I've also had good luck with dietary changes, but I feel diet is only one component of my success. I also take supplements for gut healing and to reduce inflammation. I take supplements and probiotics to rebalance the gut ecology - kill off parasites, bacteria and yeasts and restore healthy gut organisms. I found a job with less stress. I drink plenty of filtered water. I exercise regularly. Like Kim, I've discovered it has to be a lifestyle change. I can "cheat" occasionally, but when I start slipping back into old ways of eating, I inevitably start to have symptoms again.
I'd suggest you check out the book Listen to Your Gut by Jini Patel Thompson. In it you'll find everything you need to know about
alternative and natural treatments for UC, dietary changes, rebalancing the gut and restoring healthy digestion. Also, before I'd consider surgery, I'd try a predigested liquid diet which will give you the nutrition your body needs while allowing the gut to heal. Studies show it's as effective as steroids are for most people. The book The IBD Remission Diet will give you details.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.