Can someone please put my typical full day of eating into perspective for me?
To be brief, I need some guidance on what the minimal caloric requirement is for a sedentary woman. While I do not aim to be sedentary, the reality is that I am right now (as I am healing an injury for an extended period of time, which I will spare you the details about -- my first concern is what I know I can control -- my diet), and until I can resume an active lifestyle, I want to make sure that my diet is only complimenting my goal of fat loss and muscle maintenance, and not inhibiting my healing process.
I consider myself a "volume eater", meaning I eat large quantities of less calorie-dense foods (but I know everything, even fruits and vegetables, contain calories. Especially in the large amounts I eat them daily).
This is what I consumed today (and every day is similar; sometimes I opt for a can of tuna/salmon (in water), or chicken/turkey breast instead of egg whites; or opt for several cups of grapes/berries in favor of apples; or have an entire ~12 ounce frozen package of different vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers)).
**Side note: I do not have three standard meals; instead, I usually eat within a time window of eight hours or less. I don't know if I really follow an intermittent fasting routine, but I practice something similar to it, at least in terms of when I consume the following.**
A large "dinner" salad consisting of:
- ~16 ounces (1 pound) of leafy greens (lettuce, spinach, etc.)
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup of egg whites
- 2-4 stalks of celery
- large cucumber
On the "side":
- three large apples
- one-quarter to one half watermelon (yes, a whole melon).
I want to assure you all that I am meeting with my physician, but I do not currently have a personal nutritionist. I wanted to reach out here for a general unbiased opinion on what I typically eat on a daily basis, and to apply that to a human's basal physiological needs over an extended period of time. I know I am not offering many personal details; I don't mean to make it difficult to help me. I didn't think the personal details would be relevant in relation to what I am asking: Is what I am eating too much (calorie, nutrient, etc.-wise) for someone to maintain their weight and general health via a sedentary lifestyle?
Again, I apologize for my lack of concision and for asking a very ambiguous, broad question. I also don't mean to sound like a kook. (: There are just so many voices and ideas (some scholarly and well-intended, others confused and misguided) in this world when it comes to proper nutrition. I am trying to do as much research as I can.