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Why meal planning?
Meal planning is the number one practice we preach to AIP first-timers. Once you have your meal prep mastered, suddenly the AIP starts to feel easy. Healthful meals become the norm, and you finally settle into the consistency that produces true healing.
We’ll also be the first to admit that meal planning is easier said than done. Life is always throwing us curve-balls and it can be hard to find a groove. Meal planning services help a lot with this, but only one caters to the AIP: Real Plans.
What is Real Plans?
In nuts and bolts terms, the folks at Real Plans describe it as: “An app that tells you what to buy, when to eat it, and how to make it.”
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 meal prep resource we’ve found, and our first tour of their system completely blew us out of the water.
It’s designed to help you create a highly customizable weekly meal plan based on your specific dietary requirements. You choose from their database of nearly 2,000 recipes (300 of which are AIP-friendly!), and they provide you with a mobile-friendly shopping list and meal prep plan to suit your specific needs and lifestyle.
This service is a big deal for the AIP community – not only does it help hundreds of AIPers get healing foods on the table, but it’s also a sign of how widely understood and acknowledged the AIP continues to become. Best of all, it is very affordable.
How does it work?
First, you select the recipes you’d like to make based on your dietary restrictions or preferences and let their system know how often you cook, when you shop, and how many servings you need.
Then, based on your selections, their software instantly 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.
Want to see a walkthrough of how to customize your diet preferences and organize your perfect weekly plan? See how Mickey does it below.
Click here to learn more about Real Plans and sign up.
Snapshot: A week on Real Plans
To break it down, each week you:
- Let Real Plans know which foods you avoid, how many people you cook for, which nights you’d like to cook, and if you want leftovers for future meals.
- Choose what you want to eat from the Real Plans recipe database either by accepting their suggestions based on the above criteria or selecting recipes you want.
- Review your shopping list, removing the ingredients you already have on hand.
- Print, email or sync your shopping list with your smart-phone.
- Shop quickly and efficiently!
- Follow your weekly timeline to find out when to defrost, chop and reheat.
- 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. In fact, we contributed over 250 of our very own recipes from our blog and books to their AIP recipe package. You can have access to this entire archive for just $1/month (more on that below)!
The degree to which you can customize your experience is also truly impressive. All recipes are clearly labeled and categorized so you’ll have no fear of finding a stray nightshade or legume on your shopping list, and you can always modify your preferences and subtract from or add to the lists they provide.
For example, you can input any additional foods you may be avoiding (great for those who have sensitivities to things like coconut) or add foods that you have reintroduced. This specificity is unlike any other meal planning service on the planet.
NEW! Real Plans 2020 Updates!
The team at Real Plans is always busy updating their program, and these updates do not disappoint! Among the newest features are:
- Recipe simplification. The folks at Real Plans get that for most weeknight or batch-cooked meals, nobody wants to be making recipes with 20 ingredients, especially if they aren’t able to be sourced easily in stores. Their new update comes with dozens of new recipes that are designed to be as simple and easily-sourced as possible.
- Leftover logic. If you are like us and almost always cook leftovers in order to have heat-and-serve meals ready for later in the week, you can now build this into your meal plan. At setup, their system will ask you how many people you are cooking for and how many meals’ worth of leftovers you’d like to produce per week. Your meal plan will now show you on the calendar which meals you’ll be eating your leftovers. Literally, a batch-cookers dream come true!
- Scheduling logic. Similar to leftover logic, their updated calendar lets you make some helpful customizations to your calendar, such as if you’d like to have dinner leftovers for lunch instead of a boxed lunch. You can also select some options for breakfast, like having a simple breakfast to construct every morning, or a finished meal to heat and serve. With their scheduler you can choose how many meals you want to cook in the week, and combined with how many servings you’d like to make, it will make you a batch-cooking plan to maximize your time.
- Macro-driven plans. If you are layering a macronutrient-driven plan with your eliminations, Real Plans now has the capability to select recipes that have the macronutrient ratio you are going for.
What if my whole family isn’t doing AIP?
No problem! Even if you set your diet as AIP, you will always have access to ALL the other Real Plans recipes – over 1600! – without changing your plan. Based on your selections, Real Plans will then create a realistic meal plan that your whole family can (and will want to!) eat.
Does the shopping list only include ingredients from the recipes, or can I add my own items?
You can use your Real Plans shopping list just a real one! Add ingredients or other household items that don’t show up in your recipes for that week. You can also schedule ingredients to appear on your shopping list at various intervals. For example, you can schedule milk every week, or bacon every two weeks. It’s really slick!
