Ellen Talks Diet, Fitness & Yoga on Cover of Shape Magazine

Ellen DeGeneres graces the May cover of Shape Magazine where she talks about love, courage, diet, fitness, eating vegan, and even yoga!

On Courage

"I think I read somewhere that courage isn't about doing something you're not scared of. Courage is doing something in spite of the fact that you are scared of it."

On Love & Marriage with Portia deRossi

"She loves me no matter what... Whenever I feel bad about myself, or if I'm in a period where I'm not working out, she's constantly telling me that she doesn't notice, that I look beautiful. She'll say, 'I think you could gain 10 more pounds.' She would rather have me heavier than thinner, and she really hates that I ever doubt myself. She loves how I look. She wants me to be happy and never think about it."

On Yoga (She Practices in the Morning)

"I first started doing power yoga in L.A., which really makes no sense. Power yoga? It's the opposite of what it should be. Yoga should calm you down!"

On Her Yogi

"He's so amazing... His energy is so calming. For someone like me, who loves to sweat and push herself, it's a challenge to slow down, to sit, to breathe and hold poses."

On Reading at Night (She's in Bed by 10pm!)

"I like to read books that challenge you, that open your eyes and make you look in different directions, maybe see someone else's side... I like the books that make you realize we're all connected."

On Her Diet When She Was Younger

"It's so weird... Food used to be really important to me. I loved steak, I loved hamburgers, I loved all that stuff... I can't believe how irresponsible I was, eating what I ate... all I did was eat. Cheeseburgers, fried chicken, fried things... and then some things happened in my life, and, as a lot of young girls do, I put on weight as a barrier, as protection, to keep people away. I was always dieting, always struggling, always trying to lose it... Diets don't work. It has to be a way of life."

On Her Vegan Diet

"No animals, no dairy, nothing processed; a lot of soup, veggies, rice, beans, legumes... 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."

On Motivation to Be Healthy

"It's hard, but you have to make time to take care of yourself. Only after you're taking care of yourself can you take care of other business... You have to ask yourself what it is you need to do while you're here. We are all here to do something."

You can check out Ellen's entire interview over at Shape.

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