Habits, both good and bad, are a part of our everyday life. Think of your day-to-day routine- it has likely evolved over the course of time due to habits that have been repeated. We wake up, brush our teeth, get dressed, eat breakfast, and so on. Considering our habits and routines are often automatic behaviors, one way to break them is to become more mindful of our thoughts.
Mindful eating has a lot of benefits, but it is hard work as you need to actually take the time to be present at meal times. Busy schedules mean meals are often eaten on the run, at our desk, or as a part of another activity like driving or meeting with clients. We often eat out with friends, in front of the TV, or simply across the table from our family members, which though lovely, can act as a distraction to what we are actually doing- eating. Mindful eating on the other hand draws on the importance of awareness. We often ignore serving sizes and even the signals our body is sending us. Mindful eating can prevent overeating and, more importantly, promote a healthy relationship with food.
I think it is important to consider why we need to eat (to nourish our bodies and provide energy and sustenance) as well as identify the other reasons we often eat (because we are bored, sad, anxious, we have company over, traditions, it tastes so good, etc). It is also important to note that if we eat to nourish and skip the rest we would not need to diet or deprive ourselves. Eating to nourish is essentially mindful eating because we are choosing foods that nourish our bodies and only consuming what we need to thrive vs. what we want.