How to Set your Diet Type and Dietary Restrictions in Calendar Meal Planning (Mobile)

This article guides users on how to set up and make changes to their diet and schedule using the mobile app.  If you are using the website, please click here.

Customize your meal plan

  • Click the gear icon (this is where you access your settings)
  • Click Meal Plan or Whole30 Meal Plan
  • Click on Diet and Schedule


Select your diet type

  • Change default servings, if necessary
  • Select the desired diet type from the drop down menu


Set up additional dietary restrictions

Real Plans will automatically make your meal plans fit your selected diet type, but you can also exclude additional foods

  • Click Advanced dietary restrictions
  • To exclude an entire food group:
    • Click on each food group you want to exclude
      • Food groups that are included in your diet type have a green check
      • Foods groups that are excluded have a gray X
    • Click on Save and continue at the bottom of the screen
    • Confirm your changes
    • 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 "Search ingredients"
    • Click on each individual ingredient that you want to exclude
      • Confirm each exclusion
    • Click on Save and continue at the bottom of the screen

Pro tips:

    • 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 Update at the bottom of the Diet and Schedule page to apply your changes.
  • If you would like to change between simple meal planning and calendar meal planning, please click here
  • If you want to also make some changes to your schedule, check out this article.

Confirm your changes

  • Update my plan
    • Applies your changes to the current week and future weeks
    • This removes all of the recipes on your meal plan, including the current week, and schedules all new recipes using your new settings
  • Update my future plans
    • Applies your changes on the following week's meal plan
    • The current week will not change


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