I totally get what you mean about the 'saying goodbye to food' and it filling a void. I actually feel like I'm losing a friend, no matter how toxic this friend may be!! I'm booked in for surgery 4 weeks out and it's still high up there on my concerns. I was really depressed yesterday and I think it had to do with me starting opti today. I'm starting to see a local psychologist before surgery for this very thing, it's quite troubling the way I think of food.
Enough about me, it's good to see you on here and welcome. I am so thankful for this site and the wonderful support and information it provides. And it's Australian which makes it perfect.
Best of luck with your decision making.