Thursday, May 28, 2015

Our Pre-Journey Meal For The ARML Nationals In Las Vegas



Song:  Long Train Running

Group:  Doobie Brothers



We are getting ready to leave for our eight hour drive to Las Vegas
for the ARML Nationals where Alex and his math club shall be competing.

This was our supper on the eve of our journey to ARML.


One of Alex's favorite meals is Unagi Donburi 
(Broiled Fresh Water Eel)
and an avocado and crab salad.


One of my favorite meals is Salmon Ochazuke 
(Tea rice porridge with two large salmon fillets)...
a large sprout salad...
and a side of Umeboshi 
(Japanese pickled plums).

We wanted to have an easily digestible meal on the eve of our departure
to ensure a very restful sleep before our long journey.

Although we like to eat out once a week...
it is the simple and healthful meals such as these
that Alex and I love the most.

I am still fully fueled from last night's supper.
Such a meal keeps me satisfied for a good 8 - 24 hours
(I usually eat only 1-2 times a day).

I had eaten this particular meal 16 hours ago...
and I am still not hungry
(although I still feel full of energy).

As a result...
I will not be eating again for another four to eight hours.

The portions I eat are usually 2 - 4 times the normal amount...
and, although I go for long times between meals...
my blood sugar levels remain stable...
and I suffer no hunger or waning energy levels.

I will often go for more than 24 hours between meals...
if I eat an especially wholesome and filling meal
such as Salmon Ochazuke.

If I eat junk food (as I sometimes must on the road)...
I usually get hungry within a much shorter period of time...
and so, I must eat much more often.

Habitual junk food consumption leads to an excess of calories consumed...
which is then deposited as fat.

This is why it is so important to eat nutritious meals
which pack a lot of nutrition in a highly digestible form.

Your body quickly and easily extracts the nutrients...
 the body no longer craves frequent amounts...
as it is always fully fueled and ready for action.

If the food we eat is not nutritionally dense and balanced...
our hunger is always there...
as the body is calling out for more in hopes of getting all it needs.

When our meals are nutritionally dense and balanced...
there is no call of alarm from the body.

As a result...
the body may just call upon its reserves to keep the blood sugar stabilized.

This is what teaches the body to burn fat 
to keep the blood sugar stable
(in addition to using the liver stores of glycogen).

This process is greatly accelerated if you exercise just before bed...
without additional consumption of calories.

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Addendum:  Remember....I am speaking as a 55 year old.

I do not recommend eating once a day for youth...
or for very highly active people.

When I was a teenager...I was eating more than 10,000 calories a day...
and I couldn't gain weight because my activity level was so high.


____________________


It is now late morning...
and we are preparing to leave.

I had gotten extra sleep so I would be well rested for the long drive.

I am enjoying a cup of coffee...
and I am looking forward to the road.

I love driving...
especially long highway drives.

I just listen to music and let my mind wander.


We shall be in Las Vegas for four days
(the competition is two days long...
but we wish to arrive one day ahead to ensure Alex gets a good night's rest...
and we will stay a day after the competition to ensure I get extra sleep
for the long drive home).


I will be taking a lot of pictures...
and I will write the next article in about five days.




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Alex's Tutoring Mathematical Diagnostic Test



Song:  About To Begin

Artist:  Robin Trower



At Alex's high school...
his math teacher had started a tutoring program.

He had asked a total of four students to become tutors
to any of the students at the high school.

Alex was asked...
and he agreed enthusiastically.

The tutors will be volunteering their time each week...
and they will be earning the requisite number of volunteer hours 
for inclusion on their future University applications...
and towards their Honor Society requirements.

As Alex wishes to one day become a University Math Professor...
this teaching opportunity will be perfect for him.

Alex loves teaching.



Alex's math teacher...Mr. Deveny.

The tutors may use the computer and projector screen to explain
problems, principles, or concepts to those in need 
using the various demonstrative or calculative programs
(although Alex is quite satisfied to just use a pen and paper).


