Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I was just diagnosed last January, and it is definitely a huge blow after leading a very healthy life up until then. I totally understand how you're feeling. Over time you'll find acceptance of your condition. There will definitely be struggles with medication and trying to decipher who and what to believe about how to get better.
Since you were curious about it, I should tell you that I just started the spinach and sunflower seed thing yesterday. I did have a big increase in diarrhea, but I started eating a homemade yogurt that has helped calm it down. Since you're new to UC, you probably haven't heard of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Its a very controversial and strict diet that has worked for some and not for others. One of the elements of it is eating homemade yogurt that has a ton of good bacteria (more than any store-bought probiotic as far as I know). I no longer do the diet, but I have continued to eat the yogurt and find it really relieves my symptoms.
Here is a link with more info about it:
I hope you find that helpful. Keep the questions coming - we're here for you!
Katie, 30. Chicago 'burbs.
Current Treament: Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 3X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG and Tylenol (as needed).
Diet/Exercise: Avoiding trigger foods, eating very healthy. Yoga or walking, when possible.
Previous Treatment: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.