DIY 3 day juice cleanse

A note from Amy

I’ve had a few people messaging me to say this is not a juice cleanse it’s recipes for smoothies. Technically it is, you’re right! When I cleanse I use a Nutribullet to make the smoothies. It doesn’t extract juice and instead blends up the fruit and vegetables retaining the pulp and thus the all-important fibre. If you want to use a juicer or a blender that’s your choice, either way, the recipes will work. I personally feel a blender is the healthier way to cleanse but each to their own :)

I’ve also had a few comments questioning the quantities on the previous shopping list so I’ve made a free downloadable shopping list to make it easier for you to print out and follow. I’ve done this cleanse many times now and have triple checked the quantities needed, so you really shouldn’t have a surplus if you follow the list and drink 6 juices a day (one of each recipe). You don’t need to buy both the agave nectar and raw honey so choose one or the other. I include a reference to agave as it makes this cleanse completely vegan but if you prefer honey that works great too. If you have any questions please feel leave me a comment below and I will do my best to help.

Read on for my 3 day cleanse

For those of you wanting to kick start a new health regimen and cleanse then this is the post for you! I have been thinking about doing a juice cleanse for a while now. I especially like the idea of detoxing my system and starting anew with a fresh body and mind.

I already have a Nutribullet blender something I treated myself to in anticipation of juicing every single day. Another thing I really want to introduce to my daily routine are ginger shots, I had one at my sister’s recently and loved the fiery-ness of it, drinking something so explosive just feels super healthy!

Admittedly I haven’t quite been juicing daily or even weekly, although I have the most wonderful intentions sometimes life gets in the way and plans are temporarily set aside. We all do that don’t we?

Recently I have done LOADS of research into juice cleansing and undertook my own cleanse DIY style. The only investment here would be to buy a really decent blender. I just love the Nutribullet, it’s one of the best kitchen appliances I’ve ever bought, they’ve come down massively in price now too and worth every single penny in my opinion.

To get a 3 day cleanse delivered can cost in the region of £165 which is just way too expensive for me. I’ve managed to put a plan together for around £38.00 which is a fraction of that price.

Below is a shopping list just click the image to download and print.

Complete shopping list for a 3 day juice cleanse that you can do at home. Click for recipes of 6 different juices!

 

I would recommend that you drink 6 juices a day, one of each colour is what works with the quantities I’ve provided in the shopping list. It doesn’t matter what order you drink them in although I find the ‘White’ and ‘Gold’ are lovely for evenings as they taste indulgent and soothing. The method to make the juices is the same for all recipes. With each of the juices, you will need to add water to the other ingredients. I’ve been asked a few times how much water is required, but that can be a bit of a how long is a piece of string question as it will depend on how powerful your blender is and what consistency you like your smoothie. I suggest you experiment with the amount of water and adjust as per your requirements.

You will find the recipes make a plentiful amount so quantities may need to be adjusted depending on the size of your fruit and veg and the size of your blender. If you do find yourself with a surplus then consider doing a 4 or 5 day cleanse or bagging up any chopped leftovers to freeze and use next time.

Simply chop, blend and enjoy!

3 day cleanse Amy Treasure

Recipes for 3 day DIY Cleanse

Ruby

  • 2 fuji apples
  • 3 carrots
  • 1.5 beetroot
  • 4 celery stalks
  • thumb size piece ginger
  • juice of half a lemon

Emerald

  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 pears
  • 5 celery stalks
  • handful of parsley
  • 1 carrot
  • juice of a lemon

Lean Green 

  • 3 romaine lettuce leafs
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • handful of spinach
  • handful of kale
  • handful of parsley
  • juice of a lemon

Gold

  • 1/3 of a pineapple
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • small handful of mint
  • juice of a lime

Yellow

  • juice of 3 lemons
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar (to make it vegan) or raw honey

White

  • 180g raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar (to make it vegan) or raw honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Yellow juice Amy Treasure 3 day cleanse

Yellow juice

How did I get on with my 3 day cleanse?

Day one-I wake up really excited to start the juice cleanse and take a real joy in opening my fridge and seeing all the colourful and fresh produce in there. Just looking at it makes me feel instantly healthier!

