OK, here’s an idea for a TV series and accompanying book, which I’d love someone to make and write, please.
Nearly everyone suffers from low mood at some stage, and we all know that what we eat can have a big effect on how we feel.
But when we feel low, how often do we remember to eat the foods that could boost our well-being?
Just as important, how do we motivate ourselves to eat properly when we’ve scarcely the energy to get out of bed?
Isn’t there a genuine need to know how to cook simple, delicious dishes designed to lift the spirits?
The recipes in the programme and book must be tantalisingly mouth-watering with not a hint of hand-knitted muesli.
They must require no more than a handful of ingredients, preferably making use of supplies that may already be in the fridge or larder.
They need, please, to be presented in a light-hearted way, and should be (yes) fun to make and eat.
It’s not rocket science.
A diet for good mental health would include lots of fruit and vegetables (different types); wholegrain cereals or bread; nuts and seeds; dairy products, and oily fish.
However, a list like this sounds a bit, well, dreary.
So take these basic ingredients and help me rustle up something tasty.
Please don’t bog me down with nutritional theory.
I want to feel better, not better-educated.
Don’t give me methods that take forever to prepare.
If I want to eat, I want to eat soon.
Give me interesting tastes and aromas to pep me up: I’m feeling sad, not sick.
Last but by no means least, please let the whole thing be presented and written by someone who loves food.
Not a white-coated expert.
Nor a scientist or doctor.
Just someone who tells it like it is, and makes us think, ‘You know, I might just cook that tonight’.
So the next time you’re talking to a commissioning editor or publisher (you do all the time, right?), please feel free to pass on this little idea.
But get a move on if you can.
I’m actually feeling a bit peckish.