Video: Why I Don’t Eat Dairy on Keto

Why I Don’t Eat Dairy on Keto #keto #lowcarb

Why my approach to the keto diet is dairy-free and what consuming dairy can do to your body.

It’s no secret that the standard ketogenic diet uses dairy. Cheese, butter, cream, you name it. And, while some people may do really, really good on that, a lot of people don’t. But, they continue to eat it because a) they don’t know that the dairy is causing issues for them, and b) they don’t know that there’s an alternative.

Going dairy-free on your keto diet may be for you if you’re…

  • Having a hard time becoming fat adapted
  • Constantly dealing with eczema, diarrhea, itchy skin, or ear infections
  • Trying to balance an autoimmune condition
  • Stuck at a weight plateau
  • Dealing with inflamed sinuses
  • and more…

I created this video in April for the launch of my keto audiobooks and shared it on YouTube but it was never posted on the blog. The most popular question I get is why my ketogenic diet protocol does not include dairy. So, here’s the video!


  • The benefits of consuming high-quality dairy sources
  • Why eating dairy is bad
  • When we should stop eating dairy
  • Signs you’re allergic or sensitive to dairy
  • How to eat low-carb and dairy-free


Do you practice a dairy-free approach to your ketogenic diet? What steps did you take to go dairy-free? Let’s chat about it in the comments!

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  1. I have been doing Keto for 6 months and feel great some days. I wonder if the dairy is affecting me. I am on a plateau and not really moving in the right direction. Also I am very insulin resistant. My fasting blood is still high but am off of my diabetes meds now. Yahoo. Also my CRP was a bit high. Do you think dairy is my downfall? Love the site.

    • It could be! You can always give it a try by cutting out dairy for a few weeks or months and see if things improve :)

  2. Just a note for the dairy sensitive… I was actually diagnosed allergic to dairy via a blood test several years ago. And before I cut it out of my diet, I was experiencing ALL of the symptoms you mentioned above, Leanne. Once it was gone, several of the symptoms went away. BUT my allergy situation is a bit more complicated than just that…

    So. Fast forward two years and I finally went see a real Allergist/Immunologist and have the skin scratch test. Turns out I’m NOT allergic to dairy. But when I went back to ingesting it, symptoms started returning! Why? Because… Among other things, I’m *also* allergic to soy and corn. Most people don’t know this (I didn’t!), but most farmers supplement cow feed with soy and corn filler. Hence, once I switched to ONLY grass fed, no additive, organic dairy products? Smooth sailing. (Just an FYI though bc it’s the most available- Kerrygold is NOT 100% grass fed! They feed appx 15-20% soy & corn.) Long story to make such a small point! Lol… But what I was trying to say is, it may not be the dairy itself that’s messing with you.

    Anyway. I’m just starting my keto journey so have yet to get stuck at a plateau or anything. But I DO eat/drink goat cheese, (homemade) ghee, (Anchor) butter and (Organic Valley GrassMilk) whole milk as a regular part of my Keto diet, with no adverse effects.

    Also I adore your site, Leanne – I discovered you on YouTube! Thank you for everything!

    • Wow, that is such an interesting concept! Thanks so much for sharing – and thank you for your support :) Wishing you the best on your keto journey!