Can I import my own recipes?
Yes! You can easily upload your own recipes (or favorites from other blogs) to your collection. In most cases, the shopping list will automatically recognize the ingredients in any recipes you import.
What if I shop at multiple grocery stores? Can I tailor my shopping list accordingly?
Yes! Real Plans lets you separate ingredients by grocery store so you can plan exactly where to get what.
My country uses metric measurements. Does Real Plans work with this?
Yes! You can switch between US or metric measurements whenever you like. The calculations are accurate and foodies all over the globe enjoy using Real Plans.
Do the Real Plans recipes take seasonal produce into consideration?
Yes. All recipes are cataloged by season so you can search accordingly. The Real Plans Smart Engine takes this into account when picking recipes for you as well.
They’ve thought of everything!
We’re not kidding when we say that this is the most innovative and user-friendly meal planner we’ve ever used.
- More of a visual learner? The interface is clean and intuitive and their “Getting Started” video makes things super easy.
- Last-minute changes? 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!
- Short on time? You can set the planner to include only recipes that take under 1/2 hour.
- In love with your Instant Pot? Schedule a dinner date with it every Thursday.
- Need a kid-friendly meal? Use the tag function to search for whine-free dinners.
How much does it cost?
There are 3 payment options: $14/month, $33/quarter $72/year. The quarterly plan works out to $11 per month and the annual plan works out to $6 per month. For an additional $1 per month, they’ll also include the Autoimmune Wellness recipe archive!
If you enjoy using Real Plans, we recommend going with the annual plan to maximize your savings, but honestly, having the plan alone will save you so much money. It will mean fewer trips to the store and fewer forgotten or unused ingredients. At $6/month, if it saves you one trip to the store or one ingredient that doesn’t spoil in the fridge, it’s well worth it.
Get your meal routine nailed down
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!
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(
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!
What does a person do if they are dealing with diabetes, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis? thanks
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 – primaldocs.com and paleophysiciansnetwork.com are both great places to start. Good luck!
Can you select AIP and GF/DF recipes at the same time in the recipe selection?
Yes, and you can even add in specific foods you’ve introduced, or additional eliminations you’d like to make. It is completely customizable!
Not sure how I stumbled upon your service. After another evening feeling 6 months,pregnant after dinner, can hardly breath, you just might be my answer. I have Hasimoto’s, RA, Sjogrens, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis. .. tested “+” again for SIBO. My GI Dr seems inexperienced in guiding me on an elimination diet . I met with a Functional Medicine Dr last week in hopes he could help me, but a year contract would cost me almost $500/ month. I need help !!!
Hi Susan! I am so sorry to hear about your issues. Here are some places to look for practitioners – primaldocs.com, paleophysiciansnetwork.com, functionalmedicine.org. It is hard to find more affordable docs, but they are out there – keep looking!
Hi Susan, I share your frustration with expensive practitioners. I have finally found a functional medicine group of doctors across the nation that are cheaper than $500 per month. The group is called BodyLogic MD. I have had my first appointment with them in the Charlotte area (I am very pleased so far with the knowledge and approach to my health issues). My Dad is going to one in the Orlando area, and I also found one in Salt Lake City. They cost about $500 to $600 for the first appointment and also have the ability to get full bloodwork done for about $300 if insurance doesn’t cover it. Then the 3 or 4 follow-up appointments are about $300 each. Much cheaper than the functional medicine doctor that wanted me to pay $5,500 for 6 months of seeing her and getting tests and supplements. Hope this helps.
Hey Jennifer, thanks for sharing!
I’m not much of a cook. Are there easy recipes to follow until I feel more confident in my cooking skills.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Hello Mickey & Angie; I am Hypothyroid with a goiter with a cyst & also a nodule on it. I am seeing my Holistic Doctor on Monday. Do you have any idea of tests that I should have run? I had an Ultra Sound & blood work, but the blood work came back normal & I plan on asking for another Ultra Sound to see if anything else is showing up (or getting smaller)…. I also have EBV, Lead & Tungsten Toxicity….
