The most useful thing for me has been keeping a food journal. I track what I eat, when I eat it, and how it made me feel, both immediately, and long term (like 24 hours down the road). That helped me to identify more clearly what foods were and weren't helping me out. After a while, I was down to eating Rice Crispies w/ soy milk, and eggs with corn tortillas to add some flavor to life, and drinking lots of water. That lasted for a couple of weeks, and then I began to add things back into my diet, and kept track of how it went.
I tried to do this in my journal in my head for a while, but having it written down is a lot more helpful. There is nothing like seeing evidence of things on paper to help make it clearer. I also found it useful to track my meds and supplements, to find out how these were helping/affecting me.
In the short term, use immodium for sure to help through the work day, but don't use it too often. I tried it as a solution, and I ended up being extremely constipated and in agony for a couple of days until I was able to pass that rock out of my system. Again, keeping track of this in my journal really helped out. Another suggestion is to keep a change of clothes and some baby wipes close by in case of accidents, because they do happen, even to the most careful of us!
I hope this helps, and I hope your first day back at work went all right.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone ( down to 7.5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine, magnesium, and vit B-12.
Trying the spinach/sunflower diet. If needed, my next experiment will be to try LDN.