Is Dairy Paleo?

We get emails all the time asking about our stance on dairy. Questions like, “is dairy paleo? Can I eat dairy if I want to go paleo? If butter is included in a paleo lifestyle why isn’t milk, cream or cheese (pleeeease tell me cheese is paleo, I will love you forever!).”

It does get confusing because many bloggers and paleo recipe makers do include some dairy in their lives. We eat grass fed butter and ghee daily (far out it’s all kinds of yum and extremely nourishing) but we choose to stay away from other kinds of dairy. See… that is confusing!

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Our favourite: paleo cheese on toast! Mmm!

Well here’s our view. We say, if you love dairy, if you feel ok with dairy, no, if you feel GOOOOOD while/during/after consuming good quality organic dairy, GO FOR IT! Eat the dairy! But if you feel crappy, have sinus problems, tummy aches, gas/bloating, skin problems after eating dairy, don’t eat it! Or at least have a short break up with you’re beloved dairy.

We do love human experiments (don’t worry, only on ourselves most of the time). Late last year over a 4 week period we included good quality dairy in our lives, in the form of quality organic cheese and delicious creamy natural Greek yoghurt. We were in a dairy filled heaven. Goats cheese stuffed burgers, yoghurt dressings and definitely butter everything.

After these delicious 4 weeks we sat down on our cute meditation chairs  and chatted all things dairy and reflected. We both felt more sluggish than usual but we also realised this was probably from the weekly Salted Choc Caramel Slice recipe testing, oops. So no, we couldn’t blame it on the dairy (and we also realised we need to work on our human experimenting skills!). The one thing we know for sure is that when Carla eats dairy she gets pimples on her face. She’s tested this out several times and every time she eats milk, cheese or yoghurt… guaranteed a couple days later about 5 pimple will pop up! But she’s fine with butter! How crazy interesting and amazing is that?!

When I (this is Emma by the way) am out to dinner and I see a delicious dinner meal with feta on the menu I may just order it (such a rebel). Carla on the other hand stays away from it completely because she likes her clear paleo skin

When we say everyone’s paleo is different we truly mean it! It’s time to get in tune with your body and notice how you feel after food, this includes paleo approved food. Keep a food diary or start an elimination diet. Once you start to notice how your body reacts to certain foods this kind of experimenting is actually quite fun! And with the goal of optimal health it’s bound to get interesting!

Have you cut dairy from your diet… or do you include it? We’d love to hear from you, just comment below. Then you should probably go make a batch of our nut free paleo cheese because it is all kinds of drool worthy delicious. You could even try our paleo cheese on toast or what about the paleo spaghetti bolognese or cheese burgers?!  

Paleo cheese week has officially rocked! #MMCheeseWeek!

Always merrymaking

Emma + Carla

p.s keep an eye out for some NEW recipes featuring good quality organic dairy… mmm feta… mmm natural yoghurt!

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  1. I am paleo but do eat small amounts of dairy (natural/ full fat greek yoghurt and small amounts of cheese (preferably unpasteurised))as I am able to tolerate it. I did experiment with dairy, cutting it out completely and then adding small amounts back in. I don’t think I would go down the dairy milk route unless I could get it raw. But I cope fine without it – almond milk for the win!

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  2. I have known for many years that my hay fever/sinus problems are worsened by dairy products. I now know that ” a little won’t hurt” is wrong. I have cut it out. I might try some ghee again when my whole system is healed. ( just been in Asia which is almost impossible for whole foods) and now have to recover again. Please put big notices on your recipes ” Very occasional treats only” as many interpret the label Paleo as its OK quite often.
    Good luck girls.

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      Hi Marjalyn, everyone is on their own journey and have the ability to make the BEST decision for them. We never say to do exactly what we say. This is our own journey recorded. We’ve written many posts about how the ‘Sweet Treat’ recipes we share are just that… TREATS! Our goal is to create a POSITIVE environment for people who are making changes to create happier, healthier lives. Good luck to you too! 🙂

  3. So great to hear you share the message of individual dietary needs! It is all too easy to be bogged down by the rules and restrictions of a diet that we forget to actually engage with our own bodies on what does and doesn’t work for us. Thanks for this encouraging and important message:-)

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  4. Apart from causing a number of health issues for women there is also mounting research suggesting that there is a link between dairy and breast cancer which explains our high rates compared to Asian women . I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and now avoid dairy altogether . It’s hard as now I realise how much food has dairy in it and how hard it is to find good tasting products so keep the recipes coming !

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      Hi Catherine, thanks so much for sharing your story and voicing your opinion! This is so interesting and we really appreciate your comment! We’re sending you many many good vibes and we’ll of course keep the recipes coming your way! <3 e + c

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  6. Wow that makes perfect sense – I have been dairy free for 9 months due to my babies intolerance through breast feeding and my skin is so clear. I just recently started having bits here and there and bam a breakout! So glad you shared this! I better get reading some more of your posts haha x

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  7. I have recently gone dairy free and gluten free due to gut issues. I have always had a reaction to full cream milk in the form of really severe ezcema in my hair mainly.
    I now have almond milk (mainly in smoothies) and I also have goats cheese or sheep’s milk cheese and have no problems.

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