Welcome to this new lifestyle. I can confirm it does make sense and the changes are all for the better. There's nothing I don't love about this way of eating. Every meal's a treat, and my health and energy have never been better. I am 48.
You will gain far more in health benefits than you are giving up in your current favourite foods. Your tastes will change and you will acquire new favourite foods, along with a new improved figure.
Take measurements now, and go for it Crazycowgirl.
PS see my journal (links below) if you'd like some meal ideas.