As we are so officially finished with stage one of the GAPS diet, I am still clinging to soups as a main food source. I feel good about that. We have been methodical, calculating, devoted. It is week three and feeling better than last week, even better than many, many, other times. So we got a little carried away last with making a none soup meal. It all started with a chuck roast. We almost put the whole thing in a pot of water to make meat stock when I said, “Wait! why don’t we cook that in the oven?”. So we divided it in half and made half into meat stock and half into a roast. To go with it we made eggplant and onions in the roasting pan and to flavor it, my roommate pulled out some tamarind. Now I am pretty adventurous with food but I had never used this ingredient. In our excitement, we just went for it without looking it up. Well let me be the first to tell you, it was delicious! The meat was perfectly medium rare, the eggplant and onions were well cooked, tender. Luckily, I had already had plenty of soup yesterday so I just nibbled. This morning I woke up to a pretty big head ache and when I tried to move I figured out that it was, in fact, a migraine. Before it was full blown I took my Iphone and started googling. What was tamarind anyway? Well, it is a dried fruit pod that is made up of 63% starch! Further investigating let me to how and where it is produced. Most comes from Africa and India and is made into a paste with sugar, half sugar. This was the pure fruit thankfully but it can mold in the refrigerator and I am super sensitive to mold. It was purchased about five months ago, but who knows how long it sat in the store? After many hours in bed suffering, I was finally able to get up and do some more research and as it turns out, tamarind is NOT ALLOWED. Well I will be more careful in the future, of course. Natasha Campbell-McBride cannot list every single food, but as the GAPS diet was born of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet I have been using there list too, as a quick screening. If it is not allowed on their list (which is a bit more thorough), then there is a 99% chance it is not allowed on GAPS either. If it is allowed on The SCD list, then I investigate further. Be warned that there is a lot of misinformation out there so always look to the GAPS.ME site first. If you really want to find out nitty gritty details, theFAQ page on the GAPS site is hours of interesting reading.