The Modern Revolutionary: Roza Ferdowsmakan

The Modern Revolution

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Meet The Modern Revolutionary Roza Ferdowsmakan.

Show Notes:

roza ferdowsmakan is a tech founder and slow food enthusiast who seeks to normalize farm-to-table for everyone, everywhere. she’s the founder of bites, a free mobile app that connects foodies (those seeking to taste their way through life and open to world cuisines) with local chefs, such as home cooks, culinary students, and professional chefs, for in-home, farm-to-table dining experiences, with ingredients sourced from local growers. these local growers include urban farms, micro farms, co-ops, community gardens, backyard gardens, and family-owned small farms.
bites is a tool that facilitates an ecosystem where all of the participants benefit. what’s in it for foodies, chefs, and local farms? for foodies, bites is about culinary adventures at all budgetary levels, so that more socio-economic levels can participate in farm-to-table. for foodies, it’s also about celebrating diversity through the various cultures and cuisines that come into foodies’ homes, and it’s about community building. for the culinary talent on the app, it’s about economic empowerment (jobs) – these home cooks, culinary students, and professional chefs generate an income with zero overhead, while setting their own pricing, availability and menus. for the local farms, it’s about visibility and support. bites is interested in sending chefs and foodies alike direct to local growers, increasing their profits and decreasing their waste, while diverting from landfills.
bites can be downloaded from the app store or google play onto your phone. visit www.bites.mobi to learn more, check out whose talked about bites in the press, and follow us on our social media links.
with gratitude,
roza ferdowsmakan
founder

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The High Cost of Diabetes

Diabetes has become an epidemic in the United States. Over 100 million people in this country are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Diabetes causes significant life changes for patients, who have to constantly monitor what they eat, and keep track of their blood sugar.

Mismanaging a patient’s health can have life threatening consequences. This creates a significant problem, and not just medically, but financially as well. The cost of diabetes in this country impacts health care expenses, pharmaceutical expenses, the patients ability to earn a living wage, and it financially impacts the employer as well.

According to diabetes.org, the cost of diagnosed diabetes for 2017 is $327 billion, $90 billion of which is attributed to reduced productivity to employers. We spend over $106 billion dollars just in medications and testing supplies for diabetic patients. These are just the expenses for those that are diagnosed as a diabetic, and do not include those that are unaware that they have diabetes, and it also fails to include the costs associated with being pre-diabetic. Now, here’s a scary statistic, according to the CDC, 1 in 4 Americans don’t even know that they have diabetes. Over 7 million people are living with this condition and have no idea.

The financial burden that diabetes puts on our healthcare system is high, but it’s also high for the patients as well. Pharmacytimes.com reports that those with diabetes spend more than double what their healthy peers do on medical expenses each year.  Those without insurance often go without treatment and are 168% more likely to visit the emergency room than their counterparts with insurance. For all patients, inadequate care can lead to hypertension, heart disease, blindness, amputation, and even death.

 

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Notes From The Road: Cenote in Austin, TX

Some cities don’t like me. Dallas, for reasons I can’t understand, just doesn’t like me.

Austin LOVES me.

It’s always friendly, surprising and puts me in a relaxed joyful state.

This brief journey was for a business conference. A two day turn-around from my home in Chandler, AZ. Privacy be damned, I let the internet suggest where to get my morning coffee by virtue of my location. Google generally knows where I am, and I put my hand up asking for guidance.

It was a good trade.

Friendly people welcomed me into a quaint atmosphere for which I was a less cool than I should have been. But, they overlooked my shortcomings and set me into the day happy and caffeinated.

Thank you Cenote.

Cenote

Trendy all day cafe in circa-1887 house with French pressed coffee, farm-fresh eats & free wifi.
Address1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
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A Well Run Life’s Podcast: My Last Card

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I am crying.

Two seconds ago, I was a middle-aged man planning his day over an Americano.

Then, I get a text from my cousin.

I am not crying quiet ? dignified-like.

My nose is running and I am thanking god the bill is already paid.

On the way to the car, I compose myself.

The week is chock-full of the type of news you carry in your belly.

In what appears to be a moment of calm, I call my boss.

I report to him that I won’t really be myself today.

And then

As if to prove the point

I start to cry again.

 

A Well Run Life’s Podcast: Chicken Eggs

 

I am standing in front of a steaming pile.

It’s taller than I am, and so I get to work. I am raking and shoveling the mulch delivered to Grace Farms with the discipline of an army ant.

It’s about 6:30 AM ? my morning farm shift ?

As I shovel deeper into the pile of chipped trees, the heat is obvious.

The tree was upright, then it wasn’t.

The tree was alive, then it wasn’t.

And again ? it is one thing becoming another.

The morning shifts are short, the responsibilities of day have no pause button for my messy farm project.

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House Marks

The desert winter can be harsh.

There are times when it I so wicked one is compelled to put their socks on.

Since I am a tough guy, I am going without socks this morning. Out into the garage I step to retrieve the almond milk for this morning’s Americano, and I am stabbed with a razor sharp ice pick straight to my bone.

Ok ? perhaps that over states the moment

I stepped on a scorpion who met the assault with a sting on the bottom of my middle toe.

A scorpion sting is some sort of poison that is basically a cross between Cobra venom and Agent Orange. And for weeks I can trace the nerve that leads from my big toe to somewhere just below my ass.

Because that little bastard lit up that neural pathway like so much napalm.

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DM’s Triumph

It is an hour after Thanksgiving dinner.

Family traditions throttle the pace of any high holiday ? national or religious.

I am currently throttling my 13 year-old nephew on the nearest basketball court in a post-turkey dinner game of HORSE.

In my family, you won every contest against an adult until you were a certain age. The victories may have been assured, but every adult made in feel authentic. They would wince under the weight of the child’s crushing strategic genius on a game board, cry tears of frustration as the little one dribbles a soccer ball mercilessly or yet another goal, and howl under the pain of the kid’s wrestling

I can still remember thinking:

I am clearly a genius!

I am an unstoppable force of nature in mind and body – the worlds of both Checkers, soccer and wrestling never witnessed such brilliance until the beginning of my reign.

And so we launch you out into the world with the notion you are unstoppable.

This Golden Era of your Life lasts until you are about 4 and half ? maybe 5.

Then

? and perhaps it is the lingering influence of the Catholic Church or the immigrant experience or simply a desire not to raise spoiled brats ?

The Adults in the family crush the kids in every possible contest that occurs.

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Rockin’ The House

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I am 20 and playing lead guitar.

 

I am by far the worst musician in the band.

 

They likely would have been a house-hold name if they had not been saddled with me.

 

We played together for a year, and thank god You Tube had not been invented – my children would not survive the embarrassment.

 

BUT

 

There was this one gig. We were wedged between two head banging acts – but the crowd had a few friendly faces

 

And out there.

 

for one night

 

we rocked the house.

 

And I was a rock-n-roller

 

Or at least that was my experience of it.

 

27 years later I am on Grace Farms.

 

We are throwing a party

– a dinner

– an event.

 

I am  – by far ? the least important person in the execution of

 

I safely report to you: we rocked the house.

 

Seriously.

 

It was awesome.

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