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12-15-2015 08:22 PM
Thalassa4
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Originally Posted by dormouse View Post
I hated Daiya at first, but the longer I went without having real cheese... the more I liked it. I also started with very VERY small amounts of Daiya, and then the taste grew on me. I don't like the Pepperjack, but I love the Mozz on pizza, and the cheddar on just about anything where I used to put cheese.

Going for a while without cheese, then specifically using it for pizza or a cheese craving probably works best for the flavor experience. ..I usually use avacado, or guac, as my "cheese substitute" on things like burritos, which I eat very regularly. Going straight from cheese to expecting Daiya to be cheese will probably always disappoint, and using it as a daily staple is also likely a bad idea.
12-15-2015 08:07 PM
Thalassa4 I love it. I've even made quesadillas with the cheddar flavor. ..you really shouldn't have eaten it cold. I'm pretty sure that gave you a bad first impression, as it's a block of oils, spices and pea protein. Daiyas flavor, as far as I know, is only raved about when melted, and for its texture when melted.

I had one issue with it on a restaurant pizza that I love...a local place here in LA....but that was quickly remedied by adding extra sauce to the pizza. I guess the Daiya was too over powering without the sauce.

Which makes me think I actually prefer the cheddar version, since I can eat it pretty much plain between two corn tortillas.
09-29-2015 03:06 PM
danakscully64 Follow Your Heart block cheese is good!!!
09-27-2015 04:44 PM
Lymo Daiya is nasty, I hate it too. All the good cheeze is expensive
09-27-2015 04:14 PM
VeggieSince88
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Originally Posted by silva View Post
But did you make a grilled cheese with cheddar shreds?
This is weird, but the experience was so unpleasant that I'm actually having a hard time remembering what I DID use the Daiya shreds on/in. I THINK it was nachos. Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was nachos--and I piled on the Daiya like I would have with real cheese. And it was awful! Then I tried them on/in something else...but I can't remember what. And it was awful, and that was that--I threw out the rest of the bag.

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Did you like grilled cheese with American slices?
Yes, when I was a kid. As an adult I preferred fancier grilled cheese, using things like cheddar, Colby, Jack, or other block cheeses, along with spicy brown mustard, 'tamed' jalapeno slices, and pickles.

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I don't like Daiya on things like chili, or casseroles, but a grilled cheese - yes!
I have added them to nut yeast mac and cheese and it made it just like the old government free cheese they passed out in huge bricks!
Honestly, I was so put off by them, I can't imagine giving them another try. But you never know!
09-27-2015 08:22 AM
silva But did you make a grilled cheese with cheddar shreds? Did you like grilled cheese with American slices?
I don't like Daiya on things like chili, or casseroles, but a grilled cheese - yes!
I have added them to nut yeast mac and cheese and it made it just like the old government free cheese they passed out in huge bricks!
09-27-2015 08:12 AM
danakscully64 I don't blame you, I'll never buy Daiya shreds ever again. Yuck!
09-25-2015 02:23 PM
VeggieSince88
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Originally Posted by Naturebound View Post
Thanks for the info! Yes, I too had a total hysterectomy and lost both ovaries when I was 33 (I am 43 now) and I am sure that accelerated my bone loss as well as being on thyroid meds for years, and then the whole horrible experience of surgical menopause was so traumatic for me I developed anorexia nervosa when I was 34. I had never dieted or cared about my weight before. I was severely underweight for six years which really nailed the coffin as far as bone density loss. I have worked really hard the last two years getting back to a normal weight and have been a near or at normal weight for over a year now but it is still a battle in my mind. I eat FAR more than I used to but it is still hard. I had never wanted the hysterectomy but I had terrible endometriosis and was desperate for pain relief. I woke up not expecting to lose my ovaries. :/ I too have been on some form of HRT the whole time but it doesn't really protect against bone loss does it. I do lots of weight bearing/lifting and so on, but I have found that food really is thy friend, and the extra weight I am sure is helping me.
We have a lot in common--I had very severe endometriosis, adenomyosis, and endometritis. I was misdiagnosed for several years, because of my age; the doctors just refused to think in terms of a teenager having THOSE diseases. By the time I was correctly diagnosed, at 21, it was basically too late, but my doctor tried valiantly to save my reproductive organs. At one point I nearly died, and had emergency surgery plus blood transfusions, and after nearly a month in the hospital I was well enough to go home. But three or four months later the writing on the wall was simply too obvious to ignore any more, and the hysterectomy was necessary. The SHOCK of plunging into full-blown menopause was unlike anything I could've imagined. It was necessary to withhold any estrogen replacement right at first in order to allow any remaining endometriosis to die off...but, wow, was it ever miserable. Anyway, I have the opposite problem you do, i.e., my weight keeps increasing, despite eating a low calorie, low fat, no cholesterol diet. But that's a function of other health issues, including the aftermath of a brain tumor, severe asthma, some other stuff, and medications, including prednisone.

