One is not supposed to eat before davening Shacharit , though the halacha has various exceptions or special cases.
What is considered "before"? If I wake before dawn and start my day, does the prohibition of eating kick in at the first moment when I could daven, or is it about my being awake? I am comparing this to the halachot surrounding eating before a fast which begins at dawn, and whether one can eat before the fast begins if he makes a condition to do so.
By a fast, there seems to be an idea of someone's waking up as being the time after which he cannot eat without a t'nai so I'm trying to understand if someone who wakes up early on a regular day can eat before dawn, or whether he has to make a t'nai to do so or if he simply may not eat until he has davened.