How to Set your Diet Type and Schedule

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.

Set up your diet and schedule using the iPhone app


Set up your dietary restrictions

  • Click the gear icon (this is where you access your settings)
  • Click Meal Plan or Whole30 Meal Plan
  • Click on Diet and Schedule
    • Change default servings, if necessary
    • Select the desired diet type from the drop down menu
  • Real Plans will automatically make your meal plans fit your selected diet type, but to exclude additional foods, click Advanced dietary restrictions
    • To exclude an entire food group:
      • Click on each food group you want to exclude
      • Click on Continue at the bottom of the screen
      • 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 Confirm exclusions 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.
  • Set your start date for your Whole30
    • This option is only visible if your diet type is Whole30
  • Set the length of your Whole30 (30 days is default)
    • This option is only visible if your diet type is Whole30

Save changes

  • Click Save and continue which will take 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 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 Continue to save your changes, which takes you back to the Diet and Schedule page

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
  • Update my future plans
    • Applies your changes on the following week's meal plan
    • The current week will not change


If you have any further questions or require additional assistance, please pop into chat with us, or send us an email at support at realplans dot com.

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