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!

  • Suzie says

    Hi there! Real plans sounds so good, but I am just wondering if the AIP meals are for the elimination phase of the protocol? I have not yet started AIP elimination and one of the reasons is that it is such a big shift in the way I shop and cook, it would be so awesome to know that the AIP meals in real plans would have me sorted for the elimination phase (because it is such a big transition). If the AIP meals in real plans are not all compatible with the elimination phase, is there a way to tell which meals are and which meals aren’t? Also, do you happen to know if the meals from the Paleo Mom are AIP elimination phase friendly? Thanks for your fantastic resources!

    • Angie Alt says

      Hi Suzie-
      All the recipes that Mickey and I submitted to be included in the AIP offerings of Real Plans are elimination-phase compliant. We cannot speak to The Paleo Mom’s additions, but generally, those of us in the AIP community publishing recipes are focused on the elimination-phase, because it is the harder phase to navigate in terms of cooking, shopping, etc.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Suzie! Yes, real plans has hundreds of elimination friendly recipes, with both a general AIP tag as well as more specific eliminations (for those who are sensitive to coconut, for example). Most of Sarah’s recipes are AIP as well, so between our two offerings you get literally hundreds of recipes. It is a great resource!

  • Maggie Johnson says

    Is it possible to share the meal plan with my daughter and her family or does she have to subscribe herself? Do the AIP or other types of recipes use simple ingredients or do they require unusual things for seasoning? Are the meals complicated and time consuming? My daughter has 7 children aged 3 to 18.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Maggie! You will probably want your own subscriptions, since Real Plans saves all your preferences and then generates a custom meal plan according to that information. You could certainly give her a tour of your account though, before she signs up! And many of the recipes use simple ingredients, along the lines of the recipes you find here on the site. She can specifically request recipes that don’t take a long time to prepare and feed a certain size family. Real Plans has a great customer service team as well as a guarantee so they would be happy to walk both of you guys through their service and help set things up for you. Good luck!

    • Camille says

      Hi Maggie,
      While I do agree that with each subscription you’re getting AIP meal plans that are tailored especially for you, I honestly do not see any issue with you passing on the meal plan to whomever you like. If said people are also eating AIP then they’d be familiar with certain restrictions and such. Having said that…it is a paid service so I do understand why everyone would be encouraged to sign up for their own subscription.

  • Kristin says

    We used it for 8 weeks. While it is a great resource for planning, I found it lacking in offal and seafood elements that we were looking for when selecting AIP and some of our favorite Paleo/AIP personalities. You cannot adjust the settings to include more of certain foods. We wanted less traditional protein sources. In order to get those, I spent extra time restructuring the plans they generated each week. They refunded our money without hesitation, and I highly recommend them for Paleo/Primal, but found them lacking in the AIP department.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Kristin! Sad to hear. Did you sign up for the AIP recipe packs from both our blog and The Paleo Mom? With them you get over 500 recipes, including all of our offal and seafood items.

  • MarlaM says

    Hi Ladies!

    My challenge with RP has been trying to incorporate Batch Cooking, along with a few fresh cooked meals, into the week with the interface available.
    Do either of you have any insight into how to make BC’g optimally work with RP?

    My family of guys eats a LOT more than I do (I’m the AIP’er, and they will eat whatever is prepared and maybe just needs reheating – I am blessed!)

    Thank you for any suggestions you may have.

    Luv u 2 and what u so, graciously, provide the AIP community!

    • Angie Alt says

      Aaaaw! Thanks Marla! What I do is use RP to plan breakfasts & dinners. I choose a few of those dinners to be “batch cooked” (think roasts, whole chickens, big pans of roasted veggies) to provide leftovers for lunches. And then in the lunch space, I add two or three salad recipes, soups/stews, & usually broth. I don’t actually prepare all those lunch recipes as lunches on the set days, I just have them worked in so they populate my plan & shopping list, then I prepare them on my batch cook day & have them available all week. Does that help??

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Marla! Have you tried using Real Plans to make a meal plan for the week, selecting for recipes that store/freeze well, and then preparing all of those meals during a batch cooking routine instead of throughout the week? That is how I would hack it! Hope it helps!

  • Marla says

    Yes! That really DOES help, Angie! Thank You! It’s great to ‘see’ you up and about again – many prayers went up for you;) BTW, LOVED your SAD to AIP courses – worth every penny! (And a little note on that: Later, during my re-intro’s, I unfortunately had a health setback, so am using the first course resources to restart AIP elimination again, and persevere – longer this time for more healing, before the intro’s). Those resources you provided in the courses keep on paying for themselves!
    Again, so appreciate your help with RP!

  • Claire says

    Hi Mickey, I’m considering getting AIP Batch Cook. However, I live in a country where all pork products are banned. There are also no fresh herbs and absolutely no sage (even dried) for some reason. Would I still be able to make all the recipes?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Claire! The one recipe that uses ground pork can be substituted with beef. If you can get your hands on some dried herbs you will be fine!

  • Sandy says

    I am just beginning the elimination phase of AIP. Would you recommend Real Plans? Feeling overwhelmed at where to begin! I have Hashimotos. Thank you!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Sandy – yes! Real Plans is absolutely a helpful resource for beginners. Wishing you wellness.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Sandy! Yes, Real Plans is great for the elimination diet because they filter the recipes for you with their AIP label – and you can also filter additional preferences out (like coconut, or mushrooms) if you have a food you are sensitive to or don’t like. They make eating AIP way easier!

  • Jen says

    I have a general question about the AIP – I try to avoid seafood due to the mercury content and other contaminants – is this something that you all have considered? Do you think it is a potential issue or do you find that eating so much seafood is not a problem? Thanks!

  • Jolanda Rose says

    Hi 🙂 on top of my Hashimotos I have Fructose intolerance. Can I select AIP and Fructose free?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Jolanda! You can’t specifically select fructose, but you can individually select any high-fructose ingredients and it will only show you compliant recipes 🙂

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