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I forgot what the original topic was here lol. Oh yeah, I love daiya cheese shreds and slices but rarely eat that stuff because it is expensive and hard to find where I live. I have to make special trips for it, and it really doesn't have the nutritional value that other plant foods have. It is sort of a treat for me, and I use it maybe four or five times a year when I make something like pizza or vegan mac/cheese for my husband and he doesn't like the homemade vegan sweet potato/nutritional yeast version. I brought some shreds to my recent canoe camping trip and we had burritos with a refried bean mix and Daiya shreds and it was pretty good. they kept for three days without any refrigeration and it was an average of 65 degrees F out there. When I was an omnivore I was intolerant to most dairy as it gave me terrible cramps, diarrhea, bloating, sinus issues. I could tolerate Greek yogurt and very occasionally mozerella but even those gave me side effects. So when I went vegan I didn't even try to use any of the commercial cheeses for my first two years. By the time I tried Daiya I had forgotten what cheese tasted like and I liked Daiya. I had to test it on my omnivore husband for a more objective comparison, and surprisingly he really likes it!
Sounds like you're lactose intolerant.

As I've noted in this thread, I really...REALLY disliked the one Daiya product I've tried, the cheddar shreds. Considering how expensive they were, I felt badly about tossing out almost the entire package, but that's how much I disliked it! I keep hearing good things about their cheesecake and some other stuff, and I'm certainly willing to give Daiya another try, but the cheddar shreds? Never again!
09-25-2015 02:30 AM
Naturebound
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Originally Posted by VeggieSince88 View Post
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. By the way, I have calcium/vitamin D issues of my own--I had to have a hysterectomy, including both ovaries, when I was 22, so I've been on calcium and vitamin D supplements [plus hormone replacement therapy] ever since. Like you, I prefer to get my nutrients from actual foods, but have resigned myself to needing supplements. I actually developed osteoporosis as a result of the hysterectomy, despite all the precautions/proactive things we did, like calcium, D, and HRT. Oh well.



I can't help with the expensive part, but there was an article recently in the LA Times about almonds and their use of water: Almonds are no longer villains — or scapegoats — of the drought
Thanks for the info! Yes, I too had a total hysterectomy and lost both ovaries when I was 33 (I am 43 now) and I am sure that accelerated my bone loss as well as being on thyroid meds for years, and then the whole horrible experience of surgical menopause was so traumatic for me I developed anorexia nervosa when I was 34. I had never dieted or cared about my weight before. I was severely underweight for six years which really nailed the coffin as far as bone density loss. I have worked really hard the last two years getting back to a normal weight and have been a near or at normal weight for over a year now but it is still a battle in my mind. I eat FAR more than I used to but it is still hard. I had never wanted the hysterectomy but I had terrible endometriosis and was desperate for pain relief. I woke up not expecting to lose my ovaries. :/ I too have been on some form of HRT the whole time but it doesn't really protect against bone loss does it. I do lots of weight bearing/lifting and so on, but I have found that food really is thy friend, and the extra weight I am sure is helping me.

