17 Things Anyone Who Has Ever Meal Prepped Will Deeply Understand

1. Healthier/higher quality food ALWAYS costs more money.

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Want cheap pasta? You can find it for $1 a box. Want pasta sauce that doesn’t contain artificial coloring, artificial sweeteners, MSG, Butylated Hydroxyanisole, sodium nitrates, sodium benzoate, and potassium benzoate? That’ll be $12.

2. It takes a heroic effort to carry in all of the groceries you’re about to cook with.


When you do all the shopping for one big cooking session, you’ve got bags, on bags, on bags, and it takes some strength to get ’em inside your home.

3. Meal prep is going to eat up YOUR ENTIRE DAY.

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Throwing a bunch of food together in a few hours doesn’t sound too difficult, yet meal prep always feels like the nightmare where you’re being chased and you can’t run fast.

No matter how quick and efficient you try to be, it always seems to take a huge chunk of your day.

4. Eating the same meal repeatedly feels like watching the same episode of a boring TV show every… single… day.


It’s like when you discover a song you like and play it 500,000 times in a row and then all of a sudden you’re good never hearing it again.

5. During the cooking process you keep sampling your food and then suddenly you’ve only got half a week’s worth of meals.


6. If you screw up the ingredients on something, you’ll be stuck eating that botched batch for at least the next few days.


It can be something as small as adding too much of the wrong spice to something, or accidentally cooking meat so long that it dries out, and suddenly it’s that much more difficult to stay on track eating your healthy meals.

7. Also, not only does eating the same thing get old, but the food stops being fresh and tastes more like trash each passing day.

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Day 1: This food is fine!

Day 2: This food isn’t quite as good, but it’s not the worst.

Day 3: Hmm, is this a little stale?

Day 4: OK, I only cooked this four days ago, why does it taste seven years old?

Day 5: This tastes like drywall.

8. Toward the end of the week, when the meals are at their worst, you just hope you don’t get food poisoning.


9. You’ll spend a significant chunk of your life searching for the correct Tupperware lids.

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Much like socks and lip balm, Tupperware lids love to vanish.

10. Brown rice takes SO LONG to cook.


The cooking instructions will say 30 minutes but nope, it’s more like 42,937 years.

11. It’s TOUGH to make your food look aesthetically pleasing.

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You can take a picture of an ice cream sundae in a dumpster and it’d still look delicious because ice cream is just that photogenic, but it’s amazing that super healthy food prepared in bulk can look as pretty as some people make it.

12. Being at lunch with a Tupperware full of boring food while your co-workers have stuff that looks/smells delicious.

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You’ve already cooked so you’re stuck with what you’ve made, but it’s like lunch in first grade when you wanted to make trades.

13. Even when you find delicious healthy meal prep recipes, there’s always some sort of disappointing catch.

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Like, hey, did you know there’s a way to make healthy, tasty protein pancakes? Oh, but you can’t put syrup on ’em.

14. Sometimes you forget to pack utensils along with your meal.

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If you’re not anywhere near silverware when this happens, it can get dark. Scooping brown rice into your mouth with your fingers like an animal is a sad place to be.

15. People make jokes like this:

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But you’re like, in all seriousness, going back to prepackaged foods would be SO MUCH EASIER.

16. People will recommend trying meal prep delivery services which sounds AMAZING, but also costs a lot more than doing it yourself.


17. And finally, after spending hours preparing the food, you then have to do a shit ton of dirty dishes.

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But you’ll continue to do it because in the long run, not spending money on eating out and preparing stuff at home with your own ingredients is so much healthier and cheaper than the alternative!

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