By lunch time I can’t stop thinking about food and begin wondering what on earth I am doing. As I’ve planned a whole blog post around doing the cleanse and bought all the ingredients I persevere, for the sake of my readers. I am a juicing martyr. Perhaps I am going a little over the top, it has only been just over 12 hours since I last had solid food and I decide I’m being slightly dramatic.

At dinner time I prepare my family’s meal and make a big point of making them feel bad for eating while I’m just having juice. Feel a bit sorry for myself and then remember that I am the one who wanted to do this in the first place and no one is forcing me. Make mental note to be more positive tomorrow! I go to bed with the worst headache as haven’t had a coffee all day and put it down to that.

Day two-Less cheery this morning and not relishing the thought of juice for breakfast. I continue regardless and to my surprise thoroughly enjoy my first juice and feel really refreshed once it’s finished. Maybe this isn’t too bad after all?

At lunch time I have a renewed sense of vigour and looking forward to continuing on. Have a really busy day and don’t feel hungry at all. Drink another couple of juices and make dinner as usual. This time I can handle food without being tempted to sneak a bite. Not interested in eating today and don’t want to undo the good work I’ve done. Feel a bit tired so go for an early night which is unheard of for me as I usually stay up working until 1 am. Have the best sleep ever!

Day three-Wake up feeling seriously amazing. I don’t feel hungry at all and looking forward to the day. Really enjoying having a flat stomach and haven’t got any bloating at all. Feel really great. Also, notice my skin looks really good and eyes not as baggy as usual. Result! Have some time of reflection today and realise that there is a definite difference between feeling hungry and wanting food. Must remember this for when I’m not juicing and feel like eating a whole packet of biscuits. The family all very impressed with me that I ‘lasted’ this long and don’t believe that I didn’t cheat. I honestly didn’t.

In Summary: I really enjoyed doing the juice cleanse and experienced the best results on the 3rd day, really glad I didn’t give up and feel I could have gone on for 5 days. During the 3 days just looking at all the fresh produce and juicing it myself has helped me to process the cleanse in a visual way. I feel super healthy and renewed.

I would most certainly do the juice cleanse again, possibly for 5 days next time. I felt brilliant after and it has given me a real boost to continue with healthy eating. I am also still using my blender at least once a day to ensure I get all those lovely nutrients into my diet.

I would love to hear from you if you’ve done a DIY cleanse. How did it go for you, did you enjoy it as much as I did?

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Comments

  • Natalie Ray

    Written on 9th March 2015

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    Sounds great, definitely better than forking out for a cleanse to be delivered, and fresher too! I haven’t attempted anything like this but I do intend to start using my juicer again a bit more now that I’ve got a little bit more time on my hands, it always makes me feel better. Love your recipes! Unfortunately I was foolish enough not to buy a nutribullet so I can’t do nuts and things :( still love my juicer though.x

    • Amy

      Written on 9th March 2015

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      The nutribullet is good for nuts and things but you could try using a pestle and mortar to crush them to a powder then stir them in? Let me know how you get on if you try it! x

  • Ness (@JibberJabberUK)

    Written on 13th March 2015

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    My goodness you’ve done well to get through three days! I like the idea of doing a detox but I know my husband would think it was seriously strange if I didn’t eat with the rest of the family. I’ll have to see if I can do just a breakfast and lunch detox while he isn’t here!

    • Amy

      Written on 13th March 2015

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      I know what you mean, I felt a bit bad that I wasn’t eating with the family as it’s the time when we all sit down together and have a chat over food. This could definitely work as a breakfast and lunch thing though and would probably be even more sustainable doing it that way x

  • Harps

    Written on 1st January 2016

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    So glad I read this – it’s inspired to kick my backside back in to gear! I’ve gained so much weight during the festive period and also feel so bloated and unhealthy. I don’t know if I can do it for 3 days straight (especially as we end up going to friends and relatives houses every other day!) but I may try incorporate it for at least half days!! Or am I just making excuses?!… Hmm! #thelist x

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 1st January 2016

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      I think half days could work really well. I do that quite often as then you have real food to look forward to. This would defo help lose a few pounds and give a kick start. I’ve piled on weight over Christmas so you’re not alone! x

  • Lisa (mummascribbles)

    Written on 1st January 2016

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    This sounds great and well done for making it through three days. I’d have to do this over a weekend because I just can’t commute and work being hungry! I tried the 5:2 diet and was almost passing out on the journey home! Three days sounds so do-able though. I might have to get my blender out! #TheList

  • Emma Jones

    Written on 1st January 2016

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    My mum loves juice diets but it’s never appealed to me plus I don’t want to shell out on a juicer. V interesting post though. I’ll share with my mum.

  • Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)

    Written on 1st January 2016

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    Haha sorry had to have a chuckle at your day one diary But seriously having a diet cleanse is a great way to boost your system and your recipes sound fab. Must look into the Nutribullet as my food processor juices but takes too much washing up! #The List xxx

  • Beth @ Twinderelmo

    Written on 1st January 2016

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    Sounds like a perfect Christmas! It’s been so nice to have a break and no emails to trawl through. Massive brownie points to Mr T for that present. Sounds just awesome xx

  • mummy and monkeys

    Written on 5th January 2016

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    Wow well done! We have a NutriNinja and I go through phases of using it regularly and then not again. I try and do it for breakfast. #TheList x

  • Jordan

    Written on 19th January 2016

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    What order did you drink the juices? Like which colors for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner? How do they taste? I’m starting tomorrow but am a little nervous they won’t taste very good lol!

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 19th January 2016

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      Hey Jordan, I didn’t have a specific order and just drank which ones I fancied and then the left over the following day. They taste really, really good! Wish you all the best with it I think you will love it. Let me know how you get on x

  • Mary Jones

    Written on 27th February 2016

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    Hiya Amy, liked your post my daughter Emma shared it and I’ve just got around to reading it properly. Did you actually juice or blend, seeing a picture of a nutribullet confused me. Love the fresh ingredients and yes once over the hurdle of the first few days. A clarity does begin and a sense of well being. I actually remember one night I couldn’t sleep at all my head was just too alert! I’ll be starting a 7 day juice soon myself, I need a kick up the rear to get back on the healthy track. Good luck to you.

  • Anna

    Written on 22nd March 2016

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    Hey,
    Well done for this cleanse! Sounds great. The question I’m dying to ask is, did you lose any weight?!

    • Mary

      Written on 22nd March 2016

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      Yes I lost weight BUT it will only stay off if bad habits don’t creep back, and my life has been a roller coaster of weight on, weight off!! It has to be a lifestyle change forever which is something I’m yet to conquer and at 62 I hope it doesn’t take much longer ha ha

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 22nd March 2016

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      I did lose weight, I think it is inevitable with a liquid diet it’s definitely an amazing kickstart to a healthy routine and I still have a smoothie or juice every day and feel so much better – skin looks better etc. You should try it!

      • Mary

        Written on 22nd March 2016

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        Shame I couldn’t put a pic on, I did just finish my day with a smoothie and scrummy it was too :) it was 2 oranges, half a beet, quarter of a pineapple, ginger and quarter of an avocado and yesterday I juiced all day. One day I’ll get the mindset to carry on the healthy regime but I always find an excuse or some event/occasion to fall at. Glad you can keep up the good work :)

        • Amy Treasure

          Written on 22nd March 2016

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          I am exactly the same, I will never be a skinny mini because I love food too much and eat out quite a bit. I feel being healthy like this during the week helps to even it out though. Your smoothie sounds lovely, I really like avocado in a smoothie and beetroot is so good for you. Might dabble with wheatgrass at some point but apparently it is disgusting – I heard it’s like drinking liquid sunshine but tastes gross haha! You should tweet me a pic!! :)

          • Mary

            Written on 23rd March 2016

            Ha ha I think the wheatgrass is for hardcore juicers and health fanatics! I did try some pea protein to put in my juices, it was yuk!! Its still sat in the cupboard from last year, I might give it another go in a smoothie and see if its any better :) Found you on Twitter and you now have pic :)

  • Ebba

    Written on 19th July 2016

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    Im inspired and all prepped to start this tomorrow! Thanks for the recipes. Did you use the standard nutrabullet flask or the smaller ones?

  • Corinne

    Written on 16th December 2016

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    Hi Amy. Love your blog! Giving your juice cleanse a try and just blended my first juice (the Ruby), yet seem to have made enough for 3! Is that supposed to be the outcome so I can save for the next few days, or are the recipes enough for one juice? I’m using a Nutribullet yet it seemed to overflow!

