Just Do It! My 21-Day Cleanse Journey

Rawkstar Denise and her significant other

Hi there! I’m Denise Jansson, and my passion is to be involved in conversations around our inner knowing and how to love the earth. I live on two and a half acres in New Hampshire with my significant other, Kelly. We’re currently renovating the land, house and the two outbuildings on the property.

Denise's homestead in 4 photos: top left is dirt lot with pile of wood chips, top right is RV with sunset sky in the background, bottom left is foraging for mushrooms and bottom right is dehydrating mushrooms

We appreciate nature and have created some amazing soil in the past three years to use on the garden we will create this Spring. This is huge because we want to do our part in drawing carbon back into the earth and creating a more sustainable lifestyle for ourselves and future generations.

My 21-Day Cleanse Journey

Eliminating gluten and dairy, as well as eating more plant-based, was a goal of mine, but I hadn’t been successful on my own. I was leaning too much on these foods and being repetitive with what we were eating. My body was retaining fluid, inflamed and lacking some energy.

I decided to change my diet in an attempt to heal my body. I did a liver cleanse in 2020. As hard as it was, I was impressed with the results, so I intended to do an annual liver cleanse and try to eat a more plant-based diet.

Learning About a Plant Based Cleanse

Right around that “year mark,” I got an email about a 21-Day Cleanse. I hesitated to join because my mindset wasn’t ready, and I thought it would take too much time and energy. Then my sister forwarded me an email about the same program. I saw it as a sign. Even though my mindset wasn’t totally there, I love the Nike® motto— Just Do It! So I jumped in.

Recipe photos from Simple Green Smoothie's 21-Day Cleanse

A Cleanse that Worked

Throughout the cleanse, I saw so many incredible changes in my mindset, cooking skills and physical health. Most of all, my relationship with food changed.

There is an organized recipe plan, and the food is extremely satisfying. It’s amazing how colorful your plate becomes on the 21-Day Cleanse. If I became overwhelmed, I would go to the Facebook support group and be inspired by the other women in the group. I loved the suggestions everyone shared and always learned something new when reading the posts.

Through the cleanse experience, I felt more in control of my diet and stuck with the guidelines around the foods to eat and foods to avoid. My relationship with food has shifted because of this. I stopped craving meat and dairy and fell in love with homemade granola with blueberries, Vegan Hash Cakes and Kale Quinoa Bowl. Who would have thought Cilantro Chimichurri would be so amazing? It’s to die for!

Photos from 21-Day Autumn Cleanse by Simple Green Smoothies

Rawkstar Results

Now, I’m more aware of what my body is feeling and can pinpoint what may be off. I also dropped nine pounds, and my inflammation has decreased. My fluid retention reduced, as well as swelling around knees and ankles, decreased. Although I didn’t feel a burst of energy, my energy started sustaining me throughout the day, my brain fog started to lift and I didn’t need a nap

I’ve learned to appreciate the act of preparing delicious and wholesome food, something that I used to dread. This plant-based cleanse is a journey, yet it’s a worthwhile one. It takes time to build habits, but I’m committed to sticking with it and being consistent. I joined Rawk the Year to keep me going on this journey and hold me accountable.

Photo of Denise in black and white


Denise loves to travel, observe nature and discover opportunities related to mind, body and soul. She’s addicted to books, kitchen gadgets and appliances. When she’s not spending time in her backyard art studio in New Hampshire, you can find Denise traveling with her husband in their RV.


How to be positive while you are going through the journey of not drin

How to be positive while you are going through the journey of not drinking.

How to be positive while you are going through the journey of not drinking.

I used to smoke cigarettes. Mostly it was social smoking. It was times where I’d have a drink in one hand and a smoke in another. I tried to quit a few times – sometimes it was throwing the pack away and not being tempted to buy more or be around those who smoked and other times it was slowly cutting back. I was hard on myself when I started back up again or would give into the temptation and start to smoke more regularly again. But, finally I stopped and haven’t looked back.

I never really look quitting as being an accomplished or something that I was successful with. But, I guess I should pat myself on the back on saying that I’m a much healthier person for quitting when I did. Those few years that I tried to quit, I wasn’t successful at stopping. But, I was successful at being aware that it was something that I needed to change in my life.

Not drinking alcohol or being more mindful of my drinking was just like my journey to stop to smoke cigarettes.

I call it a journey, because it didn’t happen overnight. It is a process! There may be times that you give into the urge or there may be moments when you think you can just have one drink and not just keep on drinking. However you handle your journey with not drinking alcohol, I believe that if you are aware that there is a problem and that you are aware that you want to stop it, that’s a great step in the right direction (or down the path) towards becoming the person you want to become.

Heather Dole, one of our guest bloggers and sober moms, from @HeatherDoleMA, talks about what it means to be successful. She talks about how you define your own success. Maybe you feel that being successful with not drinking alcohol means that you will never have a taste of it ever again in your life. While, others may define success as cutting back on how much alcohol you consume in a day. Your definition of success is unique to you and only you.

As a health coach, I would always remind my clients that the goals they make need to be achievable. And, Lisa, talks about setting goals in a blog she wrote for us here called Take Action on Your Goals. If you are going to set a goal that you feel you might not meet, you may want to consider setting a smaller goal to get you closer to your main goal. Setting something smaller will give you the strength to know that you can do something – no matter how small it is.

What does it mean to be successful?

Heather says this is a complicated question because a lot depends on what you think success means. What is your personal definition of success? Before you answer this make sure it really is your definition of success and not someone else’s. We are often influenced by others version of success like our parents, peers, or society’s.

Defining success means the achievement of a desired vision or goal.

Every person thinks differently about life and is defining success in their own way, so it is very important that you know exactly how to define success for your life! Be aware of what success and accomplishments mean to you in your life.

Once you have figured out what is important for you personally you are able to focus on your visions and goals.

You need to have a vision of what you want in life. Here are some questions to ask if you are thinking about not drinking.

What does your world look like in the future if you weren’t drinking?

How would your life be better or how could it be worse?

What is the ideal future for you?

What would make you feel successful?

Heather also feels that after you get your vision, you need to make a plan. One of the best ways to make a plan is to set a goal. You need to set goals, and you need to set action steps for each of the goals. You need to set a time frame in which you will reach the goals. You also need to keep yourself accountable. This one is a big deal. You can make endless goals but if you don’t hold yourself accountable, it will be difficult to carry out your plans. To be accountable you need to develop good habits and grit. You need discipline, consistency, and perseverance. Also, you need to make sure you are aligned with you values ​​while pursuing your life’s goals. If your goals don’t support your values, you will have internal conflict which will keep you from performing at your best.

I also feel that a plan including surrounding yourself with those who support your goals. You need a supportive tribe of those who believe in you. It may be a time to rethink your friends and those who are close to you. Maybe the way you are living isn’t the best for you because of those who you surround yourself with. It may be time to break those ties and focus on the new you and what you want out of life.