If there’s one thing I truly love, it’s that feeling my body gets after it’s been rebooted. Whether that’s from a long vacation, an awesome sweat from a hot yoga class, or a normal food cleanse, it’s incredibly necessary to routinely restart your system. Knowing that I’m not really a fan of juice cleanses because they give my heartburn and leave me HANGRY (but love blend cleanses from City Press Cafe), I try to steer away from the typical “cleanse.” But one day during my IG creep sessions, I came across a concept that caught my eye: A soup cleanse from Skinny Souping.
I’ve been really in tune with my body for the past couple of years, however, once my eczema flares surged back up, I’ve morphed into an even bigger health freak. The last time my skin has been this “bad” was when I was first diagnosed with eczema around 8y old. So my skin has been a constant no to low-flare-status for over 10 years. Not only was I eating tons of fruits and vegetables, working out, doing all the right things, but I always thought in the back of my head, wow I can’t believe my skin is STILL doing great after all of this time. Fast forward to June 22nd of last year – I know this date specifically because that was the first day of my new job. Although I woke up excited to begin a new chapter in my life, I also woke up with a feeling I haven’t felt in a long time – itchiness.
We may have survived a mild winter (for Chicago standards), but it doesn’t seem like we’re catching a break with this spring weather. If you’re anything like me, you probably eat based on the weather. If it’s warm and sunny, I’m totally down eating salads and fresh fruit for every meal, but if it’s cold and gloomy you bet I’m trying to eat warm comfort food for every meal. Que the struggle to shed that winter coat.
Regardless of my mood eating weather habits, I can guarantee Urban Belly’s dumplings will hit the spot, regardless of the temperature outside. Plus, with a new Wicker Park location, now is the time to check out what Urban Belly has in store if you never made it to the original West Loop location.
The Sweet Potato and Maple potstickers with feta and arugula is a great combination and the optional addition of bacon really rounds out this dish to be a go-to comfort fix.