First, not every plateau means you're eating the wrong amount. Plateaus happen; they're a natural thing that doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong, and in 90% of cases, the "cure" is patience.
That said, we all feel like we have to DO something to keep us from going nuts while waiting for the plateau to break on its own.
My advice to you would be to back off a bit on the focus on calories and focus on nutrients instead. Pick about 3 or 4 important nutrients-- maybe fiber, calcium, and protein, for example-- and focus on whether you're getting enough of all of them. If you get enough fiber (from food; don't count supplements), you're probably getting enough vitamins and phytochemicals. If you're getting enough calcium, you're probably getting enough phosphorus and other bone-related minerals. If you're getting enough protein (and at least a little of it is from animal sources like milk), you're probably getting enough B vitamins.
And if you're getting enough of the key nutrients, you're getting enough calories. It's very unlikely that you'll hit all of those targets on much less than 1400 calories. And that's the whole reason we have a minimum calorie level. For most women, it's all but impossible to meet basic nutritional needs on less than 1200 calories even if you include NO junk food and make expert-level good decisions on everything else. That's why 1200 is the minimum SparkPeople will ever recommend for anyone. Most women really need closer to 1500, because our choices aren't all perfect. But as long as you're getting your nutritional needs taken care of, you don't *have* to eat more calories. You certainly can, and if you're hungry you should, but there's no need to force it if you don't feel like it.
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