Beee kicked off 2019 with the intention of making significant changes to our home lives, with the goal of having these mirrored eventually in our work lives. The first two changes were the big ones: no more alcohol, no more animal products. It’s fair to say that I had girded my loins for a challenge.

Turns out I needn’t have bothered, giving up both was easy. I am a cheese fiend, so was dreading the prospect of no more cheddar on my sandwiches and no mozzarella on my pizza, but the Violife milk free alternatives are actually really nice in sandwiches and on pizzas. Partner Gilly also discovered an amazing recipe to make nacho sauce from carrots and potatoes and – surprise! – it was lovely. Jackfruit too, it’s been a revelation. And Oatly milk covers all the liquid needs, so there’s really no need for dairy in our lives. That feels great!

The second big change was to be more active and try to adopt a more mindful approach to health and good living. Inevitably, this means yoga. Every morning and every night.

Now here’s the thing. I have a stomach. I’m not massive, but I have a bit of a tummy and I assumed that losing all the high fat dairy and high-calorie beer – as well as moving a lot more than before – I would see this girth disappear like magic. Hasn’t happened. I don’t know why. The big point is, it doesn’t really matter. I can feel the change in my body and a feel lighter, physically and mentally and I can see further changes happening in my strength and flexibility.

A revolution is not an event, it’s a process. So expecting immediate change is probably why we end up failing; the 2019 Beee Digital process is about developing habits, not radical change. So far, it’s going well.