Here are answers to all the most frequently asked questions about using Real Plans together with Whole30.
What is Real Plans?
Unlike meal delivery kits, Real Plans is a highly customizable meal planning tool for people who want to cook.
Real Plans tailors to your family’s specific size, diets, tastes, and preferences—giving you a schedule of recipes and an interactive shopping list so you can streamline the process to getting wholesome, home-cooked food on your table.
Unlike common, static PDF meal planners, Real Plans remains flexible to changing tastes and schedules—no matter who you’re feeding, how often you plan to cook, and what you feel like eating this week.
We also provide you with over 1600 kitchen-tested recipes to get started (and many more to add from your favorite food bloggers), so you don’t have to scour the internet for inspiration.
Do you have a sample plan or free trial?
We don’t offer free trials. To really start to transform your habits, the first step is often investing in the change. We do, however, offer a 10 day full-refund from the date of subscription for purchases made through our website. If you’re not happy, drop us a note and we’ll refund you ASAP.
Can I get a coupon for Real Plans?
We don’t offer discounts for Real Plans, nor do we provide them to affiliate websites.
We’ve compared our pricing and level of service with other planners out there and are confident that you get your money’s worth.
The feedback we’ve gotten from customers is that the savings from food waste alone more than makes up the difference.
What is the average food budget for Real Plans?
Real Plans is used globally and costs of food vary greatly country to country, state to state. That said, we love happy bellies and happy wallets.
We’ve built a pricing filter that allows you to choose recipes based on cost and have a recipe tag for “budget meals.”
Savvy Real Planners find they save money by selecting a realistic number of meals they’ll cook in a week and because ingredients map to a specific recipe, food actually gets cooked (and gobbled).
Less food waste equals less money wasted.
Our Facebook group has some pretty clutch budget-tips and a boatload of ideas for swapping out pricey ingredients.
Can I gift Real Plans to someone else?
Yes. At checkout, you will be asked to provide a recipient email address and gift message.
You can choose the date you’d like the gift sent and you’ll only pay for the first subscription period. After that, it’s up to your pal to keep up the planning and add her own payment method.
You’ll be sent a confirmation email once your order is complete.
I don’t live in the US, will the recipes still work for me?
We have customers from all over the world!
Your plan will be generated using seasonal recipes for your hemisphere.
And, you can choose metric measurements if you’d like.
I have a food allergy. Can I customize my Whole30 to exclude this item?
Yes. Allergies were one of the reasons we created Real Plans—they can throw a real wrench in everyday cooking. You can remove any food group you’re allergic to (or just don’t like) in the settings tab.
Can I change my plan to classic, paleo or vegetarian after I complete my Whole30?
YES. Your tastes will continue to change and shift depending on your health and those that you cook for. We want you to feel that you can change your diet as often as you like. Each time you update your food groups and ingredient exceptions, Real Plans will put together new meal plans for the following four weeks.
I am doing a Whole30 but the rest of my family eats traditional. Can I see all options within my plan type?
YES. You can see all our Real Plans subscription recipes, all the time. Your preferences will be marked as a filter called ‘My Diet’. We have cataloged all our recipes so you can easily filter by course, season, prep time etc. You can then add recipes to your meal plan directly from the recipe box.
I have a question about the Whole30 rules or program–help?
If you have a question about the Whole30 program itself, here are the steps you should follow:
1. Google! There is so much information on the Whole30 blog and forum, and googling “Whole30 + your question” will bring up the most pertinent resources.
2. If you still can’t find an answer, post your question on Whole30 social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat; all can be found @whole30).
3. If you need to speak with the Whole30 team directly, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note, due to the volume of email Whole30 receives, they’re unable to provide medical advice or personal consultations over the internet.
Does Real Plans include breakfast menus?
