Organic food as a healthy lifestyle: A phenomenological psychological analysis

International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health & Well-Being. 2013;8(0):1-10 DOI 10.3402/qhw.v8i0.20559


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Journal Title: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health & Well-Being

ISSN: 1748-2623 (Print); 1748-2631 (Online)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Medicine (General)

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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MAGNUS Englander


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Abstract | Full Text

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.