Kaycei-Thankfully, I didn't need to spend any money on books or special food. I got much of my info from what is now posted "free" on www.knowthecause.com. I followed the anti-fungal diet under the FAQ section. I ate a lot of veggies except those listed not to eat (not potatoes, corn, which is a grain, or mushrooms, a fungus), a variety of meat/fish/poultry, eggs, berries, green apples, plain organic yogurt for the first 2 weeks. Then I started moderately introducing brown rice, yeast free flour tortilla bread for lunch or breakfast wraps. I still follow somewhat the diet. I know that for me, as long as I reduce my sugar and white carbs, and eliminate yeast, I feel much better. These foods feed fungus, and I believe for me, that was my problem and contributed to my UC symptoms. When I starved the fungus, I got well. Fungus can be a factor in UC. You can read for yourself a few articles/studies in the following links:
( the influence of Candida albicans on the course of ulcerative colitis)
(the effect of dietary yeast on the activity of stable chronic Crohn's disease)
If you do have a fungal problem (and you won't know for sure unless you experiment with an anti-fungal diet for awhile), you will need to change your diet for a time. That doesn't mean you can go back to your old eating habits if you find it does help your symptoms, but you won't need to follow it strictly for the rest of your life. I don't even like bread anymore, and I used to LOVE it. I have to read all labels as yeast is a hidden ingredient in much of our processed foods. Do you also try to stay away from all artificial sugar? That can be a killer, as well.