ABOUT DR. HEIDI & MARGIE | Our early years
Heidi and I've been best friends since we were eight. We went to the same 3 schools and our dads were even transferred from one province to another around the same time.
We've done everything together – from playing together as kids to crazy times at varsity, our first jobs and starting families. Through it all, we had no idea how our similar nutrition, environment and lifestyle choices were impacting our health.
As kids, we slathered on toxic sunscreen and ate crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks. We were exposed to all the 'amazing new technologies' that were hatched in the 80's and 90's such as colourful, sugary breakfast cereals, margarine, new household cleaning chemicals, and new chemical ingredients in face and body care products that preserved them, and that made them smell and feel amazing as we applied them to our skin.
After we left school, we lived together. While studying full time, we partied most of the week in smoke-filled bars and nightclubs, drank LOTS of alcohol, and binged on coffee and energy drinks to stay awake. We ate as healthy as we could afford to as students (!) but also ate a GOOD amount of junk food...especially at 3am after leaving a nightclub! We didn't eat food or take supplements to could help our bodies detox or methylate. We just didn't know.
Of course, we both had the same student job: working for a well-known cosmetic brand at a large department store. We would study all week, party Wednesday to Saturday, then work all day Saturday and Sunday at the beauty counter. Our motto was 'Sleep when you're dead!' (We had not yet learnt the benefits of sleep;) We were young and had youth on our side. We relied heavily on these beauty products to erase the effects of our stress and lack of sleep. We believed these products were better because they cost more and just because we were told so through advertising.
At the time, we didn’t realise the impact that our late nights, stress and all these tiny chemicals and toxins were having on our bodies. After all, our choices and exposures were the same as everyone else’s and they were fine - our food came from the same shops, we used products that could be found in bathroom cabinets across the country, and our stress levels were just a part of normal life. Our friends were on the same contraception, also drank lots of alcohol and also stayed awake until all hours studying and partying.
Around 30, we both cleaned up our diet and lifestyles as we settled into married life and prepared to have our first children. We had both been on the Pill for 10+ years and stayed in stressful jobs until we started our families.