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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Elda on

i don’t eat beef or pork but i do eat chicken n fish n no sweets, i was a vegan at one time but she’s inspiring me to become a vegan again. Love u Ellen!!

mmlove on

God created animals so that we could eat. Always value ppl over animals – we ARE more important, we have souls & we can be saved from a life of sin & can spend eternity in Heaven

Lovely on

mmlove~ AMEN!!! :)

R on

I’m sorry the two of you live so closed-mindedly. It is possible to live – and thrive – in a manner that is compassionate to all living creatures, both human and animal.

Andrea on

I love Ellen!! Good for her for taking care of herself!!

EM on

Way to go Ellen!! Love her!! You are going to live 100 years. That’s the best way to stay healthy.

Kula on

Ellen is an amazing woman, and she looks amazing. I wish I could look like that at 52 :-) (although I am really working on it)

Jessica on

Lovely and mmlove – according to the Judeo-Christian creation story, animals were created before man. Man was given the task of naming them…nowhere does it say anything about eating them. The eating of animals happens after the fall from the Garden of Eden.

Not that I particularly buy any of it, but get your folklore straight.

E on

I love my milk…
I love my cheese…
I love my yogurt…
I love my healthy, lean meats…
I love my occasional sweets…

Taking away all of that is too restrictive!
Vegan Shmegan!

Meredyth on

Ellen always makes me happy!

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