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded           - instead use: 3/4 cup reduced-fat cheddar

    With those alterations we end up with a casserole that has 180 calories and 5 g fat in an 8 oz serving!  That is more than half of the caloric amounts in the original recipe!  Smart cooking is fun, and it is our specialty at Farm to Fit.  Chef Jeremy is constantly thinking about what substitutions he can use to whip up delicious, healthy versions of all our favorites.  Some of his suggestions are:

    1.  Substitute egg whites for eggs – this cuts down on the calories, fat, and cholesterol without costing the protein

                2.  Saute your onions in stock instead of fat

    3.  Substitute applesauce or low-fat sour cream for butter or oil

    4.  Consider roasting your vegetables with a scant amount of olive oil instead of sauteing them in fat

    5. Trim fat off of your meats before you cook them – also, skim fat off the top of soups

    6. Substitute turkey for beef in burgers, casseroles, chili, etc. to reduce calories and fat

    7.  Look for 95/5 (beef to fat ratio) beef at the store – most ground beef is 80/20

    8.  Use stevia in place of refined sugar – it is calorie-free!

    9.  Substitute zucchini, eggplant, squash, etc. for pasta or any other starchy carb – you might surprise yourself at how good it tastes!

    The holidays are the perfect time to try some of these ‘tricks of the trade’.  With some conscious effort, eating can be stress and guilt free!  Along with ingredient substitutions, here are some other healthy eating tips to keep you on track these next few weeks (and beyond)!

    1.  Don’t skip breakfast!  You’ll be less likely to over-indulge later

    2. Stay hydrated – it’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger

    3. Choose wisely – Pick the foods you only get to eat a few times a year, don’t waste calories on things you may get to eat any day of the year!  Fill your plate with lower calorie items first, such as salads, then add smaller portions of richer foods.

    4.  Limit intake of alcohol – A glass of wine has 125 calories!

    5. Plan activities with family and friends that don’t focus on food –  walking, sledding, skating, shopping, games, crafts, etc.

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  • Dec

    Portland 3 Month Weight Loss Journey {Week 5}

    by G. Scott Brown
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    Can you lose 20 pounds in 12 weeks? This woman did!

    Portland  3 Month Weight Loss Journey {Week 5}

    Hello there weight loss journey readers! I’m sure you are reading this and excitedly awaiting my annoyingly fabulous news that I lost weight during Thanksgiving…but I didn’t. For Farm to Fit to work, I really have to stick to the eating plan and that just didn’t happen to the full extent this week.

    However, I have no doubt, that if I hadn’t eaten the Farm to Fit food that I had, I would have gained weight this week (eekkkk!! never good for a weight loss blog!)

    Because I started my days eating their delicious breakfasts (including yogurt & granola and a broccoli scramble) as well as eating my lunch or dinner with their food, I kept things in check and was able to FULLY enjoy myself on turkey day.

    As a pledge to lose weight this week, I just attended what was quite possibly the most hellish workout class of my life. After 50 minutes of puke-inducing workout variations, Will “the devil” Thatcher, finished us off with a sequence of 10 minutes of burpee variations. Yep, I’m hurting. But, I’ll be back tomorrow for more ;)


    • The biggest eating holiday of the year…
    • Having my parents from Idaho in town wanting to explore the food scene in PDX
    • Messed up gym schedule and guilt around leaving my family to work out


    • No weight gained on biggest eating holiday
    • I feel thinner and people are beginning to comment on it. Crazy what only 3 pounds can do!

    Dish it! How was your Thanksgiving and what are you doing this week to get back on track if you fell a little “off the wagon”??

    Farm to Fit Plan: 7 days at 1200 calories

    Weight Lost: 3 pounds

    Weight to lose to reach goal: 17 pounds

    Weeks Left to Reach Goal: 8

    XO, Anna

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  • Nov

    Portland 3 Month Weight Loss Journey {Week 4}

    by G. Scott Brown
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    Can you lose 20 pounds in 12 weeks? This woman did!

    Portland  3 Month Weight Loss Journey {Week 4}

    Hey Farm to Fitters!

    I rolled into this past week feeling ‘not great’. I was fighting off a bug and I just didn’t have the energy I’ve had the last few weeks. Long story short, I didn’t make it to the gym much (just once), I took it easy and luckily fought off whatever was trying to creep on.

    This is probably where you expect me to tell you that because of all of this, I didn’t lose any weight. But you would be wrong! I lost another pound this week, which sort of surprised me since I simply didn’t do much for exercise. It was a true test of Farm to Fit working all on its own (they clearly passed).


