CHICAGO, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Living and raw foods diets -- diets that embrace whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that are both uncooked and nutrient-rich -- are moving from trendy to mainstream. Chicago has attracted the leading medical authority and author on plant-sourced, live food nutrition for an intensive weekend seminar. Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D. draws upon his holistic credentials as a scientist, a medical doctor and an artist of consciousness to lead the all-day workshop "The Secrets of Spiritual Nutrition" on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the Donald E. Stephens Center, 5555 N River Road in Des Plaines, Illinois. Dr. Cousens draws on over 30 years of clinical experience and research as one of the world's leading experts in holistic healing, live food and spirituality. During this one-day workshop, Dr. Cousens will demonstrate how unprocessed, natural foods promote health and prevent disease. Attendees can learn how these restorative live foods have reversed chronic disease and receive answers to questions concerning: raw vs. cooked food; high vs. low protein; the concepts of assimilation and fasting; alkaline-acid balance; attitudes about food; nutrients, energy and structure-building; and other nutritional issues. As part of the program, Dr. Cousens will lecture on "The Principles of Longevity" and "The Enlightenment Diet." The $75 enrollment fee includes a vendor fair of local sustainable businesses and an optional Shaktipat Meditation at the close of the workshop. A bonus Shabbat Celebration will be hosted Friday, September 16 at Unity of Evanston, 3434 Central Street, Evanston, Illinois. For more information on the weekend events and schedule, visit http://livefoodchicago.com. Dr. Gabriel Cousens is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center and Tree of Life Foundation in Patagonia, Arizona. Here, he established an unprecedented program to reverse diabetes, which is highlighted in the documentary Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days. He is the author of several books, including Spiritual Nutrition and There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program, and publishes regular articles on spirituality and health. To arrange an advance interview with Dr. Cousens, please email Ellie Welton at livefood[at]yahoo.com. For more information on Dr. Cousens, please visit his website, http://www.gabrielcousens.com. Contact: Ellie WeltonLivefood[at]yahoo.com This press release was issued through eReleases(R). For more information, visit eReleases Press Release Distribution at http://www.ereleases.com.