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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

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

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    Sustainable Development Goals

    SDG3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

    UKÄ Subject classification

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

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