I am also in Wisconsin near Milwaukee. I would agree with DANGAGE, the first 6 months to a year are tough. I am 13 1/2 years post take down and although I am not "Normal" per say but a heck of a lot better then 14 years ago. You will have to experiment with your diet as you progress. Salads are a tough one for me along with anything with red sauce (pasta, pizza...).
Feel free to ask any questions you have.