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Eating well and cooking healthfully in the later years

Finding the right recipe

Jane Olszewski loves food. An avid cook, she’s always on the lookout for great recipes, and will happily share her secret for a perfect grilled salmon. For a while, she managed a store that sold gourmet foods and cookware. Her North End neighborhood is her playground, chock full of treats. But Olszewski, 69, can’t indulge in cheesy risotto or her old favorite, veal chops. For two decades, she’s been fighting a blood-lipids disorder for which she takes four medications. And last Christmas she had a heart attack and needed a triple bypass.

It’s bad genes, Olszewski says — her father died at 54, and her mother also had heart trouble. So since she retired, in 2008, she has been fierce about her diet: no white sugar, minimal salt and fat, fish and beans for protein, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Plus she walks 2 miles a day.

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