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What Do Your Dreams About Food Really Mean?

What Do Your Dreams About Food Really Mean?

You wake from restless sleep in a cold sweat. What were you dreaming? A large rolling object was chasing you, a boulder, and you were wearing a fedora... no, that's Raiders, concentrate. It was... you've got it! A giant bagel chasing you through a saffron field! Then you turned into a bartender serving yourself butter and a finger of whiskey. A food dream. But does it all mean?

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According to dream dictionaries, you might be avoiding a deceitful lover and escaping life's demands by indulging in its pleasures — at the peril of losing friends.

"You can interpret a dream forever," noted Ryan Hurd, who runs Dream Studies, a blog that blends dream education and consciousness studies. "But sometimes they are merely expressing the body's desires and feelings through the emotional/visual/long-term-memory-enhanced way of knowing we call dreaming."

Looking through online dream dictionaries, you see what Mr. Hurd means. One notes that seeing asparagus in a dream can be a symbol of prosperity, but that eating it may indicate your actions will result in an unpleasant outcome (yeah, a bad smell). So which is it?

Then there's the intersection of food and sex. Apples, bananas, figs, mangos, nuts, pineapples, pomegranate, and strawberries are all said to represent sex or sexual desires in some form.

According to Dr. Vernoica Tonay, a licensed psychologist and author of three books about dreams, "Dream dictionaries are basically useless as they are written by people who think something like, 'Hmm... dreaming of a hamburger, well, that must mean the dreamer is wanting some meat in life. That is, they just make up the interpretations from thin air."

So how to make sense of food in dreams? According to Dr. Tonay, if dreaming consists of a metaphorical language, and food is the nurturing sustenance, the dreams with food often reflect ways we nurture ourselves, and how well.So how to make sense of food in dreams? According to Dr. Tonay, if dreaming consists of a metaphorical language, and food is the nurturing sustenance, the dreams with food often reflect ways we nurture ourselves, and how well.

"Ideally, when you dream about food, you dream about eating things that are good for you, that actually do provide nutrients and sustenance and energy," Dr. Tonay explained. "But if you dream about pastries, desserts, and so on, that may indicate you are attempting to nurture yourself with unhealthy, but briefly satisfying, 'food' (which may represent actual food, people, situations, or activities)."

"On the other hand, if in dreams you feel deprived of or tempted by a certain food, you may actually need the specific kind of "nurturance" that food represents. For example, you love donuts, and dream while you're eating a salad, that you long for a donut. Beyond the obvious wish-fulfillment motive of the dream ('I would love to eat a donut!'), consider that what you really need is what donuts represent to you."

Dr. Tonay suggests an exercise to reveal that meaning. Write the word "donut" in the center of a piece of paper, imagine the donut, then write the first thing to come to mind. Do this until you've exhausted all associations. They will reveal what a donut means to you.

For instance, you may have had a memory of eating your very first donut (from one of your most favorite donut places in the world) at a birthday party, which suggests you may need to experience feeling celebrated, or whatever you felt then. "Then think of a way you can give yourself wonder or celebration without eating a donut, and do that for yourself," noted Dr. Tonay, "This technique helps reduce cravings for specific foods while awake, too!"

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. From abalone to watermelons, you may be surprised what you'll discover.


What Your Sex Dreams Really Mean

Decode what those steamy scenes you're dreaming about are trying to tell you.

Ever wake up in the morning wondering how things got so risqué during your dreaming hours? "Just because you're not awake doesn't mean your libido is taking a rest," says Susan Block, PhD, a Los Angeles-based sexologist and founder of the Dr. Susan Block Institute for the Erotic Arts and Sciences. "Sex dreams are a way for your subconscious to unpack everything that's affecting your life, and often, dreams about sex aren't literal. Instead, they could symbolize problems, desires, and hopes in all facets of your life."

Paying attention to your sex dreams over time can be a powerful way to get what you want out of your life, says Lauri Loewenberg, dream expert and author of Dream On It: Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life. "Writing your dreams down each morning and looking at your journals for patterns over time can help you see what your subconscious is trying to tell you."


2. Adrenaline

Yep, it’s true: a man rescuing you from a dragon is more likely to fall in love with you than a man who isn’t rescuing you from a dragon. Why? Adrenaline makes us fall in love quicker—or so studies say.

It might also have something to do with the bonding you do in different experiences. Having dinner with someone is a lot less engaging than going zip lining with someone (on one of those obstacle tracks in the woods or similar), where you get to chat with them, help them and together feel the fear and thrill of getting through each obstacle.

It also makes sense that you fall in love faster as you are in a heightened emotional state when you are in a fearful or exciting situation. Compare the exhilaration of skiing down the alps and then cuddling up with hot chocolate afterwards, when your senses are still tingling, to having a drink at your local bar.

Also, experiencing new things will make you feel alive—only too often do we stop experiencing life and go on autopilot with our routines. When you have great experiences with someone, you associate them with the experience. If you want to make a great impression on someone, make sure you create great experiences with them.


How to incorporate sustainable food into your diet:

Purchase from local farmers who are implementing sustainable agriculture practices. If you have access, utilizing local farmers' markets or CSAs and purchasing organic produce directly from the source not only ensures you have great food to cook with, but it also provides financial support to the farmers that are taking the steps to benefit the environment.

