A few weeks ago, my friend Jen posted an Instagram post with a picture of a white-fringed white fish with a fish bowl on it, captioned with the words, “It’s the best fish therapy ever!”
(She didn’t actually have fish therapy on hand, but the fish was a nice bonus.)
Jen is the founder of the fish therapy blog, Fish Therapy Benefits, and she shared her experience with her followers.
As the title of her post suggests, Jen’s fish therapy benefits were all about fish.
But the catch was that she wasn’t exactly sure where to start.
“I was just going to use the fish bowl for fish therapy,” Jen told me.
“It was a lot easier to figure out how to do it.”
Jen’s experience is not uncommon: a number of wellness bloggers post testimonials about fish therapy as a way to improve their health, as a form of exercise, or as a fun way to relax.
But many of the people who post testimonial testimonies are unfamiliar with the specific benefits and drawbacks of fish therapy.
“If you’re a regular exerciser, or a runner, or an avid outdoors person, fish therapy can be a really great way to get a boost in energy and vitality,” writes Ashley Kallinen, a certified holistic wellness coach and author of The Natural Health Diet for Everyday Living.
But for some people, fish isn’t just a food.
Jen’s post on Fish Therapy benefits came about when she was searching for ways to boost her energy levels and felt she needed something new.
“My goal with fish therapy was to get back into a fish-free state,” Jen wrote.
Jen didn’t find much that could be used as a substitute for fish.
Her fish bowl was “a nice bonus,” but it didn’t offer any real benefits beyond providing a way for her to feel less stressed.
Jen decided to try something different.
“When I looked for a fish therapy recipe, I just found the recipe for a whitefish soup,” Jen said.
Jen went ahead and created her own whitefish-based fish soup.
“The whitefish broth made for a fantastic, healthy fish soup,” she wrote.
“In fact, I’m not sure I would recommend fish soup at all.”
Jen said the whitefish served with her fish therapy didn’t provide much in the way of added nutrients or protein.
She had a little more protein in it than a typical whitefish would have, but not much.
She was left with a soup that was mostly water, which was a little disappointing, but it wasn’t anything to write home about.
“There was not enough protein in the soup,” her post on the blog noted.
Jen found that her whitefish and whitefish bowl were actually quite similar, so she made a second version of her white, fish-based soup that also included fish.
“You don’t need to do anything special,” Jen explained.
“Just use a bowl full of fresh, fresh fish, and a bowl with fresh, cooked fish, or cooked fish and water.”
Jen added that her second version had a bit more fish, as well as a little bit more water added, so that she could still eat her fish soup without feeling like she was overeating.
She said that her other whitefish bowls helped with energy levels, but her fish bowl still provided enough protein for a healthy meal.
Jen was still not satisfied with her second soup, so Jen went back to her white fish soup, which included some fish but not enough to satisfy her fish craving.
“That was the first time I had a white fish, so I decided to make it a little bigger,” Jen recalled.
“Then I went back and added some white fish to the soup, and it actually turned out really well.
It was a bit lighter, a little richer, and I think that it helped with my mood.”
Jen found the taste of her fish-filled soup to be a bit sweet, but she said that it wasn�t too bad.
Jen told The Huffington Post that she was still interested in trying fish therapy at some point in the future.
“Fish therapy is a great way for people who are looking for something to help with energy, and to get some energy boost, but if you want something more nutritious, it’s great,” Jen noted.
“But if you’re looking for a way into getting some nutrients, then you can’t go wrong with fish.”
Jen shared that her first fish-induced meal was a white shrimp risotto with fresh-cut green onions.
Jen said that she has tried other fish-inspired recipes, but none of them have really impressed her.
“Honestly, I have been looking for fish-related recipes since I was a child,” Jen writes.
“After I started my blog, I started looking for recipes that I could find on the internet.
I found a recipe on the Fish Therapy forum that