It's possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don't prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry's regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money. This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit. Prepare Before You Begin Trading Because the Forex market is highly leveraged -- as much as 50 to 1 -- it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn't trading; it's gambling, with the odds long against you. A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you're trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market. Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading. The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time. All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg's book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it's widely available in public libraries. "Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude," by Mark Douglas is another good book that's available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not. Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket. Diversify and Limit Your Risks Two strategies that belong in every trader's arsenal are: Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea. Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it's even more important to understand how to limit your losses. Be Patient Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies. In "On Any Given Sunday," Al Pacino reminds us that "football is a game of inches." That's a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!


This Cheesy Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Lasagna is a tasty low-carb and gluten-free alternative to traditional lasagna that is sure to satisfy all your comfort food cravings! The cheesy ricotta veggie filling is absolute perfection.

This easy Cheesy Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Lasagna is a tasty low-carb and gluten-free alternative to traditional lasagna that is sure to satisfy all your comfort food cravings!

  • 1 large spaghetti squash (approx. 3 lbs)
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup onion (white or yellow)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 5 oz mushrooms (approx. 2 cups chopped)
  • 2-3 oz fresh spinach (approx. 1.5 cups chopped)
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • 1.5 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning blend I love Mrs. Dash
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 2 oz grated mozzarella
  • crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
  3. For easy cutting, feel free to microwave for 4-5 minutes to soften it up just a tad. The knife slides through much easier this way!
  4. Next grab a lipped baking sheet or a rimmed baking dish.
  5. Rub the cut side of the squash with a teeny bit of olive oil.
  6. Place inside a baking dish or atop rimmed baking sheet and roast face-down for about 40 minutes, or until tender and easily pierced with a fork.
  7. Cooking time will vary a bit depending on the size of your squash so adjust accordingly. Once ready, the once rock-hard exterior of the squash will be visibly softened with a tender interior.
  8. While the squash roasts, start prepping your cheese and veggies.
  9. Chop your onion, garlic, mushrooms, spinach and tomato, separately, then set aside.
  10. Bring a pan or skillet to medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil.
  11. Sauté onion until tender and slightly golden, then add garlic and mushrooms and continue to cook until softened. Set aside.
  12. In a large bowl, combine ricotta, egg white, freshly grated parmesan cheese, fresh chopped spinach, Italian seasoning, basil, and garlic powder.
  13. Drain your mushroom/onion mixture and add to the bowl along with your chopped tomato.
  14. Mix well, adding a little salt and pepper to taste.
  15. Once your squash is ready, allow to cool slightly, then use a fork to separate the squash's interior into spaghetti-like strands.
  16. Remove a little of the squash will help you better stuff these bad boys.
  17. Take a little out and add your filling to the squash, swirling to mix.
  18. Top with remaining spaghetti squash strands and stir.
  19. Next add a few spoonfuls of your favorite spaghetti sauce on top and finish off with your grated mozzarella cheese. Add extra of either if desired.
  20. Add an optional pinch of crushed red pepper flakes on top (skip if sensitive to heat) and bake at 350 degrees F for around 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.
  21. For golden flecks of mozzarella, switch oven to broil on HIGH for 2 minutes at the end and remove once bubbling.
  22. Serve piping hot with a healthy side salad or roasted veggies for a balanced meal that's sure to rock your plate! Enjoy!


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