What Do Your Dreams About Food Really Mean?

Because sometimes a donut is just a donut, and sometimes it means you are not yet completely whole

If you're not ready for the work that the recommended exercises above may involve, check out the more eyebrow-raising interpretations of iconic and interesting foods adapted from the online dream dictionary, Dream Moods.

Abalone: A symbol of transition. Perhaps also a play on words indicating "loneliness."

Alcohol: Dreams of enjoying alcohol in moderation denotes contentment and satisfaction. Also, perhaps a metaphor for "spirits" and the need for spiritual enrichment. To dream you are consuming alcohol in excess signifies feelings of inadequacy, worries, regrets, and fear of being discovered for your true self. You are using alcohol to escape, or as an excuse. Alternatively, the dream may be reflective of waking issues and alcoholism.

Bacon: Bacon symbolizes essentials and staples. It may be a play on the phrase "bringing home the bacon." Dreams of rancid bacon may suggest a forbidden situation.

Bagel: To see or eat a bagel suggests life is missing key elements — you are not whole. Alternatively, it refers to sexual urges.

Barbecue: Barbecue refers to a minor issue or transformation occurring in your waking life. To dream you are barbecuing symbolizes togetherness, relaxation, and ease.

Bartender: To dream you're a bartender suggests wanting to escape the demands of daily life. It also may be a pun indicating you are creating a barrier.

Butter: A symbol suggesting a search for gratification. You need to indulge in life's pleasure.  

Ham: To dream you are eating ham indicates a need to preserve energy. To see a ham indicates you are experiencing emotional difficulties. It may also be metaphor to suggest desire for attention.

Lemons: To see a lemon in a dream indicates something of inferior quality. To eat or suck a lemon refers to a need to cleanse or heal. To see shriveled lemons foretells a bitter separation/divorce for you and your lover, or spouse.

Sandwich: To see a sandwich suggests pressure being put on you. It also reflects your ability to do two things at once. Eating a fish sandwich indicates conflict between spirituality and practicality.

Muffins: Baking muffins denotes being a hard worker. Dreams of eating them signifies a taste for exquisite and expensive things. 

Oysters: Dreams of eating oysters signify you will lose your senses and morality to pursue low pleasures and indulgences. Oysters can symbolizes beauty, humility, wealth, wisdom, and a laid-back atmosphere. This symbol may also indicate the shutting out of others. Alternatively, the dream may be saying, "the world is your oyster." To see oyster shells signifies you will be frustrated in your attempt to secure the fortune of another.

Pickle: To see a pickle signifies anxiety, fear, or realization that you will be in trouble. Alternatively, it may be a priapic symbol.

Pineapple: To see a pineapple represents self-confidence, ambition, and success. You are self-assured. Alternatively, the pineapples symbolize hospitality. It could mean you need to relax or take a vacation. To eat a pineapple, indicates sexual problems and issues of losing control.

Pizza: To see or eat pizza represents abundance, choices, and variety. It may also indicate you are lacking or feeling deprived.

Pork: A symbol denoting desire for normalcy and routine. It could also be a pun on overspending.

Potato Chip: A symbol of overindulgent behavior.

Pretzel: To see a pretzel symbolizes devotion and life's rewards — embracing life and extending yourself to help others. Alternatively, it may indicate preoccupation with a complex issue.

Salt: To see or taste salt represents a new found flare in waking life, an experience of increased worth and a higher sense of vigor. Alternatively, salt symbolizes dependability, truth, and dedication. Consider the phrase "throwing salt on an open wound;" the dream may allude to a painful memory. Dreams about salting meat symbolize longevity, or wanting to keep something. A dream about throwing salt over your shoulder represents protection or luck.

Watermelon: To see a watermelon represents love, desire, lust, and fiery passion. Pregnant women or women on the verge of a menstrual cycle often dream of fruits like watermelons.

Whiskey: To see whiskey in bottles symbolizes alertness, carefulness, and a protective nature. To dream you are drinking whiskey alone signifies selfishness at the cost of losing friends.

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This article was originally published as How to Interpret Food Dreams (2/23/2011).