Also, I have talked with my Homeopath, who thinks it’s a great idea to go AIP (I am already grain-free, per Dr’s request)….I am nearly over-whelmed by everything I am seeing online. I love your site, but just don’t know exactly what books, etc. to get in order to get started on the right path…. Other than this APP mentioned above, can you please suggest what books, etc to purchase? I really need a way to make meal plans & understand what to avoid, when to re-introduce foods, etc., etc….. In other words, I’m in need of total instruction…. I would like to keep the cost between $100.-$150. If possible…. Thanks SO MUCH for the help!! I just want to get better!!! I’m in my 60’s. Have 5 children & 8 grandchildren…. I feel like I’m missing out on so much living! Also, I have some dreams of my own I’d like to fulfill…. Wellness is imperative 🙂 I know you understand…. Thanks Again
Hey Deborah! I recommend a full thyroid panel including antibodies, free T3, and free T4. Hopefully your new doc is collaborative and ready to help tailor treatment for you! As far as books, I highly recommend starting with our guide, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook – it gives you tons of info and also some recipes to get you started. Next, I would suggest Real Plans mentioned above. It is only $7 a month and does all the meal planning for you. Wishing you the best in your recovery!
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.
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.
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!
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??
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
Sandy – yes! Real Plans is absolutely a helpful resource for beginners. Wishing you wellness.
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!
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!
Hi Jen, you might find this article from Chris Kresser helpful: https://chriskresser.com/5-reasons-why-concerns-about-mercury-in-fish-are-misguided/
Hi 🙂 on top of my Hashimotos I have Fructose intolerance. Can I select AIP and Fructose free?
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 🙂
I have been diagnosed with and autoimmune illness, (Vasculities) I take anti inflammatory meds with tremendous reluctance. I tried reducing my dosage only to have the inflammation flare up again. My Rheumatologist advised me to increase the dosage again. I was on the Blood Type Diet before I introduced the Auto-immune protocol, it was helping me a lot. I waited till my symptoms stabilized then started the PAIP . Once I stabilized on the PAIP I re- introduced some foods I felt were least likely to be sensitive to.
However Dr Izabelle Wentz’s team felt I should consult you as they felt that you had a certain order in doing so.
I searched your website first, I could not find it. Perhaps you could point me in the right direction?
Hi Liz! Have you signed up for our newsletter? We have a quickstart guide that includes some guidance on reintroduction. We also recommend this affordable ebook that can help guide you: https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1345763&c=ib&aff=246631&cl=257360
What a great tool you have created! Any plans on adding the FODMAP’s to your list of exclusions? I know you can’t do everything. I would love it if were on the horizon.
Hi EV, you can definitely eliminate the FODMAPs using their system! Its super handy!
I am interested in the Real Plans menu planning. I have RA and Alpha-Gal or also known as Red Meat Tick Disease. I can no longer eat mammal products including dairy and gelatin. Are there a lot of menus for AIP without mammal ? I can have poultry and fish. Thank you, Laura
Hi Laura! Real Plans makes it easy and you can select out any mammal meat from the recipes it curates for you.
Please continue! Real plans help me add variety to our dinners! Thank you.
We still continue to affiliate with and love Real Plans. You can see our recipe collection with them by clicking the link above!
Hi, along with having some rarer auto immune diseases, I can not digest any raw leafy greens…cause severe cramping and diarrhea. Used to be I could get away with baby spinach but now not able to digest that. Really cuts into a lot of menu plans! Suggestions?
The great thing about Real Plans is that you can customize the plans. If recipes w/ raw greens pop up, you have the ability to substitute in recipes that omit greens or utilize cooked greens. There is even an option for you to add recipes you already know & love (& probably work for your individual needs) into your menu plans w/ this tool. I’d give it a try & see if it helps you w/ this need.
Hi Bernadette! Does it help if you gently steam them? My guess if you don’t tolerate raw leafy greens you will just have to treat them like an additional sensitivity and meal plan around them!
Both my daughter and I are interested in started this this program. My 25 year old daughter suffers from severe life threatening food allergies to all dairy & Egg products; and has also suffers from Eosinaphallic Eosphagatis ( known as EE) ( a very severe case for over 10 years). ( as a result of her condition she is unable to keep down most food she tries to eat. As a result she has to eat 5x times the amount of food in order for some calories to stay with her. She also has Fibromyalgia; anxiety and other physical issues.
I am 57 years old and I’m a retired disabled veteran; I have recently been diagnosed with food allergies;( if I eat meat I find myself getting severely congested almost immediately) Fibroymalgia; a chronic pain patient for almost 20 years; and several other chronic issues.
It’s apparent to me that we need more than what we have from our regular doctors. I’m researching your program now to figure how to start. Is coaching available?
I’m anxious to get started. As for for full blood tests. We have both gone through complete allergy testing to verify extensive environmental and food allergies. What’s funny is my food allergies are now more extensive than hers- although mine aren’t life threatening.