Even if you can't access a farmer directly, shopping for seasonal crops in your local grocery store ensures less distance for produce to travel and a lower carbon footprint. Many grocery stores note when the fruits and vegetables they are selling are from local producers, so keep an eye out or ask your grocery store manager.

Something to consider: Local and fresh produce isn't accessible to everyone in the United States. Shopping for seasonal fruits and vegetables can only make a difference if consumers have access, but according to the USDA, 2.3 million people in the US live more than a mile from a grocery store. If you're interested in learning about expanding accessibility, check out The Food Empowerment Project's resource pages and reach out to your state representatives to urge them to take political action and making policy changes. The greater the reach of sustainable food, the greater the impact on our environment.


What Do Your Dreams About Food Really Mean? - Recipes

Food for thought? Dreaming about food refers to thoughts, ideas and beliefs. They are trying to convey an idea that you need to take in and digest mentally.

To see or eat almonds in your dream represents success and richness.

To see an almond tree in your dream signifies happiness. Wedded bliss is also in your near future. TOP

To see apples growing in a tree in your dream symbolize knowledge, wisdom and great prosperity. Rewards are on the horizon for you. Consider also the common phrase, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" which may imply that you need to take better care of your health. Perhaps you need to go to the doctor. Or the dream may also be a metaphor for an apple computer.

To dream that you are eating an apple denotes harmony, pleasure, and fertility. In a biblical sense, eating an apple symbolizes your sexual appetite, lustful desires, and sexual awareness as associated with the apple in the Garden of Eden.

To see green apples, represents developing love or love that has yet to blossom.

To see rotten or eaten apples in your dream, denotes that what you are striving and aiming for may not be fulfilling, and even harmful to you. It may also represent your carelessness. TOP

To see apricots in your dream indicate that something is not what it seems. Perhaps you are in denial about something.

To dream that you are eating an apricot forewarns of approaching misfortune. If others are eating apricots, then it suggest that you will be surrounded by unpleasantness. TOP

To see asparagus in your dream, denotes prosperous times. TOP

To see bacon in your dream symbolizes essentials, staples, and life's supply. It may also be a play on the common phase "being home the bacon" to refer to earning a living.

To see bacon that has gone rancid in your dream, suggests a forbidden situation. TOP

To see bananas in your dream, may be a metaphor for repressed sexual urges and desires.

To dream that you are eating bananas, indicate that your hard work will be met with little rewards or gains.

To see banana peels in your dream implies that you need to be careful about slipping up and making a mistake. If the banana peels are rotting, then it represents some irreversible mistake. TOP

To see a birthday cake in your dream indicates that the best of your wishes will be realized. It also represents your willingness to let people in and share your life with others. TOP

To see blueberries in your dream represents your youth and the desire to recapture aspects of your youth. It is a symbol of eternity and optimism of the future. Alternatively, it may depict your depressed mood and sadden state of mind. TOP

To eat bologna in your dream, indicates financial insecurities. Alternatively, the dream may be a pun on something that is phony or nonsense. TOP

To dream about breakfast, indicates the start of a new project or the beginning of a new stage in your life. Alternatively, your mind may already be thinking ahead on what to make for breakfast in the morning. It is not uncommon for your fleeting thoughts to be incorporated into your dream. TOP

To see bread in your dream represents the basic needs of life. Bread may signify the positive qualities and great things you have learned on your journey of life. Alternatively, it suggests that you need to rise above the situation or rise for the occasion. TOP

To see or taste butter in your dream, suggests that you are looking to be gratified in some area of your life. You need to indulge yourself in life's pleasure. TOP

To see a garden of cabbage, forewarns of getting yourself into poor and negative real estate deals. Purchasing property at this time will give you more trouble than it is worth.

To dream of eating cabbage, foretells of quarrels with family members.

To dream that you are cooking cabbage, forewarns of dental problems. TOP

To see a cake in your dream indicates that you need to learn to share and allocate your workload instead of trying to do everything yourself. Cakes also symbolize selfishness or the feeling of not getting your fair share. More positively, the dream may represent your accomplishments and achievements. Consider also the metaphor a "piece of cake" or some situation that is easy.

To see a partially eaten cake in your dream signifies missed and lost opportunities.

To dream that you are buying a cake, suggests that you have accepted the rewards and recognition your are getting for our work. You are learning to be comfortable in the spotlight. TOP

To see or eat candy in your dream symbolizes the joys and special treats in life. It also represents indulgence, sensuality and/or forbidden pleasure. TOP

To see a carrot in your dream signifies abundance. It may also symbolize a lure as in the pun "dangle a carrot". TOP

To see cheese in your dream symbolizes gains and profits. Alternatively, the dream may be a metaphor for something that is "cheesy" or lame. Or it could be saying that you need to smile more. TOP

To see cherries in your dream, symbolize honesty and truthfulness or sweetness and good fortune. Alternatively, the dream may be telling you that "life is like a bowl of cherries". In other words, don't take life so seriously take it easy. TOP

To see chocolate in your dream signifies love, celebration and self-reward. It also denotes that you may be indulging in too many excesses and need to practice some restraint. TOP

To see a coconut in your dream foretells that you will receive an unexpected gift of money. TOP

To dream that you are eating, giving, receiving, or stealing cookies indicate that you are letting trivial matters and minor problems annoy you.

