Glad you're hear and you've done the 2 hardest parts....1) listened to your body and 2) taking that first step. The rest is easy especially with support.
As you're already working out, I'd say stick with that while we help get your food sorted out. No need to worry about nutrition or your protein...we'll help! And wanted to acknowledge what you said -- it's just as easy to be a junkfood vegetarian or vegan as it is to be a junkfood omnivoire...most of weren't really taught much about nutrition and just did as we were raised or how our friends/family were doing.
I've been vegan for almost 4 years now I think, vegetarian for 8 years before that. AND, the me I see in the mirror at 45 in 2014 is SO much better than the me from 3 years ago. All down to keeping learning, questioning and making more connections in our local vegan society. Check out Meetup.com and see if there's a group in your area.
Nice thing with some friends, locally or online, we can share recipes, suggest options/changes and help each other. Amazing!
AND rest assured, there are pretty much plant-based alternatives to whatever your favorite foods might be. And if you can get in with a veg group, I'll say that I have NEVER had a spoonful of anything at one of our potluck gatherings that wasn't awesome! So yeah, we get to have it all....delectable foods with lots of nutrition and none of the bad!
So...welcome!!! Now bedtime for me!! haha!!!
TGIF to tomorrow!