When activist Jasmin Singer became a vegan when she was 24, it wasn’t because she was joining a trendy food-craze, like going gluten-free or giving up carbs. To her, it was a stand against the way animals were treated, solely for human consumption. “I consider eating a deeply personal, political act,” she says. “For me, veganism was an extension of my worldview, not my personal preference.”
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Becoming a junk food vegan
As she shares — sometimes brutally and blatantly — in her new memoir “Always Too Much And Never Enough” (out today), Singer was emotionally abused by bullies as a child and young adult, and she used food to comfort herself to the point where she says she was addicted. Going vegan didn’t change that. “I ate a lot of processed food and rarely ate a vegetable,” she says.
“It wasn’t until I was 30 and my doctor told me I was on my way to heart disease that I started to realize I couldn’t effectively advocate for animals or anyone else if I wasn’t advocating for myself,” she says. After this realization, Singer totally changed her eating habits, giving up processed food and eating lots of fruits and veggies. As a result, she lost 100 pounds.