Hello,whyohwhy, you just diagnosed my issue!
I am trying to help my husband into remission, and I get on here for ideas and advice. I feel the same confusion as you do....it must be the analytical personality!
We have looked into the natural ways to get there, and stay there. I have researched quite a bit, and we are currently trying the SCDiet. He is in the process of tapering off Pred. and it didn't help this major flare although it helped the last one (6/06) He has had many minor flares in between.
He is currently on Intestinew:L-Glutamine, N-Acetyl D Glucosamine and Gamma Oryzanol, ginger, marigold, marshmallow, and cranesbill. No yeast, wheat, corn, soy, gluten, salt, sugar, dairy, animal products, binders, fillers or artificial ingredients. Vegetable capsules.
He calls it a veggie garden in a capsule LOL although it's not.
There are so many variables for each person, that you are going to have to find out what works for you. I was overwhelmed with allthe ideas here, that I started keeping track of his history and then reading through what others have tested and tried. Trying to compare this with this works, and that with taht probably won't - but set the thought aside as a possibility in the future.
The best thing to do right now, is get the flare under control and in the mean time keep a food journal. The journal will be a great resource of what will help and what won't as far as foods.
To add to our confusion, they have dx him with CD but all tests are inconclusive. The more we research, the more we think it's UC. They are treating him both ways like they aren't really sure either, besides they both have similar treatments.
Hope to see you "better" soon.