Sounds like you have figured out how to manage it, yours is an encouraging story.
I also find it to be such a mental disease, as long as I know there is a bathroom available, I feel so much better! I can be in the car and feel desperate to go, then get to where I'm going and can go an hour or more before actually needing the bathroom. I read somewhere that women have dozens more of those kinds of mental triggers than men, no fair.
Anyway, doing whatever it takes to give yourself peace of mind is the key to so much of coping with this disease.
Although I can tell the drugs help me, too, and only pred gives me side effects, fortunately.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills.
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.