I wonder if things like kimchi, or sauerkraut, or kombucha might do the same thing as the yogurt's active cultures and give you more of a mix of that kind of help. Also, kombucha might be the answer for your down days. Obviously you would have to ask your doc about it.
I actually pre-track my meals and that way I know what to expect. I alter if necessary, but it went pretty well for my first round.
Congrats on your quilt. I do not love sewing (I am more a knitter/painter type) but for some reason I promised my kids quilts made from their old t-shirts when they went off to college. I am only 2 years behind for my DD's, hopefully will finish before she goes back for her junior year, then I can start on DS's.