    • Lower energy and not feeling well early in the week made me a lazy exerciser (not ideal).
    • And the other struggle?? EGGNOG!
    • Holiday Wine and Cheese party. This was a struggle and a triumph. I went, had a glass of wine and a few snacks and then I left. My body is saying “no thank you” to the red wine (crazy awesome!)


    • I lost another pound!
    • I find myself wanting to buy new clothes even though I’m not even 25% to my BIG goal yet.
    • I’m hopeful that I can make it through Thanksgiving without gaining weight (if all I do is ‘maintain’ this coming week…that would be good!)

    This week is Thanksgiving and I have my family in town. We usually eat out a lot and drink more than I usually do. I ordered almost ALL my meals from Farm to Fit this week which will make things way easier…but I’m not kidding myself, it will be difficult not to splurge a little. So I will splurge a little AND I’ll work out extra hard this week to stay on track, just in case I get a little carried away ;)

    Are you battling the bulge this holiday season? Share your tips and intentions in the comments section and we can support one another!

    Farm to Fit Plan: 7 days at 1200 calories

    Weight Lost: 3 pounds

    Weight to lose to reach goal: 17 pounds

    Weeks Left to Reach Goal: 9

    XO, Anna

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  • Nov

    Got Gluten?

    by Rachael Lamb
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    Is it a diet?  A fad?  A healthier way to eat? ‘Gluten-free’ options are everywhere these days – from restaurant menus to entire grocery store isles.  Even professional athletes and celebrities claim that “gluten free is the way to be”.  But, let’s face facts – how safe is it to trust Miley Cyrus or Kim Kardashian as our nutritional gurus?

       What are the facts?

        According to The New York Times, experts estimate that 18 million Americans suffer from some sort of gluten sensitivity.    Gluten sensitivity, (or intolerance), is a broad spectrum of symptoms including bloating, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, headaches, severe acne, bone and joint pain, and other discomforts. ‘Celiac Disease’ falls under the umbrella of ‘gluten sensitivity’ but is a more severe immune reaction to gluten, occurring in around 1% of Americans.  This reaction  damages the lining of the small intestine, preventing proper absorption of the nutrients in food, which, over time, can be dangerous, as patients may become malnourished.  Celiac Disease can only be detected through blood testing and is a lifelong condition in which individuals must avoid gluten, found in wheat, rye, barley.  Those whose blood tests come back negative for celiac’s but still suffer symptoms are considered ‘gluten sensitive’ or ‘intolerant’. 

    And, interestingly, this population of people is growing – which explains the increased presence of ‘gluten-free’ products.   Some researchers blame the wheat – as some varieties contain more gluten than they once did, and our ways of processing and eating wheat, which has changed dramatically over the past fifty years.  Others claim several possible environmental factors such as the ‘hygiene hypothesis’ – suggesting that our ultra-sanitized way of living leaves our immune system looking for a target, turning on the body.  Whatever the reason, gluten sensitivity is a very real physical hardship for many.

    Is cutting gluten out of your diet considered ‘healthier’?

    A survey conducted by Consumer Reports has revealed that over 60 percent of Americans think that by going gluten-free they can improve their physical and mental health.  For those with Celiac’s Disease, avoiding gluten is crucial.  But doctors agree – those not suffering from Celiac’s or a gluten sensitivity are doing their bodies no favors by cutting out gluten.  Peter H.R. Green, MD, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, told WebMD. “Many people may just perceive that a gluten-free diet is healthier…[and] unless people are very careful, a gluten-free diet can lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber.”

    It’s not the gluten itself that boasts essential vitamins and minerals – it’s the whole grains containing the gluten.  B vitamins, iron, fiber, trace minerals, etc. are found in whole grains – all elements of a healthy diet. Those going gluten-free should be sure to replace whole grains containing gluten with grains like amaranth, millet, and quinoa – gluten-free alternatives that offer the same essential nutrients.  And, as with any diet, lean meats and fish, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy products are recommended.

    The bottom line

    -Gluten-free is necessary for those with Celiac’s, and those with a gluten sensitivity.

    -If you suspect that you have an issue with gluten, talk with your doctor, about getting tested.

    -Either way, get creative with your grains – they’re good for you!


