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” (now known as “The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen“) 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 not once, but twice 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.”

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