Introducing Real Plans: A Customizable AIP Meal Planning Service!

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Why Meal Planning?

Meal planning is the number one, can’t-live-without-it practice we preach to first-timers. We all know the feeling of being ill prepared to tackle a big change or transition. By meal planning, you can set yourself up for success on something as challenging as making the switch to the Autoimmune Protocol.

Once you have your meal planning mastered, suddenly the AIP starts to feel easy. Healthful meals become the norm, and you finally settle into the consistency that produces true healing.

But we’ll also be the first to admit that meal planning is easier said than done. From last-minute schedule changes to varying work routines, it can be hard to find a groove. Meal planning services can help with this, but until very recently, none catered to the AIP crowd.


Introducing: Real Plans

The first thing we’ll tell you about Real Plans is that it is not your average meal planning service. In fact, it is the most innovative, user-friendly, and helpful resources we’ve found, and our first tour of their system completely blew us out of the water.

We were so thrilled with their offering that we agreed to add over 250 of our Autoimmune Protocol recipes from the blog as well as our books to their Autoimmune Paleo recipe package.

You select the recipes you’d like to make based on your dietary restrictions or preferences and let their system know how often you’d like to cook, when you shop, and how many servings you’d like. Their software instantly creates a meal plan and shopping list based on your preferences, from which you can modify or add to. It is that easy!

If you want to cut to the chase, click here to learn more about Real Plans and sign up!

This is a big deal for the AIP community–not only will it help hundreds of you get healing foods on the table, but it’s also a sign of how widely understood and acknowledged the Autoimmune Protocol continues to become. Best of yet, it is very affordable. Read on to learn more about this awesome service!

How does it work?

In simple terms, Real Plans helps you create a highly customizable weekly meal plan by choosing from their database of nearly 2,000 recipes (400 of which are AIP-friendly!).

You can also input any additional foods you may be avoiding (great for those who have sensitivities to things like coconut), as well as how many servings you’d like to make and other factors that help customize your plan.

Based on your selections, Real Plans provides you with a detailed shopping list and cooking timetable along with the recipe instructions, all of which are always at your fingertips thanks to the free app that accompanies the service.

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To break it down, each week you:

  1. Choose what you want to eat from the Real Plans recipe database.
  2. Review your shopping list, removing the ingredients you already have on hand.
  3. Print, email or sync your shopping list with your smart phone.
  4. Shop quickly and efficiently!
  5. Follow your weekly timeline to find out when to defrost, chop and reheat.
  6. Eat good food every day.

The best part!

The best part about Real Plans is that they get us. Their database is filled with recipes we AIPers actually eat, many of which come from our own recipe archives here at Autoimmune Paleo or were written by other bloggers we love like The Paleo Mom and Nom Nom Paleo.

All recipes are clearly labeled and categorized so you’ll have no fear of finding a stray nightshade or legume on your shopping list.

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A few more details that make Real Plans perfect for AIPers:

  1. You have the ability to exclude or include entire food groups from your plans, meaning that if, for instance, you have eliminated nightshades but have reintroduced eggs, you can tell Real Plans to adjust your recipes accordingly.
  2. You can separate ingredients by grocery store so you can plan exactly where to get what.
  3. You can easily upload your own recipes (or favorites from other blogs) to your collection.
  4. The interface is clean and intuitive and their “Getting Started” video makes things super easy.
  5. You can make changes to your weekly plan whenever you want. So even when family comes to town, you can easily swap out recipes, increase serving sizes, or repurpose leftovers and your shopping list and timeline will automatically update. No other service does this!

Real Plans’ annual subscription costs just $6 per month and gives you access to their recipe database of more than 1,600 recipes (400 of which are AIP-friendly). For an additional $1 per month, they’ll also include the Autoimmune Paleo recipe archives, as well as some of the recipes from our books, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook and The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook.

If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s a great intro video describing how it all works:

Until preparing AIP-friendly foods becomes routine, healing will continue to be an uphill battle. If you feel like you’re spinning your wheels cooking every night, or you’re struggling to nail down a sustainable routine, Real Plans might just be your answer. We never promote products or services we don’t fully believe in, and this is no different!

Click here to learn more and sign up!

Want to give the gift of meal planning to a friend or family member? Real Plans now offers gift subscriptions! What could be better than giving the gift of good health? Learn more about Real Plans gift subscriptions here!

About Grace Heerman

Grace Heerman is a writer, editor and yoga teacher from Seattle, and the Blog Assistant for Autoimmune Paleo. She's on a mission to help other women thrive in their 20s using real food and intuitive living, and she shares recipes and explores how to live her most vibrant life on her blog. You can browse her recipes on Pinterest and find out what she did yesterday on Instagram.


  • Debbie says

    Is there an extra cost on ‘Plan to Eat’ to access your recipes? I love it but when I purchased it I had no idea the recipes of my favourite food bloggers would not be included unless I paid more per month :o(

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Debbie! I’m not sure what you are referencing for “Plan to Eat” – We are not partners with them, but we are partners with “Real Plans” (where you can spend an extra $1 to access our recipes). The reason is that this fee is passed on to us, who are the original creators of the recipes. Hope that clears up any confusion for you!

  • Karen says

    What does a person do if they are dealing with diabetes, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis? thanks

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Karen! Angie and I are health coaches, and not certified to work with medical issues. I’d suggest looking for a practitioner who is familiar with functional medicine who can help you customized based on your diagnosis – and are both great places to start. Good luck!

  • Ali says

    Can you select AIP and GF/DF recipes at the same time in the recipe selection?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Ali,
      Yes, and you can even add in specific foods you’ve introduced, or additional eliminations you’d like to make. It is completely customizable!

  • Elizabeth Diefenderfer says

    I’m not much of a cook. Are there easy recipes to follow until I feel more confident in my cooking skills.

    • Angie Alt says

      There are great, easy recipes found in the recipe’s section of our site, but also simple ones to follow w/ the Real Plans service. Even relatively inexperienced cooks can handle the majority of them.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Elizabeth! Great question – the recipes are similar to what you’d find here on the site, for the most part simple and written in a way novice cooks can understand. If you like the recipes here, I think you will find Real Plans a helpful service. Hope it helps!

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