The other day I mentioned that my new clean eating had be feeling like I may not be getting enough calories. It’s just strange eating so many fruits and veggies. It just doesn’t feel like you’re ever bulking yourself up.
For the last two days, I’ve been keeping track just to see where I’m at. I put down everything. A quick google search tells me that as a woman my age, I can consume anywhere between 1,900 and 2,300 calories a day depending on lifestyle. Give or take of course, because everyone is different. I’ve been told because I’m short, I would be on the lower side of that. A person losing weight would try to burn more calories in a day than they consume while still feeding and nourishing their body.
Without trying or changing anything, I hit about 1,800 one day, and just over that the next day, which puts me on the low end. It’s surprising how little calories are in veggies, especially green leafy things. I had an absolutely full dinner last night with meat, pea shoots and spinach. (For those who aren’t spinach eaters, you may have cringed, but the way I make it is amazing.) What I considered a full, big meal that filled me up completely came in at less than 400 calories. It really shows you that you can really gorge if you’re eating the right foods.
For me 1,800 is low. I’m being pretty active, so I’m definitely burning some. The absolute worst thing that could happen is that I lose a bit of weight, and then totally binge because I’ve been starving myself this whole time. I honestly don’t feel like I’m starving, but the most important thing is that I’m at my healthiest.
So more veggies it is 🙂 And if I want, because cheese is so good, I can add in a tiny bit more!!