Fight Camp recipes by Julia Budd

Julia Budd was born and raised in Roberts Creek, a small town on the
Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. At an early age she started
participating in sports. When she was in highschool one of her friends
invited her to go to a Kickboxing class with her and the rest is
history. This class ignited a passion in Julia for Muay Thai and it
would be a part of the rest of her life.

When Julia went to University in Vancouver, British Columbia she
started training at GibsonMMA. Her instructor at Gibson’s was Lance
Gibson Sr., former UFC champion and #1 ranked Shooto fighter in the
World. Julia would bus 2 hours there and back to train at a world
class facility and it was there that her skills were taken to the next

Julia started fighting locally and would soon become well known on the
North American Muay Thai circuit after wins against Gina Carano, Keri
Scarr, Chrisanne Roseliep and Natalie Fuz.

After a while Julia’s reputation started to catch up with her and Muay
Thai fights started to get harder and harder to find. This is when she
started to box professionally and started training in Mixed Martial
Arts. She has fought all over the world.

In 2007 she finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology at
University of British Columbia and became an NSCA certified Strength
and Conditioning Coach.

She is now a personal trainer and also teaches Muay Thai and is a
strength and conditioning coach at GibsonMMA, in Port Moody, British
Columbia where she first started her career.

Julia’s motto:
Life is often compared to a game that everyone is playing to win. Win
some. Lose some. But never give up!
Winners never quit and quitters never win…

When I requested that she send in a couple recipes she told me that
these were two recipes that she really enjoys. These recipes are
gluten and dairy free. This is the way she eats and hopes others will
enjoy these recipes as much as she does!

Wheat & Dairy Free Crispy Turkey Tacos

Shopping list

– 1-2 packs of ground turkey

– 1 pack of brown rice tortillas from Trader Joe’s

– 1 pack of Daiya mozzarella flavored almond cheese (comes shredded
from whole foods)

– Cut up Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado

– Coconut Oil & lemon or lime juice

– Spices


Heat coconut oil in pan. Add ground turkey and 2 tbsp of lemon or lime
juice. Saute until meat loses its pink color. Add seasonings- I
personally add a splash of sea salt, pepper, cayenne and chili flakes
because I like a little spice. Blend and simmer for 10 minutes or more
to allow flavors to blend.

In a separate pan heat coconut oil, once the pan is hot add a brown
rice tortilla, wait until the tortilla is browned and flip it over,
add the Almond cheese and allow cheese to melt (I usually have the pan
on a medium heat here so that it doesn’t burn). Take the tortilla off
and add your meat and vegetables and some pico de gallo.

Wheat, Dairy & Sugar Free Banana Muffins

Shopping List

– 2 Cups of Brown Rice Flour

– 6 ripe bananas

– 1 tsp of baking powder

– ½ tsp of sea salt

– ½ cup of almond or sesame oil

– ½ cup of honey

– 3 tbsp of unsweetened apple sauce

– 2 eggs


Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5
inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine rice flour, baking powder and
sea salt. In a separate bowl, cream together almond oil and honey.
Stir in eggs, apple sauce and mashed bananas until blended. Add the
banana mixture to the flour mixture; mix until batter is just moist.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to
30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes
out clean. If using muffin or cupcake tins, bake for 15 minutes or
until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out


Brain Injuries and Pituitary Damage Can Cause Low Testosterone


It is amazing that something this small can regulate testosterone production.















Reposted from March 28, 2012 Blog

The common belief is that fighters with LT (low testosterone) have in the past abused steroids which in turn has caused their bodies to have a reduced testosterone production. Some times it is true sometimes it isn’t.

I have been reading some research lately that has stated that repeated concussions and brain injuries can cause low testosterone. When a person receives a head in

jury it can cause damage to the pituitary gland which regulates hormone production. It is amazing to me that something that is a centimeter square in size can control so many bodily necessities such as testosterone.

**In 2007, a paper published in the Journal of Athletic Training reported the first known connection between mild concussions and hypopituitarism, a deficiency that can lead to low testosterone. Research is ongoing on brain injuries and the effects on testosterone production. Research in brain injury is still realitively a new process and it will take years to see the final results of this research but the start of it has grown by leaps and bounds rapidly.

I am not saying that testosterone replacement therapy is the cure for every fighter’s issues but it would be nice to take into consideration the fact that a malfunctioning pituitary gland can cause issues and treat each case individually instead of condemning all fighters that are on TRT. It is a proven fact that fighters take hits to the head everyday they train. This can not be controlled by any commission or doctor. But the fighters need to be aware of the fact that these repeated head traumas can cause testosterone deficiency.

The knowledge that pituitary gland injury causes low testosterone isn’t widespread. Most people you would ask don’t know that repeated head injuries can cause damage to the gland and in turn cause low testosterone. Most I dare to say wouldn’t even know that the pituitary gland controls the release of testosterone.

Like I said earlier this is not the one diagnoses fits all fighters deal. Each fighter that thinks they have low testosterone should also in my opinion be tested for pituitary gland damage, and in turn have a legitimate case for testosterone replacement therapy.

I would just like for more people to understand there are more causes of low testosterone than previous steroid use and for each case to be looked at on an individual basis.

**quoted from article by Mike Chiapetta

Fight Camp Recipes by Kimi Couture Edition:1

These recipes were given to me by Kimi Couture. She is a MMA fighter, mother and model among other things! She has worn many hats over the years but I would dare to say her favorite is being Mom. She has been more than gracious with sharing her recipes!

Kimi’s Guacamole Dip



4-6 soft avocados
 2 cloves garlic
 1/2 cup chopped sweeet or purple onions
 1 can black bean and corn salsa
Mash avocados (save 1 pit). Dice garlic and onions. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl (place 1 pit in bowl for freshness). Enjoy.

Cous Cous & Vegetables


4-6 ounces per person chicken, shrimp, steak or bbq salmon
 1 bell pepper
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic
 1 small package mushrooms 1 package broccoli, spinach or diced asparagus or all 3
1 diced carrot
 1 cup cous cous
Grill or Bake your choice of Protein for Example: I prefer to grill my chicken breast or steak on the charcoal grill then cut it up into chunks
For baking I set my oven to 350 and either bake my chicken or salmon  for 30-45 mins with a 1/4 of water or soy sauce to keep moist. I season with parsley flakes, garlic salt, pepper. When finished I cut up into chunks.
For BBQ Salmon chop up meat and combine 2Tbls bbq sauce and 2Tbls water to cooked vegetables and add a pinch of cinnamon and cumin and stir then place over cous cous! Yummm!
Play around with your herbs and seasonings, the more you add the better for turning your recipe into a Superfood, high in antioxidants. Try adding a pinch of cinnamon to many of your favorite recipes to add a hint of sweetness!

Anthony “@Sharkbait816” Gutierrez Recovery Update

About four weeks ago Anthony went into the hospital for what should have been a simple surgery to repair the torn labrum in his shoulder. Eighteen minutes into the surgery the doctors came out of the operating room apologizing to Anthony’s mother and told her that his labrum and rotator cuff was completely torn. Needless to say they stitched him up and told him to come back in a week for extensive surgery and major repairs. What should have been a laproscopic procedure with three  tiny holes ended up leaving a major scar and a long road of recovery. The next week they went in and repaired the Labrum and rotator cuff. This is what he looked like post operation.

Anthony’s shoulder post operation!

Anthony told me he has been training since he was fifteen years old.  He said the longest layoff he has had in six years was 3 weeks. When everything is said and done his recovery will take five to six months. I have a feeling since he is young and strong his recovery will be fast and complete.

This is Anthony’s shoulder just a few days out of surgery.