How to Set Up Your Whole30 Meal Plan

With your Real Plans subscription + Whole30 upgrade, you can customize your Whole30 meal plan to meet your specific dietary and scheduling needs.

Select the Whole30 diet type

  • On the website, click on Settings
    • If you see Whole30 Meal Plan, then your diet type has already been set to Whole30
    • If you see My Meal Plan, and you have already purchased the Whole30 upgrade, select Whole30 from dropdown menu under diet type
  • Mobile users click here to learn how to set up your Whole30 meal plan using our mobile app.


Set up your Whole30 meal plan

  • Select the default number of servings for the meal plan
  • Enter your Whole30 start date 
    • Your meal planner begins on the date of purchase to give you time to get familiar with your meal planner and do your shopping.
    • You will need to select a start date to begin your Whole30 countdown.
  • Real Plans will automatically make your meal plans Whole30 compliant, but to exclude additional foods, click Advanced dietary restrictions
    • To exclude an entire food group:
      • Highlight each food group you want to exclude
      • Click on the arrow to move those food groups to the Excluded list
      • Click here for a detailed explanation of each food group
    • To exclude an individual ingredient:
      • Enter the food you wish to avoid in the box under "Find Ingredients to Exclude"
      • Click "Find Variants" 
      • Select the specific ingredients you want to exclude
      • Click on the arrow to move those ingredients to the Excluded list
    • Remember
      • Excluding foods reduces the number of recipes available in your Recipe Box
      • If you need to exclude nightshades from your diet, be sure to exclude both nightshades and potatoes (sweet potatoes are not nightshades)
      • We recommend not excluding foods for which you have a good substitution or could easily omit.  Here is a list of our Top 20 Ingredients that we recommend not excluding.

Save changes

  • Click Save, which takes you back to the Diet and Schedule page.

Set your meal planning schedule

Most of our happiest meal planners do not cook 3 meals a day. You can set your meal plan for when you really want to cook.

  • Drag the slider to the appropriate number of meals you want to cook per day
  • Click the box next to leftovers if you want to automatically double the number of servings for the dinner recipes
  • Click Save if you are done making changes

Customize your schedule

If you want to make your meal plan even more customized:

  • Click Advanced scheduling
  • Select a template (optional)
    • The planner defaults to My Template, which is based on your current settings, if one is not selected.
    • Available templates include: Single, Couple, Family, Dinner Only, My Template
  • Select the days you want a meal scheduled
  • Customize the schedule using filters
  • Add notes
    • Add any notes that you want repeated on a specific meal each week

Save changes

  • Click Save, which takes you back to the Diet and Schedule page.
  • Click Save again at the bottom of the Diet and Schedule page to apply your changes.

 Confirm your changes

  • Update my plan
    • Applies your changes to the current week and future weeks
    • This overwrites your entire plan, including the current week

Return to your meal plan

You will see the day that you selected as the first day of your Whole30 is indicated by the Whole30 logo and Day 1, as shown below.




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