Episode 32

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Low Carbohydrate Eating with Niki Rein

Niki Rein was born in Seattle where the climate, similar to Northern Europe, dictates a carbohydrate heavy diet.

An avid soccer player and very active, Niki’s hormonal problems began when she was twelve. Years of debilitating symptoms, trips to the doctor and pharmaceutical prescriptions followed as Niki fought her body and her “unknown” condition.

During her late teens Niki read “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” by Christiane Northrup who described the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Niki knew immediately that the description matched everything she had been going through and when a medical diagnosis confirmed her PCOS, she finally had something to work with.

Niki moved to California where she drank vegetable juice, fasted, began isometric exercise and became gluten free. Her symptoms improved but still she relied on will power to “push on through.”

The turning point came when Niki discovered Charles Poliquin and his low carbohydrate/no sugar way of eating as medicine and method for healing.

Join me to hear Niki talk about PCOS and her expert advice from personal experience.


  • [03:00] - Hormonal issues
  • [16:00] - Diagnosis of PCOS 
  • [26:00] - Dietary changes 
  • [33:20] - Charles Poliquin (First Biohacker)




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Love This Food Thing
A series of conversations around experiences with food, eating disorders and recovery.