I forgot what the original topic was here lol. Oh yeah, I love daiya cheese shreds and slices but rarely eat that stuff because it is expensive and hard to find where I live. I have to make special trips for it, and it really doesn't have the nutritional value that other plant foods have. It is sort of a treat for me, and I use it maybe four or five times a year when I make something like pizza or vegan mac/cheese for my husband and he doesn't like the homemade vegan sweet potato/nutritional yeast version. I brought some shreds to my recent canoe camping trip and we had burritos with a refried bean mix and Daiya shreds and it was pretty good. they kept for three days without any refrigeration and it was an average of 65 degrees F out there. When I was an omnivore I was intolerant to most dairy as it gave me terrible cramps, diarrhea, bloating, sinus issues. I could tolerate Greek yogurt and very occasionally mozerella but even those gave me side effects. So when I went vegan I didn't even try to use any of the commercial cheeses for my first two years. By the time I tried Daiya I had forgotten what cheese tasted like and I liked Daiya. I had to test it on my omnivore husband for a more objective comparison, and surprisingly he really likes it!
09-24-2015 07:37 PM
VeggieSince88
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Originally Posted by Naturebound View Post
I used to make flaxseed milk every week. I could buy a lb of flaxseed in bulk for three or four dollars and it would last me for well over two months, even when I used it for baking and other food items. I made a week's worth of flaxseed milk using only 1/4 cup of whole flaxseeds, six cups of water, and my stevia fresh herbs (I grow my own in pots on my porch) or a pinch of sweetener. I would simply blend the flaxseed and water in my Blendtec until it was a milky creamy consistency (about a minute or so). Then I would fit a nutbag (a cheese cloth works too and both can be reused over and over) over a bowl and filter the flaxseed milk through the bag or cheesecloth into the bowl. I returned the filtered flaxseed milk to my Blendtec and added the sweetener and reblended for a few seconds, and viola I had flaxseed milk. A batch would last me a week. I would add vegan vitamin D drops to the batch and also powdered calcium as a way to get my calcium/D (instead of taking it as a supplement). I have to take calcium/d due to being on a treatment for long term osteoporosis, that pulls calcium from the blood and puts it in the bones. If my blood calcium is not high enough I can become hypocalcemic which is very dangerous. I really try to get calcium in other ways from my diet (low oxylate leafy greens daily, beans, nuts, figs, blackstrap molasses etc) but for me the supplements are a necessity. At any rate, I'd say that 1/4 cup of flaxseeds and a little bit of sweetener and supplement for a week's worth of plant milk is way cheaper than a carton of commercial plant milk. I am thinking of going back to doing this again. I really liked the omega 3 benefits of the flaxseed milk too. It really only took me about fifteen minutes to make a batch. I am not going to lie though, it is not the same taste or consistency as commercial plant milk. I did use it in cooking but not too much with baking. Mostly I used it for drinking.
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. By the way, I have calcium/vitamin D issues of my own--I had to have a hysterectomy, including both ovaries, when I was 22, so I've been on calcium and vitamin D supplements [plus hormone replacement therapy] ever since. Like you, I prefer to get my nutrients from actual foods, but have resigned myself to needing supplements. I actually developed osteoporosis as a result of the hysterectomy, despite all the precautions/proactive things we did, like calcium, D, and HRT. Oh well.

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I currently drink a lot of almond milk but want to start moving away from that as almonds use up so much water and are expensive.
I can't help with the expensive part, but there was an article recently in the LA Times about almonds and their use of water: Almonds are no longer villains — or scapegoats — of the drought
09-24-2015 05:39 PM
Naturebound
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Originally Posted by VeggieSince88 View Post
Thanks for the info, Naturebound! I haven't heard of Blendtec, but will look it up and do some research on it. I don't mind expensive, as I prefer to spend whatever's necessary to get the product that will perform the best and last the longest. I really like that you can use it to grind coffee beans, as I prefer buying whole beans, but no longer have a coffee grinder.

