About

As a Holistic Wellness Educator, Tamara Hoerner founded Purple Almond Wellness. Tamara graduated Summa Cum Laude, in July, 2019 with a Master of Science degree in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University and has a double major in Elementary and Special Education from Northern State University. Tamara currently works with adults between 40 and 65 years old, who struggle with weight, heart disease or memory issues.

Purple Almond Wellness began as a blog called “The Purple Almond”  in the July, 2015, when Tamara began her studies at Hawthorn University, but her passion for nutrition goes back much farther.

Tamara was on the same path as most Americans, eating the Standard American Diet, gaining weight and slowly getting sick. She tried many diets to no avail. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in her family and when two people close to her became sick, one with Grave’s disease and one with PCOD, Tamara watched as both of them cured themselves by only changing their diet. She was intrigued and her journey into food began. Using only nutrition, Tamara lost weight and rid her body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis  and migraines. Tamara knows first hand what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age.

The name “Purple Almond” symbolizes what food means to Tamara. Purple symbolizes healing of mind, body, spirit and awareness of self. Almond trees are known as “the tree of life” and symbolize light and awakening. For Tamara, “Purple Almond” means “Good, nutritious, whole food brings light, and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

63 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey there Old Sport! I’m K&L, the Author, Publisher & CEO of The Millionaire’s Digest, I’ve accepted your request to join our team. I’ve sent you an invitation to your email! See you soon! Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    K&L

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  2. I am diabetic and diabetes is a death sentence. I was diagnosed in 2008 and nothing the doctors have done for me has helped, so before I die, I will change my diet, with your guidance.

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    1. Yes, changing diet is KEY to diabetes. Keep in mind that doctors are not trained in nutrition. They are trained to diagnose disease, and prescribe medicine/drugs. More doctors are starting to realize the importance of nutrition, however. Let me do some research on diabetic diets and nutrition. I will try to post a blog in the next week or 2.
      If you have more specific and personal concerns, you can fill out a form on my contact page.
      Keep in mind that I am still a student, with only 1 year under my belt. But I have access to many wonderful and highly qualified holistic nutritionists, many of them have doctorates. I’m happy to help you. That’s why I’m here. 🙂

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  3. You are writing exactly what I am thinking and that is why I am on a FOOD diet. I never eat processed foods. It is hard sometimes as my husband is always bring home bagels and crackers and all those tempting things, but I always feel better if i stick to my real food diet. I hope your studies are going well! c

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  4. Your explanation for your blog name is perfect. I wish you much success on educating the masses. I’m certain we share a similar philosophy about food and its important value as a nutrient as well as INFORMATION that directs genetic expression or suppression to achieve healthy outcomes.

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    1. I’m certain we do as well. Yes, we’ve touched on nutrigenomics in school. For others who might be reading this nutrigenomics is the study of nutrition on our genes. The effect of foods ability to turn our genes on or off. Thank you Dr Johnathon for visiting. 🙏😊

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    2. It’s interesting that you mention gene expression. I chose the name BEFORE I started school or knew anything about nutrigenomics. All I knew when I chose the name was proper nutrition could heal the body. I had witnessed it as my loved ones cured themselves of PCOD and GRAVES DISEASE. Now I know the science behind the inherent healing powers within the body.

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      1. We, in the health care field, would be much better off spending our time and dollars on discovering techniques that support the defenses of our bodies rather than focusing on synthetic substitutes that “kill the enemy.” These “enemies” have an innate intelligence to adapt and survive our developing technologies. If we provide the body the tools needed to maintain an “unfriendly” environment for pathogens using fundamental healthy lifestyle choices, a symbiotic relationship will be restored permitting human life and pathogen to exist. This simple concept will remain the basis for a holistic practitioner.

