Monday, December 16, 2013

Love Yourself Enough to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Since our return from the Peruvian wilderness, my hubby and I have been on a whole new lifestyle change. We've made that amazing realisation that we are so unbelievably lucky to be able-bodied and healthy individuals so why not preserve that? Why not treat out bodies with the respect they deserve? It got me thinking, why do people trash their bodies when there are so many who would give anything to have their health and be able-bodied? I want to live longer for my children (I may not have any just yet but it won't be long) and I want that life to be the healthiest life possible. 

My husband quit smoking about a year and a half ago and if he hadn't he never would have completed the Inca Trail, but..... he noticed he was putting on weight quite quickly and had found a new vice in energy drinks. (Eeek! Don't get me started!) I actually have a B.App.Sc in Food & Nutrition and have always been fairly health conscious to a degree but must say after working in the industry for a few years in both a gym environment and a hospital I became quite disinterested in the career altogether for a number of reasons, one of them being that most people just wouldn't listen and didn't seem to care about their health whatsoever. I was in my early 20s, frustrated and just bored with my job. I got out. Dove back into my love of acting while becoming a Personal Assistant to put food on the table - all of which I love and am still doing!

Now, thankfully, my love of nutrition has returned. It really happened when our best friends introduced us to a truly amazing nutritional system just after we got back from our South American adventure - which I was naturally very sceptical about at first haha! I looked up every ingredient only to find that everything in it was the absolute highest quality right down to their patented technology of extracting whey protein so it's completely undenatured (unlike most other whey products), and the fact that they go to the ends of the earth to find the best, organic, ingredients and work with leading scientists on all of their supplements. Then I realised that many top athletes were using the products along with one dietitian in particular who has been the chief dietitian for the Aussie Olympic team.

To cut my story short, as I could go on for days about the health benefits, my husband and I are now feeling the best we've EVER felt in our entire lives. I was having trouble sleeping and at least once a month would have a night where I would lie awake the entire night. Since getting my nutrition sorted and cleansing my body of harmful toxins and restoring it to a more alkaline pH, I haven't had a single sleepless night, and in fact sleep like a log. I have stopped feeling the need to have a large coffee every morning just to get through my morning, I never EVER feel the need to grab for sugary or carb-laden snacks, my skin is absolutely glowing, and as someone who is gluten intolerant, I never suffer from a sore bloated tummy anymore or feel irritable and sluggish. My husband lost 9 kg in 3 months, and has made the biggest change imaginable. He was a fast food lover. I mean it. LOVER! Recently I overheard him offering friends some organic celery telling them they just had to try because it was the best tasting celery he'd ever had and we all looked at each other in shock! Bwahahaha! He also comes to reformer pilates with me now and is seeing amazing results as well as bikram yoga. If I told him a year ago he would be eating organic and doing yoga & pilates he never would have believed me.

I'm so passionate about our change and inspiring others to do the same that I thought I'd share some info on the Global Cleanse that is taking place in January 2014.

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I found out on Saturday that with the right nutrition & exercise I have a very healthy visceral fat level of 1. (Visceral fat is the internal fatty tissue which surrounds your vital organs). Not to mention great results for body fat, water content, bone density, muscle mass, BMR. I'm feeling on top of the world right now! So if you're interested in joining me on the global cleanse and making 2014 the year that you're going to be the healthiest possible version of you simply email me to register: curiouslookingglass (at)

I think it's just an awesome opportunity to be able to join in with people all over the world and support each other rather than going it alone. 

I'd love to hear your stories if you've made the decision that you just weren't going to live like that anymore. No matter what area of your life it pertains to.

Clare x

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Chile, oh how I've missed thee!

Cerro San Cristóbal ~ Santiago

Valle Nevado


Viña Del Mar

Photos by Glenn Chiofalo for Looking Glass

It's been 15 years since I've been to Chile and oh how I've missed it. We have family here so it was great to have the local treatment, catch up with everyone, including new additions to the fam & attend a crazy-fun wedding dancing till dawn!  Above are a few highlights. We did so much more & you can find my happy snaps on instagram.