  3. Hello, I really enjoyed your informational video about why you should not eat dairy. I have been spending hours researching which program is best for me, and I believe the Keto Diet is the way I should go. I used to be a size 8, but now I am a size 16 (caused by emotional eating after ending a 13 year marriage). Well, I’m over the self-pity party and I’m ready to throw the ice-cream away. I’m ready for the new me, with the old healthy size. I suffer from leaky gut (and probably other health issues related to dairy); therefore, out of all the programs I have researched, I believe yours is the right one for me. However, if it’s okay I have a couple questions before I purchase your program. And, forgive me in advance because I have purchased things before, and they were not what I thought they were.
    Q – Is your program completely Vegetarian/Vegan? I am a vegetarian, trying to go Vegan (occasionally eating tuna or shellfish), and I’m wondering if this program will fit my dietary needs. If not, do you have a Vegetarian version of your program to offer?
    Q – I have been reading that if you are starting out on Keto (in order for it to be effective), you have to increase your fat intake, and lower your protein (for, lets say, the first couple of weeks). After that, you flip flop. You’re supposed to lower your fat and increase your protein.
    …Example article:
    Does your program follow this quideline? If so, Do you provide a meal plan that follows the guideline? (I confess, I am not very good at calculating fats vs. protein intake. Not because I’m not capable, but because of my busy lifestyle. I am looking for a full meal plan that calculates daily/weekly my needs and intake that follows the guideline of the program for me.)

    Thank you for patiently reading! Gaining the weight had a huge impact on me and my self-esteem. I just want to make sure I’m getting the right program for me. I hope this is the right one, because I love your perception on appropriate health. :)

    • Hey, Sunny! So cool that you want to get started on keto and take this next step for your health. The information provided in my books is good for anyone, the meal plans and recipes have meat, but it’s a template that you can use to make it your own. You may find that my newest book, The Keto Diet, will be the most helpful to you since 42% of the recipes are vegan and even more are vegetarian. Yes, my programs do follow a low-carb, high-fat, and moderate protein approach. The Keto Diet also has meal plans included with all of the macronutrient intake calculated for you ahead of time, so all you have to do is cook and eat ;) I hope this helps!

  4. Hy!, I understand that people that are lactose intolerant can eat goat and sheep dairy products. The problem would be in cow´s milk casein and lactose, which is the glucose of that animal produce. And I know that ghee is for celiac and lactose intolerant persons. Could you please explain why an individual should avoid/not consume these dairy foods?
    And question aside, Can a subject eat nuts and seeds (poppy, sesame, pumpkin and flax seeds)?

    • Hi there! Usually, people avoid dairy because they’re allergic to it. Ghee can be a great option, but some ghees are not filtered thoroughly enough so they are not truly dairy-free. Some people choose to avoid dairy even though they aren’t allergic to it. It’s totally up to the individual. All of the seeds you mentioned are great! Go for it :)

  5. I’m so glad I found your site! I have been dealing with painful abdominal bloating and constipation for YEARS and have gone to numerous doctors/GI specialists who always tell me to “eat more fiber and probiotics in yogurt/dairy”. It never works and I end up in the same boat. I finally eliminated dairy and gluten this week and I feel 100x better!! I’ll have to look at your site more, but from your video it seems like it might be the dairy that’s upsetting my stomach and causing pain. Thank you!!

    • Wow, I’m so happy for you! Good for you for staying determined and trying new things. Good luck getting to the bottom of it!

  6. Hi Leanne,

    Love your work as always. I bought your Leto beginning!! How do I determine if there’s inflammation? I would love to find out if I could handle dairy. My recent lab test came back with HDL 114 mg/dL LDL 269 but triglycerides 56 and hsCRP 0.12mg/L. Is the LDL a red flag? Would love to have you share your insights on this. Thanks Leanne!! Xoxo

    • Thanks so much, Iris! Do you have Fat Fueled, too? This book outlines many of the ideal levels for various tests (including cholesterol and hsCRP). Much of this info is found in chapter 4 and chapter 16. I hope this helps!

      • Hellooo Leanne,

        Thanks alot for your reply. Meant a lot to me!! I got clarity from Jimmy Moore’s book. Thanks for all your great work! Keep it going! I’m a huge fan and appreciate everything you do, including your podcast, totally!!


        • Thanks so much for the support, Iris! So glad you were able to get the answer to your question. :)

  7. Organic Valley: Purity Farms Clarified Butter – Casein Free
    Tel#1-888-444-MILK. Organic Valley, a farmer owned cooperative, La Farge, WI

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