Has anybody else had to deal with EE and found improvement?
Advice; guidance on how to start? I’m anxious nervous and hopeful.
Hey Nancy! Thanks for joining us here, and I am sorry to hear about yours and your daughter’s issues. To be honest we get contacted by so many readers with different conditions, it is hard to keep track of the testimonials – but what I always tell people is that they won’t know if it will produce a benefit until they try! Angie, my partner here at the site has a quarterly group program that would be great for transitioning to AIP: https://sadtoaip.com. There is also coaching available at https://thepaleomom.com/consulting. My advice would be to spend some time learning about these changes and getting ready to set yourself up for success in tackling them – there is a lot to learn, and it is best to avoid overwhelm! Wishing you both the best in your recoveries.
Are the meal plans easy to customize? I have RA, Lupus, and a few other things. I don’t eat much meat for fish, but occasionally crave. It’s not that I don’t like, but either I don’t feel well and it doesn’t sound good or my body just doesn’t process well. I really want a diet that will give me more energy, less inflammation, strengthen my body, and be able to customize my meal plan week to week with helpful tips as to what certain items are known for so I can make better choices.
My son was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s so it would be good to cook for both of us. Especially since he just started Humira treatments.
Considering you & your son both have autoimmune diseases, I would say try Real Plans w/ the AIP recipes from Mickey & I. They are still easily customized if you don’t prefer certain meats or veggies. That said, protein is an important part of healing. You might want to try slowly adding meat or working on restoring stomach acid to make digest more comfortable.
I have a history of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (which is stable), fructose malabsorption and have just found out that I have stage 2 Hidradenitis Suppurativa. I am also fairly convinced that I have leaky gut syndrome. I am very concerned that if I don’t do something now my health will deteriorate and I will be living on antibiotics for the rest of my life. I am hoping to reset my diet and then add in foods to try and find what is causing my problems. Do you have any tips to help the gut heal through the elimination phase such as supplements? I read on another blog about taking Glucosamine powder or drinking Ginger tea. I also read that I should start by eliminating red meats too? I just don’t want to miss out on much needed vitamins. Do you have any suggestions?
Hey Heather! We find that the elimination diet is very nutrient dense, and if you are including broths, fermented foods, and offal, you shouldn’t need to supplement with anything except for maybe magnesium or a probiotic if you want to. We have a discussion about supplements here: https://autoimmunewellness.com/supplements-and-the-autoimmune-protocol/
So I’ve been playing with the AIP thing for a few weeks now. I have HS, and am willing to try anything to fix it! However, I’ve noticed that almost everything on this diet is sweet and savory. I am not a fan of sweet anything for dinner. While I do have a sweet tooth, I just cannot stand the combination for a meal. Last night I made a coconut based sauce for our zoodles, and it was just too sweet for me (even with plenty of garlic and ghee), while my husband loved it. Am I pretty much SOL on this, or have I been looking in the wrong places?
Hey Jess! I am sorry to hear you are finding the AIP diet too sweet.. I find that interesting, as there are a ton of savory recipes! Have you browsed the archives here on the site?
Where can I find out how much I should be eating to lose weight with Hashimoto’s being treated with Levothyroxine, for example should I be eating snacks or just 3 meals a day?
Hi Lucy! I don’t actually recommend restricting calories while trying the elimination diet, I advise folks to eat until satiated and after 30-90 days they are still having weight loss resistance, we troubleshoot other factors that could be at play. AIP is not a weight loss diet, it is a healing protocol! Hope it helps!
is it possible to get AIP meals delivered???
Justine, you will want to check out Paleo On The Go! https://paleoonthego.com
Hi! I found your book at a bookstore and I am very excited to get started with this diet. I suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity, lichen sclerosis and I feel I could possibly have other auto immune issues due to chronic joint and back pain. My question is should I start with the recipes and suggested meal plan in your book first or would it be beneficial to use the app as well? What would be the difference of using one versus the other? Thank you!
It’s probably easiest to use the plan in our book, then as you are ready to branch out, you can try using Real Plans & experimenting w/ the AIP recipes you find there. Best of luck!!
Hey Dawn! Real Plans has our recipes in their system, so it doesn’t matter where you get them – they will be the same as in the book. I would say if you are looking for ultimate flexibility Real Plans is going to be a great option, otherwise, the meal plan in the book will do fine. Good luck!
3 items and then i’m sold on real plan. what about dessert and snacks? or importing your own recipe?
