Orange Slices with Warm Cinnamon Raspberries

Your adrenal glands (you have two of them) are located on top of your kidneys. These little guys secrete stress hormones, everything from mental stress (like taking a test) to physical stress (like danger). Our goal on Phase 1 is to tell your body “Hey, everything is okay” so your adrenals chill out and let the body know it’s got everything it needs.

There’s a reason we call certain foods “comfort foods.” They make us feel satisfied and satiated. Phase 1’s fruit, pasta, rice, oatmeal and toast are high-carb, low-fat foods that we naturally reach for to soothe stress. These same foods have a similar effect on your adrenal glands.

Higher glycemic (higher sugar) fruits like pineapple, mango and papaya are on Phase 1 for a reason – their higher natural sugars stimulate your brain’s pituitary gland, its pleasure center, prompting the release of endorphins in the brain, reducing stress and anxiety. Meanwhile, your adrenal glands are happy too. They love it when your blood sugar is stable. Throughout the day, the whole grain carbs and natural sugars you eat keep your blood sugar nice and steady. When your adrenal glands are calm, they tell your body to efficiently metabolize fat, rather than storing it for a possible stressful situation.

You and your adrenals will feel truly nurtured by this simple yet delicious dish.  You’ll savor each bite as the hint of cinnamon with the fresh fruit adds a nice twist. Plus, the vitamin C in the oranges and raspberries will help the body convert glucose (sugar) by shuttling it into your cells' mitochondria for it to be broken down and converted to energy instead of being stored as fat.


Phase 1 | Serves 6
Prep time: 15 minutes | Total time: 15 minutes



4 seedless oranges, such as navel oranges
2 cups frozen unsweetened raspberries, (not thawed)
2 tablespoons xylitol
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


    With a sharp knife, remove and discard the skin and white pith from the oranges. Slice the oranges crosswise and arrange on 6 dessert plates. Combine the raspberries, xylitol, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a small saucepan; stir gently over low heat until the berries are just thawed. Spoon over the orange slices and serve immediately.