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Dr. Janet Brill Nutritionist and Author

Dr. Janet is a nationally recognized expert in the field of health, wellness and cardiovascular disease prevention and is frequently sought after by the media as a trusted source of nutrition and fitness information.

Janet holds master’s degrees in both nutrition and exercise physiology and a doctorate in exercise physiology. She is a registered dietitian and certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Wellcoaches, Inc.

Dr. Janet is the author of two books, Cholesterol Down (2007) and    Prevent a Second Heart Attack   (Feb. 2011) as well as Nutrition Together (2010), a healthy eating and weight loss program available at all Fitness Together personal training studios, worldwide.

Prevent a Second Heart Attack, was inspired by her father's death at a fairly young age (69) from heart disease, and by her husband whose heart attack at age 51, made her look very closely at what could be done to make a difference in his life.

She has been published in noted scientific journals including the International Journal of Sport Nutrition, the International Journal of Obesity, the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine and the ACSM Health & Fitness Journal and published/ quoted in leading lay publications including Shape, Prevention, Men’s Health, First for Women, Woman’s World, Today’s Diet and Nutrition, Health and many, many more.

Dr. Janet is the Director of Nutrition for Fitness Together, Inc., the world’s largest organization of personal trainers. In addition, Dr. Janet has served as a nutrition consultant for leading firms such as American Express and Proctor & Gamble, and has conducted health seminars for Fortune 500 companies such as Goldman Sachs, AMN AMRO, AON Insurance, and Deloitte and Touche.

She is the guest nutrition expert on the national television show The Balancing Act (Lifetime). She has been an adjunct college professor at the University of Miami and Florida International University where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in nutrition, health and fitness for many years.

Dr. Janet “practices what she preaches,” having completed four marathons and countless 5K, 10K and half-marathon charity road races. She also enjoys swimming, winter sports and weight training. A “semi-vegetarian” for over fifteen years (she eats fish) Dr. Brill supports the notion of following mainly a plant-based Mediterranean-style diet for good health and longevity.

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Mid-Summer is Time to Enjoy More Awesome Heart Healthy Allium Veggies!

By Dr. Janet Brill, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, LDN NABBW's Associate for Healthy Heart Lifestyle You know that you should be eating vegetables every day, but did you know that you should try and get in a…By Dr. Janet Brill, …By Dr. Janet Brill, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, LDN NABBW's Associate for Healthy Heart Lifestyle You know that you should be eating vegetables every day, but did you know that you should try and get in allium vegetables on a regular basis? The allium family of veggies include onions, leeks, chives and garlic. What’s so awesome about allium veggies? Allium vegetables house a unique combination of polyphenols and sulfur-containing nutrients that have been shown to decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. They also reduce inflammation and prevent loss of bone …

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Green Bean Casserole: A Classic Thanksgiving Dish — Now You Can Make It Over to Be Low Fat, Low Cholesterol — And Still Delightfully Yummy. Here\’s How!

Green Bean Casserole: A Classic Thanksgiving Dish -- Now You Can Make It Over to Be Low Fat, Low Cholesterol -- And Still Delightfully Yummy. Here\'s How! By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's He…Green Bean Casserole…Green Bean Casserole: A Classic Thanksgiving Dish -- Now You Can Make It Over to Be Low Fat, Low Cholesterol -- And Still Delightfully Yummy. Here\'s How! By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Associate What is one of the most popular Thanksgiving dinner side dishes? Green bean casserole has become a staple at most everyone’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, the traditional version tends to be loaded with bad fat, salt and calories and is often far from a light and healthy dish. Why not lighten up this Thanksgiving classic and save y…

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Bananas and Chocolate: Two Blood-Pressure Lowering Superfoods!!