To dream that you are baking cookies signify feelings of optimism and increases. You may also experience a rise in status. If you dream that a freshly baked batch of cookies is out of reach, then it implies that someone else is trying to reap your rewards. In other words, someone is trying to take credit for your hard work. If you are able to get the cookies back, then it means that you are aware of your surroundings and of the people around you. You are regaining control.

To see or eat chocolate chip cookies symbolizes your guilty indulgences. If you are baking chocolate chip cookies, then it represents your connection to someone in an intimate and emotional way.

To dream that you are eating an oatmeal cookie suggests that it is okay to indulge once in a while. TOP

To see corn in your dream signifies abundance, growth and fertility. Also consider the pun that something is "corny". TOP

To see a tasty dessert in your dream represents indulgence, celebration, reward, or temptation. You are enjoying the good things in life. TOP

To see or eat eggs in your dream, symbolize fertility, birth and your creative potential. Something new is about to happen. If the eggs are scrambled, then the dream represents your commitment on a set coarse. It may also mean that you need to accept the consequences of your actions.

To find a nest filled with eggs in your dream signifies some financial gain the more abundant and bigger the eggs, the more significant the gain.

To see cracked or broken eggs in your dream represents feelings of vulnerability or a fragile state in your life. Consider the phrase, walking on eggshells. Alternatively, you may be breaking out of your shell and are comfortable with who you are.

To see bright colored eggs in your dream symbolizes celebration of a happy event.

To dream of rotten eggs, signify loss. You may have allowed some situation to take a turn for the worse. Alternatively, the dream is telling you that something may look fine on the outside, but as you delve deeper, you find that it is not what it appears to be. Perhaps something is too good to be true.

To see fish eggs in your dream represents an idea that has emerged from your unconscious. TOP

To see or eat figs in your dream, represent a positive turn of events. Figs are also often associated with sex, conception and eroticism. TOP

To see filbert nuts in your dream signifies peace, harmony, and profitable business ventures.

To dream that you are eating filbert nuts, true and dependant friends. TOP

To dream that you are eating fish symbolizes your beliefs, spirituality, luck, energy and nourishment. It is food for the soul.

To dream of cooking fish indicates that you are incorporating your new realizations with your spiritual feelings and knowledge.

To dream that you are cleaning fish suggests that you are altering your emotional expression in a way that will be presentable to others. You are censoring yourself and not expressing how you completely feel.

To see fish bones in your dream refers to old insights, thoughts or views that have already been brought to light. You have processed these ideas and gained knowledge from it. TOP

To see flour in your dream symbolizes a frugal but happy way of life. It also indicates hard work. This dream symbol may also be a pun on "flower". TOP

To see food in your dream represents physical and emotional nourishment and energies. The different types of food can symbolize a wide range of things. Generally, fruit is symbolic of sensuality, meat represents animalistic desires, and vegetables pertain to healthy pursuits. Frozen foods may refer to your cold emotions and frigid ways. Eating certain foods also refer to qualities that you need to incorporate within your own self.

To dream that you are eating specific cuisines depends on your personal associations with it. Chinese, Italian, or Mexican food may be a go-to comfort food for you, while it may be a reminder of your home life or of mom's cooking other others. If you dream of eating a comfort food, then it indicates that you are looking for comfort in the wrong places.

To dream that you are hording or storing food, indicates a fear of deprivation. You do not trust what you already have.

To see or eat stale food in your dream, suggests that you are feeling sluggish and emotionally drained. You need to be invigorated and revitalized. To eat bad-tasting food, indicates some sourness or resentment in your emotional state of mind. TOP

To see fruit in your dream signifies growth, abundance and financial gain. They also symbolize lust and sexuality. In particular, green fruit in your dream, denotes your hastiness and disappointed efforts. You need to work harder and longer in order to achieve your goals. If the fruits are ripe, then it represents fertility and conception. You desire a child or you are ready to have a child.

To see or eat rotting/bitter fruit, represents your missed opportunities for growth and pleasure. Alternatively, it indicates a situation or relationship that ended prematurely. You are expressing some regret.

To dream that you buy or sell fruit, indicates that your efforts are being wasted in a fruitless endeavor.

* See Dream Moods' entries on specific fruits for more information. TOP

To dream that you are eating garlic, signifies your practicality and sensibility in matters of the heart you look for security over love.

To see a clove of garlic in your dream indicates protection against some danger. You will overcome your barriers. TOP

To pick or gather gooseberries in your dream signifies a happy and bright outlook. You have successfully overcome your problems.

To see or eat gooseberries in your dream, suggests that you are enjoying your time of leisure. TOP

To see or eat a grapefruit in your dream represents a sense of well-being and a refreshed state of mind. Your are experiencing an uplift in your spirits and rejuvenation of your body.

To see a grapefruit tree in your dream, is symbolic of your talents, belief system and good deeds. It may also represent the fruits of your labor. TOP

To see grape vines in your dream, symbolize opulence, wealth, and decadence. It also indicates fortitude and your ability to offer happiness to others.

To see or eat grapes in your dream, represent wealth and prosperity. In the end, your hard work will pay off and you will be rewarded for your labor. Alternatively, it refers to immortality and sacrifices.

