Frequently Asked Questions
Any subscription to my meal planner comes with a 100% unconditional, 30-day, money-back guarantee. If after using the meal planner you aren’t happy with something, just send me an email and I’ll return your subscription fee – no questions asked.
You can easily cancel your recurring subscription billing anytime from within your billing portal. No need to call or email. Just click “cancel” and it’s done.
No, unfortunately, you cannot temporarily pause your subscription, unless you’re taking part in the Beat PCOS 10-Week Program. See more below.
Yes. Your meal planner subscription payments will be automatically paused when the Beat PCOS 10-Week Program starts (as the meal planner is included as part of the Program). Once the Program ends your meal plan subscription will be activated again. All customizations that you have done on the meal planning platform will stay throughout this process. Your meal planner subscription will continue seamlessly at the end of the Program as long as the payment method on file remains active.
I use both Stripe and PayPal as my payment processors, depending on how you choose to pay. While I’m sure you’ll already be familiar with PayPal as a reputable payment system, Stripe is equally safe and reliable. Stripe is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1 with payment information transmitted using SSL encryption. This is the most stringent level of certification available. It’s also one of the most used payment processors in the world.
For an estimate, you can use an online currency converter like www.wise.com, but keep in mind that the exchange rate you receive may differ slightly depending on your credit card provider’s rates.
For the most accurate assessment, call your credit card provider and ask them for their current exchange rates for USD.
My meal planner is designed for an international audience, so I’ve done my absolute best to make sure my recipes are suitable across the range of common measurements used in the kitchen. You can select to use either US imperial or metric units when viewing recipes and preparing your shopping list.
The community forum is currently hosted as a closed group on Facebook, but I have plans to add in a second community platform soon. Before the end of the year, I will also be offering a privacy-friendly alternative for those that prefer not to use Facebook.
You can definitely use the meal planner on your phone, but it does not come as an app. Most of the development work on the platform was spent making it incredibly mobile-friendly. So essentially it works almost identically to an app but just inside an internet browser. If you create a shortcut icon to the meal planning platform page from your mobile browser, it will create an icon you can tap on just like an app icon. This way you can easily just click on it to get into the platform without having to type out the URL each time!
The purpose of the product recommendations page is to help you find good ingredients and food products. I’ve created this reference in good faith and have no commercial relationship with any products listed. They’re just products I’ve either seen, tried, or had recommended to me that meet my criteria as being generally suitable for women with PCOS. It’s a pretty hard list to get on, as not only does a product need to be gluten-free, dairy-free, and low in sugar, but I’m also looking out for food additives and other ingredients I think are either unnecessary or potentially harmful.
While some of the products I recommend are available internationally, the list has been developed primarily for a North American audience. It’s still a work in progress though, and I hope to include more products for Australian, British, and European members in the future.
Food Related Questions
Low-grade chronic inflammation is one of the most important mechanisms driving almost any form of chronic illness, as well as being a key aspect of body fat accumulation and suboptimal fertility. Inflammation can be caused and exacerbated by foods that interact poorly with the gut lining. The biggest offenders in this area are dairy proteins (casein and whey), gluten, fructose (a core component of sugar molecules), and industrially-produced “vegetable” oils.
A low-inflammation diet seeks to eliminate these foods and replace them with others that are rich in antioxidants. This includes many plant foods as well as high-fat sources of meat, eggs, and fish.
Poor blood-glucose regulation drives inflammation, providing another central mechanism by which our diet impacts our health and fertility. A blood-sugar-happy diet seeks to achieve an optimal insulin response by managing blood glucose levels. This generally means eating a low-carb, low-sugar, high-fat, moderate-protein diet. Ensuring that carbohydrate-rich foods are selected and prepared in a way that causes a slow and steady change in blood glucose levels is also very helpful.
I’m unashamedly a picky eater, so I totally understand that others need to have freedom with their food choices too. My appreciation that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all meal plan is exactly why I’ve included an extensive recipe index within the meal planning platform.
Your pre-populated customizable meal plan allows you to:
Swap individual meal components (meat, carbs, and vegetables)
Modify the number of servings on a meal-by-meal basis
Exchange whole recipes for others you prefer instead
Add/delete and edit individual items in your shopping list
I’ve also included a range of filters within the recipe index that enable you to:
Exclude or include specific ingredients
Exclude entire groups of foods (nightshades, eggs, grains, legumes, starchy vegetables, and nuts and seeds)
Search by course, cooking method, difficulty level, maximum number of ingredients, total cooking time, favorited recipes, and more
My meal planning service is primarily directed at omnivores. While ethically speaking, I have a strong tendency towards veganism, for people with health concerns, and for women wanting to get pregnant, I think some combination of meat, eggs, and fish is essential.
With that said, I do include some vegetarian and vegan recipes within the recipe index.
Yes. The recipe index has been designed to suit people with special dietary restrictions or allergies. For example, the recipe index can be filtered to only show recipes that exclude key ingredients such as nightshades, eggs, grain, legumes, starchy vegetables, and nuts and seeds. Because the shopping lists and meal plans are completely customizable, you can make whatever changes you need within the online platform.
I encourage you to be as creative as you can be when supporting your dietary needs. You can both seek and share your ideas with the online community forum.
I’ve had some complaints in the past about my non-recipe recipes. These are things like cut tomatoes, veggie sticks, and canned sardines. I get it, these aren’t “real” recipes and I want to make it clear that these do not “count” toward the recipes included in your recipe index. They are only included in the recipe index to enable you or me to add them to your meal plan, and thus have the ingredients included in your shopping list.