I haven't tried a gluten-free diet but when I was first diagnosed (pancolitis - in a really bad flare - almosts in remission at this point) I couldn't eat anything fried - even in EVOO in a pan on the stove. I stuck to really boring and bland foods (applesauce, plain chicken breast (no skin), homemade chicken soup (no spices added - just broth, carrots, celery, potato, and boneless skinless chicken cooked for several hours so everything was soft), cottage cheese, mashed potatoes (no skins), potato soup, pasta, etc.) I tried to stay away from anything that might be rough on my colon. Unfortunately, it also meant that food went through me pretty quickly.
I haven't done the baby food thing but it did cross my mind to get my fruits and veggies. I drink V8 Fusion to get vege & fruit equivalents. I can't eat tomatoes in any form, nothing with seeds, no skins, nothing fried (it pays me back any time I try it), no onions, beans, spicy foods, raw vegetables - except for carrots (I can eat many veggies cooked now including asparagus and broccoli!!). I have discovered that in addition to the sugar replacement *tol's affecting me I also have trouble with anything except yogurt with high fructose corn syrup. I have only had beef 3-4 times in the last 6+ months since being diagnosed.
My heating pad was my best friend for months. I have one that turns off automatically after 2 hours so that I didn't burn myself when I slept on it. If the pain woke me in the middle of the night I would turn it back on and make my way back to sleep. When I was really bad I couldn't bend my legs when I slept or I'd end up in pain and any pressure on my abdomen (even a cat paw) caused really bad pain.
I am not lactose intolerant (I told my hubby if I was or if I become so they can have my colon...I LOVE CHEESE!!!!) nor do I have problems with gluten. As I have been getting better and adding to my food repertoire I have discovered that a cinnamon roll and yogurt for breakfast works really well for me. I also have done the cinnamon stick in my tea after someone on HW recommended it. Chamomile tea has been wonderful for me. As I'm sure you've read over and over, everyone is different when it comes to what affects them and their UC. After 6+ months I'm still figuring out things that are affecting me both positively and negatively. As I get healthier I can eat a wider variety of foods - especially fruits and veggies.
Diagnosed w/ severe pancolitis 11/20/2007
Asacol - 6 (400mg) 2x/day, Tums EX - 2 - 3x/day,
Xifaxin 2 (200mg) 2x/day, Prednisone 5mg (started at 40mg Nov 07), multi-vitamin, calcium and vit d supplement, potassium supplement, Junel FE (BCP)