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 3rd January 2017

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      Ah thank you so much! Sorry to just be coming back to you now, I’ve been on holiday. Yes, sometimes they seem to make loads I think it does definitely depend on the ingredients and how ripe they are and if they’re quite juicy. I find the Ruby to be quite abundant-probably down to the beetroot and celery. How are you getting on? I’m thinking of doing some facebook lives about how amazing apple cider vinegar is and also ginger and turmeric shots!

  • Pinkoddy

    Written on 31st December 2016

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    Well done. I hadn’t thought of doing half days. I did manage to swap breakfast for juiced raw vegetables. Well done all that carrot too – I find it hard going

  • OddHogg

    Written on 6th January 2017

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    Well done you! Juicing is a bit complex for me with Type 1 diabetes as the juices are too high GI for me. Sounds like it really suited you though #thelistlinky

  • Sarah

    Written on 6th January 2017

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    Well done you! What a great achievement! I honestly don’t think I’d have the willpower!

  • five little doves

    Written on 6th January 2017

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    I so need to do something like this, I have done nothing but eat crap over Christmas, ate a whole toblerone today – the gluttony! I just don’t have the willpower for this kind of thing, although I reckon I could manage a few hours!! #TheList

  • Alex @ That Butterfly Effect

    Written on 6th January 2017

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    This is a great post, Amy, thanks for sharing :) I’ve had a NutriBullet for two years but only use it for smoothies, it didn’t actually click with me that I could use it to do a juice cleanse. #TheListLinky

  • Alana - Burnished Chaos

    Written on 8th January 2017

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    Well done for sticking with it. My husband has a nutribullet and has tried making a few different things with it but I never get further than a few mouthfuls (very fussy eater). I do love the idea of a cleanse though, just not sure I could stick with it.
    #TheListLinky

  • Rosie @ Little Fish

    Written on 9th January 2017

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    These look yummy! Not sure I could do a full detox, really need my energy running around after two kids and don’t know I could handle lack of food! Tempted to try even for half days though! x
    #TheListLinky

  • Susie at This Is Me Now

    Written on 9th January 2017

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    I did Jason Vale’s plan before but found it hard and some of the juices not so nice. I’d try it again and still have the app but I don’t have a blender (mine broke!) so I would need to invest in one and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t use it enough! Well done on doing it! Did you lose any weight and if so didn’t you put it back on after? #TheListLinky

  • Emma T

    Written on 9th January 2017

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    I really need to start using my nutribullet properly again. The bonus is that N loves the drinks in it too.

  • Jade The Parenting Jungle

    Written on 11th January 2017

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    I have heard amazing things about these nutribullets. I enjoy juice diets and usually buy them which is very lazy so should invest in getting a juicer. It is such a good way to pump a load of goodness into your body. I like the sound of three days so you do not start dreaming about sandwiches! I find after I do a juice detox it really incites me to start healthy eating, you start from a good place :) These recipies are fab #TheListLinky xx

  • Mudpie Fridays

    Written on 12th January 2017

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    Wow I am super impressed I could really do with doing something like this too. Although I’m not sure I could cook dinner that first night!! Thanks for hosting #thelist

  • Brittany Thiessen

    Written on 16th February 2017

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    Thanks for sharing your experience with the juice cleanse! I am considering doing a one-day juice cleanse to get started and see what it’s like.

  • Olivia Jensen

    Written on 18th July 2017

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    Why doesn’t the shopping list match the actual recipes? Example: I bought 20 apples (per your list) but in the recipes you only ended up using 6. This happened multiple times and I had A LOT of left over food.

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 19th July 2017

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      Hi Olivia, in the recipes there are 6 juices for one day. So the 6 apples (one day’s worth) required X3 equals 18 in total. I recommended 20 in the shopping list so that people following the cleanse have plenty to make the juices over the 3 days. Which other ingredients did you find surplus, or did you make the same mistake as with the apples? ps if you have leftovers you could always do a 5 day cleanse or just chop it up and freeze it ready for next time :) Thanks for reading and happy cleansing!

