Oprah posts video throwing out half a cake: ‘it’s time for a reset’

Oprah has had a deal with Weight Watchers, of which she now owns about 8%, since 2015. I can’t believe it’s been that long since Oprah declared she loves bread! Oprah recently posted a video showing herself throwing out a large portion of a cake for Gayle King’s birthday. I wrote in the title that Oprah threw out half of it, but it was more like 1/6th because that cake was three tiers originally. It was an early birthday cake, since Oprah’s birthday is at the end of the month. She’s going to be 68! Can you believe it? In the video, Oprah says that it’s time for a reset after she had 12 people over for the holidays and “ate every day like food had just been invented.” Here’s more of what she said thanks to People and the video is above.

[Oprah] shared a video on Instagram in which she showed herself dumping out an entire half of a cake in an effort to “reset” her diet for 2022.

“Time for a reset. Clearing out the fridge,” Winfrey said at the start of the clip.

With 12 visitors in her house over the holidays, she joked “we ate every day like food had just been invented. So, clearing out the fridge. No chance of one last piece of Gayle [King’s] delicious Bananas Foster birthday cake.”

Speaking of her “reset” Winfrey went on to tout Weight Watchers, the popular weight loss program for which she is a spokesperson and director, before encouraging followers to “let today be our day one.”

“And oh yeah – don’t forget to hydrate,” reminded Winfrey.

[From People]

I can easily throw food out like this and often do, but I know it’s hard for a lot of people. Kaiser and I talked about this on the podcast a while ago. Her dad was an immigrant who taught her not to waste food. My dad always says to throw things out if you’re not using them.

Like Oprah, I also need a diet reset. I was able to eat well the first few days of the month but have gone back to my old habits of stress eating ice cream and chocolate at night. I’m still exercising but it feels like everything is a dumpster fire and I may as well eat. After Christmas I joined one of those diet bet websites. I will owe them money if I don’t lose a few pounds, so I’m hoping that motivates me. (I can’t vouch for them until the time period is over.) Maybe I will take this video from Oprah as a sign to start fresh today, although I say that just about every day – it doesn’t matter what time of year it is.

Oprah’s hydration challenge! She passes out half gallon water bottles to her guests. I have this one and am about to fill it up for the day. Gayle cracks me up!

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  1. Hyrule Castle says:

    I loathe this woman.

    Also, I pray that at 68, I’m still not at the “reset” part of loving myself & throwing away perfectly good food.

    She still doesn’t get it. It’s NOT. ABOUT. FOOD.

    And she’s STILL promoting disordered eating to millions.

    • Pinkosaurus says:

      I credit WW with helping me straighten out my disordered eating and just bad habits. It’s a good program and promotes reasonable portions of healthy food, and activity. You may dislike Oprah but I don’t see how she’s pushing disordered eating by clearing out the sugary snacks to avoid temptation.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      If you buy perfectly good food that is also unhealthy isn’t it better to toss the bad food you bought on impulse?
      This doesn’t seem like a bad thing. And some people need that “reset” New Years stuff.

      • Arpeggi says:

        There is no such thing as “bad food”. Food is food, it’s how and how much of it you eat that can be an issue.
        The only unhealthy food I can think of is something like koi plaa that, if eaten somewhat regularly, will give you liver cancer.

      • Emma says:

        Arpeggi, let’s talk about the standard American diet and how unhealthy it IS. Red meat, cheese, white bread, low to no vegetables or fruit, heavy sugary desserts? That leads to heart disease, and preventable death. YES, FOOD CAN BE UNHEALTHY.

        What are you even trying.

      • waitwhat says:

        Haven’t seen you around in a while Arpeggi. Nice to see an OG here!

      • ElleV says:

        @ emma – why take such an extreme stance on meat, cheese, white bread, and sugary desserts as unequivocally “unhealthy / bad” just because those foods may be harmful in large quantities?

        unbalanced diets of “clean/good” foods can be deadly, too, so clearly the issue isn’t the food itself, but our cultural and individual relationships to food

    • Katie says:

      The Maintenance Phase podcast is amazing in general and has a good episode on Weight Watchers. What can be helpful for some can be disordered for many. But also, she’s 68. I’m sure most of her diet is fine. She can eat the cake or not eat the cake and either is fine.