To dream that you are picking and gathering grapes, signify profit and the realization of your desires. TOP

To dream that you are eating gravy, symbolizes your ability to enjoy the simpler things in life. Alternatively, the dream also indicates that you are taking advantage of some situation. TOP

To dream that you are eating ham, indicates that you need to preserve your energy.

To see a ham in your dream indicates that you are experiencing some emotional difficulties. The symbol may also be metaphor to suggest your desire for attention. TOP

To see or eat ice cream in your dream, denotes good luck, pleasure, success in love and satisfaction with your life. You need to savor the moment and enjoy it. Alternatively, the dream may suggest that you need to cool off and not let your temper get out of hand. On the other hand, the ice cream may be a pun on "I scream". Perhaps there is something that you need to let out.

To dream that you are eating bad or sour ice cream, signifies sorrow, disillusionment, or betrayal.

To see ice cream melt in your dream symbolizes failure to realize your hopes and desires. TOP

To put icing on a cake or pastry, indicates that you are behaving superficially. Something may look good on the exterior, but prove empty or unsubstantial on the inside. In other words, looks can be deceiving. Alternatively, the dream represents the finishing touches in your life that brings about fulfillment and completion.

To see or eat icing in your dream, suggests that what may seem good in the beginning, will ultimately be unsatisfying and unfulfilling. TOP

To dream that you are eating jam, signifies pleasant surprises, sweet things and new discoveries. Alternatively, the dream may also be a pun that "caught in a jam". Are you in trouble or in a sticky situation?

To dream that you are making jam, refers to a happy home life.

To dream that you are spreading jam, indicates that you may be spreading yourself too thin. You have too many responsibilities and commitments. You need to learn to say no. TOP

To dream that you are eating jelly, signifies pleasant surprises to come. TOP

To see or eat jellybeans in your dream signifies light heartedness, positive energy and joy. You are feeling content and relaxed. TOP

To see legumes in your dream symbolizes small annoyances and minor problems. TOP

To dream that you are drinking lemonade, suggests your need to cool off. Perhaps you are involved in an argument that is getting to heated. TOP

To see a lemon in your dream indicates something that is inferior in quality.

To eat or suck on a lemon in your dream, refers to your need for cleansing or healing.

To see shriveled lemons, foretells that you and your lover or spouse will go through a bitter separation/divorce. TOP

To see or eat lentils in your dream represents your roots and your connection to humanity. Alternatively, lentils symbolize fertility or immortality. TOP

To see lettuce growing in your dream represents abundance. It points you back to a simpler time.

To dream that you are eating lettuce, signifies your need for spiritual nourishment. It may also mean that you are lacking in a particular nutrient. You need to eat a more well balanced diet. The dream may also be a pun on "let us". Is there some situation where you are seeking approval or permission? TOP

To see a lime in your dream represents temporary setbacks. You need to endure a difficult period before you can enjoy the prosperous times. TOP

To see or lick a lollipop in your dream indicates surprises, new experiences and adventures. It also represents indulgence, sensuality and the pleasant aspects of life. Alternatively, the lollipop may be a pun for "sucker" and thus suggests that you need to proceed with caution in some relationship or situation. TOP

To dream that you are eating macaroni, symbolizes comfort and ease. The dream may be trying to bring you back to a time where things were much simpler. TOP

To see or eat a mango in your dream symbolizes fertility, sexual desires, and lust. Alternatively, the mango may also be a pun to mean "man go" in reference to a relationship in which you should let go and move on. TOP

To dream that you are eating marmalade, signifies illness for you.

To dream that you are making marmalade, denotes an unhappy domestic life. TOP

To see meals in your dream signifies that you dwell too much on trivial matters and it will divert your attention from more important engagements and matters. TOP

To see raw meat in your dream represents obstacles and discouragements that you will come across as you move toward achieving your goals. Alternatively, it may reflect your untamed, animalistic nature and raw emotions.

To eat or cook meat in your dream, suggests that you are getting to the heart of the matter. You are recognizing and utilizing your instinctual energies. Alternatively, you are seeing others achieve what you are still striving for.

To see rotten meat in your dream, refers to a degradation of your physical and psychological being. The dream may be a metaphor for some health problems. TOP

To see or eat melons in your dream, indicate that you need to relax and take it easy. Alternatively, the dream signifies fertility, sensuality, gluttony or vitality. Melons may be a metaphor for breasts. TOP

To see milk in your dream symbolizes maternal instincts and motherly love. It also denotes human kindness, wholesomeness, and compassion. Alternatively, the dream may be a metaphor that someone is "milking" you, either emotionally or financially.

To dream that you are drinking milk, signifies domestic bliss and inner nourishment. It may also imply that you need to strengthen your ties and relationships with others. If the milk is sour, impure or bad tasting, then it suggests that you need to hold back your support. If the milk is hot, then it represents comfort and calmness.

To spill milk in your dream symbolizes a loss of faith, opportunity, and trust.

To dream that you are bathing in milk, indicates that you are surrounded by strong relationships and solid friendships. Alternatively, the dream suggests that you are in need of some relaxation.

