Ellen DeGeneres' Energy Secret: 'No Cake, No Cookies, No Candy'

04/14/2010 at 03:30 PM ET

Courtesy SHAPE

With two major gigs–as host of her own talk show and as an American Idol judge–along with side jobs as a face of brands like CoverGirl and Vitaminwater Zero, it’s amazing that Ellen DeGeneres has the energy to eat dinner, much less keep her audience in stitches. So, what’s the slim 52-year-old comedian’s secret to staying energized and fit? “No cake, no cookies, no candy,” says the cover model, talking about her “sugar fast,” in this month’s issue of Shape. A committed vegan, DeGeneres also says her regular regime includes “no animals, no dairy, nothing processed; a lot of soup, veggies, rice, beans, legumes.” And she views these dietary restrictions as a positive thing, saying, “I want to be on my toes; I want to have energy. And as much as the diet seems like a sacrifice, it’s helping me.” She’s also a devotee of daily sun salutations: “I first started doing power yoga in L.A., which really makes no sense,” she jokes. “Power yoga? It’s the opposite of what it should be. Yoga should calm you down!” And how does the star find time for exercise in her crazy, frenetic life? “It’s hard,” she says. “But you have to make time to take care of yourself.” To read more from Ellen, pick up the May issue of Shape or visit shape.com. — Marissa Patlingrao Cooley

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Mary on

Good for you.. Keep up the good work. You look like you are 20 years younger.

R on

Being vegan is not about “restrictions”. It is about opening up to a whole world of food that I doubt the average meat-eating American even knows exists.

Tara on

Now I need a plate of ribs and a nice piece of cake.

Caitlin on


Frederika on

I totally agree that being vegan isnt a restrictive diet. There is a whole other world of healthy, delicious food that isn’t so talked about. I don’t eat meat for example and don’t have refined sugar/sweets, and I in no way feel that my food choices are limited. Making that change took some getting used to, but the results are amazing.

pb on

Ellen is such an inspiration. She looks amazing for 50 years old.

Penny on

I love love Ellen but I gotta say I cant imagine without eating cows, pigs, and chickens!!! OY how sad!!! I had chicken dumplings for lunch and I want more so bad I cant wait to get home!!!!!

Marley on

I am so glad Ellen is a spokesperson for us vegans and vegetarians out there!

ML on

Saw her on tv today and was thinking that she seems to look more amazing every time I see her. I guess now I know why. Keep it up Ellen, you look fantastic!!

Shannon on

Love Ellen!! Do we vegans really need a spokesperson? Why would we need representation? And of course it’s about limitations…we choose to limit our diet. I`m sure you still remember the days when you KNEW it was a sacrifice! It just happens to be worth it, really worth it!

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