Alex had designed his own basic mathematics diagnostic test...
so he could more accurately ascertain the level of each student...
and so, could more tailor fit his tutoring to the problem areas
of each particular student.

Alex realizes that if a fundamental concept...
or certain principles are not understood...
many further problems will arise.

Alex wishes to ensure each student has a rock solid 
mathematical foundation first.


Alex will be helping the high school or middle school students with any math concern
to increase their progress, or to help with their exams or SATs.



This is Alex's Mathematical Diagnostic Test:












If Alex may not earn enough volunteer hours only through this 
high school tutoring program...
a mathematical tutoring school (Juku) opened up nearby.

Alex is thinking about becoming an instructor there...
but only if there are not enough students to teach 
at his high school for him to earn enough hours.















Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Healthful Diet - A Japanese Super Food - Salmon Ochazuke



Song:  Home Sweet Home

Group:  Motley Crue



Shaq was not lying...
this unit works well.

I will go into this more...later on in the article.



For the sake of simplicity...
I break life into the three basic human categories...
the three which are affected by what we do...or do not do...
 by our experiences...and so, our reactions to them...
the three which affect our basic drives...
the results of which guide our life...
each of which sets the rate, quantity...
and quality of everything
we experience in life.

The Physical

The Intellectual

The Emotional

One thing which must be understood...
throughout all of the systems in our body...
there exists a feedback loop (both positive and negative)...
without which...no adaptation would be possible.

The quantity of the quality of healthful input...
and our body's reaction to it...
is what leads to positive changes in our body, mind, and emotions...
and each of the three affects each of the others.


The focus of this article will be on the nutritious diet component.

It is with a high quality input of food into the physical...
that so much of life may be lived far longer...
and with much higher quality.



The Physical


When I talk of this...
it is all inclusive.

It is of anything involving the physical structure or of its components...
their actions or interactions (even on a molecular level)...
and the results of which are directly tangible.

I will not talk of any of the subcategories...
as it is the positive and healthful input
which will give us the positive and healthful results.

It is the quality of input which is what we are after...
as the healthful results will be a foregone conclusion...
within the realm of our genetic potential.

Once again...
the basic three of the physical...
so far as our actions which have the most impact:

A Nutritious Diet

Exercise

Deep Restorative Sleep




Nutritious Diet


I cannot over stress the value of the traditional Japanese and Mediterranean diets.

Each emphasize fish and grain / fruits and vegetables
(with poultry...and very moderate amounts of red meats and dairy products).

Before you think that the chief variable of the longevity of the Japanese people is genetic...
there have been actual long term comparative studies of native Japanese who live in Japan...
and of whom had continuously eaten a traditional Japanese diet...
(with a large enough sampling)...
 as compared to those of whom had been initially raised in Japan...
but who had emigrated to the US and had changed their diet
to a typical American one.

They had found that once those people of Japan had eaten
the typical American diet...their lifespans had fallen to that of
the other typical Americans
 (especially considering that some of the biggest killers of Americans
were the ones which had risen dramatically in those transplanted Japanese
...heart disease / cancer / diabetes).

The only major variable which had changed...was that of diet.

It was not a mere correlation.

Through this study...
a direct causation had been established.


While eggs are good in moderation...
the standard American breakfast is simply a saturated fat and sugar fest.

It leaves one feeling slow and lethargic...
in mind, as well as in body.





This type of diet not only turns its adherents into the shape of the Michelin man...
it slowly zombifies people from the inside out.

It slows the thought process...
and is a cause of general lassitude in the body and mind.

People eating a typical American diet become mere shadows of what they could be...
because of sapped drive due to heavy meals
demanding much of the blood supply being routed to the gut
for long periods of time...
which then makes those same people have a lack of energy and vitality
throughout much of the day.

One important point about the American diet.

One of the chief reasons for the large consumption of food
the typical American eats is because of the general lack of flavor.

Americans are flavor starved.

The feedback system of smell and taste are not stimulated enough
to correctly regulate appetite.

It takes a huge amount of flavorless food to sate the appetite.