To dream that you are choking on milk indicates that you are being overprotected. You may be feeling smothered in some relationship. TOP

To see or eat molasses in your dream signifies a happy home life and good hospitality. Alternatively, the dream may be a metaphor for some situation or something that is moving slowly. TOP

To dream that you are baking muffins denotes that you are a hard worker and will reap the fruits of your labor.

To dream that you are eating muffins signifies your taste for exquisite and expensive things in life. TOP

To see or eat mulberries in your dream indicates that an unexpected obstacle will cause a major setback toward your goals. . TOP

To see mushrooms in your dream signify unhealthy pleasures and unwise decisions in your waking life. Things that come too quickly have a tendency to disappear just as quick. Learn to appreciate the things you have.

To dream that you are eating mushrooms represent your leadership ability. You hold a lot of strength and power.

To dream that you are picking or collecting wild mushrooms refers to a potentially harmful situation or relationship. You may be expressing doubt in some new endeavor, relationship or situation.

To dream that mushrooms are growing and multiplying in your mouth refers to negative emotions that are literally growing and expanding in your subconscious. You tend to keep your feelings inside and need to find a productive way to express them before it grows out of control. TOP

To see mustard growing in your dream signifies success and wealth.

To dream that you are eating mustard seeds, denotes that you will bitterly regret some hasty action that you are now suffering for. TOP

To see noodles in your dream symbolizes longevity and abundance. Alternatively, the dream indicates that you are looking for some sort of nourishment. The dream may also be a pun that you need to "use your noodle". In other words, there is something that you need to think hard about. TOP

To see nuts in your dream, represent craziness or confusion. It may also refer to someone who is "nuts" or someone who is driving you crazy. You may be approaching a waking situation all wrong and need to look at it from a different perspective. Also consider nuts as a pun on "testicles" and thus allude to some sexual innuendo.

To dream that you are eating nuts, signify prosperity and attainment of your desires. You may also be trying to get to the core of a matter or situation. TOP

To dream that you are eating oatmeal, signifies an increase in finances.

To dream that you are cooking and serving oatmeal, signifies that you have control over the destiny of someone close to you. TOP

To see or eat olives in your dream, symbolize healing and immortality.

To see an olive branch, signifies reconciliation, peace, and hope.

To see or wear a crown of olive leaves, indicates that you will overcome your obstacles and find a resolution to a conflict. A burden will be lifted off you and you will come out victorious. TOP

To see or eat an omelet in your dream indicates a bright start to your day. The dream is telling you that you are headed in the right direction. Consider the phrase "you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs". Perhaps the dream is trying to tell you that there are certain sacrifices that you need to make in order to achieve your goal. TOP

To see or eat onions in your dream, represent the multitude of layers that you need to get through in order to unveil what is really underneath. You need need to dig a little deeper into a situation or problem. The dream may be a metaphor for some revelation.

To dream that an onion is making your cry, indicates that you are not being genuine. It symbolizes phoniness, fakeness and deceit. TOP

To see orange trees in your dream signifies health and prosperity.

To dream that you are eating oranges, indicate satisfaction with yourself and where you are at in your life. You are in a good place. TOP

To dream that you are eating oysters, signifies that you will lose all your senses and morality in the pursuit of low pleasures and indulgences.

To see oysters in your dream, symbolize beauty, humility, wealth, wisdom, and a laid-back atmosphere. It may also indicate that you are closing yourself off and shutting others out. Alternatively, the dream may be telling you that "the world is your oyster". You need to go out and go after what you want and achieve your heart's desires.

To see oyster shells in your dream signifies that you will be frustrated in your attempt to secure the fortune of another. TOP

To make or eat pasta in your dream represents your need for energy. Also consider the shape of the pasta and how it relates to a waking situation. Penne signifies your narrow perspective. Spaghetti noodles symbolize an entangling situation. Elbow shaped pasta represents your need to focus on yourself more. And corkscrew pasta means that some aspect of your life is out of control. TOP

To see a peach in your dream represents pleasure and joy, You take pleasure in the minor, trivial things in life. The dream may also imply that something in your life is just "peachy" and going well. Alternatively, a peach may be indicative of lust and sensuality. Consider how it my be a metaphor for your sweetheart or loved one. TOP

To dream about pepper, indicates that you need to put a little more spice and variety in your life. Alternatively, there may be something that is bothering or irritating you and your dream may be trying to point to the source. TOP

To see a pickle in your dream signifies some anxiety, fear or realization that you will be in trouble.

Alternatively, a pickle may be seen as a symbol for the penis. Sexual messages from the unconscious are usually disguised in symbols. TOP

To see a pie in your dream symbolizes the rewards of your hard work. Perhaps you are reaching beyond your abilities. Alternatively, the may may also have the same meaning as a circle. Or it could be a metaphor for getting your fair share, as in your "piece of the pie". TOP

To see a pineapple in your dream represents self-confidence, ambition and success. You are self-assured in what you do. Alternatively, the pineapples symbolize hospitality. It could mean that you need to relax or take a vacation.

