What does a DNA diet lunch look like?

DNA diet lunch

When I started on my DNA diet, my plan was to photograph my food every day – that failed when I found myself halfway through dinner on the first day and realised I’d forgotten to snap it. Since then, other than my post re breakfasts, I’ve kind of ignored the logistics of what you actually eat on the DNA plan – so today I’m going to return to the subject and talk about what I eat for lunch.

Basically, my DNA diet friendly lunch should consist of everything in the picture above

Which in real terms shapes up to be……

Two servings of carbohydrate: this meaning things like one small (egg sized) baked potato, 8 tablespoons of things like rice, pasta, quinoa, a small bread roll or 8 tablespoons of lentils or beans.

Three servings of lean protein – that’s about 90g of things like chicken, fish,  meat.

Four servings of veg – that means 24 tablespoons. Hello enormous salad that rabbits would kill for.

Two servings of fat – that’s 4 tablespoons of low fat dressing, 16 black olives, 4 tbsp of avocado or about 12 nuts

As you can see with the main pic, this is a ridiculously large amount of food – seriously, my old lunch used to be the protein and a salad with salad cream. This is twice the size. In fact, I was so sure that I couldn’t possibly lose weight on this size lunch that I started shrinking the portions – that doesn’t work. For starters you end up feeling faint at about 3pm – not good when I normally go to the gym in the afternoon – plus, your weight loss actually slows down. Again, this is something I’ve been told before my many trainers – if you’re eating natural, unprocessed foods you actually need to eat more food to lose weight than you think.

The nuts have moved to the top – there’s quinoa and veg I promise


My biggest issue on the DNA diet lunch front is organisation – I tend to forget to cook the carbohydrates in advance, then get down the kitchen and think – ah! My saving grace here has been Marks and Spencer’s range of carby salads – specifically the Fireburst rice one, which I am addicted to. I also love the Orzo with Sundried Tomatoes one and this one, the Nutty Grain and Vegetable one. I have half a pack at a time which is just under my 8tbsp, but otherwise I end up throwing things away or eating odd mixtures. I also highly recommend Merchant Gourmet ready made lentil packs – I’ve tried cooking lentils, but they don’t have the same gooey texture that these ones do (any tips on getting that gratefully received). Dressing wise I use balsamic vinegar on the leaves the sprinkle the carbs with Franks Hot Sauce – as far as I’m concerned if a meal doesn’t burn your mouth while you eat it, it’s not real food!

So, what do you eat for lunch while dieting? Go on, give me some ideas…..


  1. Lu

    Oh my God, that’s huge!
    Re. Lentils, I make yummy lentil soup, but you have to whizz them up with a hand blender to go gooey…. But I haven’t tried the ones you’re talking about so that may not be what you mean!!

    1. Helen Foster

      It’s not so much that they are mushy – the lentils themselves are whole, but it’s like someone individually scraped a little bit of each lentil to create a gooey sauce around them – oh no, I know have visions of little lentil mites with scalpels.


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