The Human Behind Gradual Health

If only being healthy was easy. Let’s get started.

Hello, my name is Ryn.

A few important facts about me: I’m queer, I’m autistic, and I’m an extremely picky eater. Seriously, up until I was 24 my diet was almost the same as it was as kid. I was the person that went to a restaurant and prayed to a higher power that chicken tenders or plain cheeseburgers were on the menu. Part of it is due to an issue I have with not being able to eat certain textures, the other is just not wanting to try anything new in regards to food. Over the past two and a half years I’ve been very slowly challenging myself to try new foods to expand my palette and my nutrition in order to have more control how I want my body to look and feel.

Gradual Health follows the slow, life-long process of me gaining control of my body, my mind, and my diet in a way that is sustainable for myself and the planet. I’m sharing my wellness story to hopefully help out other queer and autistic people like me whose body goals may be different from the norm and have issues with trying new foods.

My Life

I work part-time and part remotely at a small-town toffee shop. The rest of my time is focused on building my business as a live performance and unit stills photographer. The long game is to be a on set or on tour within the next 7 years, but I have to get my health under control to make that a real possibility.

I also a cat named Cheddar who I love dearly, but I’m pretty sure he is also trying to kill me either by allergies or attempting to trip me in doorways. He too is also on a diet, per his vet.

My Major Medical Issues

Since this website is about my health here are the active diagnoses and general health conditions I’m experiencing at the ripe old age of 27:

Autism, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, IBS and other IBD issues and possible food allergies, degenerative disc disease, and creaky knees. The last one is from being a softball catcher for seven years as a teen. I’m also considered obese because my BMI is over 33, but let’s be honest, the BMI scale is a horrible way to judge people’s health and weight.

Who I’m Seeing

I’m currently working with: a physical therapist, orthopedic doctor, a therapist, a dietitian, and gynecologist and sometimes a chiropractor, a massage therapist, and acupuncturist when needed.