Michael was that type of person who wouldn´t eat when in stress situation. He was quite often very exhausted because of that.
"I go through these serious food crises when I could go weeks without eating. I take stuff to keep weight on. What turns me off is that I don´t like eating anything that used to be alive and now it´s dead on my plate. I want to be a strict vegetarian, but my doctors keep trying to throw in chicken a fish.“
Michael Jackson in conversation with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (2000/2001)
„The other key to his good health, I believe, has been his diet. Before Michael left on tour, his doctor had insisted that he go on a high protein diet, including fish, so that he´d be able to keep his stamina up. Michael had reluctantly agrre. Even before Michael became a vegetarian in late seventies, I´d worried about his lack of interest in food. When the family would go out for hot-fudge sundaes, he´d be only one who wouldn´t want one. ´I´m not hungry´, he´d say. Now what kinds turns down a hot fudge sundae? I´m ashamed to admit that sometimes La Toya and I would eat two of them a day. After Michael took of Jermaine´s lead and decided to forgo meat, he became even less interested in eating than before. He employed a full time chef, but I don´t know why he bothered. When she took him his food, he´d eat two tablespoons then leave the rest. ´If I didn´t eat to live, I´d never eat,´ he told me. One day a week Michael fasted, ´I´m cleaning my body out, which is a healthy thing to do,´ he explained. But instead of laying low that day to conserve his energy, Michaeal would dance non-stop for two hour on his portable dance floor. Michael enjoyed having the last word in our arguments about his diet. ´You´re always worrying about me being to skinny,´ he´d say. ´but you know what? My doctor told me I was in number one shape. Stop worrying about me. I should be worried about you. You´re the one who keeps putting all the bad stuff into your body.´ But the Victory tour had gotten the better of Michael physically. He suffered from exhaustion and dehydration. The memory of illness was still fresh in his mind when his doctor laid down the law about his diet for his solo tour. I of course, hoped that after a year of eating three square meals a day, Michael had developed a permanent interest in food. But my hope was dashed the first time we talked after I joined him overseas. Happy as he was with the way the tour had gone to that point, he told me, ´I´d be glad when it´s all over, so I can start eating the way I want to again. I´m tired of forcing myself to eat.´"
Katherine Jackson in her book My Family, the Jacksons
An excerpt from "Glenda tapes" from early 1990´s:
„When I get upset, I stop eating, sometimes until I´m unconscious, I´m a great believer in holistic natural foods and eating and herbs a things, you know, God´s medicine, instead of western chemicals, not those things, you know.“
Michael Jackson in an interview with Jesse Jackson, 2005
Around Invincible era:
„This was years ago, I´m going to go back probably eight years ago and Michael told me: ´Cory, I can´t tour anymore. I´m not gonna tour anymore. Ok?´ I said, ´Why Mike?´ He said, ´Because it will kill me.´ That´s what he said to me. He said, ´It will kill me.´ Why would you say something like that? He said, ´Well, remember when I was preparing for my concert and I passed out at the Sony Studio? He said, ´Well, it´s because when I get ready for a tour I get dehydrated. I don´t eat. I don´t drink. I don´t sleep. I put so much of myself into preparing for a tour.´
He said, ´I´m not doing this on a purpose. This is something I don´t think about anymore. You understand? I´ve just become so driven that I can´t even think about tehse things anymore. They made me walk with an IV last time.´ He said, ´So I just decided, my doctors decided that maybe you shouldn´t do this anymore.´ He said he wanted to make the Invincible album work to the point where that was. He´s done with the tour. He´s gonna do this Invincible album. He wanted to continue to put on albums. He said, ´I´ll do albums till I can´t také it anymore, but I just can´t tour.´“
Corey Rooney and Chris Apostle, former Sony Executives
Around trial in 2005:
„When I first became well known, I had a lot of baby fat and a very round, chubby face. That roundness stayed with me until several years ago when I changed my diet and stopped eating beef, chicken, pork and fish, as well as certain fattering foods. I just wanted to look better, live better, and be healtier. Gradually, as I lost weight, my face took on its present shape and the press started to accusing me of surgically altering my appearance, beyond the nose job I freely admitted I had, like many performers and film stars.
(…) I´d like to set the record straight now. I have never had my cheeks altered or my eyes altered. I have not had my lips thinned, not have I had dermabrasion or a skin peel. All of these charges are ridiculous. If they were true, I would say so, but they aren´t . I have had my nose altered twice and recently I added a cleft to my chin, but that is it. Period. I don´t care what anyone else says – it´s my face and I know.
I´m a vegetarian now and I´m so much thinner. I´ve been on a strict diet for years. I feel better that I ever have, healtier and more energetic. I don´t understand why the press is so interested in speculating about my appearence anywa. What does my face have to do with my music or my dancing?“
Michael Jackson in his book Moonwalk
Around Thriller era:
Brazilian chef Dona Remi Vila Real shares some of her memories:
Michael Jackson loved to work with Sikhs because of their honesty and spirit, but mostly he hired them as his personal chefs, like Mani Singh Khalsa and Akasha Kaur Khalsa. Mani travelled with him on the Jackson Five tour.
His personal vegetarian chef in Hollywood was Sadhana Singh Khalsa.
He was a frequent guest at the Golden Temple Restaurant as he regarded the food there to be was healthier than anywhere else. He would have his bodyguards come and fill up water jugs from the restaurant's water source while he was recording the 'Off the Wall' album.
KAI CHASE WAS MICHAEL JACKSON'S PRIVATE CHEF-SHE DESCRIBES WHAT IT WAS LIKE DURING THE FINAL HOURS BEFORE MICHAEL JACKSON WAS TAKING OUT OF HIS HOME