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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Jennifer on

Ellen rocks, totally love her!!!! The fact that she is vegan makes it all the better!!! Love you Ellen!!!.

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Daniel on


The consumption of innocent animals is one of the leading CAUSES of world hunger.

“Raising animals for food is extremely inefficient—for every pound of food that they eat, only a fraction of the calories are returned in the form of edible flesh. If we stopped intensively breeding farmed animals and grew crops to feed humans instead, we would easily be able to feed every human on the planet with healthy and affordable vegetarian foods.” –GoVeg.com

Luis on

Ellen is doing a great job of bringing the benefits of vegan nutrition to the masses. That being said, I wonder if she realizes that Cover Girl tests on animals? I hope that she can convince them that they do not need to do this. That would be great.

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R on

Good point, Luis. I wish that she would stop endorsing their products or, like you said, make it be known that they do test on animals and that that can be changed!
Still love her, though.

Marina on

What a wonderful article. Thank you Shape magazine for stepping up and acknowledging a vegan lifestyle is great for the body and crucial for the environment. Keep it up and I will subscribe once again. I was so sick of all the meat and diary ads and articles .

Vegannlovinit on

I’m a Christian vegan.
I’ve only got three things to say:
1) Dominion is not the same as tyranny.
2) you can never know if an animal has a soul or can be saved or goes to heaven — unless you’ve been to heaven and seen no creature other than humans, don’t pretend like you know.
3) after recognizing the pain that Christ went through under our hands FOR US I would’ve hoped that my fellow Christians would identify with His compassion and love; I’m disappointed.

Lillia on

It is great to see articles like this one! Very uplifting and inspiring! Veganism isn’t a trend that is going anywhere-it’s here to stay.

Kenny T. on

Go Ellen!

I found veganism to be more liberating than restrictive — I started feeling better about my health and my impact on animals and the environment.

If anyone’s interested in trying out vegetarianism check out vegpledgenow.com!

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