Looking for answers to her chronic mental health issues …
‘She has a million things on her plate.’
(Emily Abbate, SELF) When you’re an icon, the pressure to perform is on.
With all that’s on her plate, we wondered what’s literally on her plate.
We went to Gaga’s tour chef, Bo O’Connor, to find out.
What would you say is your chef-losophy?
[Laughs.] I see what you did there. My philosophy is balance. People say, “Oh I never indulge.” That’s difficult to sustain. Finding a balance of healthy and indulgent is best.
How did you first get linked up with Gaga?
We went to an all-girl Catholic school together. We were best friends, and she was the maid of honor in my wedding.
So, what’s a typical lunch or dinner you would make for Gaga?
Something like quinoa with black beans, grilled shrimp, beautiful veggies. We want it to be healthy, tasty, filling, nutritious, and full of fiber. Being able to provide your body with good nutrients, including those in vegetables and fruit, is everything.
And what if she’s just not feeling vegetables?
If she wanted a burger and fries, we wouldn’t be doing fast food. I’d make her a turkey burger, gluten-free, lots of spices, and baked sweet potato fries.
It must be hard for an artist to stick to a healthy diet on the road. What’s the secret?
It’s about planning. Gaga has a million things on her plate. When her meals are planned, she knows there’s no cheating. It takes 10 minutes per week. I also think variation is key.
Any last words on making healthy decisions more doable?
Don’t drink soda. Just drink water. Carry a bottle of water wherever you go, otherwise you’re really thirsty, and you’re more inclined to eat and snack.
READ THE FULL STORY AT SELF.COM. Also of interest: Lady Gaga’s Bizarre Hospital Room Rant: ‘I’m not seeking attention’