How does the family meal planning work?

The family meal planning features are pretty basic at the moment. In a meal type's settings (accessed by clicking on the meal's name in the planner), there is a setting labeled "Plan this meal for __ person(s)".

What does this do?

This changes the amount of ingredients in the grocery list, so if you want some other people to enjoy that meal with you, the grocery list will scale up the ingredients needed for that meal by whatever number you select here. So if you set Lunch to be for 2 people and lunch tells you to eat a single turkey sandwich, your grocery list will contain the ingredients for 2 turkey sandwiches and your weekly meal plan email will tell you to make 2 of them, but only eat 1. By default, all meals will be planned for just 1 person.

What doesn't this do?

This won't automatically account for differences in nutrition targets for those other people. This is something we want to build eventually, but in the meantime, there are a couple workarounds you can try.

How can I follow the plans with my significant other?

There are a couple methods you can try:

1. Set the planner's nutrition targets to match whoever's targets are the lowest of the two of you. So if you want to eat 2200 calories, and your S.O. wants to eat 1800 calories, set the planner's targets for 1800 calories. Set every meal to plan for 2 people (assuming you want to eat mostly the same things), and then you'll need to find an extra 400 calories somewhere (1800 + 400 = 2200). The easiest way to do this is to just have some extra meal that you eat every day that's around 400 calories, like a small sandwich or protein shake.

This is probably the simplest method. If you want to track those extra 400 calories, set the planner to target your 2200 calories, and then set your foods to recur "always" in a meal that only uses those recurring foods.

2. You can also try adding together your calorie targets with the other person, and then dividing the meals by the proportion of calories you each need. So if you want to eat 3000 calories and your significant other only wants 1500 calories (maybe you're trying to get huge and you S.O. wants to get cut), tell the generator you want 4500 calories and split the meals in a 2:1 ratio. This can get a little complicated if your calories don't divide into a nice, even ratio, so I generally recommend the first method. If you follow this method, you'll want to make sure each meal is set to plan for 1 person, since the calorie targets already account for both people.

See also:

"How can my significant other follow the meal plans with me?"



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