      • SusieQ says:

        I love Maintenance Phase! They have quite a few episodes on Oprah herself and some of the food fads she’s pushed over the years.

        I cringed when she threw out the cake. One of my best friends has an eating disorder, and she bakes obscene amounts of desserts every week. I swear that it’s her testing her willpower, because she never eats a crumb of them.

      • Katie says:

        @SusieQ, that is really sad. When it comes down to it, dessert was invented to bring us joy and it does not seem to be doing that for your friend. It’s also expensive! Butter is not cheap.

    • Charm says:

      We should all hope to get to 68, like Oprah, having lived a purpose-filled life, like Oprah, with more love and much less “loathing” of other people, thru envy.

      • ElleV says:

        no one envies a disordered relationship with food and weight – im sad that someone as accomplished as oprah still feels that so much of her value is tied up in her weight

    • Tom says:

      This is the person who discovered and promoted Dr Oz and Dr. Phil.

    • ElleV says:

      promoting and normalizing binge-purge cycles is gross and the food waste in wealthy countries is gross

      if you buy or make more food than you can consume, share it – don’t trash it in some sort of perverse morality play

      i’m sad for oprah and other women who are still so wrapped up in diet culture – what a miserable way to live

      • Ange says:

        Who would be sharing food at all in a pandemic? Oprah herself couldn’t convince me to take it right now.

    • bisynaptic says:

      i’d be *pissed* if i’d made that cake.

    • cb-forever says:

      She is rich enough to pay a chef to make a cake that is HEALTHY that she won’t have to throw out… or how about this — Make just enough to have what you need for your party. Why such a big ass cake? I agree – this is STUPID.

  2. T says:

    I think in a time where families are struggling to keep food on the table, to see a video of a rich woman throw out perfectly fine food because she needs a diet reset is pretty tone deaf and pathetic.

    • HoofRat says:

      Nothing says Privilege like publicly tossing out perfectly good food. You’re not just trashing the end product, you’re also wasting the time, effort, water and energy used to grow, process transport and cook the food. I was raised by two Depression babies, and find it very difficult to see anyone treating food with such disrespect. At least compost the damn thing so it dies something other than take up space in a landfill!

      • minime says:

        I actually really appreciate Oprah but I can’t watch this without cringing. My parents had really though times as children/young adults and always thought us to avoid put food in the garbage and to only take to our plate what we wanted to eat. In a moment where a lot of people struggle to put food on the table this is quite tone deaf… Without talking about the environmental aspects of it. I understand that sometimes it just happens: food goes bad, we miscalculate how much we would eat, etc… But making a video of it is really unnecessary and I don’t think it passes the message she thinks it does. Why didn’t she just give it to someone else? Neighbors, people working for her? Or at least, as Hoofrat said, throw it in the compost!

    • candy says:


    • Juniper says:

      This made me cringe, but I do understand it. In the other video clips, you see that it was a three-tiered cake, with each cake having at least 2 layers. I mean I get these people are rich and she was entertaining about 12 people, but that cake was huge. It could’ve been used at a wedding.

    • InquiringMind says:

      Don’t let them eat cake! Oh Oprah Antoinette how out of touch you really are. It’ not just tossing out perfectly good food but also because she featured the sweet chef making the cake just a few days before. Imagine his feelings.

  3. Anne says:

    This screams disordered eating to me (as someone who is in recovery from an eating disorder since 2010). Throwing out food says that there are “bad” foods and “good” foods and that you have to be “controlled” around food. I wish Oprah would pick up a copy of “The F*ck It Diet” and instead focus on loving herself, disempowering food, and tell her viewers to seek peace with food.

    • Scarlett says:

      I am going to pick up a copy of that book, thank you for recommending it. Food has always held too much power over me and I am really trying to change that.

