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Always Too Much and Never Enough

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  428 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
One woman’s journey to find herself through juicing, veganism, and love, as she went from fat to thin and from feeding her emotions to feeding her soul.
From the extra pounds and unrelenting bullies that left her eating lunch alone in a bathroom stall at school to the low self-esteem that left her both physically and emotionally vulnerable to abuse, Jasmin Singer’s strug
Paperback, 340 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Berkley
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Lisa Vegan
The 4-1/2 stars is for the superb memoir. 5 full stars for her early years and coming to veganism and only a half star off for the latter part describing how she achieves weight loss and better health through juice fasting. If this were written as a diet book, it would pain me but I couldn’t give it more than 3 stars. But it’s a memoir and I can’t argue with someone’s personal experience.

This is a wonderful memoir. It’s funny, poignant, and extremely honest all the way through. I was so impress
Alex Greenwood
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What is it like to be fat your whole life, with all the health and social issues that go along with that, and then to find a sustainable and healthy way to overcome your addiction to food, to lose 100lb and to experience life as a thin person?

In this coming of age book, Jasmin Singer has created a fascinating look into her addictive relationship with food and how she overcame her disordered eating using juice fasting and a whole food vegan way of eating which is healthy, delicious and satisfying
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A memoir from one of my favorite podcasters (a vegan activist), Jasmin Singer. She is so charismatic and entertaining in her podcast that I had to read her memoir.

This is her coming-of-age story, about going from an overweight/obese teenager and young adult, and then discovering veganism and juice fasting and getting thin. The book covers the plethora of low self-esteem issues and bullying from society that one gets as a fat person (which I remember all too well from my overweight teenage years)
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first half of this book was very interesting as the reader gets know Jasmin and how her early family life influenced her later choices. However, the second half of the book is mostly about juicing, making juice, drink juice shopping for juice ingredients. It gets too be a bit much and after a while I was really sick of the word juice.
This book's title really says it all for many of us who have struggled with food addiction and body image issues throughout our lives. Often, we choose food as a way to comfort ourselves or to feel better or heal the wounds inflicted intentionally and sometimes unintentionally by those around us. Sadly, no matter how much we may eat, it is never enough to make us feel okay other than for a brief time and it never begins to fill the huge holes many of us have inside. The title also made me think ...more
Jean Wu Lam
This is a tale of two books. The first part I'd rate a five--great insight to what being obese is like, her relationships, her emotions growing up overweight with a mom who didn't accept her as she was. The second part is one star--it's pseudo-science foodbabe type stuff about detoxing your body with juice cleanses and it's very PETA. I skimmed the second part to avoid all that. While she was detailed about why she overate, she never discussed how she overcame all that. It seemed almost magical ...more
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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Anna Cordova
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous memoir. I literally could not put it down. This is great read whether vegan or not, and whether interested in a plant-based diet or not. This is really about a woman finding herself, learning to be safe in her own body, learning to trust and relationships, and learning not to use food to fill her needs and the emptiness inside of her. Not only was this book very well written, it was also hilarious. Jasmin is a great writer, authentic, heartfelt and genuine. Read this book!
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't think the blurb does this book justice. The juice fasting is relatively small part of it (although crucial in the end). I found this memoir an uncomfortable and at times painful read. The way overweight/obese people are treated is quite shameful. Jasmin Singer is "relentlessly honest", as one reviewer wrote, as she describes her rape and the conflicted feelings about what actually happened and whether she was to blame (which so many sexual assault victims experience.) The struggle with f ...more
A tale of rebirth with an engaged vegan perspective. While a good chunk of the book focuses on her self-proclaimed food addiction, like all successful recovery memoirs, it’s more about the awakening that results once she’s brave enough to be brutally honest. So many times, she states that she didn’t want to look at her reality – about her body size, eating habits, sexual preference, etc – and that she sought comfort in excess food. Those moments when she truly sees what’s in front of her – the d ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
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Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Relateable, Funny, and Real - a wonderful memoir of triumph and self discovery

This memoir is one of the best books I've ever read. Jasmin speaks about her experiences with being overweight and society's reaction, overcoming food addiction, and finding herself and her purpose in life. Her story is very open, honest, and funny--you feel like her good friend by the end of the book. I had a chance to meet Jasmin and hear her speak at a local vegan event. She's as awesome as she comes across in the b
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jasmin Singer struggled with her weight and body image since she was a young child. Because of her love of animals, she became a vegan and promptly gained even more weight. She tried juicing and that worked beautifully for her. That's the short version; Jasmin's writing is lovely and wry and funny. I was staggered by the bullying she endured as an overweight woman, not only as a child but through college and well on into adulthood. She writes about how the world treats her as a thin woman versus ...more
Bonnie G.
Now I’m not sure if I’m underwhelmed bc our lives have been on parallel tracks (same age) and therefore had already processed information she went through chapters discussing? Or if it was a memoir that had some glaring oversights?

