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Self-Love Tips (…and What I’m Doing)

I’m getting ready to take a big step, something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve decided it’s time to take a step back and take care of myself, show a little self-love. But, before I get to what I’m going to be doing, I wanted to share a video and some self-love tips with all of you. (This is a long post, bare with me. There’s an important announcement at the end.)

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Christie Ressel, in the video below, gives some great tips on self-love. These are all simple, easy and inexpensive things to do to show yourself some love and bring your life some happiness. Have a look…

In case you chose not to watch the video,

here are some of her self-love tips…

  • Start a gratitude journal – Take a few minutes each day to write about things/people for which you are thankful to have in your life.
  • Indulge in music that you love – Blast it out loud, or put on some headphones/ear buds. Listen, love, dance and have fun! Have a DANCE PARTY! This seriously works! It’s impossible not to smile when you’re jamming, dancing and having fun!
  • Buy some fresh flowers for your home – There’s just something special about having fresh plants and flowers around the house. Not only do they bring freshness and color, but a sense of peace and spiritual energy. Wonderful.
  • Put your sparkling water or other drink in a special glass – I’ve been doing this with my detox tea. There’s something fun and special about drinking from a fancy glass.
  • Brew some coffee or tea and take 5 minutes to just relax and breathe –  Just sip, relax and enjoy, without the rush. You deserve it!
  • Get outside everyday and breathe some fresh air. – Take a walk in nature if you can. I am a fervent lover of the forest and am lucky enough to live near lots of forests, streams and walking trails. There’s nothing better than walking in the woods. The sense of peace, serenity and beautiful energy is just amazing.
  • Take time to meditate or pray everyday. – It seems indulgent to just sit in peace, letting go of stress. However, stress is SOOO hard on our body’s physically, that we are keeping yourself healthy. Your loved one’s will thank you.
  • Indulge in your favorite movie or TV show– Grab a bowl of popcorn and just sit back and enjoy yourself.
  • Light a candle – I LOVE candles. I’m not sure what it is, but they just bring so much peace. Making it a beautiful scent will add even more to the experience.
  • Take a luxurious bubble bath – Bring that lite candle into the bathroom and relax. maybe you’ll put on your favorite relaxing music. For me, I like to listen to audiobooks.

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What I’m Doing…

A bit of my story first… and a few confessions.

8 years ago, I went on a juice fast, then a vegan, gluten free diet. Along with exercise, I proceeded to lose 50 pounds. I remain gluten free to this day, but could not handle a vegan diet. (I’m also allergic to soy- that makes things difficult when you’re a vegan-no gluten or soy!)  It was at this time that my love of nutrition blossomed. I read everything I could get my hands on. My husband and I began to make slow changes in our diet: juicing, smoothies, organic food, no sugar, whole foods, no processed foods. Everything I advocate in my blog. I still live this way…most of the time. But I have my demons, like everyone else. And my demons sometimes get the better of me, where my diet is concerned.

Around that same time, maybe about about 7 years ago, I had a personal crisis of sorts. This caused me to turn to my vices when times were bad. For me, my main vice is/was soda. I am completely and utterly addicted to soda. When things are bad, the first thing I turn to is soda. My demons still haunt me sometimes, so I still struggle with soda. That is really the main thing. I hardly ever eat fast food, processed food, cakes cookies, candy, etc.  My diet is usually 80% or more whole foods. That’s not very sensible is it? Sitting eating dinner, with a wonderful plate of organic whole food, and a tall glass of soda!  My problem is, and always has been SODA.

My other vice…  I absolutely HATE to exercise. I know I can do it because that’s how I lost 50 pounds. Well, once I lost the weight, I quit exercising. I walk my dog everyday, and do yoga at least once a week, but that’s about it. (obviously not enough!)

Guess what drinking soda and not exercising has done for me? I have gained back every ounce of weight I lost 7 years ago. Can you believe that? I have gained 50 pounds in 7 years, mainly from drinking soda. (I drink A LOT of soda-I’ve been clean for 21 days) It wasn’t sudden, or all at ounce, a few pounds here and there. I tried losing it the same way I did before, and it didn’t work. It may have something to do with my age…darn hormones! 😡 No matter how hard I tried, the more I lost, the more I gained back. The yoyo effect. And now, here I am, back where I started 7 years ago.

It doesn’t comfort me knowing that 95% of people who lose weight gain it back. I’m a nutrition student now and I feel as if I should know better.  I recently took a course on energy balance and weight management. My instructor, a microbiologist from UCLA, helped guide me and I now have a better idea as to how to lose weight properly. During the course, I developed my own weight loss program, specifically geared toward people in my age bracket (middle age). So, I do know better now, and will be implementing my weight loss plan after I’m done with my detox… Which brings us to the main purpose for this post.

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I’m taking a 3 month leave of absence. (A sabbatical)

I have thought long and hard for many months about what to do and have come to a very difficult, but necessary, decision….It’s time I re-create myself. I’m taking that leap and creating my dream.

I have decided to take a 3 month leave of absence or sabbatical from school and blogging. I submitted my request to Hawthorn this past Friday. I received an email from the administration and expect it to be approved sometime today. Beginning today, and for the next three months, I will not be taking any classes or posting any articles or blogs. (I will, however, take this time to catch up on reading all of your wonderful blogs, something I don’t do nearly enough. I’ll even try to repost some articles on occasion.) I absolutely ADORE blogging and studying nutrition, so this was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made. But, I have to do this.

