Dreams of eating can either be very pleasant and enjoyable or they can be so unsettling that they’re bordering on nightmares. As you’d expect, this disparity also indicates lots of widely differing meanings and possible interpretations.
Finding the right explanation isn’t a matter of guesswork, however. Or, at least, it shouldn’t be. Instead, by looking at the details of your dream and the context of your waking life, you should be able to relatively easily pinpoint its exact meaning. To help you out with that, here are the 11 most probable explanations of a dream about eating.
What does a dream about eating mean?
A dream about eating can mean lots of different things, including some that are so niche and specific that we might not have added them to the list below. Hopefully, however, with a bit of self-reflection, the suggestions and scenarios below will at least help point you in the right thought direction.
1. You’ve been depriving yourself of certain foods
The first explanation – and one of the most obvious ones – is that you’ve been avoiding certain foods in your waking life and your subconsciousness is missing their taste. This dream is incredibly popular in both pregnant women and other people who’ve just gone on an overly restrictive diet.
The fact that you’re dreaming that one or a few foods you’re missing doesn’t mean that you should break your diet, of course – it just shows how much your subconscious mind is missing those foods.
2. There is something else in your life that you feel you’re lacking
You should also keep in mind that the specific kind of food you’re dreaming about may just be a metaphor for something entirely different and not food-related. What that is will be up to you to decipher – it could be a common cultural metaphor of something or just something you personally associate with that food.
3. You miss a certain communal or other element associated with eating
A prime example of the above that’s so common it’s worth its own separate mention, is communal or family events your subconscious mind associates with that particular food. The most obvious foods here would be pumpkins and candy for Halloween, turkey for Thanksgiving, and so on.
This can sometimes mean that you’re having that particular holiday or even on your mind but it can also mean that you’ve been thinking about a specific family member you associate with it – your grandma that organizes it, your uncle you always quarrel with on it, certain guests that always visit, and so on.
In that sense, a dream of this type can be either good or bad news, depending on the particular event and person, as well as the tone of the dream.
4. You are actually missing a particular place or an event from your past that you associate with a specific food
Another common example is dreams of food that are manifested out of our association of the food with a specific place. For example, maybe you associate eating squid with your trip to Greece years ago. Or, you associate eating lobster with Red Lobster.
Or, to get away from the seafood theme – you associate eating toast with your grandma when you were a kid. Or, maybe, you’re dreaming of the junk food you used to eat at work before you were fired or left cause you were denied that promotion.
The logic here should be clear – a dream about eating a specific kind of food can be our subconscious pointing toward past joys or a specific disappointment, toward wanting to return somewhere or regrets that you ever were there in the first place.
5. You are insecure about your weight and health
There is also the type of dream about eating that shows us doing more than that and outright overeating in an extreme way.
As you’d expect, if you ever dream of yourself doing that, it likely points toward your worries about health issues, your regret over your eating habits and the setback they present for your lifestyle, your fears that the fast food you eat will lead to some kind of illness or sickness, and that dealing with such health problems will be a nigh-impossible task for you in the near future.
Such harm to your health is, of course, very possible as overeating has lots of negative effects on our health. It should be mentioned, however, that merely having such a dream and such fears don’t indicate that you have a problem with overeating – you may just be worried about it. After all, people with anorexia are also constantly worried that they are eating too much.
6. You’ve been thinking of trying something new
On to more joyous interpretations, it’s quite common that a dream about eating a special new food you haven’t tried before means you’ve been feeling more adventurous as of late. So, it may simply be that you’re feeling a light tug in your soul to look for different things, try some interesting hobbies, maybe travel a bit, and other such new things you haven’t tried before.
This type of dream is usually easy to recognize by the tone of joyous anxiety it often comes with, as well as the fact that the food in the dream is usually something exceptionally bizarre. For some people, it’s a famous exotic dish they haven’t tried before, for others it’s some kind of impossible dish that doesn’t really exist in the real world.
Dreams of eating locusts are also very common and they also fall in this category as locusts are indeed considered food in some places around the globe. As disturbing as some people tend to find such a dream, its interpretation is usually the same – your subconscious mind is pushing you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new.
7. You feel like celebrating!
Of all the different food dreams, a dream of cake is probably the most obvious to interpret. It quite simply means that you feel like celebrating something, whether that’s a promotion, a relationship anniversary, or simply your birthday.
There is the other side of this coin, however – dreams of cakes and celebrations that have somber tones. Such dreams typically indicate anxiety or even fears we have with certain typically celebratory events such as some people’s view of a birthday party as a depressing event as it brings us closer to the end of our lives.
8. You’re afraid of being betrayed
And then there is the dream of food that ends with you getting hurt because the food has been poisoned. This dream clearly indicates that you’re afraid of getting betrayed in your real life.
We can’t know what are the exact circumstances in your waking life, of course, but the poison in your dream food is usually just a metaphor for your fears and not an actual prophecy that someone is trying to harm you.
9. You’ve been feeling lonely
Eating alone in a dream is usually quite depressing and it does speak of some loneliness and even depression issues in your waking life. This is especially the case if you’re dreaming of eating tasteless food alone.
Fixing such real-life issues is obviously often difficult and you likely were aware of them even before the dream but that should serve as an important extra warning that something in your life needs to change.
10. You’re wanting or expecting more prosperity in your life
The meaning of your dream of eating delicacies is often easy to read – you’re dreaming of abundance, prosperity, and wealth. Such a dream can be seen as a good luck omen but it may simply be wishful thinking as well. As far as we can tell, such an “eating dream” will also simply indicate your celebratory mood after a promotion or another big success in your real life.
11. Maybe you’re just hungry?
We left the most obvious interpretation for last – if you’re dreaming of food, it may just be that you’re sleeping on an empty stomach. We all need nutrition, after all, so, it often isn’t necessary to look for spiritual meaning when the explanation is actually quite literal and physical.
This dream is very common both in people who are chronically starving and deprived of nourishment and in those who usually eat well but have had to go to bed hungry in this particular instance.
A dream about eating can be either a good sign or a bad sign about the goings on in your personal life. Therefore, these kinds of dreams need to be read very carefully.
Keeping dream journals, doing detailed introspection, and not jumping to conclusions too fast are all crucial steps of the process. Do these right, and you’ll likely find one or a couple of the 11 explanations above to be accurate in your case.