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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Christopher on

Thanks Ellen for being a wonderful example of how healthy a vegan diet can be (and for being such a positive and hilarious force of nature)! I concur with the other vegans on this site, though, “restrictive” is the wrong word to describe the diet. There are many dishes that most meat eaters already eat that are vegan; they just never thought about it. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pasta with marinara sauce, lots of Indian, Chinese, etc. dishes, and so on and so on. The decision to stop harming other creatures by devouring their flesh was the single best decision I have ever made in my life. Trust me, you will sleep better at nights knowing that you stopped killing sweet and innocent animals.

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Mark on

Ellen is great and it is great to have her as part of the compassionate animal rights movement. I love to hear comments from jerks like “now I need a plate of ribs” just shows that they know killing and eating another living creature is wrong and selfish, it’s their lame attempt at trying to pretend they are cool. Pathetic.

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George Walker on

Ellen Degeneres – the best TV show host ever, love ya Ellen~:.

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oh i love Ellen Degeneres, you can always say that she is the best talk show host “”

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