You mentioned saving money by making your own milks, flours, etc. This intrigues me, because I buy that stuff on sale, and can't quite picture how making my own would save money. For example, I use Silk soy milk products [and have also used their almond milk], and when they're on sale they're less than $3 for a half-gallon container. I'm GUESSING that making half a gallon of soy milk at home would cost much more than that, but I really don't know. Plus, well, the time and effort.
I used to make flaxseed milk every week. I could buy a lb of flaxseed in bulk for three or four dollars and it would last me for well over two months, even when I used it for baking and other food items. I made a week's worth of flaxseed milk using only 1/4 cup of whole flaxseeds, six cups of water, and my stevia fresh herbs (I grow my own in pots on my porch) or a pinch of sweetener. I would simply blend the flaxseed and water in my Blendtec until it was a milky creamy consistency (about a minute or so). Then I would fit a nutbag (a cheese cloth works too and both can be reused over and over) over a bowl and filter the flaxseed milk through the bag or cheesecloth into the bowl. I returned the filtered flaxseed milk to my Blendtec and added the sweetener and reblended for a few seconds, and viola I had flaxseed milk. A batch would last me a week. I would add vegan vitamin D drops to the batch and also powdered calcium as a way to get my calcium/D (instead of taking it as a supplement). I have to take calcium/d due to being on a treatment for long term osteoporosis, that pulls calcium from the blood and puts it in the bones. If my blood calcium is not high enough I can become hypocalcemic which is very dangerous. I really try to get calcium in other ways from my diet (low oxylate leafy greens daily, beans, nuts, figs, blackstrap molasses etc) but for me the supplements are a necessity. At any rate, I'd say that 1/4 cup of flaxseeds and a little bit of sweetener and supplement for a week's worth of plant milk is way cheaper than a carton of commercial plant milk. I am thinking of going back to doing this again. I really liked the omega 3 benefits of the flaxseed milk too. It really only took me about fifteen minutes to make a batch. I am not going to lie though, it is not the same taste or consistency as commercial plant milk. I did use it in cooking but not too much with baking. Mostly I used it for drinking.

My Mom eats gluten free and all of our holiday get-togethers are at her house, so I make a good bit of gluten free flours for desserts and so on. I hated to buy whole bags of buckwheat flour or millet flour for using only a half dozen times a year. However, I love to use whole millet and whole buckwheat groats for everyday cooking. With my Blendtec I can grind only what I need in a gluten free recipe without having to go out and buy a bunch of flour and let it go to waste or sit around. So in that regard I saved money. I can also control ingredients that go into my food, and don't pay for packaging that will in turn need to be recycled which takes energy. I use cloth bags to shop with and mesh bags for bulk items. I don't have experience making soy milk. I love soymilk but have long term thyroid issues (26 years and one of the reasons I have bad bones) and I can't drink it daily or it drives up my TSH. I consume tofu and tempeh and occasional soy products just not everyday. I currently drink a lot of almond milk but want to start moving away from that as almonds use up so much water and are expensive. I did like that I could find small aseptic cartons of organic soymilk at the dollar store.
09-24-2015 10:12 AM
VeggieSince88
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Originally Posted by Naturebound View Post
Though it was expensive, I LOVE my Blendtec!...
Thanks for the info, Naturebound! I haven't heard of Blendtec, but will look it up and do some research on it. I don't mind expensive, as I prefer to spend whatever's necessary to get the product that will perform the best and last the longest. I really like that you can use it to grind coffee beans, as I prefer buying whole beans, but no longer have a coffee grinder.

