by Daelyn Fortney
Categories: Pop Culture
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Photo: Shape Magazine

Ellen DeGeneres has been busy lately accepting awards, covering a comic book, judging American Idol, and hosting her daily talk show. Now the funny lady can be found on the cover of ‘Shape’ magazine.

In the magazine Ellen speaks from her heart about coming out, love and marriage, growing up, and self-image. Of course, no Ellen interview would be complete without a section about making smart choices when it comes to eating. But, Ellen reveals, she wasn’t always on a healthy path.

“Food used to be really important to me,” says Ellen. “I loved steak, I loved hamburgers, I loved all that stuff. I can’t believe how irresponsible I was, eating what I ate.”

Now Ellen follows a vegan diet, “no animals, no dairy, nothing processed; a lot of soup, veggies, rice, beans, legumes.” The comedian’s approach to eating is keeping energized—just what she needs to keep up with her rigorous schedule.

The 52-year old explains, “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.”

Ellen ends the interview assuring her fans that she is “really happy” and knows she is on the right path. Where does Ellen see herself in 10 years? “I think I will retire relatively young and try to spend my life doing… not much of anything. I want to just trust whatever’s coming to me, that if it feels good to me, I’m going to do it. Right now, I think I’m absolutely where I’m supposed to be.”

To read the interview in full, pick up a copy of Shape May 2010 or visit Shape.com.