    Try this delicious fall Quinoa-based dish! (taken from www.marinmamacooks.com)



    recipe adapted from Whole Living
    serves 4-8 - depending on how many squashes you buy 

    • 2-4 small acorn squashes, halved and seeds removed – if you’re serving 2 people get 1 squash, 4 people then get 2 squashes, 8 people then get 4 squashes.  The quinoa makes enough to fill 8 small squash halves.  You could even use 1 large butternut squash here and fill that up with the quinoa. 
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for brushing on the squash
    • fine sea salt and fresh ground pepper
    • 1 cup dry, quinoa, rinsed
    • 2 cups filtered water
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
    • 1/2 cup raw almonds with skins, coarsely chopped
    • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar


    -Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Let’s begin by roasting up the acorn squash.

    -Cut your squash in half as shown below. I’m going to warn you, cutting an acorn squash in half is HARD work. I felt like I was cutting through a log or something. I really had to dig in with my knife and rotate the squash around.

    -After you cut your squash in half, scoop out all the seeds and membranes, using either a spoon or a melon baller.

    -Next, brush each squash half with a bit of olive oil, and season with some salt and pepper.

    -Roast the squash cut-side down on a baking sheet until tender when pierced with a fork, and caramelized, about 15-25 minutes.

    -While the squash is cooking, bring the 1 cup well rinsed quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil in a small sauce pan. Once the quinoa has come to a boil, give it a stir, cover it and reduce the heat to simmer. Cook the quinoa until all the water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. The quinoa is done when its tender and you can see the little quinoa curlicues.

    -While the quinoa and squash are cooking, was and chop your parsley and toast up the almonds.  Coarsely chop the almonds.

    -Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the chopped almonds to the skillet and stir frequently until golden brown in spots, about 2-3 minutes.  Transfer the nuts to a paper towel lined plate to get the grease off.  Sprinkle the almonds with some fine sea salt. Set them aside.

    -In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, 1/2 cup chopped parsley, 1/2 cup feta, almonds, 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar and 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.

    -Fill up your squash halves with the quinoa and dig in!

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  • Nov

    Portland 3 Month Weight Loss Journey {Week 3}

    by anna long
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    Can you lose 20 pounds in 12 weeks? This woman did!

    Portland  3 Month Weight Loss Journey {Week 3}

    Hey Farm to Fitters!

    I’m just starting off week 3 of my 12 week weight loss journey and I have some very good news (at least for me), I lost another pound this week! So things officially feel “REAL”. The food is working. My workouts are paying off. I won’t be destined to a life feeling chunkier than I want to feel! My life will NEVER BE THE SAME!!

    Ok, maybe I’m being dramatic, but if you’ve been someone who has struggled with weight, you probably understand how devastating it can be to feel like you put your nose to the grindstone, “followed all the rules” and you step on the scale only to see the same numbers that you saw the week before…and the week before. You catch my drift? It’s depressing and most failed diets not only left my clothes tighter than I would like, they also left me ashamed that for whatever reason, it just wasn’t working for me.

    I guess you could say that Farm to Fit is my saviour ;)


    Sugar, candy and pumpkin lattes. We are rolling into the holiday season and god forbid I go to New Seasons without having Christmas whoppers and mint chocolate bars dangled in front of my face. Yes, I ate some whoppers and yes I had a latte!! Ok, you caught me!

    But I wouldn’t even call these struggles, they were a little sweet treats because I’ve been eating so well lately (not like Farm to Fit makes it hard). And to be honest I don’t do well with too strict of diets. I need a little fun thrown in and I feel like Farm to Fit allows for that.


    In addition to losing one pound this week, I had the most successful launch of my business to date. In my head I thanked Farm to Fit for helping me rake in $20,000 in one week. Launch weeks are a stressful time for me where I get up early, stay up late and eat or drink whatever the heck is put in front of me. This week I ate my 1200 calorie a day meal plan, maintained great energy and focused on what mattered most THIS week (my business).

    I also switched from the 1600 calorie to the 1200 calories plan on the Thursday delivery because I was always having leftovers from the 1600 calorie plan and I’d rather just have 7 days a week of food taken care of for me, with the options of adding in my own snacks or treats to supplement.

    I made it to the gym Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! I took more classes at Me Fitness and it is definitely holding me way more accountable than just trying to do exercise on my own. Heather Craig and Jen Smiri have been my main workout angels (i.e. group instructors) and it’s paying off! I’m getting stronger and my husband even mentioned this week that I look like I’ve lost a lot more than 2 pounds (what a sweetie, right?)

    So give me the scoop! Are you also trying to shed a few pounds? Join in the discussion and tell me about it in the comments section below!

    Farm to Fit Plan: 7 days at 1200 calories

    Weight Lost: 2 pounds

    Weight to lose to reach goal: 18 pounds

    Weeks Left to Reach Goal: 10

    XO, Anna

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