Calorie and nutritional info? i don’t see any of this addressed.
let me know.
Hi Jo! Yes, there are desserts and snacks, and you can import your own recipes. They don’t offer calorie and nutritional info. Hope it helps!
I just have a question. On the 30 day AIP it give a two week meal plan. Is the week one shopping list food supposed to last the 1 person for the two weeks or do you shop again for the second week using the same list?
Hi Mary – are you talking about our meal plan or the one through Real Plans?
I think I am going to try the subscription. I am wanting to make sure I under stand the “add on”. There are already a couple hundred AIP recipes in Real Plans? Plus I have access to their non AIP recipes if I want to look for something different for my family? As far as the add on, if I add it, I will have an addition 250 recipes available to me? Will I be able to incorporate them into the weekly planning?
Thanks for any clarification!
Hi Jaime! Yes, Real Plans has their own recipe collection that includes some AIP recipes, but if you pay for the extra Autoimmune Wellness add-on you get OUR recipes (from both our books and this blog) automatically imported for you. You also have access to all of their other recipes. Hope it helps!
Hi – I’d like to purchase AIP Batch Cook, but when I try purchasing via AIPBatchCook.com, I receive a message saying it’s not available. Is there another way to purchase it? Thank you!!
Hey Kate! Unfortunately AIP Batch Cook is unavailable for the next couple months as we go through a redesign. Sorry for the trouble!
I was told in January I have Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and have changed my diet getting rid of refined sugars. I want to eat better than I do think your sight might be able to help. My only concern is currently I am watching my calories, sugar and carb intake is this something your program offers. I seen I was able to select AIP but want to know if the program sets the intake limit for me.
No, Real Plans does not set an intake limit for you, but there are endless customizations that may allow you to choose recipes that fit your concerns.
Hi, a friend told me about your site and resources and I’m about to jump in. I was diagnosed with membranous nephritis in 2016 and am fed up with medications and their side effects, and feeling so lousy. I’ll be phasing out dairy but I’m a huge tea drinker (black teas with milk, Indian style). What herbal teas do you recommend? I tend to like green, peppermint, lemon, and hibiscus. I noticed you don’t have herbal teas on you foods to include/avoid lists. Thanks!!!
All those herbal teas are fine Jess! Good luck!
Hey Jess! Herbal teas are fine in the elimination phase as long as they are not immune stimulants. I love dandelion, chicory, chamomile, peppermint, and hibiscus. Hope it helps!
Is there a way to create a meal plan using Real Plans that uses the least amount of ingredients? Or suggestions for recipes that kind of use similar ingredients so there’s not such a variety of things to buy all at once?
This would be a great question for the folks at Real Plans – I would reach out to them via their website and ask!
the AIP Batch for $47.00 is this membership per year, month? or is just for the 7 day meal plan?
Hi Luz! AIP Batch Cook is not a subscription, the cost is for the online program. It is educational and you learn how to cook and make your own meal plan. If you are looking for a subscription with a meal plan every week, Real Plans is what you are looking for.
Hi, sense 2012 I’ve been battling digestive issues, that cause issues through out the body. Currently I have 49 food allergies/intolerances. I find it so hard to follow your recipes as many of the allergies/intolerances are the most common of food. Ie eggs, all nuts, all grains, rice, beef, pork, fish, dairy, soya, oranges, yeast, cabbage, corn, avacodo and the list goes on. Is this a meal plan that will work around these foods I have to avoid.
You can customize this meal planning software to meet your needs & only include recipes that work for you. Most of our recipes would work for you & you can add our recipe packet to your subscription.
Hi Lynn! Yes, with Real Plans you can select all your food sensitivities and they will send you recipes that work for your customized diet. 🙂
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Hi! I would love to start following the AIP but I am a vegetarian and i’m just not sure I can make the switch to eating meat. I do hope to try in the future but do you have any suggestions for recipe books specifically for autoimmune vegetarians?!
Hi Tiffany! Unfortunately we don’t recommend AIP as a vegetarian – there aren’t enough protein sources.
Aside from Real Plans, do you recommend any meal delivery services (for those of us who really don’t enjoy preparing and cooking that much)? If so, which ones?
Hi Mimi, we have had good results with Paleo on the Go for AIP meals!