      • Cate says:

        It’s a really good book and an easy read. That plus the Intuitive Eating book have been fantastic for me. I no longer diet or restrict food and it’s awesome!

        And Oprah, don’t throw out a perfectly good cake! Use your freezer! I know sometimes when I have a whole cake I feel a bit of a rush to eat it faster than feels good to my body, because it is going stale. So I just freeze part of it and then there’s no forced rush and I can eat cake on my timeline!

      • Anne says:

        My heart goes out to you! I just got to a point where I said to myself that I’d rather be x pounds heavier (or never lose another pound) than live in a hell of binging/ restriction/ punitive exercise (I look back at my university text books and in the margins are lists and lists of sums where I was adding up calories for the day… so messed up). It was a journey, but as soon as I gave myself permission to eat when I hungry whatever I wanted, I didn’t gain tons of weight. And over time food just stopped being something to be afraid of and instead something to enjoy. Am I as tiny as my insane goal weights were? No… but I’m a healthy weight for my height and more importantly I feel FREE.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      I’ve been recovering from my Ed for over 15 years. It’s tough, always. But some foods are bad for you. Some foods shouldn’t be on your home. Simply for health reasons that apply to anyone, ED or not. I can’t see how she’s promotion disordered eating by tossing unhealthy foods from your house.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Yep! Drinking lots of water when not thirsty is also a red flag: you just fill your stomach to feel full instead of eating because you are hungry.

      Regardless of fortune, learning to buy the amount of food you need so that it doesn’t go to waste is also super important. Food waste is an ecological disaster, dumping good food because you made too much is not cute.

      • Misskitten says:

        RE: ARPEGGI- There is NOTHING wrong with drinking water when you’re not thirsty, and anyone who says it will “fill up” an empty stomach and take away hunger pangs is crazy. Maybe for 2 minutes it would before your body absorbs it. More importantly, the vast majority of people are severely dehydrated and don’t even know it. Between all the dehydrating coffee/tea people drink, to all the sugary, often caffeinated sodas and various other beverages, coupled with the fact that VERY few people actually make a point to drink a lot of water every day, people are PARCHED. And They don’t know it because much like a person who has been starving ceases to feel hunger, a dehydrated person will cease to feel thirst. When im dehydrated i get terrible headaches, fatigue, and dry mouth. Once you DO start hydrating properly, your natural thirst returns and you’ll wonder how you ever made it through the day before with so little water. Obviously I’m someone who stays very hydrated and I literally cannot drink a can of Coke without feeling like all the water has been sucked out of my body. I can do a cup of coffee in the AM, any more and I’ll start feeling like my mouth has stopped producing spit (gross image I know) but that’s how dry my body feels because I am properly hydrated.

      • windyriver says:

        @Miss kitten – will also add that thirst reflexes/triggers diminish as you age, which is one reason why dehydration is a well known problem among seniors (especially if a person is also on a diuretic or similar medication, as many are). That is, normal sensations letting you know you need to drink aren’t as noticeable. And you don’t have to be in your 80’s for this to begin happening.

        Like you, I’m also somewhat sensitive to lack of sufficient fluids. Finally got myself a 32 ounce water bottle I keep on the kitchen counter. The goal is to fill and empty it twice a day. That way I drink on average about 6-8 glasses of water (the primary thing I drink) per day, which seems in line with various things I’ve read about recommended daily intake. In any event, that amount works for me, and I don’t have to think too much about it.

      • Emma says:

        MissKitten – same! I’m recovering from an eating disorder (20 years on), and I promise, water does not make you feel full. That’s actually funny.

    • Scarlett says:

      @Anne, I did that too, the constant tracking calories. The best thing I feel I did last year was throw out my scale, I refuse to weigh myself. I will make healthier choices, work out etc, but my goal is to be healthy, not thin….or at least that’s what it is on paper, now to get my mind to play along.

  4. ooshpick says:

    Oh Oprah. I never have understood the hold she has on some people. I feel like she’s a slightly more ethical Goop peddling stuff to the American market that they don’t need. Wanton accumulation is so 2010. Throwing food away in my family was a sin. I struggle with it. Never forget my dad saying “cheese is mould” if I wanted to throw out mouldy cheese. I so admire my parents for teaching us not to waste. If there is a way out of this mess it is by taking what you need and not what our damaged society says will make us feel better.