  • How to do a Body Detox – My Life

    Written on 24th July 2017

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  • Babs

    Written on 13th September 2017

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    I am excited to try this.! I looked at different websites for juicing recipes and chose this one because its more abundant in veggies than fruits and too many fruits is too much sugar intake for the 3 days.

    I went out and bought all of the ingredients I actually separated all of the ingredients into baggies for each juice and each day, so essentially meal prepping for juicing! All of the ingredients were pretty pricey so I am only writing this in case someone on a budget is making this so they can save some money. After separating all of my ingredients by juice and day I realized I had too much of the following::
    -Dont need 10 fuji apples. The only recipe that calls for them is Ruby and there are two that go in each juice. So you only need 6 fuji apples. The ingredient list also calls for 10 granny smith apples but you need 12 of those. Not a big deal but both types of apples have different taste.
    -Do not need 8 beetrots. The only recipe that uses it is the ruby and it calls for 1.5 per juice times 3 is 4.5 beetroots.
    -Dont need 15 lemons, only 7.5
    -Dont need 10 pears, only 6.
    -Also wish I read the ingredients in each juice prior to going grocery shopping because I ended up buying raw honey and agave nectar which is expensive and you don’t have to get both. The recipes call for one or the other.

    I noticed that Amy wrote “With each of the juices, you will need to add plenty of water to the other ingredients” I wish this was in the recipe for each juice ans I’m not familiar using water when I juice so not sure how much water I will need to add to each one. Can anyone expand on this more for me?

    Cant wait to try this!

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 13th September 2017

      Reply

      Hi Babs

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’m really pleased you’re excited to try this cleanse out!

      I just wanted to let you and everyone else know that I’ve updated the post this morning (13th Sept 17). Thanks for mentioning the issues you found with excess ingredients. When I first wrote this I’d only tried the cleanse once and wanted to make sure there would plenty of ingredients but I realise this could be costly for those wanting the exact amounts. I’ve since done this cleanse many times so I’m now more aware of what is needed so there aren’t too many leftovers. I’ve made a printable shopping list which reflects the quantities needed to make 6 juices – one per day from each recipe. There may be a slight excess depending on size of fruit and veg but hopefully not too much!

      Thank you for pointing out the issue around raw honey or agave nectar, although the recipes state one or the other I appreciate the original list was confusing so I hope that’s been made clearer on the updated version plus the additional info I’ve added to the top of the post.

      In regards to the amount of water needed, I feel that this is really trial and error on your part. It will depend on how powerful your blender is and what consistency you like your drinks. I would suggest adding just enough to cover your fruits and vegetables, to begin with and then more if required.

      I really hope that helps and happy cleansing! Do pop back and let us know how you get on :)

      Amy

  • Debbie

    Written on 2nd October 2017

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    You keep mentioning juicing but I see you also mention adding water and a nutra bullet. This sounds more like smoothies than juicing. Can you please explain. I bought everything to juice but not I’m not sure you actually meant to extract the juice but blend everything together

    • Amy Treasure

      Written on 2nd October 2017

      Reply

      Hello Debbie – did you see the first paragraph? Here it is in case you missed it:

      I’ve had a few people messaging me to say this is not a juice cleanse it’s recipes for smoothies. Technically it is, you’re right! When I cleanse I use a Nutribullet to make the smoothies. It doesn’t extract juice and instead blends up the fruit and vegetables retaining the pulp and thus the all-important fibre. If you want to use a juicer or a blender that’s your choice, either way, the recipes will work. I personally feel a blender is the healthier way to cleanse but each to their own :)

      I also mention about the water, here it is in case you missed that part:

      The method to make the juices is the same for all recipes. With each of the juices, you will need to add water to the other ingredients. I’ve been asked a few times how much water is required, but that can be a bit of a how long is a piece of string question as it will depend on how powerful your blender is and what consistency you like your smoothie. I suggest you experiment with the amount of water and adjust as per your requirements.

      This would be a really long post if we went into the difference between juicing and blending but as I have said a few times in the post and answering queries in the comments: the recipes are the same regardless, common sense says that if you’re juicing you will get less volume but I made sure the recipes were plentiful and that each would give either a) a full cup of juice (if juicing) or b) some leftovers depending on which blender you use, how much water you add (eg your preference over a thicker or thinner smoothie)

      Hope that helps and thanks so much for commenting :)

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