It does! But, if your days start out like the tornadoes that ours do, you might not be up for cooking in the morning. In that case you can just add ingredients—milk, eggs, oats, etc—to your plan and they’ll automatically be added to your shopping list. That said, lots of Real Planners find cooking batch breakfasts and freezing them in single servings is a ridiculously easy time-saver.
Can I change the day my week starts on?
You can choose the day you would like to start your week in your settings. So, if your CSA box arrives on a Wednesday or you do most of your grocery shopping on Sundays, you can plan accordingly.
What about meatless Mondays or a slow cooker meal every Wednesday?
Ready to be a meal planning pro, are you? Love it. You can customize your schedule by meal size, main ingredient, prep time, tags, cuisine and origin.
Can I tell the planner which days to plan meals for?
Yes, you can plan your ideal week on the My Schedule page. You can choose exactly which days and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, extras) you’d like recipes scheduled for.
Do you have seasonal menus for the southern hemisphere?
All recipes are catalogued by season. Real Plans only picks recipes based on the season where you live—if you’re soaking up sun in Melbourne while someone else is shoveling snow in Boston, we’ve got your back.
How do I get the nutritional information?
Each recipe has nutritional information on the recipe card. You can read it just like any other nutritional label— calories, carbohydrates, fats, etc. in each serving.
Are the recipes new each week?
Yes, successful meal planning means keeping you from food boredom. So let’s say you eat chicken. We’ll mix up variations on roast chicken—one month it’ll be our Roast Garlic Chicken, and the next our Rosemary Roast Chicken. However, the more restrictive you make your diet, the more repetition you will find.
Can I cancel my subscription at any time?
YES. To cancel, simply follow this link and log in to your account if not already. You will have access to your plan for the remainder of the subscription cycle. Since renewals are not refundable, we suggest you cancel your subscription 2 working days before the renewal is due in order to make sure the cancellation is processed in time.
If you purchased from iTunes, you will need to manage your subscription through your iTunes account. See here for the latest updates from Apple on the process.
How secure is your website for sending my credit card number?
We are an authorize.net verified merchant and process thousands of transactions per year. We use 128-bit bank level security for all communications involving financial transactions. Also, realplans.com uses HTTPS for all communication. All your data is encrypted.
How do I get a refund?
If you are within the first 10 days and wish to be refunded, contact us via the leave a message button on the bottom right or email us support(at)realplans.com. The 10 day period begins on the initial date of purchase and after 10 days we cannot issue refunds. Renewal payments are non-refundable and you will have access to your account through the paid time frame.
If you purchased on iTunes, the payment was processed by Apple and we cannot refund you directly. To directly ask for a refund from Apple, please open your iTunes receipt. Apple usually sends the receipt within one or two days. On the receipt, click on the “Report a Problem” link in the “Item” column, right next to “Write a Review.” A new window will open where you can ask for a refund directly from Apple.
How much does the Whole30 plan cost?
We have 3 options: monthly – $36, quarterly – $49 and annual – $99. The follow-on subscription charges are then $21, $36 and $84 respectively. After the initial Whole30 Setup ($15) that is bundled in the initial price of each package, the quarterly works out to $12 per month and the annual works out to $7 per month. We are a subscription service so we automatically charge at every billing interval. If you enjoy using Real Plans, we recommend purchasing the annual plan to maximize your savings. At $7/month – if we save you 1 trip to the store or one ingredient that does not get spoiled from being left at the back of the fridge… we feel we have done our job. Even if you purchased the monthly plan to try us out, you can always upgrade to the annual plan.
If you already have a Real Plans subscription and wish to purchase the Whole30 upgrade, you can do so from within the recipe box and this will be the same pricing as above, less the Real Plans subscription cost.
Your Whole30 gameplan
Daily meal plans for Whole30 success
A Real Plans subscription arms you with a day-by-day plan of attack - delicious recipes, weekly shopping lists and cooking guidance - all designed just for Whole30. Available on desktop or mobile, it’s your go-to for conquering your Whole30.
10 day money back guarantee for all Whole30 products purchased on this website.
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