I’m looking to find someone who will come up with highly individualized meal plans based on AIP, my food preferences, weight loss goals, extremely easy meals, work travel meal plans, possibly incorporate meal delivery into the weekly plan etc. I’m not sure what type of professional would do this. Health coach? Nutritionist? Dietitian? I’m already working with someone on labs, supplements, thyroid meds, etc. But I feel like I need someone to help me with the food aspect at least in the beginning. Between kids and a demanding job, I just don’t have time to research and I need to be realistic.
Hi Jill! If you want a more customized approach, we recommend working with an AIP Certified Coach. You can find a full listing here: https://aipcertified.com. Good luck!
I started with AIP elimination diet for SIBO and Histamine Intolerance following Amy Myers program. After 2 weeks, i some improvement but not much. I also went low FODMAP and saw more improvement. I am American living in SE Asia, so I am doing the best I can with limited access to good medical care and supplements.I also can’t get things like spaghetti squash here. I head back to the USA for a few month visit in Jan, until then, will this have enough recipes for a real meal plan with all my restrictions?
Hi Denice! The great thing about Real Plans is that you can select which ingredients you want them to leave out from your meal plan, even further than regular AIP restrictions. I think it would work well for your situation, and if you don’t find it works for you they have a money back guarantee.
Recently I’ve started AIP and Real Plans is an amazing help. I’d like to know, is it Ok (for me) to enter manually some of your recipes from the Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, which are great hits in our house?
I can’t Thank you enough for everything you do. Thank you very much!
Elena, of course! Luckily the folks at Real Plans have made that super easy to do. Enjoy!
Quisiera saber si el plan AIP tiene recetas para endometriosis severa, no puedo comer Lácteos, azúcar, Gluten, carne sólo biológica es decir que haya comido pasto natural. Pollo y huevos biologicos.
Me pueden valer las recetas de AIP?
I apologize, I can understand Spanish but I can’t write it well, so my response will be in English. Many in our community have endometriosis (including my blog partner Angie – you’ll want to read her story on our about page). All of our recipes are free from gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. I’d encourage you to connect with the Spanish AIP FB group for support – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1513791782197013/
I may be contacting the wrong place but I submitted my information and paid for the Batch Cook program and now cannot login to access the site. I cannot find any way to contact anyone except here. Can you help me? I thought this was a good offer but now I’m not so sure. Please help or let me know where I may get help. Thank you.
Hi Mary! Sorry you are having trouble – you should be able to reply to the email you got after purchasing the program to contact support, and the email is also listed on the landing page. Reach out to autoimmunepaleo at gmail.com.
The issue may be that you are using the incorrect login page – your login page will be in the email you received after purchasing the program. Hope it helps, and I promise if you contact that email tech support will get back to you within 2 days.
I am looking for a lifestyle modification diet. I have PSA, Raynaud’s, and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, GERD, SVT, along with being overweight, (I am 75 # overweight). I have a difficult time in the colder months and when it is rainy, moving around due to the inflammation from the PSA. My passion is showing my Siberian Huskies and it is getting harder for me to do. Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
Hey Lydia! Thanks for being here. Unfortunately we aren’t medical practitioners and can’t make personalized recommendations through comments, but we do suggest taking a look around the site to learn more about AIP and see if some of the topics we write about might help you. Wishing you the best!
I signed up for the REAL Plan annual membership. But, it is extremely hard to navigate the website.
After 2 weeks my password doesn’t work. It takes me to other “topics” which are not included in the sign up/membership and want you to join.
In this article there is a video by Mickey showing you how to navigate the Real Plans site. You might find it helpful: https://autoimmunewellness.com/introducing-real-plans-a-customizable-aip-meal-planning-service/
Additionally, be sure to reach out to take advantage of the “Chat with a Specialist” option on the Real Plans site. They are very responsive & can help you.
Hi Danielle! Sorry for the trouble-it sounds like you need to contact Real Plans customer support. My experience with them is that they are very responsive – I hope they can help you sort it out soon!
Struggling to help my daughter find AIP foods she will eat in order to start the elimination. We end up eating non-AIP when she won’t eat what’s prepared. She’s 12, diagnosed celiac at 8 (she went GF), then 6 months ago was diagnosed with alopecia. I was trying to get her started on AIP in order to help with regrowth or at least halt any other auto-immune issue from popping up. She was a GF pasta & mac/cheese addict prior to attempting AIP. Any suggestions on finding kid friendly recipes?
