Portland Helmich

Portland Helmich

Portland is the creator, host, and producer of the Kripalu Perspectives podcast series. She's also is the creator, host, and executive producer of What’s the Alternative?, a series of 52 half-hour talk shows about natural and alternative forms of healing the body-mind on Veria Living TV, a natural health channel on DISH, FiOS, and Frontier. For 15 years, Portland’s been investigating natural health and healing as a host, reporter, writer, and producer. She's been an alternative medicine correspondent for Oxygen, a health reporter for The American Consumer on PBS, and was the creator, host, and executive producer of Journeys Into Healing on Wisdom Television. She produced for HealthWeek and Healing Quest on PBS and was a medical producer for WCVB-TV (Boston’s ABC News affiliate). She’s also covered the subject as a freelance writer for Body + Soul, Alternative Medicine, and Spa magazines. Portland currently lives in Boston and produces other natural health programming for Veria Living TV.
Posted on July 8th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

The Inner Work Of Weight Management

Like so many, I’ve spent most of my life battling the same 10 or 15 pounds, losing them with great pride only to gain the weight back again and berate myself for allowing it to happen. Recently, determined to make a change in the way I look and feel, I signed up for a fitness […]

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Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Mindful Eating

About five years ago, I was in Paris for a week to celebrate my birthday. It was one of the happiest times of my life. As I strolled the streets of that breathtakingly beautiful city, it wasn’t just the stunning architecture, the carefully manicured gardens, or the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower that captured […]

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Posted on June 26th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Gaining to Lose: The Additive Approach to Weight Management

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “diet,” what I really hear is “deprivation.” Having been on array of diets over the last 30 years (I started young!), I’m intimately familiar with self-imposed food restrictions that leave me cranky. In fact, I’m on a “diet” as we speak, but what I’m […]

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Posted on June 20th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Medical Insights

Anti-Aging for the Brain

We’re a nation fixated on youth—perhaps because our country isn’t even a quarter of a century old yet. Our anti-aging obsession has morphed into a multibillion dollar industry replete with cosmetics, creams, pills, work-out regimens, injections, and surgical procedures aimed at helping us look as youthful as possible. I’m not immune to the pressure. I […]

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Posted on June 18th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Getting Out of Our Own Way

I recently started working with a life coach. You know, those people who force you to get clear on your values, identify your goals, and then hold you accountable to doing what you need to do to achieve them. While talking to me about my goals, my coach said something that really stopped me in […]

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Posted on June 12th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Turning Self-Judgment into Self-Compassion

Over the last four and a half years, my life has literally turned upside down. After 18 years together, my husband and I sadly parted ways. While I’d lived on the East Coast my entire adult life, it no longer felt right to be there after our split.  And so, a few years after the […]

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Posted on June 10th, 2013 by in Yoga

Imagining Change: The Power of Visualization

Change is a fact of life. Even if we take no steps to improve our lives, we’ll still grow older. Time will march forward. The question is whether we’ll move in a direction that leads somewhere we want to go or somewhere we don’t. So often, we think that if we want to experience this […]

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Posted on June 8th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

De-Sugaring the American Breakfast

I’m a morning person. Always have been. Some people can’t eat anything first thing in the morning, but not me. My stomach’s more than ready for nourishment shortly after awakening, and that’s probably a good thing.  They always say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? It gets the metabolism going and […]

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Posted on June 1st, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Be a Miracle Worker

Even if you believe miracles are hogwash, I doubt you’d say “No, thank you” to winning the lottery, falling in love with your soul mate, being offered your dream job, or finding out from your oncologist that your tumors had spontaneously disappeared. If a miracle showed up, you’d do what anyone would: rejoice. According to […]

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Posted on May 29th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Daily Stress Relief: Shake It Off!

When I was a kid sitting in the backseat of the car as my parents were driving me somewhere or another, I remember getting nervous when we’d cross over a bridge, especially if it was a long bridge suspended high in the air. As soon as the car reached land, I’d involuntarily shiver as if […]

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