Tinnitus, Probiotics and Prebiotics, Calories In/Out, and Bossy Girls


Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Things I've Learned | Posted on 01-20-2014

What I Learned Last Week (Jan. 13 – Jan. 19, 2014)


You’ll notice a lot of references to Hay House and some of their authors in what I learned last week, because I listened to many of their “Start the New You Now” interviews which were only available last week. There was definitely some interesting content, although much of it overlapped because their authors and what they write about are very similar.

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

  • According to Louise Hay, 87 year old founder of publishing company Hay House, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) afflicts people who have a refusal to listen to their inner voice. Interestingly, tinnitus is something I had for quite a while, but realized recently that for the most part, it seems to be gone.

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

  • Water droplets hanging off of trees, leaves and pretty much anything outside when it’s raining, is really beautiful. Unless you are walking outside while it’s raining (and also paying attention) it’s easy to miss. I’m pretty sure I never noticed this until my walk today.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

  • I want to learn more about probiotic foods and having a “healthy gut.”
  • I’m so grateful and happy that I chose to embark on my personal transformational journey, rather than being forced to through something horrible happening in my life. Sadly, that seems to be the most common reason which causes many people to finally get healthy, switch jobs, or whatever other transformations they decide to make.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

  • “Manufactured food is always crap.” – Another one from Louise Hay.
  • “The difference between change and transformation is that with change you can (and often do) change back.  But transformation is evolution.” – davidji

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

  • While there’s a lot of talk about probiotic foods these days, something else that’s apparently important to eat are prebiotics. These are the insoluble fiber from foods (especially vegetables) that we don’t digest, but which the flora in our intestines feed on.

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

  • It can be snowing quite heavily in Massachusetts and be not snowing at all in Rhode Island.
  • According to a variety of sources but especially in the book I’m reading now “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It” by Gary Taubes, losing weight (or gaining it) isn’t quite as simple as calories in vs. calories out. However, I do have to say for me, reducing calories in vs. what went out worked very well for me, especially when I first embarked on my weight loss journey. I think the concept will become clearer as I get deeper into the book.

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014

  • Brussels Sprouts, Portabella Mushroom, Turkey Bacon and Garlic

    Brussels Sprouts, Portabella Mushroom, Turkey Bacon and Garlic

    Sometimes even I wonder “What happened to Jill” when I crave brussels sprouts for lunch!

  • While you often hear people call certain little girls “bossy,” you rarely if ever hear it said of boys.” – Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In.”


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I’ve recently started to take a probiotic pill. I’m convinced that the imbalance in gut bacteria has been the root of my skin problems. I was taking just the yeast overgrowth supplement, and that was helping – but to eliminate the problem, my diet had to be really strict. I’m finding with the probiotic and a still limited but not as strict diet, I’m getting good results.

I was actually going to mention that to you as it does seem to be an important thing in curbing yeast growth. I don’t believe I have a problem with it, and therefore won’t take supplements, but I’d like to try to eat more natural probiotics. I still have a fear of yogurt for some reason, so I’d rather get it in something like sauerkraut or some other fermented veggies. I think I might try fermenting some kale myself. I saw a recipe where you just basically stick it in a jar with garlic and some other things for a few weeks.

Your fear of yogurt is completely irrational. If anything, you should fear the absence of yogurt, because not having it means the bad bacteria has taken over.

Oh, believe me, I know that fear is irrational! And you’d think with all the other much weirder things I eat now that I could/would eat yogurt. But so far, I can’t get myself to do it!

Re: transformational journey — interesting idea — choosing vs. being forced to. Which begs the question, can one be forced to transform? The answer is of course, no. Otherwise, we’d have no free will.

True, Dianna. Perhaps “forced” wasn’t the perfect word there. But it does seem that a good portion of people who make major life transformations do it because something dire happens. Often it’s a major medical problem where if they don’t do something, they’ll simply get worse or even die. So yeah, while they may not be “forced” to change, when the only other alternative is death, well…umm…there’s not a whole lot of choice!

I agree with you there. But I was also thinking of people who have been given the opportunity to transform and don’t — and they either die literally or go into a sort of spiritual hibernation. The fear of transforming is a real fear — and can hold people back (I know from experience, haha). Now that I’ve done the hard part of mine, I keep thinking, “Wow. What was I afraid of?” Once you make the leap and land on the other side, your entire vista changes.

By “given the opp. to transform” do you mean something like a new job opportunity comes along, or something like that?

Re: tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

I have this too. The hearing specialist was less than helpful – told me to live with it. It coincided with taking some medication, which I have read can happen.

After reading articles, I found that it can also be increased by stress. Which I have found merit too. So since you have left the business world for now, besides Ms. Huff’s take on why people get tinnitus, it could be that your life is less stressful now.