To eat a pineapple, indicates sexual problems and issues of losing control. TOP

To see or eat pizza in your dream represents abundance, choices, and variety. It may also indicate that you are lacking or feeling deprived of something. TOP

To see pomegranates in your dream signifies fertility, good health and longevity. It also indicates the allure/invitation of sex. TOP

To eat or make popcorn in your dream, suggests positive growth. You are full of ideas. It may also indicate that some important fact or truth is being made aware to you. If the popcorn is unpopped, then it symbolizes potential. TOP

To see or eat pork in your dream signifies your desire for normalcy and a routine. Alternatively, the dream may be a pun on overspending. TOP

To see potatoes in your dream, represent your earthiness and simplicity. Alternatively, he dream may also be a metaphor that you are being a "couch potato" or that you are being lazy.

To see or eat mashed potatoes in your dream, suggest that you are experiencing concerns over financial matters. TOP

To see or eat potato chips in your dream symbolizes your overindulgent behavior. TOP

To see a pretzel in your dream symbolizes devotion and life's sweet rewards. You are embracing life and extending yourself to help others. Alternatively, it may indicate that you are preoccupied with some complex issue and are not sure how to handle it. TOP

To see prunes in your dream symbolizes an emotional or creative blockage. It may also represent aging as implied by the metaphor "as wrinkled as a prune". TOP

To see or plant radishes in your garden, signifies abundance and prosperity.

To dream that you are eating a radish, indicates some indiscretion or thoughtlessness on your part. Perhaps the dream may be a pun on something that is "rad-dish" or coolish. TOP

To dream that you are eating raisins, represents some negative force that is working against you. The dream may also be a metaphor for something or someone who is old and shriveled. TOP

To see or eat raspberries in your dream, represent some precious or delicate matter. TOP

To see grains of rice in your dream symbolizes success, prosperity, luck, fertility and warm friendships.

To dream that you are eating rice, denotes happiness and tranquility in the home.

To dream that you are cooking rice, signifies that new responsibilities will bring you much joy.

To see rice mixed with dirt in your dream signifies illness and separation from friends. TOP

To drink rum in your dream indicates a lack of class and morality. You live a life of excess, pleasure and overindulgence. TOP

To see rye or fields of rye in your dream symbolizes prosperity in your future.

To see or eat rye bread in your dream foretells of a cheerful and tranquil home. TOP

To see saffron growing in your dream signifies a deceitful lover or false friend.

To dream that you are using saffron in food, denotes a peaceful resolution to your problems and quarrels. TOP

To see sage in your dream signifies frugality and practicality.

To dream that you use sage in food, signifies that your extravagant lifestyle will leave you penniless in the end. TOP

To see or taste salt in your dream represents a new found flare in your waking life. You are experiencing increased worth and a higher sense of zest and vigor. Alternatively, salt also symbolizes dependability, truth, and dedication. Consider the phrase of throwing salt on an open wound and how the dream may elude to some painful or difficult memory.

To dream that you are salting meat, symbolizes longevity. There is something that you want to hold on to and preserve.

To dream that you are throwing salt over your shoulder, represents protection or luck. TOP

To see a sandwich in your dream, suggests that a lot of pressure and stress is being put on you. It also reflects your ability to do two things at once. Alternatively, a sandwich is just a sandwich sometimes.

To see or eat a fish sandwich in your dream indicates conflict between your spiritual beliefs and what is practical. TOP

To see shrimp in your dream, suggests that you are feeling overpowered and insignificant. TOP

To dream of spice, suggests your need for variety in your life. You need to look at a situation/relationship from a different perspective/angle. TOP

To dream that you are eating a steak, represents your animal instincts. The dream may be telling you to trust your instincts or that you need to utilize your instincts more. The dream could also be a pun on "stake", as in having a claim to something. TOP

To see or eat strawberries in your dream, signify your sensual desires and temptations. Strawberries are often associated with feminine qualities and female sexuality. Alternatively, to see strawberries in your dream, indicate that your ideas and goals are soon realized. TOP

To dream that you are eating sugar cane is a good omen signaling vitality in health and prestige in your social circle. TOP

To see syrup in your dream symbolizes sentimentality and nostalgia. Alternatively, you may have found yourself in a sticky situation. TOP

To dream that you are making or drinking tea represents satisfaction and contentment in your life. You are taking your time with regards to some relationship or situation. TOP

To see tomatoes in your dream symbolizes domestic happiness and harmony.

To dream that you are eating tomatoes foretells of good health. TOP

To see or eat a trifle in your dream symbolizes the various layers and multiple dimensions that make up your life. Perhaps the dream is a reminder that there are many depths to your personality. Or that you need some more pizzazz to your life. TOP

To see or eat a turnip in your dream indicates that you will overcome your current problems. It is symbolic of compassion, wealth, or a bright outlook. Alternatively, the dream may suggest that whatever you are looking for will "turn up".

To dream that someone gives you a turnip, signifies an offering of friendship, compassion, and kindness. TOP

To see vegetables in your dream signifies your need for spiritual nourishment. It may also indicate that you are lacking in a particular nutrient.

To see withered vegetables in your dream, denotes sadness. The dream may also be a metaphor that you are "vegging". TOP

To dream of drinking vinegar in your dream foretells of a worrisome and negative matter. You may be the object of jealousy. TOP

To dream that you are eating a wafer, suggests that you need more diversity and spontaneity. You need to gain a better understanding of various facets in your life and incorporate them together. Alternatively, the wafer may symbolize something or some situation that you need to handle with care. TOP

To see walnuts in your dream indicates that too much mental activity is being expended towards a task at hand. Walnuts also represent joy and abundance.