    • lana86 says:

      Indeed… throwing out food is such a bad taste… I suspect people actually have weight problems partly because they have no respect for food, they stuff themselves mindlessly and they throw it away mindlessly.

  5. Jenns says:

    Just a reminder that Oprah, and other celebrities who sell weight loss, are trying to make you feel like sh*t about yourself so they can pad their already rich pockets with more cash. That’s it.

  6. Scarlett says:

    I was just saying this to my husband earlier, we have been working out, eating healthy, but Dec 25- Jan 1 messed it all up, and now it’s Jan 12th and I can find myself reverting back to old unhealthy patterns. It’s definitely time for a reset starting today.

    I don’t normally throw food out, but when it comes to leftover cake, I have…because if it does not go in the trash, it goes in my mouth, wish I had better self control. Please don’t come for me, I am a stress eater and it’s been rough.

    • Katie says:

      You didn’t mess it all up! That week is our culture’s celebratory week and you participated in a normal, fun human thing! I have faith you can pick up your good routine again.

      • Scarlett says:

        Thank you for that, like I said above, my life has been one big struggle with my ED and unhealthy relationship with food. It’s taking a lot of effort to unlearn so many unhealthy habits learned over time. I keep calling myself a work in progress.

  7. Becks1 says:

    I mean, I do this sometimes. If I have cake in the house, leftover from a birthday or whatever, I will eat the ENTIRE rest of the cake. And eating 3/4 of a Smith Island Cake in 2 days is not healthy. Its not even about the weight, its that I feel gross from all the sugar and everything but omg its so good that I can’t stop lol. So, I throw the leftovers away.

    Weight Watchers was not for me.

    • Katie says:

      I think balance is the important thing. I’m a huge environmentalist. I hate, hate food waste. I’ve eaten some absurd concoctions to not let stuff in the fridge or my husband’s garden go to waste. However, I also eat sweets well past what feels good for my body and sometimes in our culture, despite all our best efforts to be reasonable, we just end up surrounded by absurd quantities of it.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah, I try to be balanced overall. I’m not opposed to cake. I am fine going to a party and having a piece of cake, or a cupcake or whatever. But I have some food triggers and if they are in the house, I eat them, so I don’t keep them in the house. Some people don’t have those same food triggers (my husband doesn’t) so they may not get why Oprah threw out the cake. But I think a lot of us get it.

      • cb-forever says:

        Why not freeze leftover cake? It keeps extremely well. Geez 🙁

    • TeamMeg says:

      Sugar and flour are chief among foods with psychoactive effects on the brain. Quite literally addictive for some (not all) people. Sugar and flour are not food groups and there is no danger in eliminating them from the diet. On the contrary! Not that anyone should or must eliminate them. But for those who are addicted and want to break free, there is a LOT of power in throwing out (or donating, or composting) food you don’t want to eat. Rather than serving as a human garbage disposal for it because “it’s wrong to waste food”.

      True, this is a First World problem. That is one of the reasons why people who have this problem—food addiction, disordered eating—are deeply ashamed of it. So I feel dismayed to read some of the shaming comments on here. (Not you @Becks1 & Katie, others upthread.)

      Don’t addicts feel enough shame, without being further shamed for something they are already ashamed of? Addiction is not a choice. It’s not the addict’s fault if they can’t moderate their drug consumption. Addiction is a brain disease, and it is fairly well known at this point that processed foods are LITERALLY engineered to addict you.

      Recovery is not an easy journey. It takes a lot of courage to embark on that journey, and it takes a lot of hard work, willingness and support to stay on it. Oprah has been struggling with this for years, and the struggle is real. WW with its “everything in moderation” philosophy might not provide the tools needed for her to really break free, but that’s another conversation. Meanwhile, I wish Oprah (and everyone struggling with this problem) happiness and success.