I’m not sure it’s as much about being kid-friendly as it is getting her bought in to the idea. Since she is 12, she can really do the menu planning, help w/ shopping, & handle the cooking. Maybe if she feels in charge of helping manage her AIs, she’ll embrace the food. I would have her sit down w/ you & comb Real Plans or recipe archives on AIP sites like ours & pick out meals she wants to try. Everything can be on a “try” basis. You make it one time & see if it’s something you want to keep in the rotation. She can be the determining factor in the keep or not decision. Also, choose to make an AIP treat every week. While we aren’t necessarily encouraging treats often on AIP, there are lots of recipes out there now & having that special thing as a dessert after dinner & a day of AIP meals might help.
Hi Autoimmune Wellness,
I love your books but I was wondering if they come in kindle form?
Have a great day.
Hi Dorian! Yes, you are able to buy the Autoimmune Wellness Handbook in kindle form. Check Amazon.com!
Hi, I am a Dermatomyositis patient for nearly 2 years and as people know this is an international coded rare disease with very rare cases in the world. It’s also one of the autoimmune diseases. The recipes that the other AI patients can eat which not really applies to patients like me. Do you have any research or ever heard about this disease before ? As I live in Taiwan, the resources related are quite limited in this regard.
It would be highly appreciated for any kind of help….
Steph, we do know about dermatomyositis, but we do not have any specific information about it. The best we can say is try to give AIP a shot & see if it is helpful for you.
I used real plans recently when my own cookbook software failed. but I did find one major deficiency that meant I had to do a lot of work on top of the planning; I could not require it to give me two portions of liver and oily fish each week.
I believe the aip is about what you do eat as well as what you do not eat. Being unable to set requirements (fulfilled with variety!) was enough to return me to my own software.
I would have loved to have a service that could have taken over this chore for me. I hope this feedback will lead to a new feature or two.
😎 Jt – using voice dictation
ME, coeliac, nightshade allergy, colitis, in the UK
JT – thanks for the feedback! I agree, adding in some nutrient-density requirements would make things next-level! I suggest reaching out to the RP team as they are very open to feedback on their service. 🙂
I have severe bile acid malabsorbtion,and have problems with fat and high fiber. Do you think this could work for me?
Anniken, we can never say for sure if AIP will be the exact fit for any one person, but you could certainly attempt it & make adjustments as you & your healthcare team see necessary for your challenges w/ fiber & fat. Wishing the best on your health journey!
Hi Anniken! We can’t help troubleshoot medical issues over comments. I recommend hiring an AIP Certified Coach to help you – http://aipcertified.com.
Thanks for sharing this inside view of how Real Plans work. I’ve been looking at this meal planning program for a while but your video has convinced me to give it a try. They seem to have thought of everthing to make it easy to use. I look forward to saving time to do my weekly meal plan for my family.
I’m glad you found the video helpful, Penelope!
I would love to do SAD to AIP in Six but I’m from Australia and the conversion from US to Aus (even with the COVID discount) is too much for me atm 🙁 I have Hashimotos, Fibromyalgia, Restless Legs Syndrome, Granuloma Annulare..and I generally feel horrible. I also had a full hysterectomy because of severe Endometriosis. My 16 year old has been diagnosed with Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and has already had one lot of surgery earlier this year. I’ve tried AIP by myself so many times but I really feel like I get lost and stuck with it. I know its the answer for me, especially because I have always reacted so strongly to foods throughout my whole life. I just need support from people who understand and can kind of ‘hold my hand’ along the way and guide when I’m getting lost or deflated. I’m definitely going to do this program, eventually 🙂
Sue, I’ll email you.
Does Real Plans provide Instapot recipes?
There are lots of IP recipes in the Real Plans database, including some of our own.
Hi Cheryl, yes it does! You can filter specifically for pressure cooker or Instant Pot recipes.
I signed up for this Meal Plan and was very disappointed! It does NOT plan a true AIP diet. There was very little vegetable options and no where near the 6-10 servings a day. The plan was meat heavy and I could not move the left overs to the days that fit my schedule verses days that I cook. I am asking for my money back. This app should not be suggested to new people starting AIP as they will not get the real benefits of eating the right way. I love your recipes on this website and disappointed that this was such a bust and recommended by you..
Hi Leanne! I am sorry Real Plans did not work out for you – to be honest, we’ve been affiliates of theirs for four years and you are the very first person who has had anything negative to say. Did you reach out to their support team to see if they have any solutions for you? I know that you are absolutely able to adjust portion sizes and move leftovers around – this is precisely how I use the planner personally. Again, sorry you had a bad experience, and I encourage you to reach out to them because their support team is awesome and would be more than happy to give you a personal walkthrough to solve any issues you may have.
