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There is a fifth way. Both my wife and I take a daily supplement of Inulin....
Probiotics seem to be helping me with weight loss too. At first gut gas can be embarassing, but nowadays it doesn't faze me. It is as natural as breathing. I began probiotics to deal with irritable bowel syndrome. Those symtoms have nearly disappeared. As with the inulin supplement, any probiotic regimen should start slowly. PRObiotics need PREbiotics . Prebiotics feed the probiotics. Oatmeal is an easy to incorporate prebiotic. However, as I understand it, oatmeal is contraindicative with diverticulitus. So it is good to learn about inulin for this purpose.
 

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... it is good to learn about inulin
Watch out regarding some of the online claims about Inulin; "It'll help with diabetes" and some others. I've had type 2 diabetes for years and it's slowly progressing. I'm sure from my 'sticks' readings my doc is going to put me on the needle sometime soon. Maybe the Inulin slowed it down but it sure didn't stop it. As far as gut health though, Two Thumbs Up!!
My wife hasn't had any trouble with her diverticulitis and has been enjoying oatmeal for the past few years where before it was too unpredictable and could put her flat in bed for a few days. She was so apprehensive the first couple times she tried oatmeal after starting the Inulin it was painful just to watch her.
When we were both getting used to the gas we'd play fartball at night. I'd fart. She'd fart. I'd fart. She'd fart and so on. A couple times I jumped out of bed and yelled "Halftime"! She'd look at me and say "WHAT"? I'd explain that halftime meant it was time to switch sides. She'd say "Why"? I'd say "Because I shirt my side". It's a wonder I didn't have more than a couple bruises.
 

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Watch out regarding some of the online claims about Inulin; "It'll help with diabetes" and some others.
I can't speak to pre- or pro- biotics helping the diabetes. I have not noticed any change in diabetes that I would associate with the regimen. My glucoise has been controlled chiefly by me respecting my cane sugar intake. If I abuse the HFCS I'll see a spike in my glucose. I began the probiotic regimen before I came down with Type II. My A1C is 5.8 and controlled by diet and Metformin. I was not bothered by insulin injections other than inconvenience and the lack of responsibility they symbolized.

I believe probiotics have helped with weight loss, but also have no real evidence. It could be the Metformin, it could be lower sugar intake alone! I can attest to the help with IBS. That has nearly vanished.
 

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We will be cleaning our garden soon and I would like to utilize as much of the “waste” as I can. I already have an idea of some things I can give the rabbits, but I have seen mixed answers on some other things. I would like to know what, and what parts of these plants would be okay to given them. Idk if it matters but I’ll mention anyway, the first four plants have gone to seed. Here’s the list of the plants that are in there.

Broccoli.

Colliflower.

Brussel sprouts.

Romanesco.

Green beans.

Cucumber.

Tomatoes (many different variety’s.)

Thank you in advance to anyone that answers>
 

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We will be cleaning our garden soon and I would like to utilize as much of the “waste” as I can. I already have an idea of some things I can give the rabbits, but I have seen mixed answers on some other things. I would like to know what, and what parts of these plants would be okay to given them. Idk if it matters but I’ll mention anyway, the first four plants have gone to seed. Here’s the list of the plants that are in there.

Broccoli.

Colliflower.

Brussel sprouts.

Romanesco.

Green beans.

Cucumber.

Tomatoes (many different variety’s.)

Thank you in advance to anyone that answers>
Do not feed the tomato plants to them. Toms, along with peppers, eggplant, and "Irish" potato are in Nightsgade family and leaves/vines are toxic.
 

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Do not feed the tomato plants to them. Toms, along with peppers, eggplant, and "Irish" potato are in Nightsgade family and leaves/vines are toxic.
ya, i was pretty certain of that but thought i might as well throw it in with the list
 

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We will be cleaning our garden soon and I would like to utilize as much of the “waste” as I can. I already have an idea of some things I can give the rabbits, but I have seen mixed answers on some other things. I would like to know what, and what parts of these plants would be okay to given them. Idk if it matters but I’ll mention anyway, the first four plants have gone to seed. Here’s the list of the plants that are in there.

Broccoli.

Colliflower.

Brussel sprouts.

Romanesco.

Green beans.

Cucumber.

Tomatoes (many different variety’s.)

Thank you in advance to anyone that answers>
They can't have broccoli
 

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The following garden plants are cultivars of the same plant species (Brassica oleracea) and their leaves should be safe: broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprout, kale, cabbage, collards, kohlrabi, rutebega (sometimes called turnip in US supermarkets). My rabbits occasionally also chew the stems and roots.

In general you should practice moderation if your rabbits are not accustomed to these plants. Do NOT put a big pile of leaves in the cage if they do not eat such plants on a regular basis. I give our rabbits garden plants all the time (daily or twice daily) but brought them up to this level over a month of very gradual change and still typically use moderation - one or two broccoli leaves per day, at most, for example.
 

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Also, this list may be helpful - I’ve been using it. It lists plants that are often destroyed by wild rabbits in the US. I’ve been using it as a guide for plants that are likely safe for my rabbits. Garden plants susceptible to rabbit damage

It is interesting that some plants on this list are listed as poisonous on other lists I have seen for domestic rabbits - like pepper plants. I wonder if that is due to error, or that our wild US rabbits/cottontails are a different species than the domestic rabbit and can handle different plants? Regardless, I haven’t tried feeding pepper leaves to my rabbits. It isn’t worth the risk for me, and I have a huge garden with plenty of other plants for them.

If you do want to try feeding something questionable, do it with one rabbit in a very small quantity to see how that rabbit reacts, before feeding it to your whole herd.
 

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Be VERY careful feeding brassicas. I've lost a rabbit to a tiny piece of cauliflower leaf, another got severe diarrhea and a third rabbit had no reaction to it. I'd never include them on a safe list.
 

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Be VERY careful feeding brassicas. I've lost a rabbit to a tiny piece of cauliflower leaf, another got severe diarrhea and a third rabbit had no reaction to it. I'd never include them on a safe list.
That is interesting. I feed brassicas to my rabbits most every day. Maybe something else is affecting your rabbits?? Do you spray with anything, like could there be chemical residue on your plants?
 

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No. This was from cauliflower grown in a home garden, untreated with anything. If it were something environmental more rabbits would have been affected.
 

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While rabbits can eat many garden vegetables if they have been introduced slowly, it is worth noting that rabbits are herbivores, not vegetarians. The invasive European weeds and tree branches and leaves on my Safe list are the natural food of the European wild rabbits from which our domestics are descended. Many of these plants have medicinal qualities as well and I firmly believe that including them as a large part of our rabbits' diet is hugely beneficial. I see garden vegetables as a minor part of their diet. Carrot and beet tops, for example, are better for the rabbits than the root crop itself.
 

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While rabbits can eat many garden vegetables if they have been introduced slowly, it is worth noting that rabbits are herbivores, not vegetarians. The invasive European weeds and tree branches and leaves on my Safe list are the natural food of the European wild rabbits from which our domestics are descended. Many of these plants have medicinal qualities as well and I firmly believe that including them as a large part of our rabbits' diet is hugely beneficial. I see garden vegetables as a minor part of their diet. Carrot and beet tops, for example, are better for the rabbits than the root crop itself.
I agree! So my rabbits get the sweet potato vines and we will get the tubers should there be any (should be according to the vines but I haven't had a lot of luck with tubers).
 

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