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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E on

And mmlove is correct…..

God created animals so we can eat their meat…. the world just needs to work on more humane ways to kill them.

Wanda on

There’s nothing humane about killing animals.
When there’s plenty of other food to eat, killing an animal is a choice. And why would we ever want to choose to kill?
Way to go Ellen! Go Vegan!

Berjoui on

And having a personal chef makes it a lot easier to eat that way!

Helen on

Silly me. I thought religion was supposed to be about love and compassion but it seems to have become a (lame) excuse for people to not care about anyone other than humans and their own salvation.

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Some don’t kill them humanely, but rather inhumanely. Ignorant people like you are crazy to think God didn’t give us animals to eat and use their skin to keep us warm.

Humans have dominion overs animals. Read the Bible!!!!!

Or….. don’t you have one? Aetheist?

disappointed on

As a religion major in school, those of you that say ‘read your Bible’, I would respond that the you should educate yourself on the history of the creation of the ‘Bible’, the other books that were deemed ‘non-canon’, etc. Knowledge is power, limited knowledge is ignorance.
I cannot in any way comprehend how a person can view themselves as superior to another sentient being. Anyone who would say it is too restrictive or they deserve to eat meat, you are very self centered. To be a true citizen of this Earth, one must respect and value all animal life. To suggest an animal does not have a soul is incredibly selfish and niave.

Denise on

When there’s plenty of other food to eat? Here in America perhaps but if there was enough food production in the world there wouldn’t be hunger.

Wow on

I will buy this issue. I need some advice on diet, and I think I am interested in this energy inducing diet. I put on some weight this winter, and started eating candy again. BIG MISTAKE……

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