Inaugural Post!

I’m not exactly sure what you’re supposed to write in the first post of a brand spankin’ new blog but I assume it’s something like this…my name is Meridith Oram. I am a former digital marketer turned Licensed Massage Therapist. I am a mom to a 2.5 year old toddler and wife to a pretty spectacular fella since 2008. I am a nutrition and fitness advocate, life enthusiast, and strong believer in holistic health. I am committed to a gluten-free lifestyle to relieve the Celiac symptoms that affect my GI tract and brain. I’m a part-time massage therapist at the best massage studio in Chester County, PA (Freedom Massage) and a stay-at-home-mom the other days.

The way I came up with the blog name, “Below the Fork”, is actually pretty funny. It certainly has evolved over the years to accommodate my health-focused writing, but originally it was to make fun of a co-worker. In a time before Twitter, I think it was more difficult to fake the funk of being a knowledgeable marketer and savvy business person, so instead this poor woman would spew out one cliched phrase after another all throughout client meetings (e.g. ‘think outside the box,’ ‘pick the low-hanging fruit,’ ‘let’s not recreate the wheel,’ etc. etc.) So naturally, I thought up another inane phrase that meant nothing and wondered if I could subtly get her to work it into her repetoire of cliched phrases. And that phrase was…drum roll please…”looking below the fork.” I never actually had the gall to put this phrase into play, but it became an inside joke between my husband and I. Lo and behold, when it came time to think of a name for my health-conscious blog, “looking below the fork” finally was given meaning.

We bought this domain over a year ago, and I even created the Twitter handle @belowthefork, but hadn’t done anything with it. I’m very excited to finally have the time, energy and knowledge to put into making this an informative, fun and interesting blog. I welcome all comments and dialogue. I hope to learn tons from you, and hopefully you’ll learn one or two tidbits of information from me.

Thanks for reading! Let’s do this!

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Below the Fork where she encourages women to love themselves towards healthy. She is married with two boys, and lives outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. Meridith writes about FASTer Way to Fat Loss, fitness, nutrition, Celiac Disease, and easy (but delicious!) gluten-free recipes at Follow her @belowthefork on all social channels.

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