I need to do this to get myself back together, to get into the exercise habit, and kick my soda addiction once and for all. I have no business helping other people get healthy, if I can’t get healthy myself. So I am devoting the next three months to loving and taking care of myself. I consider it part of my job, as a future nutritionist, to get as healthy as I can, as an example to others of what is possible. I feel SO  blessed that I have the ability to do this at this point in my life. I do realize just how lucky I am and I thank God every day. I  know it can be done, because I’ve done it before. My hope is that in 3 months, when I return in July, I’ll be 30 pounds lighter, with an exercise addiction, instead of a soda addiction. ( my ultimate goal is 50 pounds, but that will take longer than 3 months.)

As I said, my sabbatical will last 3 months. So, you can expect the first blog to be posted on Monday, July 9, 2018. It’s going to be really hard not blogging for 3 months. It has become part of who I am. Quite frankly, it scares the hell out of me!

I’ve decided that I’M MOVIN’ ON from my demonsit’s time to put them behind me….

I leave you with a few other songs. I hope these songs make you realize that each of you are truly phenomenal people.  I always try to think of everyone who reads my blog, and everyone I meet this way. We are all God’s children. God made each of us in his image. We are all beautiful, amazing, wonderful and brave….NEVER forget that.

Don’t let anyone tell you anything different…

say to yourself…

I am BEAUTIFUL

Each and everyone of you are amazing…

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE

All of you are wonderful, beautiful, and amazing.

Now it’s time to be BRAVE!

I love each and everyone of you.

I’ll miss you and blogging…

BUT

I need to do this…

I’ll be back in three months.

See you in July.

Until next time…

Namaste my friends.

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About Tamara Hoerner (1145 Articles)
Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

37 Comments on Self-Love Tips (…and What I’m Doing)

  1. Such a relatable post!

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  2. Prayers and God‘s blessings as you go through this journey! Know that you have some cheerleaders behind you!

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  3. Best wishes for a wonderful, restorative sabbatical. Blessings to you!

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  4. Best of luck to you, and I hope you are able to find yourself, your motivation, and your happy place!

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  5. Reblogged this on My Walk in the Woods and commented:

    Here is my final post on The Purple Almond, for the next 3 months. As often as possible, I will be posting the progress of my journey here on this site. I hope you join me on my walk through the woods.

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  6. Best wishes! I admire what you are doing for yourself.

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  7. I can empathize with you. My addiction is sugar which I really have to give up for my health. I binge eat! I will look forward to your next post in July and can’t wait to hear about all th progress you will have made by then!

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    • Sugar is sooo hard to give up!! The only way, for me at least, is to give it up fully, at least until the cravings subside. After that, and after I’ve lost my weight, I’ll add raw honey and pure maple syrup back in…SLOWLY. Since sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine and heroine, it must be approached in the same way…complete abstinence. Unfortunately, this is the only thing I’ve found that works. I’ve tried the “eating it occasionally”, which is impossible if the person is an addict. If I try it part time, I find I “talk myself into” having “just a little more”. That ends up in an all out binge.

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  8. I believe you are taking a bold and necessary step Tamara. Take care of yourself and best wishes.

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  9. This is quite possibly my favorite blog post I have ever read. I am on a journey currently of self-discovery and reflection. This has spoken to my heart so much. I even sent it to myself so I won’t lose it. I admire what you are doing so much.

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    • Sorry for the delayed reply. I’ve been on a leave of absence and am currently getting caught up. Wow! Thank you so much for your tremendously kind words. I’m so glad you found inspiration in my post.

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  10. I love these tips and how you encourage self love!! This is an awesome post! Thanks for sharing 🙂 xoxo!
    http://personalgrowthsuccessblog.com/2018/05/21/self-love-is-the-b-e-s-t-love

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  11. Good for you brave soul! 💖

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  12. I literally fell in love with what you said. I too have taken quite a break from blogging because I needed to get back to myself. I wish you luck and this is an awesome idea 🙂

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    • Sorry for the delayed reply. I’ve been on a leave of absence and am currently getting caught up. I’ll absolutely take a look at you’re article. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate it. Although my time off didn’t go as planned, I still enjoyed the time to relax and reflect on my life, something I don’t have time for otherwise. Thanks for your comment. 🙏

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      • You are welcome. I understand…I’ve been trying to figure out topics for this blog, because I feel like I have no time to work on it, between being a mom to an almost 5 year old, taking care of my husband because of some medical issues and working outside of the house. Its all been so exhausting and tiring…I’m glad you responded back to me and it’s ok for the late response…I just logged on to my blog and I need to do some revamping. So no worries. I understand 🙂

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  13. I read your post on Self-Love Tips, and I am right there with you! My addiction is sweets, and I’ve been stuck in the realm of hopelessness and helplessness many, many times! These goodies are my drug of choice! I admire you for taking a break and loving yourself until you are ready to share and reach out with your words of wisdom and experience. I pray you find inner peace and freedom, and I look forward to your return. I’ve only just found your blog but I will take some time to read ypur past posts! God bless!

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  14. Amazing you go girl🙏🏻 I hope you are feeling how you imagined. Great post ❤️

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