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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 wait 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 the body.”

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.

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Introducing….THROWBACK THURSDAY!

by Tamara Hoerner in cooking techniques

Hello everyone! I am so excited to introduce this new series!!! I am a firm believer in whole food cooking, the way our grandparents and great-grandparents used to prepare. Read on...

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  1. Thank you for following my blog!

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  2. Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to reading yours.

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  3. Thanks, I enjoyed looking around yours. There were some great recipes. Thanks for following me! 😊

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  4. The Millionaire's Digest // December 8, 2016 at 2:54 pm // Reply

    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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  5. Excited to learn more about nutrition! Wonderful blog. Thanks.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing my recipes and travels with you. Welcome aboard.

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  7. I found your blog through Dream Big (I’m also a partner,) and I feel that I met a soulmate! So looking forward to learn more from you!

    All the best,
    Maria Jansson

    Blog: MJanssonPhotography.com
    Gallery: Maria-Jansson.Pixels.Com

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  8. I’m excited to come across your blog, as these are topics of great interest to me!

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  9. Love the name of your blg! Found you via Nikki’s Meet ‘n’ Greet, we have similar aims and interests ☺🍇🥕🍉🥑

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  10. 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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    • 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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    • 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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    • 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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      • 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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  13. 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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  14. Thank you for following my blog. 🙂

    I’m enjoying your blog, too. 🙂

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  15. I’m really excited to have found your blog. I love using food as medicine. Thank you!

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  16. Hi, I have tagged you for a blogger award, no pressure to take part – I know that there are lots of awards going around! https://trippingthroughtreacle.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/two-more-blogger-awards/ 🙂

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    • 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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  17. Tamara,
    I am interested in your food journey and also the journey of your friend with PCOD- my 17 year old seems to have PCOD- no periods for more than 2 months now.
    Susie

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    • 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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  18. Love your posts! I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award. It’s totally optional if you want to accept.

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    • 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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  19. I found you on Dream Big, Dream Often. I love the concept of your blog and actually practice using food as medicine. Definitely following!

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  20. 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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  21. 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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    • 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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  22. Thank you for stopping by my blog:)

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  23. Lovely blog and lot of information! Yes I need to sit and go through all the posts Yes I followed you!

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  24. 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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  25. Thank you for visiting my blog and for following. Your blog is lovely! Like you I too believe that the right food can cure.
    Sheela

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  26. SO HAPPY to meet you! I just sent you (Tamara) a FB friend request too! Now off to Twitter. LOL.

    Author, Catherine Lyon

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  27. This is AWESOME! Thank you for this. 🙂

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