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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Jaya Bhumitra on

Kudos to Ellen for being a vocal vegan. However, since becoming vegan myself I have discovered so many new ingredients with wonderful health properties that have expanded my cooking options rather than limited them. And with no animals harmed in the production of my food (and clothing and beauty products) my conscience is clear to enjoy every meal. Love Ellen, love her lifestyle. Thank you, People, for featuring her and her beautiful ideals.

Jennifer on

Yet another completely unrelatable person. No sweets? No life, no fun. Life is way too short to remove yummies from one’s diet.

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jenny on

My husband and I went from vegetarian to vegan 2 years ago. I make delicious meals of hearty stews, pasta dishes, Indian, Asian & Mediterranean & Mexican dishes. Why is this lifestyle choice often met with hostility from meat-eaters? Most omnivores are so stuck in their mind-set of habit, culture or laziness or that vegans can’t possibly get enough protein. As long as the diet contains a variety of grains & nuts, legumes, and vegetables, protein needs are easily met. Diets that are rich in protein, especially animal protein, are known to cause people to excrete more calcium than normal through their urine and increase the risk of osteoporosis.
Ever watch an under-cover video from a factory farm and see the look of fear, misery & pain in the animals eyes? There are millions of factory-farmed animals suffering in horrific conditions their entire miserable lives to end with a cruel death? That’s what I see when I look at a plate of meat – death. If you truly ‘love’ animals you would see that too.
Please consider this compassionate, healthy & delicious way of feeding your body.
Thank you Ellen and People.com!

Jess on

Ellen is fabulous, and I’m so glad she is vegan now!

Rhonda on

Wow!!!! I can only pray I look like that at 52. She is an amazing person in her personal life and her career.

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Julia on

Veganism is not about dietary restrictions it is about protecting animals. Being vegan is great for the body, but lets not lose perspective about why most people, including myself, choose this way of life.

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