My name is Rob Elliott, and I got off to a bad start when I was born feet first to a Polish mother somewhere in Africa. Having an English father, however, enabled me to enter this country surreptitiously, and gave me the chance to undermine the discipline of the Worcester Royal Grammar School for seven years prior to having a go at higher education.
I spent a few years pointing some of the country’s first motorways in the right direction (demonstrating a surprising ability to use a theodolite), before realizing that a career which made me an accomplice in destroying parts of our planet by covering them in asphalt and concrete was not for me.
Under the influence of the three books that probably changed my life, Small is Beautiful by E F Schumacher, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and Supernature by Lyall Watson, I stepped off the path of Received Wisdom . . . and promptly became lost in the jungle of an unsuitable relationship. I was lost for years.
Eventually, I found a clearing in the wood, where I found the person who took my hand and guided me back onto the right path. We set up home together at Aspen House in the village of Hoarwithy, Herefordshire, and from there we have attempted to disseminate our findings about food, life and all that.
My writing career began as a small child, when I carved my name on a mango tree in the garden at Nakawa Forest Station, and finally came to something when my first book, The Food Maze, was published in 2008. The sequel to this, How To Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow, was published in 2009. This blog is helping me to construct my next book. I hope you like it.
My partner, Sally Dean, is the person who led me out of the darkness of nutritional disinformation and into the light of clear understanding. Though there are many learned individuals out there from whom we should seek guidance, I know of no lay person within my circle of influence who has a better grasp than Sally of the fundamental elements that form a healthy, balanced human bodily ecosystem.
Though Sally is somewhat reticent about writing, it is my intention to encourage her to contribute to this blog on a regular basis, so that she can share with you the truth about health, nutrition and the unquestionable pleasure of eating real food. Her approach, like mine, is based on intuition, experience and pure common sense.
Sally’s knowledge covers some pretty volatile areas of myth, not just urban but global. I should state, therefore, that whatever facts she commits to paper about these touchy subjects is not in any way a personal opinion, but gleaned from the numerous books Sally has read and the many websites she has visited. Where necessary, a list of further reading will appear, so that you can follow up the story and make up your own mind.