As the mouth remains hungry...
the appetite stays on high as it constantly seeks enough stimuli to sate itself.

As a result...
large and frequent amounts must be consumed to satisfy the appetite.

The Japanese and Mediterranean diets are rich in nutrition and flavor.

The feedback system then becomes in synch with consumed calories.


Breakfast in America is an abomination.

Lunch and Supper are not much better.

Supper becomes especially unhealthful if you eat it too closely to bedtime
(don't eat at least 4-5 hours before bedtime...
and exercise and shower just before bedtime).



Once again...
a healthful diet is no good...
unless it is adhered to for a lifetime.


The keys to keeping it up for a lifetime?

1)  Make the nutritious...delicious.

2)  Make it affordable enough that you may eat it on a regular basis.

3)  Make the preparation of it simple enough so that
the effort involved will not be prohibitive to do so on a regular basis.


The Japanese people eat their particular diet because
they are an island nation with an abundance of fish
(they have the largest fishing fleet in the world)...
which is heavily supplemented with various vegetables and fungi...
and with rice being the staple grain.

They are masters of making various simple and healthful dishes...
which are so delicious...they are addictive.


Salmon Ochazuke




So...
this brings me to a Japanese Super Food which is easily prepared...
and has easy to get ingredients...here in the US:

Salmon Ochazuke.


Ochazuke is simply hot tea (usually green tea)...
poured over cooked rice...
and which usually has some seasonings added.

The meats may vary...
or it is often just consumed without meats.

It is highly digestible.

However...
it is the salmon version which is of particular concern for Americans.

The typical American diet is too low in the healthful cold water fishes...
the oils from which carry so much of their health benefits.

The salmon also gives high quality protein...
making the typical red meat protein redundant in much of the diet...
and so, allowing one to forego much of the red meat protein in one's diet...
in favor of fish.

This makes a perfect breakfast...lunch...or supper.

I love it with two large fillets of salmon crumbled on the rice...
and mixed in when hot water, and the seasoning packets, are poured over it.


We also use a premixed seasoning and powdered tea package (I use two - four )...
for ease of preparation...and for the absolutely delicious taste.

It is inexpensive...
and easily gotten at almost any Asian market...
or online.


You know when a meal hits the spot when you feel energized
for many hours after it is consumed.

After a large bowl of Salmon Ochazuke...
I feel energetic and fully sated for at least 8 hours.

I never have the slow lethargic feeling I get when I must consume
typical American breakfasts when we are on the road.

I guarantee you this...
after consuming a large bowl of Salmon Ochazuke...
you will feel like a caged tiger.

You will know it when songs such as the one in this article play in your head...
and you cannot help but walk to the beat...
 and your emotions are riding high on the steady driving rhythms
and melodies of the guitars.

After eating a perfect meal...
you carry a song in your heart...
and everything in the world just feels right.

You are home...
home sweet home  :)

This is how I feel after I eat Salmon Ochazuke.

The energy you will feel all day long from such a meal...
the complete lack of digestive complaint...
the deep satisfaction of the meal staying with you...
nullifying any hunger for unhealthful foods...
is addictive.

After experiencing truly delicious foods...
 your appetite will be reset towards healthful foods.

As you will not have the unhealthful cravings all day long...
you will not snack on the typically unhealthful American snacks.

With but one experience with Salmon Ochazuke...
I am sure you will wish to explore other Japanese foods.

After eating a truly nutritious and delicious meal...
the typical American diet will no longer appeal to you.

The typical American diet is what is slowly killing so many Americans early in life!

(photos from Google Images)

Red meats are used to supplement the vegetables when used.
They typically do not make up the bulk of the meal.



The Japanese are the masters of hot pot dishes (Nabemono).

While other countries have their own versions...
the Japanese are unique in that the ingredients are not mere carriers of the spices.

Japanese Nabes have subtle and light sauces which accentuate
the natural flavors of the ingredients.

The typical Japanese diet consists of a lot of vegetables and fish.


This is the key to the healthfulness of their diet.