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  5. Tamara, thank you for following https://stilettosstoliandscribbles.wordpress.com/! We are in a different “blogging business” than The Purple Almond, but we three do have nutritional challenges that we write about occasionally and share recipes frequently — not always healthy, but always delicious. I am a Celiac, so all of mine feature gluten free eating. But, we’re writers and our blogging is pretty eclectic. We hope you enjoy visiting!! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for the nomination. I am absolutely honored. I did go award free on 1/24/2017. Since going award free, I have received 4 more nominations. I will officially decline however, I am thinking of doing a “thank you” blog this next week as a shout out to everyone who nominated me but not participating completely. Thanks again for the nomination! I truly appreciate it!

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      1. I completely understand 🙂 I might end up doing the same, only because I feel it sometimes takes away from my energy to write more personal blog posts. Best wishes x

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    1. Sorry for the delay in a reply. I just found this in my spam, which I rarely check. Normally just junk. Anyway, I’ll ask
      her for specific information regarding PCOD and what she used and get back to you. As I recall, it was a fairly strict protocol. But it worked.

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    1. OHH! Thank you very much! I’m so honored! I would normally decline, since I’m supposed to be an award free blog, however, I’ll accept, since I have recently been nominated by a few other ppl for awards. Thanks again! Wonderful news for my day. 🙂

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  6. I love learning and I am totally looking forward to learning more on health. I truly believe what we put in and on our bodies is the key to health and of course happiness….I wish you well in your studies!

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  7. Hey again :D. If you don’t mind me asking – how do you find your program of study at the moment? I currently hold a bachelors in Linguistics (and then after went off on my RYT/Certified Health Coach path) and want to go back to school for some type of nutrition-focused major. The problem I face is – do I go straight back to square one and get another BS in say dietetics or do I try to find a program where I could go in to a Masters for with possibly a remedial time where I complete some of the ‘prereq’ courses. Again, I know it’s a lot of questions to bombard you with but what is your bachelors degree in? Did it aid you with admission to your current program? And yes the question I asked before being the most important I suppose haha – Are you enjoying it and do you think it will take you where you dreamed of going after?

    If you’re busy I understand and no rush in replying. I just got excited to see someone doing what I’m thinking of pursuing.

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    1. It really depends on the type of nutrition you want. I specifically wanted HOLISTIC NUTRITION, and there aren’t many schools that do that. Almost all schools were more government nutrition-dietetics, which I absolutely didn’t want. I had no desire to become a government nutrition based dietician. SO, When I found Hawthorn, it was the perfect fit. They specifically do holistic nutrition and health-EXACTLY what I wanted.
      You’d have to find the school you want and check their requirements. Dietetics may require a BS degree.
      I have a double major in education/special education, so it a fit, because as nutritionists, that’s what we’ll be doing-educating ppl. (Looking back, I’m sure this helped me get in)
      It depends on where you go as far as prerequisites. Hawthorn gives the basics you need, so I didn’t need any special prereq. courses.
      They have specific requirements for the application process. I simply followed the process. To be honest I’m not sure if it was my undergrad, my grades, the essay, or the recommendation letters. It was something I had been thinking about for a long time. I simply “bit the bullet”, jumped in with both feet and applied. I decided if I got in, it was meant to be, if not I’d move on.
      YES! I absolutely love it. (Most of the time! LOL! 🙂 )
      I’m studying clinical nutrition, so it’s a bit more intense than their other degrees. LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of reading, research and paper writing.
      Yes, I am enjoying it, a lot. I’m glad I chose Hawthorn, over other programs. I did TONS of research, and looked at dozens of schools. Hawthorn is the right fit for me.
      Yes, I do believe, eventually, it will get me to my dream of having my own practice. It’s a long way off. I am a little over 1 1/2 into a 5 year program, so I’ve got a long way to go.
      I hope I answered your questions. My advice is to just do your research. Decide what aspect of nutrition you want to study and find the school that teaches that. Don’t be afraid, you’ll be glad you did it. ACTION CONQUERS FEAR!

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  8. I absoIutely agree about food as a functional source of healing – says she while eating cheesecake 🙂 I love the name of your blog and the intent behind it. Thank you for following my blog. Love, Light, blessings and healing 🙂

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