Bananas and Chocolate: Two Blood-Pressure Lowering Superfoods That Are a Healthy, Indulgent Prescription For You and Your Family!! Plus Brill Offers a Healthy Cake Recipe By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D.,…Bananas and Chocolat…Bananas and Chocolate: Two Blood-Pressure Lowering Superfoods That Are a Healthy, Indulgent Prescription For You and Your Family!! Plus Brill Offers a Healthy Cake Recipe By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Associate   Half of all American women over the age of 45 have high blood pressure. Considering that high blood pressure is a dangerous condition—a treacherous and silent killer that wreaks havoc on your arteries, predisposing you to stroke, a heart attack, kidney failure and blindness—it would behoove all of us to get those millimeters of mercury…

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SALT! A Recipe to Help Lower Your Intake In Order To Reduce Blood Pressure And Prevent Heart Disease

SALT! A Recipe to Help Lower Your Intake In Order to Reduce Blood Pressure And Prevent Heart Disease By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Associate   Recently I …SALT! A Recipe to He…SALT! A Recipe to Help Lower Your Intake In Order to Reduce Blood Pressure And Prevent Heart Disease By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Associate   Recently I posted an article here on some new recommendations for our salt intake, "The New Salt Message: A Smoking Gun." In it, I dealt with a somewhat controversial newly published recommendation on the dietary intake of salt. More importantly, I outlined why I continue to believe it is so crucial for all of us to reduce our salt intake in order to lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease. It'…

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Blood Pressure Lowering Medicine Chest: Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Blood Pressure Lowering Medicine Chest: Your Local Farmer’s Market! By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Spring is in the air, the flowers are blo…Blood Pressure Lower…Blood Pressure Lowering Medicine Chest: Your Local Farmer’s Market! By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the grass is getting green, green, green… all signs that summer is right around the corner. The warm weather is also a signal that the cornucopia of locally grown fruits and vegetables is also just around the corner at the nearest farmer’s market. Why favor farmers\' markets over the grocery store? There are several main reasons: The food is fresh…

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The New Salt Message: A Smoking Gun

The New Salt Message: A Smoking Gun By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Associate (Originally published in HealthNewsDigest.com, this article as published here …The New Salt Message…The New Salt Message: A Smoking Gun By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Associate (Originally published in HealthNewsDigest.com, this article as published here was updated May 15, 2019 to correct hyperlinks which had evolved) - A recent expert committee report from the esteemed Institute of Medicine (Note: IOM is now a part of the Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) claimed that there was no reason for anyone to keep their sodium intake below 2,300 milligrams a day. These new recommendations, which h…

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The Perfect Vinaigrette

The Perfect Vinaigrette By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Why is it that when you eat out, the salad dressing tastes so much better? It’s all in the prop…The Perfect Vinaigre…The Perfect Vinaigrette By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Why is it that when you eat out, the salad dressing tastes so much better? It’s all in the proportions and ingredients… Start with a good extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to ensure that the oil base is comprised of the healthiest oil there is. Olive oil, called “liquid gold” by Homer, is the main fat used in Mediterranean diets—the pattern of eating proven to decrease the risk of such diseases and disorders as heart attacks, stroke, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. EVOO cont…

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Fresh Veggie Pita Pocket Sandwich

Fresh Veggie Pita Pocket Sandwich (With Hummus — The Perfect Sandwich Filler To Jazz Up Those Veggies) By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert It’s Monday a…Fresh Veggie Pita Po…Fresh Veggie Pita Pocket Sandwich (With Hummus — The Perfect Sandwich Filler To Jazz Up Those Veggies) By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert It’s Monday and you plan on participating in the National movement to go meatless on Mondays. (Meatless Monday is an international campaign—started by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health—that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet.) You’re short on time, need a quick and tasty vegetarian sandwich filler—so you reach for the prepar…

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Salsa – The Perfect Nutrition Choice

Salsa – The Perfect Nutrition Choice By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Celebrate the beauty of the season by eating from Mother Nature’s glorious pal…Salsa – The Perfec…Salsa – The Perfect Nutrition Choice By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Celebrate the beauty of the season by eating from Mother Nature’s glorious palette of fruit colors. Salsa is always a perfect nutrition choice for seasoning anything and everything … light, healthy and packed with disease-fighting plant chemicals called polyphenols — this is one condiment that should be a staple in your heart-healthy eating regimen. Grilled Grouper with Fruit Salsa Yield: 4 servings (serving size: one grouper filet with ~ 1 cup salsa) 2 ripe mangoes…

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LOVE YOUR HEART!

