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Research on diet tips for translators - help needed
Thread poster: Marta Maojo

Marta Maojo
Spain
Local time: 22:57
Spanish to English
Nov 25, 2013

I am preparing a webinar about diet for translators. has anyone tried a coffee substitute that is satisfying?

 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
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Russian to English
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Hi, yes -- tea, and ginger water with lemon and honey Nov 25, 2013

These are great. I drink quite a lot of black tea with lemon and sugar or honey, so it has caffeine as well, but it is apparently quite good for you. Some coffee -- like two, three cups a day is apparently good too.

[Edited at 2013-11-25 17:18 GMT]


 

Morano El-Kholy  Identity Verified
Egypt
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Have a look at this site... Nov 25, 2013

Dear Marta,

This is an interesting topic. Please, refer to this link:

http://www.thedietchannel.com/Coffee-Alternatives-for-Coffee-Addicts.htm

I hope that this may be of great help...

Regards,


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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English to Afrikaans
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Yes, caffeine pills Nov 25, 2013

Marta Maojo wrote:
Has anyone tried a coffee substitute that is satisfying?


Well, I suppose you could get some chocolate milk, warm it up, add some water to dilute it, and dissolve caffeine pills in it. But I think drinking coffee as usual would be cheaper.


 

philgoddard
United States
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You can make it with acorns... Nov 25, 2013

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_substitute

 

Inge Luus  Identity Verified
South Africa
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Panax ginseng tea Nov 25, 2013

Coffee doesn't beat this in my book (and that, coming from someone who used to drink 6 cups of coffee a day!). Have been drinking this now for about 4 months now (just 1 or 2 cups of an organic, fair trade variety is all that I need). Not really missing coffee either. Just need the right brand of tea with the right amount of Ginseng.

[Edited at 2013-11-25 20:25 GMT]


 

Tatty  Identity Verified
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Chicory Nov 25, 2013

Good stuff, I drink lots of it and it doesn't stain my teeth.

BTW, one of the advantages to working from home is that you can do any hair-brained diet you please...


 

Łukasz Gos-Furmankiewicz  Identity Verified
Poland
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Re: caffeine Nov 25, 2013

Perhaps find out about ways of brewing coffee which make it go in more easily, damage the stomach and the other organs less etc. Guarana/yerba mate might be a better substitute but would need to be experimented with on the individual translator level.icon_wink.gif

 

Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Agree about the ginger water Nov 26, 2013

Putting some fresh ginger in water may be something worth trying, instead of coffee. I also like matcha. Yerba mate didn't give me the same kind of boost, ie. the boost fades away after an hour, whereas with coffee it keeps me for 6 hours (and I'm talking about a mild coffee blend with lots of milk).

Diet should be balanced, but since we are sitting a lot probably the highly digestible kind like fibers, proteins and minimizing the CH.

Does ginseng cause any side effects? I was going to taste it but was concerned about side effects.

I usually still need one cup of coffee a day (Ness with plenty of milk, I actually make it with milk only, no water added).


 

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
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Water Nov 26, 2013

Why drink coffee? I drink coffee when I get it for free included in a meal or when my wife brews for herself, to keep her company. I don't need any substitute because I drink the real thing: water.

 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
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Italian to English
Rabbits Nov 26, 2013

Tatty wrote:

Good stuff, I drink lots of it and it doesn't stain my teeth.

BTW, one of the advantages to working from home is that you can do any hair-brained diet you please...


I think you mean "harebrained"....

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harebrained

I assumed that this thread was intended to be about the translator's diet as a whole, but it seems to have become restricted to just hot drinks, types of coffee, etc.

I only have one espresso in the morning and another after lunch. Any more than 2 espressos per day is bad for your heart, as any Italian will tell you. Apart from that I never eat or drink anything when working.

How about a wider discussion of suitable diets for those who lead the very sedentary and unhealthy life of the translator? What should I be eating/not eating?

[Edited at 2013-11-26 08:20 GMT]


 

Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Yeah, Tom, but Nov 26, 2013

Tom in London wrote:

Tatty wrote:

Good stuff, I drink lots of it and it doesn't stain my teeth.

BTW, one of the advantages to working from home is that you can do any hair-brained diet you please...


I think you mean "harebrained"....

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harebrained



don't you just love the picture that "hair-brained" creates in your mind?


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
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Italian to English
Not really Nov 26, 2013

Suzan Hamer wrote:

don't you just love the picture that "hair-brained" creates in your mind?


Not really, Suzan; I am trying imagine my hair growing on the inside of my head, rather than on the outside. Keeping my hair clean and un-yucky would be a bit of a problem. And it would squeeze my brain, which might be painful.

[Edited at 2013-11-26 09:33 GMT]


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:57
Hebrew to English
Surely coffee doesn't make or break a diet..... Nov 26, 2013

It's a bit like when you go to a fast-food place, order a fat-filled feast and then ask for a diet coke.

@Heinrich
Admittedly I don't drink enough water, but I find it hard when living in a cold country. When I wake up and see my breath in the air, I crave a hot drink (usually tea) not a glass of water. When I am in Israel my water consumption skyrockets and hot drinks are kept to a minimum. So it guess it evens itself out.


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Why? Nov 26, 2013

Marta Maojo wrote:
Has anyone tried a coffee substitute that is satisfying?


Why do you want a substitute for coffee? What is it about coffee that you want to avoid? The caffeine? The sugar? The milk? The high cost? Tooth decay? Bad breath? Several of the substitutes mentioned so far cost far more than ordinary coffee, so clearly for those translators the high cost isn't what they're trying to avoid. But what do *you* want to avoid?

I suspect different translators in different countries may want to avoid it for different reasons. In some places, coffee is drunk with milk and sugar, but in others, it is taken unsweetened and unfattened. In some places, coffee is usually made in a coffee machine, using a processed cartridge, but in others, it is brewed in a pot or a plunger, and still others use powdered coffee (or coffee mixtures) that dissolve in boiling water. In some countries, coffee is drunk in thimbles of less than 100 ml, whereas in others coffee isn't really coffee unless the mug contains at least 500 ml.


[Edited at 2013-11-26 10:42 GMT]


 
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