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

04/14/2010 at 03:30 PM ET

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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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R on

E – For the record, I don’t live my life according to the Bible, so this statement means little to me, but apparently it means much to you:

Genesis says: ‘And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.”‘

While it might say that we as humans have dominion over animals (to protect, perhaps? Ever think of it that way?), it says here that at the supposed beginning of time, our food would be from plants, trees, fruits, etc.

Just sayin’.

boo on

ellen is the poo. : )

MsChoiceAlways on

Keep up the coverage of vegan celebrities! Great to see Ellen here!

Anja on

Yeah Ellen for being a vegan.. the animals thank you xoxoxo

KG on

With so many people moving towards a vegan diet, it’s great to see vegan representation in major media, with major celebrities! Thanks for the coverage, and mentioning her compassionate lifestyle choices. For those of you that have a problem with it, forget about it. And quit arguing the bible on here that’s just silly, I am surprised you aren’t also attacking her because she’s gay.

Noah on

I love Ellen, and I love being vegan. Good to see People magazine cover this popular lifestyle choice.

Julie on

I am so proud of Ellen and so happy to have her in my corner speaking out for the vegan lifestyle! As an animal lover it feels wonderful to know that the food that you use to nourish your body was not obtained through the torture and death of helpless animals. Also, vegetarians and vegans are far heathier than our omnivore brothers and sisters with lower cholesterol levels and less incidents of heart attacks and cancers.

Thank you Ellen for being who you are!! Thank you People Magazine for discussing this often-overlooked topic!

BC on

I’m so glad that you’re sharing Ellen’s compassionate decision to “go veg!” with your readers. Being vegan is, not only the healthiest choice one can make, but also the most environmental and loving choice. These days, you can find cruelty-free versions of ANYTHING you’re craving, so there are no limits on a vegan diet.

Alicia on

I’ve been vegan for 4 years and was vegetarian for almost 6 years before that. I’m not a health food vegan.. I still eat a TON of desserts, and not light, fruity ones either! I’m talking cake, non-dairy ice cream, cookies, cinnamon rolls, hot fudge brownie sundaes. My meals are also pretty heavy, and definitely not salads or anything close. However, I still reap the benefits of being vegan – more energy, almost never sick, lower body weight, and I’ve kept a great deal of muscle mass, even though I haven’t weight trained in about 4 years. Granted, I feel even better and lose weight quickly and easily if I switch to a sugar-free, mostly-raw vegan diet, but you don’t have to give up great food to get benefits! You just have to give up the animal products! I noticed the greatest benefits by giving up dairy products – my horrible allergies almost completely resolved, my skin cleared, and my energy level went up.

Jessica on

What an inspiration Ellen is. Let’s hope the rest of the world begins to follow her lead and act with the compassion and thought that are driving her decisions. And thank you, People, for helping to make this issue mainstream.

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