Category: Dream Symbols

Dreams about dining / food – what do they mean? (Dream interpretation food)

Food / eating / drinking in dreamsDreams about dining / food – what do they mean?

Many people dream that they eat in dreams. In the real world, food is nutrition to the body, whereas in the world of dreams food is often an image of mental nourishment, strength, care or wisdom/insight. The important thing is the context in which the food is eaten and what type of food it is.

Eating / drinking in dreams as a picture of mental nourishment/care.
I once dreamt that I visited some of my family and I sat with them and they served me a very good and nutritious meal. When I came in this part of the family, I felt good and was happy. There was no doubt about the fact that when I was there, I was in safe hands and felt love and care. The dream was for me very clear in relation to the exact dimension of eating in dreams as an image of “getting/receiving” mental nutrition/care.

In this way, it has also been seen that people who are in a positive mental development, dream that they eat nutritious and tasty meals – or that the situation in which they eat gets better and better.

The situation where there is being eaten.
In addition to this, it is worth noting the conditions you eat in and who you eat with (if any). This may indeed be a strong image of whether or where you are in the dream, gives you good (healthy) psychological terms, and whether they thrive or fail to thrive.

Jung was very interested in the mother’s role (or more accurately, the “archetypal motherly”) in relation to this. There are examples of dreams where someone lives under nutrient-poor conditions in their parents’ home/their childhood home, where one of the parents served a sour carton of milk, etc. In either case, this is a picture of how childhood conditions have not been very good compared to the mental development and lack of care / love.

The type of food and drink.
It may also be worth noting just exactly what it is you drink/eat in your dream. From ancient times, there has been some superstition associated in eating different types of meat, hoping to adapt the animal’s characteristics. This way, what you eat in your dream can be a picture of what you, in your waking life are about to develop to be a part of your own behavior and thinking. Further, it is again interesting if it’s a nutritious or nutrient-poor diet. So it’s important whether it’s “empty calories” or a nutritious (high fiber/protein/vitamin-rich) diet that you eat.

For example, you dream that you are sitting with a friend/girlfriend, and eat a kilo of winegums (empty calories). The night before, you might actually just have visited him/her, and he may have tried to help you in a difficult situation – but you only have marked a very temporary consolation; your conversation has most of all been superficial. Dream interpretation have in other words not had much real (mental) nutrition/support there.

Also read: Why I no longer interpret dreams for free

NOTE: Dreams are 100% individual, and when you dream about food, it’s almost certainly about something else for you than it is for your friend, who also dreamt about food. Dream interpretation / dream analysis is sometimes a difficult art, and a particular interpretation of a dream is only correct if you feel “affected” by it. Therefore, it is not certain that the above mentioned interpretations are relevant to you.