Hum Keto Kar Chuke Sanam: Petition to Stop Fad Diets and Return to Regular Food

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Hum Keto Kar Chuke Sanam: Petition to Stop Fad Diets and Return to Regular Food

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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ver the last few years, my Instagram feed has seen its native population of pretty girls diversify their businesses. From ’gramming about fashion and beauty, they’ve also expanded into food – each of their meals look like something out of the pages of Good Food.

The standard shot has become a flatlay (that’s a picture from directly above the food, you noobs) of a wooden tray on a rustic table. In the tray we have options ranging from a grain bowl and a smoothie, or a plate of avocado-on-sourdough with a side of almond milk, or maybe an “alternative” take on a classic dish, like cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles. For the worshippers of Chindian cuisine among us, the nomenclature is so misleading that it’s tragic – cauliflower rice isn’t rice with cauliflower, it’s shredded cauliflower which is supposed to substitute rice. Zucchini noodles aren’t pieces of zucchini in a good stir-fry noodle dish, they’re long spirals of limp zucchini that you eat when you’ve decided you hate yourself.

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