Besides basic survival needs, music is probably the most important thing in the world. It is certainly the closest thing that we have on the planet to a universal language. Think about it; you are probably hearing music during every moment of your life. This is particularly the case when you are in public.

Music is used for entertainment, advertising, and an assortment of other different reasons. It is used to help people fall asleep, wake up, and even alter their mood. Do you wish that you played piano or sang? A lot of people do.

Our relationship with learning music is pretty ironic. When we are children, we have all the time in the world to dedicate to it. Children also have a higher cognitive ability for information retention. Unfortunately, kids often find the process of learning how to play a musical instrument to be a bore.

When you are an adult, you don’t have the time to dedicate to learning how to sing or play an instrument. Of course, this is probably when you have the most desire to do so. This issue is what keeps many adults from diving in and taking it up. Understand that music has tremendous rewards even if you are just a hobbyist or a novice. It is not necessary to have the skills of a professional musician in order to get something out of playing music.

Don’t be discouraged if you are looking into taking up the hobby of music. The many emotional, intellectual, and social rewards are waiting for you. Here are a few good reasons that any adult should take up a musical endeavor:

  •  Culture – Part of learning a particular instrument or style of music is the cultural history that surrounds it. Your skill on a particular instrument will only be enhanced with an increased understanding of the greats that played it and the society that they lived in. Music opens up an entirely new world to people that take it seriously.
  •  Improved concentration – Anytime an individual learns something that was previously completely foreign to them new synapses and neural pathways start firing in their brains. This is why music education is sometimes used an effective form of therapy for people that have problems with concentration. It is proven to have great results improving focus in a significant percentage of the population.
  •  Accomplishments – Achievement is one of the greatest feelings in the world. You would be hard pressed to identify many feelings more satisfying than a job well done. With music, you must set small goals and achieve them in order to accomplish a bigger one. Sometimes you even get better when you don’t realize it. One thing is for sure, as long as you play on a regular basis you will get something positive out of it.

These are just a few of the reasons that aspiring musicians are rewarded so well. The joy in learning how to play the piano is mostly found in the process. If you are new to the process, you might not know where the best place is to start, (check out reviews of Piano For All). Music is a huge world that only seems to expand and multiply with each new concept that you learn. It’s kind of like the movie “Inception” that way.

Any art form is going to be overwhelming when you initiate the learning process. There are so many roads you can go down when you first get started. Each one will have their positives and their drawbacks with regards to what the student gets out of it. There is one key however that will bring the whole puzzle together, practice. Whether a student is self-taught or takes private lessons the amount that they practice will be the determining factor for their progress. Here are some different ways that you can get started learning:

  • Private lessons – Taking one-on-one lessons with a private teacher will expedite the development of your skills. One of the keys to becoming a great performer is to avoid developing bad habits early in the process. Private instructors will be able to quickly identify your weaknesses and work on them. These are things you wouldn’t notice for yourself when you are a novice. Cutting them out will do you wonders as a player down the road.
  • Youtube – This website has videos on just about everything. There are tons of private lessons on the site that can help you get started on the path to playing music. I have found that guitarists and piano players can get the most out of Youtube lessons. The reasons for this is these two instruments are the easiest to learn when it comes to the visual component of the instrument. You can watch the players hands and use your eyes to learn as much as your ears. This is something that is impossible when it comes to wind instruments like the flute or the saxophone.
  • Play-a-longs – These recordings are another great resource for aspiring musicians. A play-a-long recording is essentially a piece of music recorded by a band with your instrument left out. This gives novices the opportunity to play with a band when they may not have access to one. This method of learning is especially productive for those that are attempting to learn how to improvise. It gives someone the “feel” of playing live with a band. This will improve their confidence if they get the chance to do so later.

As you can see, learning the art of singing, or an instrument as an adult is much more rewarding than many people think. It is not an impossible proposition. It’s ideal to begin learning as a youth, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid it if you didn’t. Not everyone has that opportunity.

If you are interested in learning how to sing, the first I would start with is the Superior Singing Method. Then perhaps contact a private teacher in your area. Even if you don’t take lessons with them permanently, a few lessons at the beginning, will definitely provide a healthy head start. There is no better time than now to step into the beautiful world of music.


Yes, there really is such a thing as guilt-free eating! It’s not guilt free because you did 20 jumping jacks and fifty sit-ups first. One doesn’t need to earn the right to eat dessert without being overcome by remorse. There are still calories in these treats, but more goodness than you could possibly imagine given how comforting, satisfying, and sometimes decadent they are.

Desserts for the Bodyfood-craving

These dishes (and I’ll supply a few recipes at the bottom, for more check out GuiltFreeDesserts review) aren’t just free of guilt but also full of goodness for your body. They detox the body and kick-start the metabolic system. You really can’t fuel a body without food, not without losing muscle weight and that’s a sure way to also slow down your metabolism. Feed your body, feed your cravings, and don’t let them build up. Cravings you don’t satisfy only become more powerful.

