Waking up is a reactivation of almost all of the body's hormones. Everything gets back into gear, and it is a powerful moment for the body to stimulate and generate energy.
During evolution mammals developed control systems to check the possibility of "switching on", to understand that if the energy you need to start and continue the way through the day are actually available. In the absence of suitable fuel, the body avoids energy consumption (and calories) and reduces all activities, limiting their actions to those that are essential to survival and little else. This explains the mid-morning fatigue from which so many of us suffer.
For this reason, in most cultures around the world, food intake in the morning has a profound significance, for its powerful effects on a metabolism (and among other things, without breakfast, our efforts to lose weight are likely to be quite useless), for regulating energy for the body and for the symbolic meanings that it can take on; because in today's world, breakfast remains one of the few possible moments of sitting together and talking as a family.
While in many parts of the world breakfast is always considered to be the time of the day for setting off, in Italy, only a small percentage of people eat properly in the first moments of the morning, and many skip that all-important metabolic moment and a large number restrict their energy stimulus to a coffee with a brioche eaten quickly at the coffee bar.
A new and improved breakfast that is “food conscious”
Thanks to an increasing awareness of food consciousness, the number of those who cannot do without breakfast is growing; and in the past few years, thanks to the progressive study of inflammatory signals and the increasing knowledge of "food signals," the value of the breakfast (or brunch) has become an increasingly scientific certainty rather than mere opinion.
For example, breakfast in the morning allows you to start burning excess calories but must contain the right amount of plant or animal protein (which must be distributed across the three meals of the day in a balanced and represents about one third of the plate
) and must be consumed shortly after waking to properly activate the metabolism.
Protein and fruit for breakfast, the examples in the world
Breakfast with good presence of proteins that are made in Slavic and Nordic countries, for example, and allow you to arrive at the next meal without feeling hungry in the late-afternoon as a meal that ends the working day. The Anglo-Saxon world offers an exemplary lesson in "breakfast" culture with the well-balanced consumption of carbohydrates and protein (also low-cost such as eggs) exploiting those naturally present in cereals. Many cultures (Polynesia, Thailand, China) keep the same balance at breakfast and it is a good idea (as is often the case in Mediterranean countries) to start the day with fresh fruit.
Breakfast and brunch for the well-being
In the recently published book, Colazione e brunch per il benessere
, a large number of breakfasts are described through recipes and photos, with possible variants that are typical of many regions of the world and changes that make them suitable also for vegetarians, or for anyone who is intolerant to certain foods, and so forth, fully respecting individual needs and choices. It has a particular aim: to help those who eat to make use of the sun's energy, as part of the food, to make it their own and to express it fully through personal well-being.