Always Too Much and Never Enough | Author: Jasmin Singer | Rating: 7.9/11 |
As someone who has recently developed a genuine interest in learning to heal one’s body through nutrition and exercise, Jasmin Singer’s memoir was of instant interest. Jasmin Singer can be given a lot of labels: an activist, a vegan, a lesbian and even, up until recent years, obese. That’s right, vegan’s can be overweight and sick. No nutritional plan or “diet” works without moderation and a solid educational foundation in nutrition and exercise.
In Always Too Much and Never Enough we follow Singer’s journey of self-discovery, of mental and physical healing and the harsh realization that the Standard American Diet is slowly killing us all through addictive, processed and sugary foods. When initially approached with this title it appeared to be a book about nutrition, possibly wrapped in personal experience, that would highlight facts, stats and tips on the healing properties of food. In fact, not for one moment did this title appear to be what it is: a memoir.
The memoir genre is not a negative thing! It was just unexpected and frankly took a little time to get into (88 pages to be exact) as Singer’s stream of consciousness style writing circles back around frequently, repeating the same stories or points throughout the length of the title. However, once you power through the first third of the book Always Too Much and Never Enough quickly gains momentum and some healthy insight into the world (and benefit) of eating whole foods and juicing regularly.
It is pretty incredible that none of us are taught proper nutrition in school, even if you take a college level nutrition class. Like Singer, I can’t recall more than a handful of meals growing up that involved a vegetable. Most Americans assume ‘if it’s sold on the shelves of my local natural foods grocery store, it must be healthy for me.’ The more people tell their personal truths, the better chance America has to heal. Although Singer’s memoir might not be the easiest read, it’s brutally honest, often witty, and a first step towards a giant consciousness shift. Brava!