First of all...
buy only wild caught salmon
(as opposed to farm raised).


We buy these fillets from our neighborhood Super Walmart.

While this package is only a pound...
I just bought 2 - two pound packages of fillets.

They also sell them in 3 lb. packages...
but they were out of those sizes.

Simply grill them with but a little salt and pepper.

A large amount may be made all at once
and kept in the refrigerator for use over many days.


Include a large sprout salad...
and BAM...
a perfect meal for anytime...
one which is very healthful...
and is so delicious...
you will always look forward to eating it again and again.


I love, and crave, Salmon Ochazuke
 just as much as I love, and crave, the Tacos at UNR
(which are also healthful because of the way they make them).



We buy this at a local Asian market...Mackerel...another very healthful cold water fish.


Natto over rice with a side of Miso soup...
and with some grilled fish and some vegetables...
also makes a very healthful breakfast.


Kale is especially healthful.

My wife prepares this often eaten vegetable in our household...
using Japanese ingredients.

Alex loves it...
and I must admit...
it is delicious when prepared in this manner.


This particular brand of Greek style yogurt is especially delicious.

We also get it from Walmart
(We do almost all of our food shopping there.
The prices are the best...and surprisingly...frequently, so is the quality).



Now...
on to this Tens Therapy unit (about $25.00).

It electrically stimulates the affected area...
and it, in fact...
greatly lowers perceived pain.


A couple of decades ago...
I had rather severely injured the ligaments of my lower back
(doing one of the many stupid things I often did  :)...
and it has been a lingering problem with me ever since.


I tried this unit.

I was pleasantly amazed at the almost immediate...
and lasting pain relief I had received.

It is used for one session for approximately 30 minutes at a time.

Although I did not suffer from severe pain before I used it...
it was an almost ever present pain whenever I moved using certain motions.

I had to be careful with what I did in order to not lock up my lower back.


For anyone with old sports injuries...
never mind the creams and lotions...
try this unit
 (or one of the many Tens units available).


Now...
back to a nutritious diet.



We are biological machines.

We would not put in low quality oils or fuels into our prized cars.

What we put into our bodies has profound effects on how well we operate.

Treat all sugary drinks as dessert (even artificially sweetened ones)...
only to be consumed on an infrequent basis...
on special occasions.

Purify your own water at home...
and drink it as the normally consumed beverage.


You cannot say you have truly lived life unless you live by the basic three of health.

We only have one life to live.

Never mind ideological concepts...
to not treat our bodies as the sacred temple it is...
is true sacrilege.


There is no true love in life...
without true respect.

You must truly respect yourself...
if you are ever to truly love yourself.

You must know true love and respect of self...
if you are ever to truly love another.

A true love of another is one of the most magical events in one's life.


You simply cannot respect yourself if you cannot win the battle
against the metaphorical inner demons of hedonism.


A disciplined man...will do the necessary...
regardless of the call of the inner demons.

An intelligent man makes the necessary...desirable...
so he never hears the call of the inner demons.


A healthful diet is necessary.

How you deal with adhering to one is your choice.


However...
if even a bonehead like me knows that making the necessary desirable
is the far superior way of living a healthful life...
there simply is no excuse for others to not also do so.


Find a way to make the nutritious...delicious.

This is the key to setting up life in all aspects...
through affirmation instead of negation.

Operate through positive addictions...
as opposed to punishment for negative habits.

You will then be drawn to a healthful life long diet
because its consumption and effects are pleasurable...
and it will then become an aspect of a fundamental drive...
the pursuit of pleasure...
and so, ensuring that you will stick to it.










Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Alex's Last Computer Science Essay Assignment - Reflections



 Musical soundtrack from Original WOW:   Teldrassil







Last night...
we went out to eat at a local Dim Sum restaurant.

As we were eating...
my wife noticed the sun setting...
and ran outside with her camera.


After we got home...
Alex finished up an essay for his AP Computer Science course.

This essay assignment was an author's retrospective look
at the course as a whole.

Alex just has his course final to take next week...
and he will be finished with this course.



