About the founder, editor and principal author of MotleyHealth.com

Jon Wade, Founder of MotleyHealth

Jon Wade, Founder of MotleyHealth

Jon Wade Cert Health Sci (Open) is the founder, editor and principal author of MotleyHealth.com and the Low GI Diet Plan. Jon also writes commissioned articles, features and website content for other websites.

Jon holds a Certificate in Health Sciences from the Open University. Focus areas during study were weight issues and human nutrition. Specialist subject areas covered:

  • Challenging Obesity – a study and analysis of the causes and cures of obesity
  • Human Nutrition – understanding food and how it affects us physically and mentally
  • Diabetes Care – a study of the techniques, methods and theory of caring for people with diabetes, including nutritional care and insulin management.
  • COPD – Including the function of the lungs and cardiovascular system and how oxygen is transported to the cells of the body.
  • Pain – Understanding of pain control, tolerance and treatment.
  • Trauma, Repair, Recovery – How the body responds to injury and damage, include muscle regeneration and bone and tendon repair.

Additional subjects covered included Alcohol and Human Health, Breast Cancer, Visual Impairment and aspects of Epidemiology. He also holds a Geography BSc with honours, graduated in 1997 from Coventry University.

Jon’s interest in fitness and health started in 1992 when he started training in martial arts for fitness and fun. Since then he has studied over 20 different disciplines as part of his training, including:

  • Shaolin 5 Pattern Kung-fu with the Master Ang-Kee Kong schools in Lancashire
  • Chow Gar Southern Mantis with Sifu Tony Willis in Basildon
  • Jitsu and Ninjitsu while studying at Coventry University
  • Tai Chi – various styles studied, including Yang short form from the Yang Me Lee line and Lee Family Tai Chi in Coventry
  • Wushu – semi-contact competition style in Coventry
  • Kickboxing – full contact and K1 kickboxing styles as taught by Tony Willis at 5 Elements Martial Arts in Basildon.
Jon Wade fighting in a Kung-fu tournament

University of Central Lancashire Kung Fu Tournament, 1993. JW on the left.

Also studied a little Wing Chun, some Aikido plus various other kung-fu styles including Lau Gar, White Tiger, a little bit of Filipino stick fighting and some Krabi Krabong (almost lost a finger). Also had one long lesson of Kendo in a very hot class in Salvador, Brazil. Like a rolling stone he never settled in one place long enough to study a style in detail, although did study Chow Gar for around 5 years.

In addition to martial arts he also enjoys using free weights and kettlebells to stay in shape enjoys trying out alternative fitness systems such as CrossFit, BodyPump and TRX.

  4 comments for “About the founder, editor and principal author of MotleyHealth.com

  1. AB
    January 12, 2012 at 8:38 am


    I am 41 years old and weigh 61.4 kg. Have been gyming (light) for approx 1 year and lost 6-8 kg (previosly 69 kg). Recently, I decided to go for some proper muscle building; however my predicament is as follows: I am primarily a vegetarian (have chicken only once a week). My vegetarian diet, I suspect, does not provide me with the proper protein intake ( i understand I would need approx.130 gm per day). My digestion is not very strong, I was advised by a doctor a couple of years ago to avoid milk and dairy products. ever since, I stopped having milk, but i continue to have dairy products such as cheese/cottage cheese. I have started taking a supplement since a fortnight (100% whey protein) and trying to increase my protein intake (through boiled eggs in the breakfast) but my stomach does not seem to adjust well to the new diet/increased intake. My stool passing has increased and I suspect my liver/stomach is throwing/draining out the extra protein/diet intake. One of my friends suggested me to take a liver tablet explaining me that my liver needs to adjust to the increase in diet intake and should not convert the protein supplement into fat (I believe some people have a ‘fatty’ liver). Please advise on how best I should manage this issue and yet gain muscle which is my objective. Thanks!

  2. MotleyHealth
    January 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Hi AB, have you tried soy protein? Really, I am not sure if you should take a liver tablet based on a friends guess. Fatty liver is usually a condition that is caused by obesity or excessive alcohol intake you are not obese. Only a biopsy can determine fatty liver. Eat more eggs, more pulses and nuts, take chicken more if possible, fish too, try soy protein supplements if you need to avoid milk and dairy, and keep lifting.

  3. AB
    January 13, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Hi Jon,

    Thanks for the prompt advise/response!



  4. Aubrey
    October 28, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Did you know you can get just enough protein from vegetables.
    A cup of cooked green peas provides almost 9 grams of protein
    And a 100 calories of broccoli has 7 grams of protein and 100 calories of steak has 8.. about the same ( and the broccoli will fill you up more) but no calorie restriction! its what you eat, not how much, don’t starve yourself.

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