Facebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryLorrie Jones, certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and an expert on emotional eating, will be at the Olympia Timberland Library to speak on why we eat (or don’t eat), how to create mindful eating habits, and learn guidelines to keep pounds off for life. The presentation takes place after regular library hours, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., on Wednesday, October 24. Like all Timberland library programs, the presentation is free of charge.Dieting is a multi-billion dollar a year industry in our country. Yet it has been reported that 95 to 98 percent of all the weight lost in the United States is gained back in a year to a year and a half. Diets don’t work, according to Jones, because they are based on inadequacy and shame.Mindfulness is bringing a focused awareness to the present moment, non-judgmentally, and developing freedom from reactive, habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. As Jones explains it, mindful eating is respecting our own inner wisdom, choosing food that is both pleasing and nourishing by using all of our senses to savor and enjoy food without judgment, and learning to be aware of physical hunger and satiation to guide our decision to begin eating and to stop eating.Jones offers acceptance and understanding to people struggling with eating issues and provides information and her personal story. As a younger woman, Jones tried numerous diets, losing and gaining a combined total of 1,900 pounds over a ten-year period.Jones is a Washington State Certified Counselor with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, certification in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Beginning, Advanced and Senior Yoga and Mat Pilates. Her website is www.simpleserenity.com.The Olympia Timberland Library is at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, call (360) 352-0595 or go to www.TRL.org.