In my evolving weight-loss glossary, Shop Vac Syndrome is a tendency to feel the need, whether consciously or unconsciously, to “clean up” whatever food happens to be lying around.
If you’re in the kitchen cleaning up after a meal, that means that for you (and by “you” I mean “me”) putting things away is just as likely to mean putting things in your mouth as in a Tupperware container to store in the fridge.
If you’re in the kitchen preparing a meal, it means that any scraps of food that aren’t completely essential to the meal preparation might wind up inside your inner shop vac.
And if you’re a parent, it probably means that you have a hard time throwing away Junior’s Happy Meal remnants when it‘s so easy to just pop those uneaten fries in your mouth.
I don’t know about you, but my Shop Vac runs on different speeds. It can putt along on idle mode, calmly and methodically vacuuming up loose crumbs. But it’s also prone to slipping into “overdrive,” where its suction power is truly a sight to behold.