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Salutogenic lives: unravelling the stories behind healthy ea

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Leah Rosen

on 24 February 2015

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Transcript of Salutogenic lives: unravelling the stories behind healthy ea

Research question
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Salutogenic lives: unravelling the stories behind healthy eating
The beginning
Research question
Which elements of narrative inquiry can be extracted to develop and apply a qualitative research instrument which encourages the retrieval and evocation of salutogenic food stories from participants?
Literature review
Healthy eaters between the ages of 36-54
1) Life experiences
2) Food practices
Looking at health from a different perspective
Literature review
Past health/food research with narrative inquiry
Looking into creative tools and methods to see what links best to the salutogenic perspective
Get inspired from methodologies to develop our own
Using the salutogenic framework to guide the research process
How to overcome the difficulty of getting life stories
Interview process
Two meetings between researcher and participants
Open interview with a conversational base
Eleven women
Long in depth interview of 45 minutes to 1:30 hours
positive memories*/experiences linked to food
stable growing up environment*
Restrained yet flexible
Habitual homemade food tastes
Social practices around food
Explorative and experimental food practices/equating healthy with tasty
Findings (cont.)
3) Relation to self
Ability to stabilize later in life/build positive memories
1. Importance of building positive food memories and tastes
2. Going beyond nutritional aspect in interventions
family warmth; not only about healthy food
building positive associations with food
3. Not only about food but about happiness and stability
Foresight and mindfulness
Determination and self-efficacy
Self-reliance and self-belief
Inducing a lifestyle change is also by changing outlook on food - social food, savory food
4) Important life course events
Leaving home
Meeting supportive partner
Interview activities
1) Timeline
2) Food box
Understanding higher purpose of food for health
Health issues/scare
not a restrictive approach focusing solely strict dietary measures
multidisciplinary action to improve health
collaborative cooking in a positive way
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