Poll: The most important meal in a freelancer's day is...
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Oct 21

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Teresa Borges
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Breakfast Oct 21

For me, the most important meal of the day is breakfast! I never start working without a good breakfast, if I’m very busy I might replace other meals by a snack during the day but breakfast is sacred!

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Eden Cope
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Breakfast as well Oct 21

I believe all meals are important, but I almost always take time to eat breakfast. When I work, I tend to hyperfocus, and I don't like to interrupt myself with food when I am in "translation mode" unless I am quite hungry. So before working, I make sure to eat a big breakfast.

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Tina Vonhof  Identity Verified
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Me too Oct 21

I agree with Teresa. Doctors, nutrition experts, etc. give this advice to anyone, not just translators: a good breakfast carries you through the day, it is fuel for your brain. It is well known that children who come to school without having had breakfast can't concentrate and perform poorly, so why would it be any different for translators?

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Who knows? Oct 21

In this poll, like so many others, I miss the option 'You can't generalise'. We are all different.

When I am trying to lose weight, I skip breakfast and take a slightly early lunch two or three times a week. That is the meal I miss least, but cutting it out altogether for several days in a row proves to be a bad idea.

So breakfast is the least important for me. When I eat breakfast, I try to wait as long as possible before eating lunch. Then I am less tempted to nibble on biscuits in the afternoon.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Member (2006)
German to English
Lunch Oct 21

for me.

Start work every day at 7am and after 1 hour of fitness training at 9am, I have to eat lunch at 12 otherwise I am no use for the rest of the day. And as for the breakfast, you are not supposed to eat before you do sport ...

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Philip Lees  Identity Verified
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Member (2008)
Greek to English
Most Oct 22

I find it very discouraging that more than 40% of the responders to this poll, plus the ProZ staff who set the question, don't understand the meaning of the word "most".

Breakfast, since you asked.

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Sandra& Kenneth  Identity Verified
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French to English
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Breakfast Oct 22

I get up quite early and have a longish run, followed by some general fitness exercises. By 8 o'clock I am starving. As a consequence, this is my most satisfying meal of the day. Any other meal, planned or improvised, is never as good.


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Dinner Oct 23

In my case, dinner is the only meal I take regularly. I never have breakfast.

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