I read this back really fast- like 2 days! As someone who is a bombastic personality who had been vegetarian for decades now and from the tri-state area, it was like talking to an old friend. But I was truly bewildered by some big gaps in her memoir. Like how did she g
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone.
Inspiring memoir detailing Ms. Singer's journey to becoming the enjoyable writer and rights activist that she is. Appreciate her candor in sharing her moving experiences with body-shaming throughout her lifetime, and how she dealt with it and persevered. Would recommend to everyone, those who are dealing with and have dealt with body and sexuality issues, and those who, sometimes unknowingly, shame others for who they are, their body size, weight or whatever. The title says it all; Always too mu ...more
Amber Creed
Dec 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was enjoying this until she got deep into animal cruelty, her juice fasts (that seem a little obsessive and unhealthy to me) and how she dropped all the weight, learned to run and gained some acceptance in her thin mother's eyes. I just don't find juice fasting to be sustainable. It's nice it worked for her but it seems like such an extreme way of doing things. I didn't finish this one, just skimmed around the fasting to the end.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and the writing was exceptional.
Jacob Jones
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really solid and relatable memoir, but the final call to action felt kind of awkward.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great memoir from a young women who overcame bullying from being overweight to find and love herself. Great title!
Maria Pittarelli
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one hit me really hard, in a good way.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting journey. Extra points for mentioning (and loving on) Bette Midler.
Maria L.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recovery
I adore Jasmin Singer's podcast, Our Hen House, so I was very excited to read this. I could relate so much to her struggles with food. Definitely a good read if you are in recovery from binge eating disorder or compulsive overeating, and also a good read if you are interested in veganism or animal rights. She's very inspiring!
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mostly about her obesity and weight loss. At least 1/3 of the book (no exaggeration) was devoted to her discussing juice fasts; including several pages on her journaling each day of a ten day fast. Wouldn't recommend.
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this helpful memoir! It speaks to a painful issue that plagues many — relearning how to eat. The food industry markets overconsumption. The diet industry teaches deprivation and binging.

As Singer comes to realize, food should be about nourishment, satisfaction and fueling the work we want to do in the world.

Singer is a person of wide-ranging, evolving identities to whom various harsh-sounding and incomplete labels could be applied: lesbian, Jewish, 30-something, New Yorker — so
Deedee Horton
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I love a good weight loss memoir and this book delivered in that regard, Singer's repeated declarations of veganism and activism became so redundant, that I felt myself rolling my eyes. Yay, you're vegan! I 1,000% support that, but please stop telling me how and why and when and where you are vegan. I get it. You're an activist for animal rights! Terrific! Now shut the *bleep* up.
Hmmm...what to say. This book is very honest, sometimes too honest?!? Is that possible? I think she accomplished what she set out to do, and yet it really wasn't my cup of tea. I'very lost over 50 pounds really just by exercise and a little bit of sensible eating. I guess I was hoping for more of a "mainstream" book about diet and exercise, which after reading this, I know Ms Singer could never wright. Having never seen her on any shows or known anything about her, I was unaware.

She definitely
Jessica Medved
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I mostly enjoyed this book - it went into a lot more detail about her full life than I was expecting and spent less time on the actual juicing which I thought was the main gist of the book when I originally picked it up. However I feel that the background stuff is mostly necessary. It helps the reader get definition into who Jazz is and why she did what she did.

There are parts of this memoir which struck me in such a painful way two of which are trigger warnings - 1) for rape and sexual abuse a
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Erin Westerman
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book resonated with me in so many ways. Over the past few days, I devoured it in what little free time I've had and it was a rollercoaster of both emotions and empowerment. Ever wondered about the correlation between physical and mental health? Struggled with an unhealthy or dangerous relationship to food? Curious about veganism? Did you grow up the fat or misunderstood kid? Do you love animals? Trying to figure out who you are and what's important to you? Have you ever felt like you were s ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jasmin Singer has a rare strength: the desire to self-reflect. It is her introspection that defines, gives light, and carries her memoir. Singer went from being a "fat girl" to a skinny vegan, but not before struggling with her weight for decades. Though I've never been obese, I found her descriptions of her consuming relationship with food highly relatable. Her memoir is enlightening for small and large people alike, because we all have a relationship with food, healthy or not. And, honestly, s ...more
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VWPA Reading Society: Always Too Much and Never Enough by Jasmin Singer 1 17 Feb 15, 2016 11:42AM  
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  • Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat
  • Will Travel For Vegan Food: 2 Years, 48 States, 547 Restaurants, +39,000 Miles
  • Bleating Hearts: Exposing the Hidden World of Animal Suffering
  • Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom
  • Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow's Milk and Your Health
  • On Being Vegan: Reflections on a Compassionate Life
  • The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals
  • Mind if I Order the Cheeseburger?: And Other Questions People Ask Vegans
  • The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living
  • Your Brain on Love: The Neurobiology of Healthy Relationships
  • Growing, Older: A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables
  • The Good Karma Diet: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion
  • Pure Vegan: 70 Recipes for Beautiful Meals and Clean Living
  • Big Vegan
  • How to Be Vegan: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Cruelty-Free Eating, Living, Dating, Travel, Decorating, and More
  • Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals That Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet
  • Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: How to Eat Healthier, Live Longer, and Feel Better Every Day by Bringing Home the Happiest Place on Earth
With over 10 years of experience presenting workshops on subjects including veganism and animal rights, Jasmin’s unique ability to connect to an audience with humor, personal stories, and information presented in a friendly, accessible way is what makes her a favorite at events throughout the country and beyond. She has spoken at hundreds of events, including VegFests, conferences, bookstores, and ...more

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