Foods that Feed the Metabolism

Protein is perhaps the top-rated energy food, especially when you talk about laying down muscle. While the average person thinks of protein as “meat’ or “chicken,” don’t forget nuts, legumes, and dairy. While also laden with fat, these are healthy fats which feed the nervous system and muscles while protein supports every system in the body. Often, people err on the side of “less protein” and “more carbs” in the mistaken belief they are doing their bodies a favor. Actually, it’s better to feed your body with fewer refined carbs, more fruit and vegetables, and more protein. Don’t cut fat out completely by choosing only fat-free yogurt, for example, or fat-free snacks, that are usually missing fat but rich in sugar.

Ingredients that fit this profile and which are also useful when developing desserts are black beans, avocado (yes avocado, check this out), milk, soft cheese, coconut oil, nut butters, and peanut butter without added sugar, fat, or salt. Choose protein-rich flour if you are going to use flour at all. You don’t need it, really; in fact, guilt-free desserts are often gluten-free examples of metabolic cooking. (What is metabolic cooking you ask? I found out from the Metabolic cooking review, a very informative resource).

Detoxify with Dessert

You usually imagine dessert as a high-calorie splurge that’s not doing your body any good at all. Is it possible that dessert could cleanse your system? Detox smoothies don’t sound like a treat, but they can be wonderfully fulfilling as dessert and as a meal at the same time. How can that be? Smoothies which detoxify the body are full of fiber. This could be provided by psyllium or flax, for example; by high-fiber fruits and vegetables like pears, mangos, and broccoli; and by adding brown rice protein powder to a mixture. You could satisfy both the metabolic requirements and your cleansing schedule in one move with recipes that might not sound tasty but are, in fact, nourishing, detoxifying, and actually tasty.

How does a person accomplish the “tasty” part with so much health food in a smoothie like this one? Bananas, blueberries, and other fiber-rich fruits are naturally sweet; they hide a lot of the “healthy” qualities. Incorporate a natural sugar such as maple syrup or honey, each of which is also an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant; excellent for the digestive system. Spoon in yogurt which replenishes good bacteria and also promotes healthy digestion of bad bacteria while encouraging the body to absorb nutrients. Add ice to promote the full breakdown of all ingredients, including flax or psyllium, and even consider dropping in a little bit of Stevia or Xylitol for more sweetness. Cocoa powder creates a rich flavor without the need to use real chocolate with its many calories. Since this is a drink as well as dessert, a smoothie promotes the elimination of toxins in your urine.

Desserts for Healthy Living

The following desserts will not help you lose weight in their own right. Incorporate them into a healthy lifestyle involving regular exercise; promote a healthy digestive system by drinking lots of water. As a metabolic diet goes, it isn’t useful unless you also place muscles under some stress by working out.

Sugar-free Power Brownies, Gluten and Dairy-free

This is not a lie: you really can enjoy brownies which are free of added sugar. They are still delicious because of the dates which are naturally sweet. Soak a cup of whole dates in water for at least an hour, preferably longer. Reserve the liquid for your smoothie or another recipe. Assemble your food processor (a blender won’t work). Blend dates first then start adding extra ingredients. These can include chopped nuts and/or nut butter plus dried fruit if you wish, but naturally dried, not sweetened or preserved with oil. Add two tablespoons of ground flax. Blend all of these ingredients, then add ¼ cup of cocoa. Blend some more until well mixed. If the mixture is still damp, increase the cocoa. You can also add quick oats to help absorb the dampness and add more fiber, but remember that not all oats are considered “gluten-free” because of growing conditions which are not easy to control.

Detox Smoothie for Dessert

Are you looking for a smoothie that sticks to the sides a little longer than most? Maybe you could do with a drink that you must eat with a spoon. Use a blender that crushes ice. Start with half a cup and crush ice finely. Add two tablespoons of plain, 2% to 4% yogurt. Blend. Pour honey, date water, or maple syrup over this and chop in half a large or one small banana with a handful of blueberries and a tablespoon of flax or psyllium, already ground. Blend fully, sweetening with a teaspoon of natural sugar replacement as needed. Two tablespoons of cocoa powder fully blended into the mixture will make it really rich, but you can also buy chocolate-flavored protein powder. For more appetizing smoothies, the Red Smoothie Detox Factor review is a great place to start.

Compote for Dessert

Compote is a comfort food that is spicy and warm. Spicy foods make you feel full and also activate the metabolism. Cinnamon is a natural blood sugar balancer too. Cook chopped fruit (peeled apple, nectarines, and pears; unpeeled plums, cherries, and berries) with a cinnamon stick and a peeled portion of ginger root over low heat. Slowly warm and cook, allowing the spice to diffuse its way through the blend. When ready, pour into bowls with a little bit of honey or pure maple syrup. Don’t cook these sugars; they lose their goodness.


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