You mentioned saving money by making your own milks, flours, etc. This intrigues me, because I buy that stuff on sale, and can't quite picture how making my own would save money. For example, I use Silk soy milk products [and have also used their almond milk], and when they're on sale they're less than $3 for a half-gallon container. I'm GUESSING that making half a gallon of soy milk at home would cost much more than that, but I really don't know. Plus, well, the time and effort.
09-24-2015 02:20 AM
Naturebound
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Originally Posted by VeggieSince88 View Post
First I'd have to buy a blender! Oh, I had one years ago, but who knows what happened to it? I've actually looked at some blenders online recently, but got overwhelmed by how many choices there are. And they're so specialized, like some are specifically marketed toward making smoothies...or other stuff. I don't know, can anyone recommend a great all-purpose blender?
Though it was expensive, I LOVE my Blendtec! I can use it not only for smoothies, but to make my own nut/peanut/seed butter, homemade plant milks (I have tried flaxseed milk, almond milk, oat milk, rice milk...), frozen banana icecream, grind my own flour from whole grains and nuts (such as quinoa or millet or buckwheat etc), grind my own coffee beans etc. I have had it for over four years and it still works like new. High speed blenders like the Blendtec or Vitamix will last a lifetime if you are good to them. I've saved money making my own plant milks in the past and my own specialty flours and so on. I have made many a homemade "cheese" such as the one in the video, and nut based cheeses and so on. Bean based homemade "cheeses" are great too! I don't own a food processer at all because my blendtec does everything a food processer will do. It is however VERY powerful and can be loud sometimes. It is extremely easy to clean.

Before my Blendtec I could still do quite a few recipes with a standard blender though. I think the one above would only require a standard blender, but might need more prep work (making sure everything is soft and steamed so it blends easier etc).
09-24-2015 12:47 AM
VeggieSince88
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Originally Posted by Marjoram View Post
But look at the video and see how easy it is! Just put everything in a blender lol.
First I'd have to buy a blender! Oh, I had one years ago, but who knows what happened to it? I've actually looked at some blenders online recently, but got overwhelmed by how many choices there are. And they're so specialized, like some are specifically marketed toward making smoothies...or other stuff. I don't know, can anyone recommend a great all-purpose blender?
09-23-2015 10:58 PM
Marjoram
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Originally Posted by VeggieSince88 View Post
You're way more energetic than I am!
But look at the video and see how easy it is! Just put everything in a blender lol.
09-23-2015 10:26 PM
VeggieSince88
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Originally Posted by Marjoram View Post
I agree with those who said melted and mixed with something Daiya is better. My quesadillas were a success and my faith in Daiya is restored.
I may give a different flavor a try at some point.

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But, I will really try to make my own
You're way more energetic than I am!
09-23-2015 10:19 PM
Marjoram I agree with those who said melted and mixed with something Daiya is better. My quesadillas were a success and my faith in Daiya is restored. But, I will really try to make my own, I saw a few video on youtube worth trying! This one from CookingWithPlants looks amazing.
09-23-2015 05:29 PM
Capstan I think Daiya is okay. I was never a huge cheese-eater when I was omni, and I'm still not, but I do like an occasional mac 'n cheese, grilled cheese sandwich, or nachos.

I am becoming rather addicted to the Daiya Cheezecake, particularly the Key Lime variety.
09-23-2015 04:05 PM
silva
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Originally Posted by ToriannB View Post
Ive only trued one vegan cheese and it wasnt my fave. I bought my vegan mayo from trader joes before I went vegan. I couldn't taste a difference. And it wasn't expensive either
https://venusvegan.wordpress.com/201...-shower-blues/
Trader Joes Fat Free Mayo??? That's the only one I've seen there, isn't even advertised vegan, and it's called 'mayo' without eggs!
I did not like it, so full of 'thickeners', and not good tasting
TJ's has a vegan mozzerlla shredds people say is made by Galaxy. It' weirdly both disgusting but creamy good in enchiladas. I've been jonesing for cheesey lasagna and am gonna try it again

