Originally Answered: My IBS attack went on for four days, what are the safe foods?
Hi Matthew - I am so sorry, I really hope you are feeling better soon.
At this point you need to break the cycle of IBS attacks, and there is dietary information specifically for this here http://www.helpforibs.com/diet/faq.asp#break_cycle
That info is going to focus on your soluble fiber safe foods. Those are critical, as they're the only foods that help regulate bowel motility, soothe, and calm your gut. They will normalize water content in the bowel and alleviate cramps, spasms, diarrhea, and constipation.
In addition, you want to use very strong, hot, high volatile oil peppermint tea to stop the pain and spasms. This can work very quickly - in seconds to minutes - and as you keep drinking it all day long for the next few days it will actively keep your gut calm and stable.
Once your gut stabilizes, you can carefully expand your diet to include insoluble fiber foods, smallish amounts of heart healthy fats, etc. But take a few days to get your gut filled with soluble fiber and calmed down. Then go slow and steady.
With IBS, once your gut is over-reacting it tends to stay in that cycle. That's why you want to really break the cycle, get it calmed down, and then keep it calm. Once stable it is easier to stay that way.
You can also add in a pure soluble fiber supplement, both to help break the cycle of attacks and as a daily tool to keep IBS symptoms at bay as you move forward.