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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2013

Organic food as a healthy lifestyle: A phenomenological psychological analysis

Von Essen, Elisabeth; Englander, Magnus


This study explored the phenomenon of the lived experience of choosing a healthy lifestyle based upon an organic diet as seen from the perspective of the young adult. Interviews were collected in Sweden and analyzed using the descriptive phenomenological psychological research method. The results showed the general psychological structure of the phenomenon, comprising four constituents: (1) the lived body as the starting point for life exploration, (2) a narrative self through emotional-relational food memories, (3) a conscious life strategy for well-being and vitality, and (4) a personal set of values in relation to ethical standards. The results provide plausible insights into the intricate relation between psychological meaning and the natural world.


Health psychology; qualitative method; well-being; nature

Published in

International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
2013, volume: 8, article number: 20559

Authors' information

Von Essen, Elisabeth (von Essen, Elisabeth)
Englander, Magnus

Associated SLU-program


Sustainable Development Goals

SDG3 Good health and wellbeing

UKÄ Subject classification

Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Applied Psychology
Nutrition and Dietetics

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