LOVE YOUR HEART! 6 TIPS FOR PREVENTING HEART DISEASE By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert 1. Work with your doctor to learn your personal risk factors. 2…LOVE YOUR HEART! 6 …LOVE YOUR HEART! 6 TIPS FOR PREVENTING HEART DISEASE By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert 1. Work with your doctor to learn your personal risk factors. 2. Take action to lower your "modifiable" risk factors: Lose weight if you are overweight (especially if you carry excess weight around the middle); Control your blood pressure if it\'s too high; and stop smoking if you\'re currently a smoker. 3. Eat a heart-healthy diet: Cut back on sodium intake and try and keep it to under 2400 mg/day (the amount of sodium in one teaspoon of salt). 4. Follow a…

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BEYOND WEIGHT WATCHERS: Does Weight Watchers Help You Prevent A Heart Attack?

BEYOND WEIGHT WATCHERS: Does Weight Watchers Help You Prevent A Heart Attack? By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Weight Watchers (WW) has got to be do…BEYOND WEIGHT WATCHE…BEYOND WEIGHT WATCHERS: Does Weight Watchers Help You Prevent A Heart Attack? By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Weight Watchers (WW) has got to be doing something right. WW, now Weight Watchers International Inc., is the world\'s largest and most successful commercial weight loss program. It all began in 1961, when an overweight housewife named Jean Nidetch, living in Queens New York, organized small group meetings with her overweight friends to provide each other with mutual support and to, well, discuss weight loss. In 1963, Weight Watchers …

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For Weight Control, There\’s Only One Formula

For Weight Control, There\'s Only One Formula By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert South Beach to Sonoma, eat every 3 hours or exercise for just 8 minut…For Weight Control, …For Weight Control, There\'s Only One Formula By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert South Beach to Sonoma, eat every 3 hours or exercise for just 8 minutes: what\'s the best advice for a lifetime of weight control? You can\'t fit into your favorite pair of jeans and stepping on the scale is simply out of the question for fear of the psychological ramifications. It\'s time to take control of the situation and lose weight. Should you run to Barnes and Nobles to buy the latest diet book to solve your never-ending battle of the bulge? Before I answ…

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CHOLESTEROL DOWN: YOU CAN DO IT!

Eat from the Fountain of Youth: 5 Food Groups that Keep You Young By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Cardiovascular disease, primarily heart attacks a…Eat from the Fountai…Eat from the Fountain of Youth: 5 Food Groups that Keep You Young By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Cardiovascular disease, primarily heart attacks and stroke, is the #1 killer of American men and women and continues to occur in epidemic proportions, dwarfing all other causes of death including all types of cancer and diabetes). Here is an easy way to take charge of your heart health. Simply adding in 9 foods and a short walk to your day can significantly and quickly lower your "bad" LDL cholesterol level and decrease your risk of developing h…

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Eat from the Fountain of Youth: 5 Food Groups that Keep You Young

Eat from the Fountain of Youth: 5 Food Groups that Keep You Young By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert What is the secret of staying youthful and aging …Eat from the Fountai…Eat from the Fountain of Youth: 5 Food Groups that Keep You Young By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert What is the secret of staying youthful and aging well? How can we best fight off the toll time takes on our bodies? What many people don’t realize in their quest for eternal youth is that the secret to staving off Father Time lies not so much in that shot of botox, bottle of supplements or on the plastic surgeon’s table but is much more dependent on what is being routinely served on your dinner plate. The most important step that you can…

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Red Yeast Rice: Not Your Best Bet for a Natural Statin Alternative

Red Yeast Rice: Not Your Best Bet for a Natural Statin Alternative By Janet Bond Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Red yeast rice, or red yeast, is a substance pro…Red Yeast Rice: Not …Red Yeast Rice: Not Your Best Bet for a Natural Statin Alternative By Janet Bond Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW's Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Red yeast rice, or red yeast, is a substance produced naturally during the fermentation of the yeast Monascus purpureus by certain fungi that grow on rice. The medicinal use of red yeast rice dates back to a.d. 800, during the Tang dynasty in China, when red yeast rice was ingested primarily as a remedy for digestive ills. Present-day use of red yeast rice continues in Asia as both a culinary staple and for its healing properties. T…

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