This is Alex's Essay:  Reflections
(He got a 75 out of 75 for this essay)










Tomorrow...
Alex has Biology Lab (Dissection of a Piglet).

Thursday...
Alex has a Math I test...and he will then give a tutoring session.

Friday...
Alex will have a Math II test
(High School Exit Examination).


We are looking forward to the ARML Nationals in a couple of weeks.

We have reserved our hotel
(we had to reserve a room in a different hotel this year...no vacancy in our usual one)...
and Alex is looking forward to seeing improvement in his scores.


After all of Alex's classes have ended...
we will then go on our multi-State vacation.

We will have many things happening closely together...
and so, many things to look forward to.















Sunday, May 17, 2015

NNV Math Club's Last Session Before The ARML Nationals



Song:  Through The Storm

Artist:  Dax Johnson


This was the last meeting of the NNV Math Club until they travel 
to the ARML Nationals in a couple of weeks.

The first portion of the day's class covered logistics for the journey to Las Vegas...
the schedule of events while there, and the return trip.



Sherry Griffin going over the logistics, scheduling, and what to expect
at the ARML Nationals (there are many new members).


Sherry Griffin then had the members work on some ARML type problems.

She then had some students go to the board to explain their answers.


This young man can always be counted on to come up
with different ways of solving a problem.

He is very knowledgable...and a good teacher.


Although this member is relatively new...
he catches on quickly.


This member is a solid asset to the team.
He is also a relatively new member to the club.



This member is always a rock solid performer.
She also thoroughly explains her rationales.



This member is always very good in all types of problems...
but he is especially good with the visual imaging of problems.

I noticed how easily he manipulates objects in his mind.


 The NNV Math Club will be going with a full team.

They should do well again this year.

ARML is a National and Worldwide High School advanced math competition.

There will be over 600 competitors from the western portion of the nation...
and from Asia, competing in Las Vegas this year
(With thousands more competing at 3 other locations across the nation simultaneously.
  The results are then tabulated as a whole).


We will be reserving our hotel soon.

We shall be leaving a day ahead of the rest of his team...
and staying over an extra day.

We want Alex to get a good night's sleep before the two day event...
and we will be catching a Las Vegas show after the event.

I will use the last day to get extra sleep in preparation for our long drive home (8 hours).




Alex has been doing well in practice rounds.

He is hoping to get listed this year for the individual round
(scoring high enough as an individual to be on permanent record
so he may include his results on his university application resumes).




Alex having a final talk with Sherry Griffin.

After ARML...
the Math Circle won't be meeting again until Autumn.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Alex's Calculus III Final At UNR



Song:  The Voice

Group:  The Moody Blues




Alex with Professor Norfleet after his Calculus III Final Exam
at the University of Nevada Reno last Monday.

Although Alex feels confident he had done well...
he had also said that this was his toughest class.

I can accept whatever grade he receives...as I know how hard he had worked.
Alex had put forth much effort and discipline towards his studies
(We won't know how well he had done in this class for another week or so).



Alex is busy studying for a couple of more finals coming soon in his other classes...
and he is also preparing himself for the ARML Nationals in Las Vegas 
coming at the end of this month.

Alex was also asked by his High School math teacher if he would be
an official math tutor at his school for all the Middle and High School students.

Alex will be preparing them for their final exams...
and for their SATs
(Alex had received perfect Math scores in his ACT, SAT and SAT II).

Alex will also be doing it from now on at the school...
and he will be earning volunteer credits towards
his Honor Society requirements.

He will devote several hours a week at the school starting next week.


The next day...
Alex gladly picked weeds in the backyard to pay for his Mother's Day gift
that I had bought for him to give to his Mother.
This way he could truly say that the gift was from him
(the box of Truffles).



I just came back from California early this morning (2:30 AM)
after dropping my Mother off at her house.

She will be returning soon to rent a house until her affairs are settled
in California...at which time she may then buy her house here.

Everything is working out according to the master plan...
the path is being steadily tread...
each step of which will further all toward our final goals.


