Over the past few days I have been more casual with my caloric intake (I don't usually restrict but eat to satiation) and food choices. I have always favoured more nutritious foods and adhered to the nutritional balancing advice during recovery, and I still am, but there are brief periods during my recovery were I have felt somewhat relived of my symptoms post a junk food binge. I don't necessarily crave the foods I'm eating, but it just manifests itself from laziness and the occasional periods of exhaustion and typically continues for a few days. About two years ago I came across Matt Stone and his work advocating eliminating dietary restrictions and rest, similar to that of an adrenal fatigue recovery plan but with less emphasis on nutrition and more on calories, metabolism, thyroid function and body temperature. It's a shame his forum is not as active any more and his name has disappeared from forums like MDA. Stone challenges dietary dogma and shifts focus to repairing or restoring optimal metabolic function through 'refeeding', eating liberally to nourish the body with calories and dismissing orthorexic tendencies. There were some fantastic success stories, but none from identifying adrenal fatigue sufferers. Those who posted in the forums documenting their recovery were usually those recovering from extreme diets and calorie restriction, and their symptoms were only mild/moderate fatigue and mood issues. Nevertheless, I embarked on a similar plan very early on in my recovery (6 months post-adrenal crisis) and saw no relief in my symptoms, only a flare up of candida and digestive issues. But almost two years on, things appear to be different and my body is stronger and less sensitive. Every time I went on vacation I would typically favour junk food and high calorie foods. I would also bask in the sun and enjoy the generous vitamin D. Within a couple of days I'd see an improvement in my condition, and over a few weeks I'd feel somewhat better. My cognition would improve, I'd feel stronger and more energetic and my moods stabilised. However, every time I'd return back home to my 'healthier' eating plan, I relapse and quickly fall back into my adrenal fatigue state. I experience a relatively low amount of stress in my daily life, so to consider either the high junk food intake or vitamin D exposure (which I cannot supplement with, unfortunately) is major dilemma. I cannot gain any more weight otherwise my self esteem would practically disappear and it is incredibly expensive (and embarrassing) to be gorging on junk food so often and so casually without contemplating the potential consequences to my health and overall wellbeing. This is simply an observation that I wanted to share with you guys. Perhaps Matt Stone's theory has some credibility (and definitely has its success stories), but I'd like to know if any of you guys had any relief of symptoms after adjusting nutrition or 'binging'?