      • Twin falls says:

        Love this thoughtful comment.

      • Babz says:

        I realize this may seem ironic in a post about food and eating disorders, but *chef’s kiss* to your comment, TeamMeg. My father and my late ex husband were alcoholics, and their stories showed two sides of the addiction coin. My dad was ashamed, and despite two stints in rehab, never recovered because he was embarrassed to have people in their small town see him go to AA meetings. My ex, on the other hand, did the work, remained sober for over 25 years, and learned to live his life with joy and serenity, right up until he passed away in August.

        I’m 68, and have struggled with food all my life, as did my mother. I have tried each and every diet, plan, and course available, and a couple of years ago, I just stopped. I’m focused on being healthy, and have lost a lot of weight, but it hasn’t been without its setbacks. I am probably addicted to carbs and processed foods, and am working on that, and it’s a struggle at times, but all I can do is try to move forward. Your thoughtful, caring comments about addiction were wonderful, and I thank you for them.

  8. Lady Keller says:

    I find it nearly impossible to throw out food. My mom grew up on a farm and she definitely succeeded in ingraining that nothing goes to waste. My husband on the other hand would have no problem. I’ve even seen my father in law throw out a $20 rib steak because it was “leftover”. I think a big difference here is the haves vs have nots. Those of us who grew up without much are cringing right now, while those who never worried about having food on the table are shrugging their shoulders.

    Plus, that’s a waste of cake. Tragic.

    • Babz says:

      I understand her motivation for throwing it out – to make a point for the WW viewers and to help herself. However, I wish she would have portioned out that cake, packaged it up, and shared it with a senior center, or food distribution location. There’s a lot of cake there, and small slices would have fed several people, and given them lots of enjoyment. I understand in these covid days that you have to be careful, but that cake could have been put to use in some way. And think what kind of message *that* would have sent – not wasting food, learning to pay attention to your health and eating habits, and helping others. Seems like so many teachable moments were lost there…

      • eto says:

        Would those places have accepted a half-eaten old cake? Or would it just open up liability for Oprah?

      • cb-forever says:

        Why make more cake than you need? I doubt they even gave it a thought. 🙁

      • Babz says:

        @Eto, I’m not sure, but it just seems that a way could have been found so she could have shared that with others. There’s also her staff and others working on her estate that might have been recipients. She has a professional chef that I’m sure is trained in food management and saving that could have figured out a way.

  9. Jaded1 says:

    I get it. I do the same thing right after the holidays (get rid of the one or two overly indulgent items that are just not going away). I mean, she threw out leftover cake, not a whole fridge of things near their “best by” date. If you want to restart and eat healthier, it isn’t going to be that cake. So you get rid of it now or you wait until it is a dried up mess and throw it away. What was she supposed to do with it? Give a chunk of leftover cake to her wealthy neighbors? Or tell her employees that it is old and unhealthy, here, you eat it? I guess she didn’t have to post it, but I also don’t think she did anything many people do to start the new year.

  10. Ocho says:

    Ugh. I have mixed thoughts here. I was brought up in a single parent family with not much money and was taught to be a member of “The Clean Plate Club” — to not waste food. But eating food when you are already full is wasteful too and not healthy. If you really don’t want to waste it, wrap it up and eat as lunch leftovers the next day. I tell my kid to eat until she feels good. If she wants more, eat more. If she feels full, don’t eat it all and we’ll save it (if possible).

    I also think it is tone-deaf for a ridunkulously wealthy person with a huge public platform to film herself throwing out food.

    I get it — after day four maybe you don’t feel like eating another slice of cake. That’s probably a good call. But they could have shared it with friends, employees or neighbours or (I don’t know) made a smaller cake. Throwing it out and filming it as as a public act feels… uncomfortable and an odd relationship with food.

    Also, drinking water like that is a myth. (The last video.) Water is in everything we eat, even coffee! Our bodies are pretty amazing machines. Smart tip: Drink when you are thirsty. Source: Jen Gunter’s podcast

    • Emma says:

      Mmm, Harvard Medical School says, “water is still the best option” among beverages, and additionally, “most people need about 4 to 6 cups of water per day” (more if exerting themselves a lot or in hot climate, etc.). Direct quotes from their website.

