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A Blast from the Past – My Very First Post – Welcome to The Purple Almond

Update July 28, 2017

It’s blog-iversary time at The Purple Almond, at least ONE of my blog-iversaries. You see, I consider that I have 2 blog-iversaries, the date I opened the blog, and the date I REALLY got it going. Here are my 2 blog-iversaries

  • July 29, 2015 – open date
  • November 26, 2016 – start date

So, 2 years ago (tomorrow) on July 29, 2015, I opened my blog and published my first post. I do have this same post on my “About” page, AND it was updated over a year later, but, none the less, it is my first post.

If you are a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that, after I opened my blog, my own fear kept me from really getting it going. I used excuse after excuse to keep myself from writing, keep myself from living my dream. What if no one reads it…what if no one likes it…what if people laugh at me…what if people make fun of me…I have too much homework…the house needs cleaning. Well, you get the idea!  So, other than 2 reblogged articles, for 16 months, I let my fear stop my dreams. As I write this today, I wonder what this blog would be like and where it would stand, had I not let my fears get in the way for 16 months. I’m just glad that I got up the courage to get it going in November, 2016. I really don’t know what changed, or what prompted me to overcome my fear. Support and encouragement from my family helped. I always follow my heart and sometimes, the longing in my heart becomes so overwhelming that I can’t ignore it. That’s what happened here. Quite frankly, I don’t know where I’d be without my blog and all of you.

Don’t let fear stop your dreams…

As I said above, in between my 2 blog-iversary dates, I reblogged 2 articles

Then, on November 29, 2016, 16 months later and the date I consider my REAL blog-iversary, I started writing and didn’t look back.

Here is the original article,


“The Doctor of the future will no longer treat the human with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition”

~ Thomas Edison

Welcome to my blog. I hope you’ll join me as I journey into the field of nutrition, more specifically using food to cure disease.

This blog was first opened the summer of 2015, and for the past year, I’ve been working on my Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree program at Hawthorn University. I began my coursework there in September, 2015. Now, in November, 2016, I am much wiser and on the road to fulfilling my nutrition dreams.

This is something I’ve thought about for a long time. I read everything I can get my hands on and watch food documentaries whenever I can. It is my passion and I can’t believe I get to study it full time. Well, as the old saying goes, “Do something you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Many things fell into place at just the right time to make this possible, and I feel very fortunate.

I am of the firm belief that food can cure disease. I’m not talking just any old food, but good clean whole food from nature. I didn’t always feel this way however. One of my favorite things for lunch, as a child, was Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. I often snacked on sliced American cheese with french onion dip. So, what changed my mind and put me on the “food is a cure” path?

I’ll talk more about myself in another blog, but, suffice it to say, I was on the same path as most Americans, eating the Standard American Diet, gaining weight and slowly getting sick. I tried many diets and eating plans, to no avail. Then, 2 people close to me were sick, one with Grave’s disease and one with PCOD. I watched as both of them completely cured themselves by doing only one thing, changing their diet. I was amazed and intrigued. I began to read and watch everything, thus my journey into food began.

I realize that the name Purple Almond is a bit different, and you may wonder why I chose it. The symbolism of the 2 words together summed up what food means to me. Purple/violet, symbolizes, among other things, healing of mind, body and spirit, higher consciousness and awareness of self. Almonds and Almond trees are sometimes known as “the tree of life” and symbolize light and awakening. So, the name Purple Almond sums up my beliefs nicely, “Good, nutritious, whole food brings light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

So join me as I take you on a journey of mind, body and soul, while I show you how to heal your body from the inside out.

About Tamara Hoerner (615 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

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