To dream that you crack a walnut, foretells that your expectations will collapse. TOP

To see a watermelon in you dream represents emotions of love, desire, lust, and fiery passion. Pregnant women or women on the verge of their menstrual cycle often dream of such fruits, as watermelons. TOP

To see grains of wheat in your dream indicate prosperity and abundance. Opportunities and doors are being opened. You are on your way to achieving your goals. Alternatively, wheat symbolizes resurrection, reincarnation and fertility.

To see a field of wheat in your dream signifies success in your goals. TOP

To see whisky in bottles symbolizes your alertness, carefulness and protective nature.

To dream that you are drinking whisky alone, signifies your selfishness at the cost of losing friends. TOP

To dream of drinking wine symbolizes festivity, celebration, companionship, satisfaction and success. You are content with the way your life is going. The dream may also be a pun on "whining" and how you like to whine about things. In particular, to dream that you are drinking red wine, signifies excess and sensuality. If you are drinking communion wine in your dream, then it represent some spiritual celebration or ceremony.

To dream that you are breaking wine bottles, signifies overindulgence in your desires and passion. Alternatively, it symbolizes the masculine. TOP


Stress Dreams: Why Do We Have Them ― and How to Stop?

Contributors: Michelle Drerup, PsyD, DBSM and Alexa Kane, PsyD.

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There are a lot of areas of sleep that science and medicine can understand and explain. But dreams are an entirely different territory, as the question ‘why we dream’ remains largely unanswered.

Vivid and frequent dreaming is often left open to interpretation through things like dream dictionaries and discussing with friends. Did that dream about your ex-boss really mean you have pent-up guilt and anxiety about your last job? Frequently having stress or anxiety-ridden dreams is usually a red flag for real life stress and the role it’s playing on your body. If you’re constantly waking up panicking in a cold sweat over a dream, it’s time to get your thoughts and stress in order.

Stress: we all have it, but it doesn’t have to control us

Stress is an emotional, physical or mental tension that results from something that’s outside of us.

Some of the bigger stressors or stressful life events include moving to a new place, changing roles at school or work, relationship issues or losing a family member. Stress can cause sleep difficulties, including insomnia, by making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. This impacts the quality of rest. Stress can also cause hyperarousal, which can upset the balance between sleep and wakefulness.

Being stressed is associated with poor sleep in general, and may trigger more frequent dreams. So it’s not uncommon to experience a distressing dream prior to a big event like a job interview, taking an exam or an important appointment.

And although there’s limited research about controlling the content of dreams, anxiety dreams can generally be a result of increased stress during our day-to-day lives. Daily stress can also increase the frequency of these dreams.

The good news? You have a great deal of control over your stress. If you learn to better manage stress in your life, you’ll likely decrease anxiety-ridden dreams and improve your sleep.

Here are four simple strategies to help your mind and body relax before turning in for the night:

  • Spend time winding down before bed: This can be thought of as a “buffer zone,” which is a period of time to allow the activating processes in the brain to wind down and allow your sleep system to take over. It’s generally a good rule of thumb to start about an hour before bedtime. During this time, engage in relaxing activities that you enjoy like reading or listening to music.
  • Schedule “worry time”: If you’re finding it difficult to control your worrying prior to bedtime, scheduling a specific time when you’re allowed to worry may help. Find a time that’s convenient for you and write down your concerns. Limit the time to a specific amount and stick to it by planning something to do afterward. For example, you can plan 15 minutes in the evening, before your favorite TV show.
  • Think of your bedroom as a place just for sleep, sex and pleasant activities: Try to limit the time you spend in bed worrying or being anxious. If you find yourself lying awake in bed stressed out, leave the bedroom and spend time in another room until you feel sleepy.
  • Practice relaxation techniques: There are other ways to relax while getting ready for bed, such as breathing exercises, guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation movements. (You can even check out free apps that help guide you through these exercises.) These techniques can be some of the most critical aspects of stress management and you can use them close to bedtime or throughout your day.

When you wake up panicking at 3 a.m.

We’ve all been there – a nightmare or stress dream causes you to wake up. The next thing you know you’re lying there overthinking your finances and everything you have to do the next day.

When this happens, what can you do to get back to sleep?

  • Stop watching the clock: Counting the minutes will only heighten your distress. Turn your alarm clock around and don’t pick up your phone.
  • Try to relax your body: Use a relaxation strategy that helped prior to bed to relax your body and mind.
  • Get out of bed: If you can’t fall back to sleep after a stressful dream, then try getting out of bed to help decrease the frustration. Don’t spend time in bed hopelessly trying to get back to sleep or interpreting your dream. (If your dream caused you anxiety, you may find yourself attempting to interpret it. But this can further increase the worry. This process will result in your brain associating your bed with stress and not sleeping well.) Once you leave your bed, find an activity that is uninteresting or boring. When you start to get drowsy, go back to bed.

Since dreams obviously aren’t measurable, there’s no real answer to what meaning they hold in our day-to-day life. But we do know that we generally have control over daily stress, which can trigger weird or anxiety-clad dreams. Learning to control the crazy and manage your stress is your best defense to help you sleep peacefully.


The 8 bad dreams your kids are most likely having … explained

Your child’s bad dreams can tell you a lot about their states of mind. Here’s an interpretation of each and how you can help them overcome their fears.

