|Piggy always dreams of food. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
My dream Saturday February 9, 2013:
I am at the home of Cathy, my first wife. Her sick father is somewhere in the house. Her sister has become mentally ill and she too is somewhere in the house. There are people present whom I know in the context of the dream but not in real life. At one point food is delivered from an Italian restaurant. I'm either unhappy because of what I ordered or because my food wasn't delivered with the other meals. Cathy and this other guy are sitting at a 6 ft folding table with large plates of spaghetti with large tasty-looking meatballs. I wish I had some.
Later I am traveling and stop at a gas station. I go inside where there is a take out Chinese food place. The food looks very good and I ponder what I want to eat.
When I awake I am very hungry.
It's common for me to dream about food if I am hungry while asleep. The food I dream about will be very savory looking which tends to whet my appetite even more. If I am hungry while asleep, my mind will conjure up foods that I enjoy in real life. The dishes entice me, but I seem to never be able to eat in the dreams which makes sense to me.
However, in cases where I might be sick or not particularly hungry and I dream about food, the food that I dream about will be uninviting. It may have an unsavory appearance as though it is unsanitary with strange unclean ingredients. Or the food may have been dropped on the floor or prepared in dirty food vessels. There have also been cases where the food was some sort of insect or animal product that might be still moving or dead still, but in either case very uninviting as a food product. There have been a couple dreams where the food looked good at first glance but on closer examination turned out to be something very disgusting like feces.
There's nothing difficult about the first scenario. If I'm hungry I'll dream about good food in the anticipation of being able to eat upon awakening. The second scenario is a bit more difficult. Perhaps my physical state finds food repulsive and the dream is reflecting that. It could also be that something I'd eaten prior to the sleep did not sit well with me and caused bad food dreams. In some cases the food might symbolize something in my daily life that I am afraid of or not happy with.
Have you had any particular food dreams that you can remember? Have your food dream experiences been similar to what I've described here? What else do you suppose food in dreams could symbolize other than food?