From the extra pounds and bullies that left her eating lunch alone at school to the low self-esteem that left her both physically and emotionally vulnerable to abuse, Jasmin Singer's weight defined her life. Even after she embraced a vegan lifestyle and a passion for animal rights advocacy, she defied any skinny vegan stereotypes by getting heavier. It was only after she committed to juice fasts and a diet of whole foods that she lost almost a hundred pounds and 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.
©2016 Jasmin Singer (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Jasmin gives such a painfully honest account of growing up overweight, bullied, and struggling with food addiction. I don't usually read memoirs but this one hit home for me. Highly recommend for anyone struggling with weight/image/food issues. This will definitely change you as it has me!
Thank you Jasmin for taking us on your so relatable journey. I too am struggling with being a somewhat junk food vegan and this helped me and my mother both so much <3
It was a pleasure to listen to Jasmin's voice throughout this book! Listening to her story has inspired me to continue on my journey of transitioning to veganism. You rock, Jas. :)
I really enjoyed listening to Jasmin Singer read her own story. It gave it a nice personal touch.
loved it. thank you very much for your strength in sharing your story. very inspiring
I think having the author readed it added an extra level of passion and emotion to the story.
I really liked the first half of the book, unfortunately I got lost in the second half of it and even though I ended up enjoying it towards the end the angry vegan thing turned me off. I love memoirs read by their authors, you can really hear the emotion. I feel her story like a blues song and boy does she have one to tell.
I had wanted to like this book, but even after a couple of hours invested in it, I gave up and moved on to something else. I guess I had hoped Jasmine's story would be more inspiring than it really was. Don't get me wrong, I commend her journey and her bravery to get to the point where she is now, but it just wasn't something I could relate to. She was an overweight, quirky, "underground" outcast kind of teenager with a fondness for New York, bright lights, show tunes, Broadway and theater. She wore funky clothes, had dark eyeliner and tattoos. She fought her weight and food battles in the solace of the LGBT community and vegetarianism... giving herself wholly into both of those causes. My life was very different, as I made peace with food and weight issues by becoming friends with farmers, embracing nature and learning to become one with the outdoors. I work in a very corporate environment and had none of the childhood or social issues she had. In fact, I can't even say that I personally know anyone remotely like her. Not to say that's bad, or sheltered or close-minded, but having grown up in the Midwest, she just isn't relatable. Her stories of bullying broke my heart, and I sympathized with some of her sad and awkward moments. I suppose, though, this book just didn't do it for me. I simply got bored with it. I have no doubt that it will impact others, though, so I hope that other listeners will find what I wasn't able to. For an author, she did a good job reading her own book.
Fantastic read, as a vegan it's nice to read about someone else's journey. Well done Jasmine
"A moving, amusing, illuminating listen."
I really loved this book. I'm familiar with Jasmin through the Our Hen House podcast, and primarily bought this as I can't get enough of her charisma!
A very interesting insight into a form of addiction not given much media attention. It certainly opened my eyes to food addiction, and made me consider how I myself may be behaving towards "fat" people in my community. It horrified me!
I think a lot of women could relate to issues highlighted in this book, and it is also a gateway for learning more about feminism, animal rights and activism.
I really enjoyed this refreshingly honest book and yes, it has made me think a little deeper on body image and personal hang-ups that can be crippling - a change has started to happen so thank you Jasmin.
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