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Lack of time for healthy cooking and exercise is one of the most common reasons cited by people who feel a healthy lifestyle is not achievable for them. These six tips can help even the busiest people live a healthier lifestyle.

1. Take Some Shortcuts

You might feel guilty about buying vegetables that are already cut up or chicken breasts that are already cooked because it costs more, but when you are pressed for time, it can be worth the extra money. Keep some easy options on hand, such as pre-washed, ready-to-eat salad greens, fruit, nuts, and pre-cooked lean proteins for those times when you don't have time to start cooking a meal from scratch. It will reduce the number of times you end up going through a drive-thru or ordering pizza. Consider adding supplements, such as protein shakes or the Thrive patch to make up for any shortfalls, but be sure to research the Thrive side effects.

2. Change Your Habits

For most people, the idea that they do not have time for healthy living is a myth. It's not that you don't have the time, it's that you aren't making a healthy lifestyle a priority. Spend a week keeping track of how you are spending your time and identify some habits you can replace with healthier ones. For example, if you are spending an hour watching television in the evening, consider swapping out that habit with going for a 30-minute walk and spending 30 minutes preparing a healthy dinner.

3. Take Control of Your Schedule

It is pretty easy to fit everything you need to do into your planned schedule, but not as easy to actually execute it. Make your healthy habits non-negotiable items in your schedule. For example, you know you have to be at work by a certain time or you will lose your job, so you aren't in the habit of letting distractions stop you from leaving the house in time to get to work. Do the same thing with your healthy living choices. If you have to get out the door at a certain time to make it to the gym, then don't allow yourself to get pulled in another direction.

4. Track Your Progress

Sometimes the progress you are making isn't easy to see when you're in the middle of it. Start keeping track of the changes you have been making and the results you get from making them. For example, if you started going to bed earlier at night, keep track of what time you have been going to bed, how much sleep you have been getting, and how you have been feeling when you wake up in the morning and throughout the day. This will give you an idea of how consistent you are being with your new habits and the impact those habits are having on your life. This will help you make any adjustments you need to make and keep you motivated.

5. Do the Important Stuff First

Prioritize all of the things you want and need to accomplish in a day and make sure you do the most important things first. Otherwise, as your day goes on and you get more tired and stressed and demotivated, it can become easy to fall into the habit of skipping workouts or not preparing that healthy meal you planned to eat. It also frees up your schedule, so that if something comes up later in the day, you are giving up your least important schedule items to address it.

6. Learn To Say No

If you have fallen into the trap of trying to keep everyone else in your life happy, get out of it. Start saying "no" to things that don't mesh with your priorities.

If you think you're too busy to live a healthy lifestyle, what you probably mean is that you haven't made living a healthy lifestyle a priority in your life. These six tips will help you fit living healthily into your busy schedule.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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