Always Too Much And Never Enough

Always Too Much and Never Enough

Always Too Much And Never Enough

Always Too Much And Never Enough

One woman’s journey to find herself through juicing, veganism, and love, as she went from feeding her emotions to feeding her soul.

The word “fat” is curt. It drops harshly off the tongue – the sneer-inducing “ffff” with the abrupt and decisive “t.” The merest, flattest, “a” in between. And yet for all its nasty brevity, it holds within its single syllable a world of stigma.

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 struggle with weight defined her life. Even after Jasmin went vegan, she realized that her compassion for animals didn’t extend to her own body and that her low self-esteem was affecting her health. She needed a change. By committing to monthly juice fasts and a diet of whole, unprocessed foods, Jasmin gained an understanding of her destructive relationship with food and finally realized what it means to be truly full. Told with humble humor and heartbreaking honesty, this is Jasmin’s story of how she went from finding solace in a box of cheese crackers to finding peace within herself.

What People Are Saying

  • "Unflinchingly forthright and refreshingly authentic... A testament to how the greatest transformations are often intangible."

  • "Jasmin Singer knows how to tell a story, and she has quite a story to tell. What makes her story shine so exceptionally brightly, though, is that, whether she is fat or thin, bullied or beloved, victimized or triumphant, she attends so carefully to the lives of the others she meets along the way, including, of course, the animals who touch her heart so deeply."

    Jenny Brown
    Author, The Lucky Ones
  • "Jasmin Singer’s journey is an unflinchingly honest and quirky coming-of-age tale that touches on pretty much everything that matters — teenage angst, Broadway belters, lust for life in the form of fudge-topped frozen yogurt, and body hatred powerfully transformed into reclamation and self-love. Her book is alternately painful and thrillingly joyous, as Jasmin tells her truth with clarity and grace and biting humor, and a fierce feminist thread running through it all. She leaves you both proud of her accomplishments and inspired to join her — in saving yourself by also saving the world, one shot of kale juice at a time."

    Beth Greenfield
    Author, Ten Minutes from Home
  • "In a world that sees plus-size as less-than, a young girl’s view of herself is battered. Yet she fights through the prejudice and food addictions to rescue the strong, dynamic woman inside. That’s my idea of a true heroine. In Always Too Much and Never Enough, Jasmin Singer tells a deeply personal story with an honesty that is courageous and eloquent, all the while sparkling with humor and intelligence. This is a lovely, memorable and inspiring book."

    Robin Lamont
    Author, The Chain
  • "Jasmin Singer's Always Too Much and Never Enough is a coming-of-age story for anyone who has ever questioned both whether they belong and whether they really want to. With refreshing and often startling honesty, Singer explores her body image and the present food system that regularly betrays each of us. As she steadfastly begins boycotting foods that nourish neither her body nor her soul, Singer discovers that it's not just her view of the world that has changed; it's her view of herself. Always Too Much offers us a fresh new voice from a writer you will want to keep your eye on."

    Charles Siebert
    Author of Wickerby: An Urban Pastoral and The Wauchula Woods Accord
  • “Jasmin Singer has written an extraordinarily insightful, self-reflective, empathic, and deeply moving memoir about many painful topics: bullying, fat-shaming, addiction, mother-daughter relationship challenges, depression, cruelty to humans and animals, and the struggle to grow (or shrink) into one's authentic self. Her compassion for other victims is genuine, generous, and even breathtaking at times. Even as she celebrates her remarkable achievements, she always remembers those still ‘on the other side of the fence.’ This book is as engrossing as it is illuminating.”

    Sherry Colb
    Author, Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger?
  • “To what degree does our sense of self reside in the body, in the physical shape? This is one of many daunting and complex inquiries that Jasmin Singer has fearlessly taken on in her new memoir, Always Too Much and Never Enough. Singer describes the all-too-familiar battle with food and self-esteem with remarkable insight, and she uses her painful experiences with dieting and disordered eating to open up a larger dialog about the way we perceive ourselves and others. Witty, intelligent, and brutally honest, Singer is able to meditate confidently on her experience while also stopping to ask herself provocative questions -- questions that inevitably enrich her narrative. Always Too Much and Never Enough is a tough, poignant, and admirable testimony, one that is bound to inspire a sense of resilience and self-worth among its lucky readers."