  11. olliesmom says:

    The video of Oprah micromanaging the people who were making Gayle’s birthday cake every step of the way. Oh boy.

    I’m just thinking about how much that cake probably cost and how delicious and perfect it was. Freeze it. Send cake home with people. Take cake over to your neighbors. Give cake to all of those people who work for you.

    • MsIam says:

      She wasn’t micromanaging anything. She wasn’t telling the people what to do, it was a video of how the cake was made.

  12. Chaine says:

    I feel sad for Oprah. At 68 years old and frankly looking quite fabulous for that age, she should just sit back and enjoy everything her immense wealth can bring her. Instead, she is still focused on a self-defeating chase after a body measurement goal that we can all see after 30+ years just isn’t where her body wants to be or stay. Surely it is hurtful to her chef, too, to see her tossing that lovely cake in the garbage when, as someone pointed out above, she could freeze it to eat at a later date.

    I recently finished listening to the podcast “Aack Cast.” It is a social and historical contextualization of the comic strip “Cathy” and it is sooo good. Anyway, several of the episodes tackle the diet culture of the 1970s and 1980s and Oprah’s role in that in particular. It is really worth a listen whether you lived through that era or not.

    • Katie says:

      Thanks for the recommendations! This sounds right up my alley.

      The options are pretty grim. Either she is looking at 70 and still obsessing about food, or she is putting on a show to up the value of her Weight Watchers stake (when she already has way more money than she could possibly use in her lifetime). Or both. Fun.

      • Katie says:

        Add on: I think it is fine to toss the cake and fine to keep the cake. The thing that gives me the ick factor is turning it into a preachy SM Weight Watchers advertisement.

    • MsIam says:

      I don’t know how old you are but after 60, the health issues connected with weight are real. its not about looks, its about being around as long as possible. I didn’t hear Oprah say she wants to be a size two. I’m a few years younger than her and I know I need to lose about 20-25 pounds. Sugary treats don’t help with that, especially if you have an issue with overeating. Let Oprah be Oprah for goodness sake. If she doesn’t want cake hanging around and tempting her then I support her 100 %. And she already said she indulged over the holidays so I don’t see her depriving herself at all.

  13. Lucy2 says:

    It’s a shame she didn’t see if anyone else wanted it before tossing it, but I guess that wouldn’t make a very good weight watchers commercial.

  14. J ferber says:

    My God, how triggering it was for so many that Oprah threw out half a cake! Since the pandemic started I have been overeating, especially at night, and just can’t get a handle on it. I tried Noom and Jenny Craig, but couldn’t stick to either. More stress recently at home and I just can’t get back on track.

    • Julia K says:

      What is it with the night snacking? I do well all day, making good food choices, and as soon as evening rolls around, I munch on crazy things I don’t even want. Crazy, huh?

  15. Jessica says:

    This makes me sad. Not because of the waste of cake, but that she’s 68 and still feels she needs to do this. At some point over the past two years, I started to try and unlearn the diet culture behaviors I’d been performing, especially treating foods as good or bad. I don’t crave sugar in the way I used to, and I if I start indulging too much, my body lets me know. I hope in 2022 Oprah can find peace with her body.

  16. Eurydice says:

    I don’t know if people here remember just how many times Oprah has been on a diet – all kinds of different diets, personal chef menus, writing books about it, weight yo-yoing up and down, declarations that she’s finally succeeded and then ooops, another diet. If people want to join Weight Watchers, that’s cool, it’s a system, but Oprah has specific issues about her weight and I don’t think people should take general advice from her.

    • L4Frimaire says:

      The woman is a walking encyclopedia of fad diets for the past 30 years. That said, WW can work for some people.