Would any of these plans be recommended for? PANDAS
Hey Holly! We can’t advise on specific medical conditions since we aren’t medical providers here, but if you are looking to embark on an elimination diet like AIP, Real Plans is a service that can really make things easy for you!
Hi, I am starting the AIP elimination diet & struggling a bit.
I was wondering if there is a trial period for the meal plan program. I’m interested but I want to make sure it is right for me before I purchase . Is there any cancellation fees if I join for the month & it’s not for me. Thanks fir any information
Francesca, I am not sure what their exact policy is, but I am sure if you contact Real Plans they can let you know!
Hey Mickey 🙂
I was wondering if you will be doing any more AIP Batch cooking sessions besides the one you have now? I need all the help I can get and want to learn how to AIP Batch cook.
Hey Tatiana! I don’t have any plans to expand AIP Batch Cook. I’m sorry! I do hope to do some Zoom cooking classes sometime this year. Have you seen this blog article on Batch Cooking I wrote? https://autoimmunewellness.com/batch-cooking-101/
I have been following the AIP diet for approx. 1 1/2 years now but I was paying to have my meals prepared for me due to mobility issues. I now have relocated & was wondering about your meal plans & how they work. Can I sign up for it & be able to share the weekly menu/recipes & shopping lists with someone that I located that is interested in preparing my meals. I would need to forward said lists each week to my cook so we can discuss scheduling, etc. Is this possible? Also, Do you know of a AIP meal service that it’s organic produce with clean animal proteins? I would use this a a back up service for when my cook is not available. Thank you!!!!
Hi Robert! I do believe you can sign up for a membership in order to share with someone who is preparing meals for you. I would not hesitate to contact the team at Real Plans to be sure, but I think everything (shopping lists, meal plans, etc.) can be exported to share with others. This is a really cool application and I love that you are able to find local help in preparing AIP meals! About an AIP meal service, our favorite to have on-hand is Captain Soup – here is the link: https://captainsoup.com/?ref=Um9iuBYiKuwm
I just downloaded the “Real Plans” app and I do not see any subscription options except $13 / month plus an additional .99 / month if I want to add on your meal options. Can you please share how I might do the annual subscription you described?
Hi Julie! I know the team at Real Plans is always making changes to their interface, so I am not sure exactly how to guide you. I would recommend reaching out to their customer support about how to access this option, as they are VERY helpful!
Hi there, I am wondering if baking soda, baking powder are ok on the RepairVite diet? The RepairVite handout is so limited, and doesn’t answer those questions. Thanks!
Hi Jena! I don’t have any experience with the RepairVite diet. This site is devoted to the Autoimmune Protocol. Sorry I can’t help more!
In the hearty Irish stew, it does not say went to add the lamb back in?
Is the auto immune protocol Sold as a book, not an e-book. And if so where can I find it?
Hi Teresa! You can find The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook and The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook as print books, I’ve linked to Amazon!
Hi, I just signed up for RealPlans and you had mentioned that recipes from your books are included in the AIP extra package, but I was just looking for a couple recipes from the Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and don’t see them in there. Was a bit disappointed by that, since I was hoping to be able to easily use those. Thanks!
Hi Debbie! We worked with a publisher for The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and they own the rights to those 30 recipes. You will find all of our recipes from this site and both of our solo books (over 300 of them!) in the Autoimmune Wellness Real Plans package. The great news is that if you need to use any of those 30 AWH recipes in your meal plan, you can easily import your favorites manually.
I’m working with a functional medicine doctor who recommended 3 months on AIP elimination phase- only 4 more weeks to go, but then I realized that the reintroduction phase could be several months long. My problem is I don’t like to cook, (but I can cook)-there are just so many other things I’d rather be doing!!!! I don’t want a lot of recipes, but more menu ideas that take very little time. I had several go to menu items before AIP that I could make without a recipe. Will this plan help me????
Hi Maureen! Real Plans is completely customizable, and you can add in reintroductions week by week to make that process go more smoothly. I do think it would be a timesaver for you!
Hi. Is there an option to exclude starches?
Hi Karen! You can exclude any ingredient specifically in the settings section, so if you were to avoid sweet potatoes and squash, you could add those foods to your exclusions list!
Hi there! When I try to log into Real Plans via computer, it tells me there is a known problem with the developer and they are working on it. Is RealPlans still functional?
Hi Lara! I just logged in to my Real Plans account with no issues. Try the website: http://realplans.com. No known issues I am aware of, but I recommend emailing them if you continue to have issues!