    Gena Hamshaw
    Clinical nutritionist and author of the blog and book Choosing Raw
  • Always Too Much and Never Enough is a moving account of Jasmin’s journey to reshaping both body and spirit. More than a testament to the health power of plant-based foods, Jasmin’s story is an inspiration to create your best self and your best life.”

    Neal Barnard, M.D.
  • “Jasmin Singer has it all – humor, intellect, and compassion, and that's obvious the moment you start reading her memoir. Her witty, yet deeply insightful and educated commentary is not only refreshing, but also provocative. Her views on food, diet, ethics, and animals will make you think, but more importantly, they will make you act.”

    Nathan Runkle
    Executive Director, Mercy for Animals
  • “In Always Too Much and Never Enough, Jasmin Singer shares her powerful story and reveals the impact on one individual of everything that’s wrong with our modern food system – from the way food is created to the way it’s marketed. Jasmin tells her story with passion and insight, whether she is discussing her childhood as a chubby kid who was bullied, or discussing the way our misguided food system destroys the lives of animals – and the health and happiness of so many people. All the while, Jasmin manages to maintain a sense of humor, too – an important ingredient in a book that has the power to reach people and to change the world.”

    Gene Baur
    Author, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
  • “Jasmin Singer's raw, honest and open style is gripping, heartfelt, and inspirational. If you aspire to improve any aspect of your life or the lives of others -- and frankly, who doesn't? -- this book is a must read.”

    Robert Ostfeld, M.D., MSc.
    Director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center
  • "Jasmin Singer is bright and quick and articulate -- in person, on the air, and on paper. As is evident in her entrancing new memoir, Always Too Much and Never Enough, she is an old soul with wisdom that’s not supposed to come till later and she has a commitment to changing the world that's so strong and focused I have no doubt that she'll do it. Jasmin is the real deal. People deserve to read what she has to say."

    Victoria Moran
    Author of The Good Karma Diet
  • "I’m deeply humbled that Jasmin took the story of my film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead to heart. Reclaiming her own health and vitality is an amazing accomplishment. But the more amazing feat is that from this newfound place of well being and social acceptance she rigorously examines attitudes toward people battling obesity with compassion, insight and understanding. Her ‘before’ and ‘after’ experiences, told with wisdom and humor, offer a window into the emotional, psychological, social and commercial factors that complicate our relationship to food and to our bodies."

    Joe Cross
    Filmmaker, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
  • "Jasmin Singer's relentlessly honest memoir is a must read for anyone who wants to lose that extra 5, 10, 20 or 50 pounds. By revealing everything, and I mean everything, about her agonizing journey from fat to thin, from meat to plants, from insecurity to confidence, Singer gives us the courage to confront our own emotional eating triggers and our own hypocrisies around food. I couldn't put it down."

    Jane Velez-Mitchell
    New York Times bestselling author, iWant
  • "The best books can make us better people. Always Too Much And Never Enough has recommitted me to a life of compassion, kindness, quiet service, family, laughter, and health. These are the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. It is difficult to write an honest memoir. When you start turning over the rocks, you don't get to choose what you find beneath them. Jasmin Singer gets it right and it's a huge win for anyone lucky enough to read this book."

    Josh Hanagarne
    Author, World's Strongest Librarian
  • "A powerful book about a person who comes to self realization through empathy with others.  A strong testimony against bullying of any living being, no matter what body they may come in."

    Ingrid Newkirk
    President, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  • "When someone is brave enough to tell the gritty truth about her tough and twisted journey to self-love and health, you simply have to love her for the forthrightness. But when the writing is this good, and the practical lessons are so transferable, you just count yourself lucky to have discovered her. You will read this treasure and be so much the richer from it."

    Kathy Freston
    New York Times best selling author of The Lean, Veganist, and Quantum Wellness
Hear a sample from the audiobook, narrated by Jasmin!

Public Speaking

Jasmin Singer Events
With over 15 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.

Jasmin is available for speaking engagements

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