  17. Misskitten says:

    Above I stated that Gayle made the cake , not a chef. I went back and watched the video again and I was WRONG. it was a cake made for Gayles birthday. ARPEGGI- I APOLOGIZE! I was totally incorrect in my criticism of your comment. The cake WAS made by a chef. NOT Gayle! I was wrong!
    I suck. 🤮

    • MrsWhatsit says:

      You’re being too hard on yourself, haha. I read the original write-up the same way – I thought Gayle had baked the cake herself.

  18. AnnE says:

    Rather than waste that cake, slice it up into individual slices and put it in the freezer. You can even cut the plastic wrap and re-use it. No need to waste. This can be your cheat day treat or for guests or in Oprahs case I’m sure she has plenty of people coming and going. If it’s still not gone weeks/months later, unwrap it and toss the cake in the compost bin and the plastic in the recycling bin. While I can appreciate her need/desire for a fresh start I also think it was a huge missed opportunity, all I could think of is the waste. With all that said Oprah lost me with her continue support of Dr Phil & Dr Oz. WW lost me when they dropped Jennifer Hudson. Of all their spokespeople she is the only one to have lost and kept the weight off.

  19. Lionel says:

    When was this video made? I mean, it’s 1/12. And that’s really a fraction of the original cake, so we can assume most of it was enjoyed. Who wants leftover cake that’s been sitting in the fridge for two weeks?

    Now, I’ll stand corrected if the video was made 2 days after Gayle’s bday. If so, that’s messed up. Cake is made to be shared.

  20. Ghost says:

    Oprah probably has 20 or 30 housekeepers, landscapers, assistants etc at her home every week all with families who would love leftover expensive cake. But maybe its a liability issue for her they could claim the cake made them ill & sue her. Sad world w tons of waste

    • L4Frimaire says:

      I’m not eating anyone’s old leftover cake in these Covid times, even if they’re a celebrity. No. Gross.

  21. Canadian says:

    I understand food waste is an issue for many, and I do my best not to as well, but I have had to throw out birthday cakes many times, even when my kids were small. Not because they triggered, but because no one wanted it anymore. I wouldn’t take slices of leftover cake to my neighbours or staff either – probably they wouldn’t want or need it anymore than Oprah does.

  22. Oria says:

    If I was as rich as Oprah, and had staff and people working for me like she does, I would have a get-together where everyone would be invited to sit down to eat and enjoy leftovers if they wanted to (or anything I had in my kitchen to be honest). I would not serve anything that expired, of course. But I would aim for not throwing away anything.
    If you have been eating like a pig for weeks, your body won’t notice if you finish that cake or not.

    I would also donate to homeless people.

    I wouldn’t wait until the 12th of January to do it, I would do it the first week after New years, for example.

    I would also invite my chef friends to come in and make delicious meals out of leftovers.
    Maybe even redecorate that old cake or do something “fun” with it before giving it to someone else.

    It’s so easy not to throw away food: share it!

    If we can buy and wear second hand clothing, we can surely make use of the food we have left from Christmas and New years.

  23. L4Frimaire says:

    Oprah has always had issues with her weight, and a lot of hang ups about it, and it’s played out publicly over the decades. Like most of us, when you lose weight, get all the praise and compliments, then you gain it back and you feel like a terrible person. In the past few years my weight has really gone up, as I’ve aged and had some health issues last year, so I definitely want a reset. Made an appointment with a wellness coach from my health care provider and stepping up the exercise, and will have to rethink my diet. We get so many messages about weight loss. We’re not all eating junk food or have a weird relationship with food, other than maybe liking it too much, and weight goes up and down, especially as we age. It’s frustrating, especially when women are continuously praised for not gaining weight and maintaining the same size they had in their 20s as they enter their 40s or losing a lot of weight is treated like scaling Mt. Everest. There is a good podcast called Maintenance Phase that addresses the diet industry. Don’t agree with everything they say but it’s an interesting, informed perspective. Besides, we throw out leftover cake all the time. It gets stale or soggy, and I’m not gonna sit around eating all that refined flour and sugar by myself.

  24. Ann says:

    I need cake right now.

  25. eto says:

    I’m really surprised how up in arms folks are about Oprah throwing away an old cake, feels like a bit of a pile on.