More on my South American adventures:

Clare x

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bucket List ~ next destination: Europe

Now that I've crossed the Inca Trail and Nazca Lines off my bucket list, it's got me thinking of the other places high on my list. Turns out there's quite a few in Europe... I've been to Europe twice now and feel like I've only just touched the surface of what this diverse continent has to offer. Here are a few of the must-see destinations and experiences topping my list right now...

View the Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights - Norway

Bathe in the Natural Rock Pools - Pamukkale, Turkey 
(the cotton castle)

Visit the Ruins on Mount Nemrut - Turkey

 Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa - Iceland

Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park - Croatia

Stay at an Ice Hotel - Sweden

 Perambulate through Monet's Garden - Giverny, France

Fall in love with Versailles, France

The Pink Beach - Sardinia, Italy
(although it can only be seen from sea now)

Plus many more! These are just a few. Do you have a bucket list or places you must see? I'd love to know if any of you have any in Europe you could help me add to my list. I'm currently devouring all the Europe info on the Emirates Destinations page, wishing I was heading off right now...

Clare x

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Friday, November 15, 2013

When in South America.... Pisco Sour is a must!

image via pinterest

This delicious concoction is my drink of choice when in South America.  In both Chile & Peru you will find it in every bar and restaurant. There are many variations but here is the popular Chilean version we came across. Enjoy xx

3 cups Pisco
1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
2 Tablespoons icing sugar
4 ice cubes
1/2 egg white

Mix well in a blender and serve in well chilled glasses.

Clare x

Monday, November 4, 2013

Peru ~ Nazca Desert

After experiencing something as amazing as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru continued to enchant us. After one luxurious night at the Westin, Lima, (serious luxury after 4 nights camping, sharing a squat toilet & no showers) we were then off on a 7 hour bus ride to the Nazca Desert. Here we got to experience another adventure on our bucketlist: flying over the Nazca Lines. 

Believe me, climbing into this tiny plane (in weight order I might add, so I was at the back whilst hubby was up front) had me breaking out in a sweat - and not just because I was in the desert!

If you haven't heard of the Nazca Lines, they are ancient geoglyphs marked into the desert only clearly visible from above, the largest ones spanning over 200m across. Shrouded in much mystery as to how and why these geoglyphs were created, scholars believe the Nazca culture created them between 400 & 650 AD.

Can you see the Whale? (Ballena)

Triangular shapes that continue over mountains...

The Astronaut (Astronauta) - sometimes called The Watcher

The Monkey (Mono). You may have to click on the photos to see them larger. 

The Dog (Perro)

The Hummingbird (Colibrí)

The Spider (Araña)

The Condor

The Tree (árbol) - you can see the size perspective next to the Pan-American Highway. There is also a small viewing platform for people to see the tree geoglyph closer to ground.

After surviving the small flight and a little motion sickness we were off to the ancient aquaducts 
(puquios) which are still very much in use today. 

Here cactus farms are purposely infected with parasites (the white chalkiness you see) as these little critters (cochineal) when crushed produce a red stain (carminic acid) which is used worldwide as food colouring and red dye. Big business!

Our next stop was by far the most eerie. As the sun was setting quickly behind the mountains, we were the only ones walking around the Chauchilla Cemetery. Here we saw ancient mummies that sadly no one knows much about. Once this place was discovered in the 20s it had already been plundered by grave robbers. As you walk around there are fragments of bone everywhere and I couldn't help but feel devastated about the fact that so much history has been wiped away...

All photos by Glenn Chiofalo for Looking Glass

We left just as the sun was about to disappear, leaving only the ghosts to rome the cemetery.

For more photos from our Peruvian adventures and Nazca follow me on instagram.

Next up, fun family times in Chile.

Clare x