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!


Instant Pot Cashew Chicken Stir Fry – a popular Chinese takeout favorite made easily in the pressure cooker in under 30 minutes! Easy to customize and perfect for busy weeknights.

It’s so much tastier and healthier than what you can get at the local Asian restaurant.

This Instant Pot Cashew Chicken has all those classic flavors of our cashew chicken stir-fry recipe with instructions for making it in the pressure cooker.

The great thing about this healthier than restaurant version is that you don’t have to serve this cashew chicken with white rice if you are trying to watch your carbs.

Quinoa, spiralized zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice are all delicious options that would be delicious with this cashew chicken.

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Cashew Chicken Stir Fry - a popular Chinese takeout favorite made easily in the pressure cooker in under 30 minutes! Easy to customize and perfect for busy weeknights.


  • 1 1/4 lb chicken thighs or breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • sea salt and black pepper as needed
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
  • 3 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch or cornstarch or 1 teaspoon xanthum gum for low carb
  • 2 tablespoons water plus more as needed to thin out sauce

Sauce and Marinade

  • 6 tablespoons gluten free tamari can also use low sodium-soy sauce coconut aminos for paleo version
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce leave out for low carb & use fish sauce instead
  • 1 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons coconut sugar use low carb sweetener like erythritol stevia or monk frui for low carb
  • 3/4 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup water OR chicken broth


  • red pepper chili flakes
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion sliced thinly


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the tamari, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, sweetener (if using), vinegar, ginger and garlic for the sauce. Set aside.
  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of the sauce/marinade. Allow to sit while you chop and prep your vegetables.
  3. Turn your Instant Pot to SAUTE then add in oil. Once oil is hot, add the chicken and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes. Pour in the remaining sauce along with 1/3 cup water (or chicken broth). Cover with lid.
  4. Press the valve to SEALING and press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes. The Instant Pot will take some time to come to pressure. Once the 4 minutes is up, use a long spoon and push the valve to VENTING for a QUICK RELEASE.
  5. Once all the pressure is released, carefully unlock the lid. Press the SAUTE button, then whisk the arrowroot starch (or xanthum gum) with 2 tablespoons water until combined and stir into the Instant Pot.
  6. Add the vegetables and cashews and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the vegetables are crisp-tender and the sauce has thickened up. Adjust seasonings with salt, pepper or red pepper chili flakes an / or add more water as needed to thin out sauce. Give everything a final tossing to coat well.
  7. Transfer to a platter and serve warm on a large platter or over zoodles, cauliflower rice (paleo), quinoa or regular rice or noodles. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.


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