“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
Think about the pulsating beams of lights through the crowd with fans singing in harmony; music events are bliss. As much as you enjoy listening to music on your phone or on a music player, going to a music event will cause an adrenaline rush to pass through your body.Advertising
Many people consider going to a music event once in their life to see their favorite artist or a band playing and why shouldn’t they? You add golden memories in the pages of your lives, get to enjoy with your friends and family, and find stories to rejoice with your sons and grandchildren in the days to come.
Take a break from your work and get ready to enjoy the moment in your life as you plan to go to any of these top 10 most expected music events in 2016.
1. South By South West — Austin, TX (March 15–20)
Set to happen in the musical serenity in Texas this March, South By South West is a hipster festival that attracts music lovers from all over the world. A place to jam and uncover new raw talents, SXSW has been known to be one of the most rocking music events in the United States—remember Lady Gaga performing in 2014? This event is valued so highly that even President Barack Obama is planning for it.Advertising
2. Ultra Music Festival — Miami, FL (March 18–20)
Being organized in the city of parties this year in March, the Ultra is the most famous EDM festival in North America. Featuring several top artists including Avicii, David Guetta, Skrillex, and Die Antword, among others last year, the Ultra music festival is synonymous to fun and parties, of course.
3. Coachella — Indio, CA (April 15–17, April 22–24)
One of the most talked about concerts through the world, Coachella takes place in the middle of a desert and features several top artists and band performances every year. If you are a fan of rock music and fancy watching Guns N’ Roses playing, do everything you need to to get a ticket this year.
4. Beale Street — Memphis, TN (April 29–May 1)
Having featured several artists like Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Five Finger Death Punch, The Avett Brother, and The Flaming Lips among others in 2015, Beale Street festival is known for a variety of music events in one weekend. If you have scattered taste in music, this eclectic festival is what you need to attend this year.Advertising
5. Hangout Fest — Gulf Shores, AL (May 20–22)
Music on the beach; yes, that is what Hangout Fest is all about. Set aside in the beautiful coastlines in Alabama, the Hangout Fest featured artists and bands like Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Beck, Skrillex, and Paramore among others. If you want to chill out, get drunk and enjoy wildly, get prepared for serious shredding as you set yourself to go to the Hangout fest this year in May.
6. CounterPoint Festival- Kingston Downs, GA (TBA)
Having started in 2012, CounterPoint is already considered as one of America’s best electronic festivals today. DJ music, flood lights and people dancing to the beat is what this music event is all about. Last year in 2015, The Roots, Chet Faker, iLoveMakonnen, Widespread Panic, and more performed and set the crowd on fire.
7, Sasquatch! Music Festival — George, WA (May 27–30)
A music festival that sold out in a record 90 minutes in 2013, the music event in Sasquatch! is what has several memorable musical moments. Happening for the 15th time this year at the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington on Memorial Day Weekend, several artists like A$AP Rocky, The Cure, Kurt Vile, Shamir, Rudimental, and more are set to appear in 2016. So, go ahead and book a ticket to be a part of one of America’s best music event this year.Advertising
8. Electric Daisy Carnival — Mexico City (Feb 27–28), Las Vegas (June 17–19), UK (July 9), Tokyo(July)
Taking place in four different cities in the world, the Electric Daisy Carnival went international last year. Best known for its timing that happens after the sunset until the sun rises again the next day, this music event is a blast. And if you are going to Vegas, remember, what ever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
9. Governors Ball — New York, NY (June 3–5)
The Governors Ball music festival in New York never disappoints when it comes to having top artists around the world in their lineups. Known to be synonymous to “the show must go on,” this music event features artists from every genre and see them singing in harmony with fans as they bounce and rock the stage close to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. If you loved Madonna stage-hopping or Lana Del Rey, Drake, Black Keys and more performing last year, you need to get there in June this year too.
10. Bonnaro — Manchester, TN (June 9–12)
If there’s a music festival that can go head to head against other festivals organized in the United States, it’s Bonnaro. Set outside in the open and providing the greatest camping experience you can ever have, the Bonnaro music festival is what is known to be next to “hardcore.” Get ready to sing your heart out in Tennessee for you are sure to mark this event among the best musical experience of your life.
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Last Updated on May 21, 2020
The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype
You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.
Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.
Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.
An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.
Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.
1. The Paleo Diet
The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.
The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.
In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.
How Your Health Can Change With Paleo
The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. 
It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.
Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.
The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.
With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.
During the month you are eliminating:
Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.
At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.
Finding Out How Food Impacts You
Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.
With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.
This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!
3. The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.
For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.
With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:
- Fruits & vegetables
- Whole grains
- Legumes & nuts
- Replacing butter with olive oil
- Using herbs and spices instead of salt
- Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
- Moderate amounts of red wine
Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet
Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. 
With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.
4. The Alkaline Diet
The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.
The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.
Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet
The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.
People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.
One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.
Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness
There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.
The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.
What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.
The Big Takeaway:
Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.
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