I am flexible enough to bend with the occasional negative flows...
and I am patient enough to wait out the occasional stagnating eddies
which happen in life.


Once again...
the important thing is to:


Dream the Dream
(never lose sight of it)

Formulate The Viable Plans
(Immediate / Mid Term / Long Term)

Stay The Course Until Fruition



Always remember...
the single most indicative attribute for success in life is...

Deferred Gratification
(inherent or learned)


Simply put...

the more seeds planted for the future...
the greater the harvest the future shall bear.




Right now...

I am so happy with Alex's progress in life.

I am so happy that I will be able to take care of my Mother very soon.

I am so happy that life continues to get better...
that so many things are going according to plan...
that in the movie of my mind...
I am tearing up the stage to a large cheering crowd
as I am dancing to the song on this article  :)

(my dancing must forever be relegated to the movie of my mind...
for I can neither dance, nor sing, in real life  :)









Monday, May 11, 2015

A Double Mother's Day - Alex And His Mother / Me And Mine



Song:  Only You

Music:  Winter Sonata Soundtrack



Alex had made this card for his Mother
(his Mother has a sore shoulder).


Although we won't know Alex's final grade in Calculus III for another week...
Alex hopes to be able to make his Mother happy with an 'A' in his course.


I had purchased this box of Truffles for Alex to give to his Mother.
Alex bought this with his labors.

On the next day...
Alex pulled weeds in the backyard for the purchase price of the chocolates...
so the gift would really be from him.


Alex and I took out our Mothers to a nearby Japanese restaurant for dinner.

During the day...
my Mother and I were just watching movies together.

Alex was busy all day...
and into the night...
reviewing material for his Calculus III final exam...
which would occur on the following day.



My Mother is 76 years old...
but she still loves to eat.

Although we have been eating at many different ethnic restaurants during her visit here...
both Mothers had chosen a Japanese restaurant for Mother's Day.


Alex had chosen Unagi Donburi for his meal.


My wife and I had a simple beef bento meal.


 My Mother had chosen Sashimi.


My Mother and I have had a wonderful time
during her visit to Reno.

In the next day or two...
I will be taking my Mother to a friend of her's.

She lives on the Western portion of the Sierra Nevadas...
about two hours away.

My Mother will stay with her for awhile...
until my Mother has sold one of her houses in California...
and is ready to move to Reno near me.


A few days ago...
I had taken my Mother to a mountain cafe for breakfast...
and we then took a mountain drive.

She enjoyed the scenery.

Once my Mother moves near me...
I will be taking her to weekly indoor swims with Alex (in the Winter)...
and I will take her and her dogs into the mountains 
when Alex and I ride our mountain bikes (warm weather).

She will be able to walk the dogs near where we park...
as she awaits our return.

Although my Mother and I love watching movies and dramas together...
I will ensure her life will also be filled with activities.

I plan to take her to practice Tai Chi at least twice a week...
and I will be supervising her once a week weight training at her home
(Trap Bar Deadlifts).

I will ensure she loves life by participating in it...
instead of sitting idly and watching it pass by.


Her life shall be filled with the basic three:

Nutritious Diet

Exercise

Deep Restorative Sleep...

and it will be supplemented with copious amounts of high adventure...
and the same love and affection she had shown me all of my life.


My Mother's visit here marks the beginning of a new phase of life for her
(although it may take 6 months to a year 
to complete the final phase of her move here).

My goal is to remove all negative stressors from her life...
and to replace them with all positive ones
so she will have nothing but happiness for the rest of her days.

She will continue to grow and experience life...
and so...
to truly live it.



My promise to my Mother for Mother's Day:


Okasan (Mother)...
this is not just Mother's Day...
it is the beginning of your new life.

I will fill it with happiness and joy.

Never will you have to fear...
never will you have to be lonely.

I will always be with you...
I will always be watching over you.

I am your guide in life...
for now...and forever.

We are family...
and family takes care of family.
We do not leave ours behind.


                                 - Shiroi Tora








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