Around age 4, many children begin to develop dark and unsettling fears about things adults can’t always understand. And what they fail at explaining to us during the day doesn’t always just go away &mdash it often pops up at night, in the form of nightmares about boogie men, vampires, shadows that chase them or creepy-crawly spiders and bugs that won’t leave them alone.

Of course, even these horrible dreams are a sign that our children are developing and acquiring normal and healthy anxieties about the world around them and things they can’t explain. Let’s face it: The universe can be a frightening and phenomenal place that brings stress upon the most put-together of adults, so why would we not expect our children to work out their emotions through the occasional bad dream?

Instead of cursing our children’s bad dreams and all the sleepless nights and nights spent in Mom and Dad’s bed that go hand-in-hand with them, we should start thinking of dreams as a priceless guide that give us insight into our little ones’ mental well-being. As Dr. Barbara Condron, an author who has been teaching dream recall, interpretation and lucidity through her association with the School of Metaphysics since 1975, explains, when equipped with the right tools and knowledge, parents can help their kids overcome their nightmares and the fears that create them.

Condron interprets what eight common nightmares mean and how we can help our children deal with their dreams and jitters.

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1. Nightmares about bugs and spiders in the room or crawling on their skin

“Nightmares of bugs and spiders point to the development of habits that your child is resisting,” Condron says. “This could be anything from brushing teeth every morning to the task of learning multiplication tables at school, or perhaps resisting telling ‘little white lies.'”

Remedy: “Clear your child’s sleeping space by changing the bed linen with your child, as this empowers them to make a change and to take charge by doing something productive.”

2. Dreams about monsters/ghosts that don’t exist

“Monsters can appear in dreams at any age. These imaginary creatures reflect an ego that seems beyond our control. For a child, this can be pretending to be more or better than what is true or reacting to feeling pushed into a role, like the first day of school. Ghosts are usually tied to something that occurred in the past that is returning inappropriately. A context that might bring this dream could involve a divorce. Daytime memories of ‘what was’ can be painful to a child and appear in a nighttime dream as ghosts.”

Remedy: “Watch and wait, while engaging your child completely in the present time rather than the future or past.”

3. Dreams in which they are left all alone and can’t find a parent

“These dreams are archetypal. They are rites-of-passage dreams where the child is stretching during the daytime, being expected to reference the self for answers and direction, while still feeling the need for security.”

Remedy: “Use this as an opportunity to separate day dreaming &mdash we (the parents) are not going anywhere &mdash and night dreaming. This dream is actually about how you grew up in unexpected ways yesterday.”

4. Dreaming that a big animal, like a lion, is trying to eat them

“Most animals in a dream symbolize the dreamer&rsquos habits. The Dreamer&rsquos Dictionary states, ‘The lion who scares you in a dream may be indicating your resistance to your own courage.'”

Remedy: “Suggest your child act out the dream. Dream re-enactment is an honored tradition in many indigenous populations to free the dreamer from fear. It works, try it!”

5. Bad dream about one of their toys coming to life

“These dreams are often media-driven. In other words, the child has seen this scenario in a cartoon or movie, the idea ‘stuck,’ and now it appears as a symbol in the dream.”

Remedy: “Be choosy about the images you expose your child to.”

6. Nightmare that they have no friends at school or everyone starts laughing at them in class

“When Riley relocates to San Francisco in [Disney film] Inside Out, her anxiety about the first day of class reaches into her dream that night. This illustrates what I call the ‘dream consciousness circuit,’ the link between day dreaming and night dreaming that taps into who we really are as spirit, mind and body. Understanding this link is priceless in self-development at any age.”

Remedy: “Talk openly about your child&rsquos day and listen to their dreams without prejudice. NEVER say, ‘It was just a dream.’ Most children know better.”

7. Dreaming that someone or something is chasing them and they can’t get escape

“This is one of the top 10 most common dreams at any age. When your child has this dream, look for someone or something that she or he is avoiding. Maybe someone at school, perhaps a task or accomplishing a goal will give you a place to begin.”

Remedy: “Watch, ask questions and listen.”

8. Dreaming of falling

“Another of the top 10 most common dreams, falling is a dream symbol reflecting a lack of control or ease in expressing the Self. This can be lacking the right words to say, or knowing how to act, in a situation. This is a common experience for children who are just learning how to meet life face-to-face.”


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A Feast of Dreams

"The changes in hormone levels bring on a feast of dreams in pregnant women," says Garfield, who is author of Creative Dreaming and co-founder of the Association for the Study of Dreams. "In addition, pregnant women need to sleep more, and the more you sleep, the more you dream."

Women also seem to dream more during pregnancy because they are more likely to remember their dreams.

"Twenty to twenty-five percent of your sleep is a dream state, and women who are pregnant are more likely to remember more of that percentage," says Garfield.

Garfield explains that dream recall is related to recency. For example, if a baby is moving within the womb and causing the mother to wake, or the mother is waking up to go to the bathroom more often as pregnant women do, they are more likely to remember a dream they just had than if they slept through the night, remembering only the last dream they had before waking in the morning.

With increased recall, a pregnant woman is able to remember the vividness, detail, and color of their dreams. But what do these dreams mean?

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