A paleo and Whole30 compliant meal – you only need 3 main ingredients and 30 minutes to make this simple roasted lemon salmon in foil!
Happy 2017 everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful time last week celebrating the holidays. Are you ready to tackle the new year?! I know I am!
If you saw this post, then you already know that I am on Day 3 of my Whole30 challenge! I am not a believer in restrictive diets. I believe in nourishing your body with whole natural foods and indulging in your sweet tooth. It’s all about balance! So, you’re probably wondering WHY in the world would I do this, right?!
Over the past few years, I have been suffering from Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Raynaud’s is an autoimmune condition that affects the circulation in your extremities – mostly fingers and toes – in response to cold or stress. I first started noticing this in college; if I was outside in the cold for extended periods, the blood in my fingers and toes would drain leaving them completely numb and white/yellow in color. At the time it was not bad but over the last five years it’s progressed significantly. Now if the temperature in my office is cold and I am holding a cold water bottle, the circulation to my fingers completely stops. It can happen in a matter of seconds and could take 30+ minutes to fully gain my circulation back.
After consulting a few doctors, I was told that there is one medication that can help, but it has nasty side effects. Obviously, I said no to that and decided to just deal with the Raynaud’s.
Fast forward to last fall, I was talking with my older sister who has completed the Whole30 twice. She suggested I give it a try in January to see if there is anything in my diet that is causing my symptoms to be so intense. Around this same time, I decided to get tested for Celiac’s disease because my younger sister was diagnosed with Celiac’s a few years ago. I was completely convinced I did not have an issue with gluten and was shocked to find out I have Celiac’s too.
Autoimmune diseases are heredity. And they are also linked to one another. My non-doctor brain is convinced that certain dietary choices (like the gluten I have been eating for the past 28 years) are weakening my system because my body cannot process them and causing negative effects on my overall health.
I know that was a total brain dump, but that was all to tell you why I am doing this. By ridding my body of sugar, dairy, grains, and legumes for 30 days, I am resetting my system. After the 30 days are complete, I will be able to reintroduce those foods into my diet and see how they affect me. I am hopeful that the Whole30 will help me figure out if certain dietary choices are causing my autoimmune symptoms to flair up.
Let’s get to my first Whole30 recipe – simple roasted lemon salmon!
I made this over the weekend for lunch and saved the rest to reheat and have throughout the week. I adore salmon. Two of my favorite recipes on this site include cajun salmon tacos and blackened salmon burgers. Both are FAB and can be adapted to be compliant with the Whole30 program. Salmon is beneficial for your health in a variety of ways. Most importantly, salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s help lower inflammation in the body and have been shown to help with chronic diseases. This is so important for people with autoimmune issues. Most commonly, people who have autoimmune issues suffer from a variety of symptoms that are tough to diagnose – one of which is inflammation.
Tell me: Have you done a Whole30 before or are you doing one right now? Let’s support each other!
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- 2 pounds salmon
- Olive oil spray
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ garlic powder
- 1 lemon, sliced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Place salmon on foil and spray salmon with olive oil cooking spray.
- Sprinkle salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and lemon slices on salmon.
- Wrap salmon in foil and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.