I love Daiya for the occasional grilled cheese-the pepperjack esp. I can't tell the difference from American cheese slices, and always did get a taste for grilled cheese and pickles. I freeze the bag and it keeps a long time.
09-23-2015 02:49 PM
VeggieSince88
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Originally Posted by LedBoots View Post
The roast with stuffing is very good.
It looks yummy! It's hard to judge its size by the info on the site; is it big enough to feed several people?
09-23-2015 02:44 PM
LedBoots The roast with stuffing is very good.
09-23-2015 02:37 PM
VeggieSince88
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Originally Posted by danakscully64 View Post
Have you tried Just Mayo yet?
No, not yet. It's still unopened in my fridge, but when I get some bread I'm looking forward to having it with my favorite Tofurky slices, lettuce, and tomato.

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Nope, I hate it. I threw my previous bags away. Field Roast Chao all the way!
So you're in the "I threw away my Daiya" club along with me.

I'm not familiar with Field Roast products, so I just looked at their site and, wow! I'm definitely going to give them a try. Their 'meat' products, like the roast with stuffing, and their meatloaf, look good, as does their cheese.
09-23-2015 02:30 PM
VeggieSince88
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Originally Posted by Berry View Post
Why would anybody feel bad for not liking that kind of highly processed food? There is nothing healthy about it. Sure, it is better (especially for the animals) than animal cheese.

But apart from that: No reason to eat it, if you don't like it.
For me, it's a matter of not liking something that other vegans/vegetarians swear by. Like, "HUH?! You DON'T like Daiya?! " I don't feel badly about not liking it, it's just the shock factor of knowing that so many people swear by it...yet I find it utterly disgusting.
09-23-2015 12:41 PM
Berry Why would anybody feel bad for not liking that kind of highly processed food? There is nothing healthy about it. Sure, it is better (especially for the animals) than animal cheese.

But apart from that: No reason to eat it, if you don't like it.
09-23-2015 12:17 PM
Marjoram
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Originally Posted by asunnalove View Post
I really like the the cream cheese ...but i bought a bag of shreds and found they went moldy within the same week...
Keep it in the freezer and take out what you need.
09-23-2015 11:10 AM
LedBoots Daiya havarti wedge is my fave. I don't like their shreds except the pepper jack ones. I haven't tried Follow My Heart yet, it is $$$ at Whole Foods, and the other 2 vegans in the house don't want fake cheese except on a pizza very occasionally.
09-23-2015 08:51 AM
ToriannB Ive only trued one vegan cheese and it wasnt my fave. I bought my vegan mayo from trader joes before I went vegan. I couldn't taste a difference. And it wasn't expensive either
https://venusvegan.wordpress.com/201...-shower-blues/
09-23-2015 06:37 AM
Gwar There are several places here in DC that use Daiya Mozzarella. I'm not a fan of vegan cheese, just I was not a huge fan of regular cheese when I wasnt vegan but the Daiya Mozzarella gets is done on a pizza, I wouldn't use it anywhere else. My two cents.
09-23-2015 06:24 AM
danakscully64
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Originally Posted by VeggieSince88 View Post
I just ordered some "Just Mayo" based on comments I've read on this forum. I haven't opened it yet, but I'm looking forward to it!

As for Daiya...is it sacrilegious to strongly DISLIKE it?! I bought some of the cheddar shreds and really...really...disliked it. Ended up throwing away most of the bag, actually.
Have you tried Just Mayo yet?

Nope, I hate it. I threw my previous bags away. Field Roast Chao all the way!
09-23-2015 12:14 AM
asunnalove
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Originally Posted by Lil' Tofu View Post
I feel like I'm the only one who loves Daiya cheese haha.
I really like the the cream cheese ...but i bought a bag of shreds and found they went moldy within the same week...
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